The Holocaust started with the reduction of citizens’ rights, including that of Free-speech in the early 1930s. Had there been the right to freedom of speech at that time, there could have been public/open criticism of Nazi propaganda, rendering it mostly ineffective. A good example of this is that of the Westboro Baptist Church’s propaganda which, due to counter protests and criticism, has not been very effective on mass consciousness. To give others the power to censor, silence and detain is to give our power away. “Wars” on issues are not effective at solving said issues; we have seen this with the War on Drugs. The War on Terror is going the same way as the former. Doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result is a definition of insanity. I fear that we are driving ourselves mad and the proof is in the papers.

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