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September 05, 2008

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Nancy Levit

Professors June Carbone and Naomi Cahn have an intriguing op ed about the larger social significance of Palin's daughter's pregnancy, here: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/emaf.nsf/Popup?ReadForm&db=stltoday/news/stories.nsf&docid=93DD53928A5DFC92862574B9007D0DF2

David Bernstein

All libraries "censor" books, i.e., decide that certain books should not be on the shelf. And they always do so for ideological reasons--you're not going to find Nazi propaganda aimed at six year olds in your average public library.

The question is whether this censorship should be left to the discretion of the library, or whether parents and the community at large have any say. I don't see any principle by which the former is inherently preferable.

David Bernstein

All libraries "censor" books, i.e., decide that certain books should not be on the shelf. And they always do so for ideological reasons--you're not going to find Nazi propaganda aimed at six year olds in your average public library.

The question is whether this censorship should be left to the discretion of the library, or whether parents and the community at large have any say. I don't see any principle by which the former is inherently preferable.

David Bernstein

All libraries "censor" books, i.e., decide that certain books should not be on the shelf. And they always do so for ideological reasons--you're not going to find Nazi propaganda aimed at six year olds in your average public library.

The question is whether this censorship should be left to the discretion of the library, or whether parents and the community at large have any say. I don't see any principle by which the former is inherently preferable.

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