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Burning books is a bad idea and can cost you

June 5, 2012

We can all agree that book burning is bad. It speaks of intellectual intimidation and the discouragement of the very thing writers strive for: original ideas presented without fear of being squashed by the rule-makers. The idea of a crazed hoard tossing books in a fire is enough to make any writer cringe. In most cases, justice against those encouraging the burning is delayed–sometimes completely denied.

That wasn’t the case at Louisiana Tech University. A group of Techsters decided to celebrate the end of the school year by burning their textbooks. In that context, it seems like a little over the top, but something you might expect frat guys to do.

The problem came when the fire got out of control and burnt down the frat house. And the apartment building next door. No one was seriously hurt in the fire–though one firefighter suffered a broken pelvis when the frat house’s ceiling collapsed.

If you doubt the existence of God, the fact that young men live long enough, in sufficient enough numbers to perpetuate the species should provide the proof you need.

Fortunately, when I go to news.google.com and search for book burning, there aren’t a lot of hits. The biggest controversy in this country involves whether libraries should be able to say no to Fifty Shades of Grey.

That’s not to say there aren’t problems, but when your biggest current news story about censorship is libraries refusing to carry mommy porn of questionable quality, things could be a lot worse.

But eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

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One Comment
  1. Jack Owen permalink
    June 5, 2012 8:02 am

    Early contenders for the 2013 Darwin Awards?

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