Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Publisher Puts "Warning Labels" On Controversial Literature

A publishing outfit called Wilder Publications has put a "parental advisory" on what its compilation of "classic works" called Foundations of Freedom.  The advisory can be read on page 3 of this Amazon preview.  Note that these works are "products of their times and do not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents may wish to discuss with their children how views..have changed..before allowing them to read this classic work."

And what, pray tell, might be these nefarious, subversive "classic works"?  They are:
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The United States Constitution
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • The Federalist Papers
  • Common Sense
A reader is quoted in this Fox News account as saying that Wilder Publications "is trying to protect children from dangerous ideas" such as "limited government, checks and balances, constrained judicial review, dual sovereignty of states and federal government, and deliberative democracy."  That reader may be spot-on.  Here's a smattering of other reader comments.  In addition, Facebook users, there is a Boycott Wilder Page; I for one will visit and "like" it.

I understand that the new Congress will be holding readings of the United States Constitution.  Will the TV stations start putting up warnings before these sessions are broadcast?

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