To Anyone Thinking of Censorship
A note to self-styled police of the Internet who might want
to suppress this information.
Don't waste your time, unless you can provide a cogent
argument why scholars and researchers should be denied
access to information such as this.
Note that I said
not inflammatory rhetoric about how
your children are in danger because of some dry, scholarly
journals and index information that discusses an issue
you don't approve of in a way that makes you uncomfortable.
If you are so inclined, you might want to ask
yourself just why this makes you uncomfortable.
What are you afraid of?
Yes, I do have a lawyer who specializes in
(United-States-style) First Amendment issues.
We're on solid ground.
This site does not -- and I do not -- advocate breaking the law in any
way, in any country.
We don't even advocate changing the law.
What this site seeks to do is disseminate information that
has been available for decades, but difficult to find, in
an effort to make the discussion of
these and similar issues better informed and more likely to
help society in the long run.
I will respect whatever laws and regulations society decides is in its best
interests -- even when I don't agree with them --
as long as it has reached that decision by way
of a wide-ranging, free and informed dialogue.
- That the "truth" will be distorted by this
(perhaps unpopular) viewpoint?
True scholars are trained to sort that out.
Leave it to them.
- That otherwise ignorant people
will get ideas from these articles and go out and molest kids?
The responsibility for breaking the law is on those who
The notion that ideas themselves make people do bad things has been an
argument against free speech since long before the
First Amendment, and will probably always be dragged out
in an attempt to stifle freedom.
Would you suppress the
a few fringe lunatics will read it, and interpret Allah's
wishes their own way, and kill Westerners?
No. You go after those who burn the embassies and shoot up
peaceful markets, and you leave the ideas alone, or
challenge them with rational arguments and better ideas.
- That children will stumble upon this information on the Web
and be corrupted?
Any child who would give this boring language and these in-depth
presentations a second glance will already have the
mental sophistication to avoid being corrupted by
serious scholarship, and may even
be a scholar herself or himself some day.
For the record, the journals indexed here contain
information on both sides of the issues discussed,
and both sides are reflected in the indices.
I am interested in the whole truth. You?
Suggestions for other rare material that could be noted
on this Web page are welcome.
That includes sources of information that have a different
viewpoint or emphasis
from what is already here.
to the ExitInterview "Rare Resources" page.