Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

The Thought Police – The Reason for Banned Books Week


What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.[1]


1933 May 10 Berlin book burning — taken from the U.S. National Archives.

I do not accept the idea that some ideas are too dangerous to consider.

That is one of the reasons I read banned books.

September 22 – 28, 2013 is Banned Books Week.

A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.[2]


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Ignore the thought police.

Pick a book to read.

Read it.

Are you ruined?

If a book can get you to view the world, or other people differently, is that a bad thing?

Can reading a book make you a bad person?

Can reading a banned book make you a bad person?

According to the people who ban books, Yes.

Are they right?

Does it matter if those burning books are conservative or liberal?

Not even a little bit.

All that matters is that they think they are so much smarter than you and me that they know what is best for you and me, but the rules are different for them.

A liberal nanny state and a conservative nanny state share the belief that the rulers are smarter than everyone else and that allowing people to think for themselves is evil.

They seem to see things as either good or evil.

If you agree with that. Stop thinking. Don’t read any banned books – except those banned by evil people.

Or we can think for ourselves and realize that things are not good vs. evil. Conspiracy theories are about oversimplifying things to the point of good vs. evil. Reality is not so simple.

Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don’t rule out malice.[3]


Here is an interesting article suggesting five banned books to read.

Five Banned Books That You Should Read (That You Probably Haven’t)
9/23/2013 @ 12:28AM
By Alex Knapp

Banned Books That Shaped America


Happy Banned Books Week! September 30 to October 6, 2012

What if I Read Something that Changes My Mind – Banned Books Week 2011

Read A Banned Book To Celebrate Banned Books Week – 2009


[1] Letter to Ernest Jones (1933)
as quoted in The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1993) by Robert Andrews, p. 779
Sigmund Freud
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[2] The Man Who Does Not Read Has No Advantage Over the Man Who Cannot Read – Mark Twain? Inland Steel Company? Quin Ryan? Abigail Van Buren? Anonymous?
Quote Investigator
Posted on December 11, 2012

[3] Hanlon’s razor
Heinlein’s Razor



  1. “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
    – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    I guess we will become the book people when the time comes. 🙂

  2. Banning a book makes me even want to read it more. Lol. Thanks for the list. 🙂