Censura: Citas para meditar

He dedicado mis entradas recientes al tema de la censura y la libertad intelectual. Mi compromiso con lo que hago, con lo que disfruto hacer todos los dias me lleva a estremecerme ante la realidad de que en pleno año 2009,  a casi una decada ya de comenzar el Siglo XXI,  Puerto Rico enfrenta un sistema de educación público que atenta contra la libertad de pensamiento de nuestros jóvenes.

Un sistema que no cree en el desarrollo de un pensamiento crítico sino que prefiere cerrar las puertas y los ojos a nuestros niños,un sistema que prohibe sin discutir la realidad de manera que la juventud tenga los mecanismos para tomar decisiones sabias.

Comparto una citas para meditar y que podemos utiizar en la semana del 27 de septiembre al 3 de octubre de 2009: La semana de alerta a la censura de libros ( Banned Book Week)

Quotes on freedom of speech and censorship (Anti-Censorship Page}

Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
A. Whitney Griswold

Censorship is the tool of those who have the need to hide actualities from themselves and others. Their fear is only their inability to face what is real. Somewhere in their upbringing they were shielded against the total facts of our experience. They were only taught to look one way when many ways exist.
Charles Bukowski

To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
Claude-Adrien Helvetius

The problem of freedom in America is that of maintaining a competition of ideas, and you do not achieve that by silencing one brand of idea.
Max Lerner

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
Oscar Wilde

It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.
William O. Douglas

Restriction on free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
William O. Douglas

Fear of ideas makes us impotent and ineffective.
William O. Douglas

Thus if the First Amendment means anything in this field, it must allow protests even against the moral code that the standard of the day sets for the community. In other words, literature should not be suppressed merely because it offends the moral code of the censor.
William O. Douglas

The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution of way of life, or say and so things that make people think.
William O. Douglas

The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.
William O. Douglas

The danger of censorship in cultural media increases in proportion to the degree to which one approaches the winning of a mass audience.
James Farrell

All despotisms should be considered problems of mental hygiene, and all support of censorship should be considered as problems of abnormal psychology
Theodore Schroeder

Censorship always protects and perpetuates every horror of the prevailing forms of oppression. With us, its subtle disguises increase its evils by creating delusions of safety, liberty and democracy. It precludes that intelligence which is necessary to hasten wholesome and natural social evolution.
Theodore Schroeder

All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions.
George Bernard Shaw

Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The burning of an author’s books, imprisonment for opinion’s sake, has always been the tribute that an ignorant age pays to the genius of its time.
Joseph Lewis

We all know that books burn, yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
John Milton

Liberty of thought means liberty to communicate one’s thought.
Salvador de Madariaga

Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest form of cowardice.
Holbrook Jackson

Censorship is like an appendix. When inert, it is useless; when active it is extremely dangerous.
Maurice Edelman

Censorship is the commonest social blasphemy because it is mostly concealed, built into us by indolence, self-interest, and cowardice.
John Osborne

Did you ever hear anyone say, "That work had better be banned because I might read it and it might be very damaging to me"?
Joseph Henry Jackson

Free speech is to a great people what winds are to oceans and malarial regions, which waft away the elements of disease, and bring new elements of health; and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.
Henry Ward Beecher

There is nothing that dies so hard and rallies so often as intolerance. The vices and passions which it summons to its support are the most ruthless and the most persistent harbored in the human breast. They sometimes sleep but they never seem to die. Anything, any extraordinary situation, any unnecessary controversy, may light those fires again and plant in our republic that which has destroyed every republic which undertook to nurse it.
William E. Borah

No more fatuous chimera ever infested the brain of man than that you can control opinions by law or direct belief by statute, and no more pernicious sentiment ever tormented the human heart than the barbarous desire to do so.
William E. Borah

I look upon those who would deny others the right to urge and argue their position, however irksome and pernicious they may seem, as intellectual and moral cowards.
William E. Borah

If the press is not free, if speech is not independent and untrammeled, if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live, you are a subject and not a citizen.
William E. Borah

Without free speech no search for truth is possible; without free speech, no discovery of truth is useful.
Charles Bradlaugh

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficient. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Louis D. Brandeis

In America – as elsewhere – free speech is confined to the dead.
Mark Twain

2 comentarios

  1. osiris said,

    septiembre 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    hola muy bien que hablen sobre la educacion sexual, para que los jovenes de hoy en dia tengan mucho mas conocimientos sobre el mismo y una buena orientacion para que en el dia de mañana no comentan errores del que despues se arrepientan.

    otra cosa a parte de este tema , quisiera que pr favor me ayudaran a buscar informacion sobre el facebook como un espacio virtual para la enseñanza de la matematica.


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