Tom Gilson

Relevant to a recent post:

David Mills wrote in the September 2007 Touchstone (not available online at this point),

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a book often invoked by the anti-censorship crowd, although, as John MIller pointed out in the Wall Street Journal,

The censorship Mr. Bradbury describes was not imposed from the top by a ruthless government. Rather, it seeped up from the indifferent masses. As a villain explains: “School is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories, languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally almost completely ignored . . . . No wonder books stopped selling.”

In other words, Bradbury blamed the sort of schooling our liberals have advocated for many years for creating the book burners in his story.

Bradbury saw the importance of a wide-ranging education for society’s intellectual and moral health.

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