Books are weapons in the war of ideas


This week is Banned Books Week, a celebration of freedom and a reminder that censorship is always around the corner. This WWII-era poster includes a great quote by FDR about the importance of books in the fight against tyranny.

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“Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

(h/t boiledleather)

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