Let us be clear: censorship is cowardice. … It masks corruption. It is a school of torture: it teaches, and accustoms one to the use of force against an idea, to submit thought to an alien “other.” But worst still, censorship destroys criticism, which is the essential ingredient of culture.
The human condition … is defined by the aspiration to always supersede oneself, which in turn requires nonconformity.
Any revolution which denies the right to criticize is bound to wallow in stagnation and backwardness.
Hypocrisy, false labels, can create slogans but no poems; propaganda but not life: there are no roots, there are no realities to nurture creative work.