Censorship and the decline of civilization
We can understand why leaders and rulers want to censor certain ideas and views. But why do large chunks of the citizenry want to go along with it? How do you comprehend their ignorance?
Censorship is made possible when the majority of people live by what they like and don't like---"I like this, I don't like him, I like her, I don't like them..."
When those preferences become the paramount elements of life, then censorship is a minor concern. Grasping the essence of the 1st Amendment and free speech requires a different level of mind. It requires defending free speech for those one doesn't like. Such an idea is entirely foreign to the person who asserts: "WHY WOULD I POSSIBLY CARE ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF SOMEONE I DON'T LIKE?"
Exactly. That's what separates a political moron from an aware citizen.
There are now large numbers of people who think they're making a political advance, even a breakthrough, by demanding the censorship of those individuals they don't like, when in fact, they're moving backwards into a more primitive political climate.
There is another vital factor which permits people to register no objection to censorship. The factor is: vast frustration with their own lives. This is usually concealed, as if it were a secret not to be shared. The frustration, at the core, has to do with a perceived lack of freedom.
In which case, the actions of life take on a mechanical character, which becomes the heavy cover, the lid over the flame of frustration---and in that state of being, a person actually wants others who speak out and go against the grain to be silenced and censored.
Stop him! Keep him from speaking and writing!
Yes, keep the free individual from reminding the mechanical liver of life that he is not free.
The Mechanical Person wants to bury all signals that carry a flavor of originality. He wants the constant hum that tells him routine and repetition are firmly in place as the guidance system of existence.
In the frozen rigid river of anti-life...rebels are just machines that need to be turned off. Censorship is a tool for that purpose.
That's what censorship really is.
An attempt to hide that disturbing thing called Life.