Passwords, watchwords, secrets, The Fine Print — access to ideas more than might and more than money is the origin of power, as the saying goes-ish. Sometimes it’s almost batfuck loco how much power information contains. Kierkegaard: People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for freedom of thought, which they seldom use.
The ability to think what you want, to share ideas with other people is freedom encompassed. It’s also sexy and exciting to hear and see and read different people’s takes on the ticks and clicks of life functioning all around us.
Maybe nothing feels so chest-burstingly beautiful as making sure we all have access to the knowledge and tools to control our own thoughts and lives and educations and spirits and voices.
The two biggest public expansions of information in human history, the printed word and the internet, need some love. In the US, the internet’s under siege right now, and right now it’s also Banned Books Week. If you have a nice library or a superfast friendly phone, all the more reason to help extend those rights to folks who don’t.