Sunday, April 7, 2013

Daily Thoughts 04/07/2013

WPA, Federal Art Project, December 1937

Daily Thoughts 04/07/2013

I was reading The Fight is For Democracy Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World.  I put the book down after a couple of chapters.  I found the arguments to almost not exist in an old fashioned context.  This in a way is scary.  I am very interested in the way ideas take hold.  

 Franklin Delano Roosevelt said:

“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.”

If you look at other historical quotes like Ludwig Von Mises,"In a battle between force and ideas, the latter always prevails."

Or another earlier quote, On résiste à l'invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l'invasion des idées. (One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas).
— Victor Marie Hugo (1802 – 1885), Histoire d'un Crime (The History of a Crime), written 1852, published 1877

I am thinking about this because I have been reading different arguments for filtering content on computers.  A lot of it is about politics, background, and sexuality.  It is a difficult subject.

I spent a little time checking the Facebook and Twitter pages for the library.

Web Bits

Why do we Keep Making Ebooks Like Paper Books

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