Friday, December 10, 2004

Why burn 'em when you can ban 'em?...

Well, here we go again. Another move so fucking stupid you'd never imagine even the (burning) Bushies could do it:

In an apparent reversal of decades of U.S. practice, recent federal Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations bar American companies from publishing works by dissident writers in countries under sanction unless they first obtain U.S. government approval.

The restriction, condemned by critics as a violation of the First Amendment, means that books and other works banned by some totalitarian regimes cannot be published freely in the United States.

What does this mean? This means that if the government doesn't like what you have to say, you don't get published. Big Brother has final say.

As a writer, I find this appalling and, again, find myself questioning my decision to remain in the States. Sure, I'm a citizen - but of what worth are those ideals when they are increasingly limited by qualifiers such as "citizen", "white", "male"?

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