On the banning of Books

I was born into a family that valued education above all else.  Both of my parents were teachers.

One of my earliest memories was taking long walks with my mom, once a week, to the Brooklyn Public library main branch on Eastern Parkway.  I was allowed to get a library card at age 4, because I learned to read by age 3.  I still remember the astonishment of the librarian when she asked  me to read her a bit from a book she selected, prior to granting me the right to my very own card.  To some coming of age was a draft card.  To me, the most important event in my life was that very first library card.

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The Ghost of Joseph McCarthy

by Michael Stearns Suskind
June 18, 2006

Are you now, or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party? 

This is the question that I heard as a litany in my childhood.  One by one I watched people of great integrity being nailed on this and other questions.  They were given a choice, to out their friends, or lose their ability to live and work in the United States.

Lindsey Beyerstein of Majikthise agrees with Steven Spruiell of Nat.Review.Online that outing a prominent anonymous blogger was newsworthy.  She says, "I'm sorry that Armando of Daily Kos got outed, but there was a real story there: Wal-Mart lawyer front pager at major liberal blog." However, Beyerstein notes that malicious outing is not cool:  "Some bloggers, like T of M-C, have been outed for purely frivolous malicious reasons. Piss off the wrong person and put your career in jeopardy."

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