Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Public Libraries Worry About Book Banning – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on October 2, 2018

Laurence is private guy.


…Of the 416 books challenged or banned in 2017, the Top 10 Most Challenged Books were:

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  3. Drama
  4. The Kite Runner
  5. George
  6. Sex is a Funny Word
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird
  8. The Hate U Give
  9. And Tango Makes Three
  10. I Am Jazz

These books were banned or challenged because they contained profanity, violence, same-sex relationships, sexual violence, sexually explicit situations, LGBT characters, vulgarities, offensive language, drug use, sex education, and/or references to suicide. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, “was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.”

Where are these books being challenged? No one who has ever visited my library has ever challenged or petitioned the government to ban any of my books. They are being challenged and banned because people saw them in public libraries and public school libraries.

I have read the descriptions of these books. Aside from the American Classic To Kill a Mockingbird, which was originally published in 1960, the other books all look like trash that I would never have let my kids read when they were in school.

But rather than joining in the challenges to and rejoicing in the banning of these and other pieces of literary garbage, I am proposing a more radical solution. I challenge the existence of public libraries and propose that the government ban public schools…

In a free society, all libraries and schools would be private. Private libraries and private school libraries would be free to ban any books from their shelves whether the books are challenged or not—just like bookstores do now. And just like homeowners already ban certain books from their home, dentists ban certain magazines from their waiting rooms, and businesses ban certain books from the workplace. Visitors to homes, clients of dentists, or patrons of businesses who object to books they find can protest or leave, but ultimately it is the property owner who decides what books will be permitted on the premises.

As long as there are public libraries and public schools, books will continue to be challenged and banned. The solution is to move to a private property society.

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