Discover the wit and wisdom of Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"We have a censorship by the press"
“WE have not any need to rebel against antiquity; we have to rebel against novelty. It is the new rulers, the capitalist or the editor, who really hold up the modern world. There is no fear that a modern king will attempt to override the constitution; it is more likely that he will ignore the constitution and work behind its back; he will take no advantage of his kingly power; it is more likely that he will take advantage of his kingly powerlessness, of the fact that he is free from criticism and publicity. For the king is the most private person of our time. It will not be necessary for any one to fight again against the proposal of a censorship of the press. We do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press.” ~G.K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy, Chap. VII─The Eternal Revolution.
Oil portrait of G. K. Chesterton (detail), by Edwin Swan, 1940.