I’m glad to know that support for freedom of the press is strong among my readers. I’m rather attached to that particular freedom, myself, especially now that I can keep a “press” on my desktop.
But I’m dismayed that so many of my readers seem to be incapable of understanding the difference between the ordinary functioning of a free society and the prosecution of a civil war.
When Benjamin Franklin, having been dismissed as the colonial postmaster-general by Lord North’s ministry, was appointed Postmaster-General of the United Colonies by the First Continental Congress, one of his first official acts was to close the mails to Tory newspapers. In a civil war, words are weapons, and there’s no reason to arm your enemies, or to allow others to do so.
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