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Under the Black Flag

Outrage and Censorship

I began my journalistic career under strict censorship. It was imposed on the press and media by the Greek colonels who had seized power in a bloodless coup in Athens on April 21, 1967. Censorship, however, suited me fine. That’s because I was an ardent backer of the coup, the democratic process having been torn to shreds by the socialists and extreme left-wingers in Parliament. Now, 52 years later, I am once again writing under censorship, but this time run by the politically correct leftist gestapo. One wrong word and one’s career is kaput!

A society in which an ill-judged joke means losing one’s livelihood is not a laughing matter. Today’s censorship differs from the Orwellian vision of an intrusive government that polices thought, as expressed through the written and spoken word. Today’s demand for total conformity does not come from any government, but from the media, the film industry, and universities.

When you think of it, it’s really quite unique. Governments have been suppressing speech since time immemorial, but for the first time in man’s history censorship has taken place through osmosis, through the subtle persuasion of the people who teach, write books, and make movies: the universities, the media, and Hollywood. They created magical, taboo words to restrict speech and liberally applied them to their opponents—words including “racist,” “sexist,”...

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