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Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

Samizdata slogan of the day

Freedom of press is limited to those who own one.

– H.L. Mencken

Which is what is so great about blogs and the blogosphere. Got a view about something? Set up your own ‘press’ and blog it.

5 comments to Samizdata slogan of the day

  • That is until John Kerry decrees a blog’s content to have “lies” and calls for it to be removed. Can you imagine what JK will do when he has the FBI instead of lawyers?

  • flaime

    What he should have said is that freedom of the press belongs to those who can get it read…

  • lemuel

    Personally, I love this piece of Menckeniana, form his introduction to that “German Monster, Nietszkys” Antichrist:

    “Democracy and free speech are not facets of one gem; democracy and free speech are eternal enemies.”


  • Bob McHenry

    A Google search turns up myriad sites crediting this line to Mencken, so it appears to be a fast-moving meme. I believe, however, it is properly credited to A.J. Liebling.

  • James Versluys

    That was an AJ Liebling comment, not HL Menkcen.