(A conversation which took place in Kharkov, Ukraine, between me and a bochur whose parents were from Russia)
D: In the USSR, it was illegal for regular people to have a copy machine or microfilm. The government didn't want people to be able spread information easily or quickly.
e: Wow. That's crazy. I'm proud to be an American. At least I know the press is free.
D: The Soviet government was built on lies. If people had access to non-government-sanctioned information, the government would fall apart.
e: That reminds me of how the Protestant Revolution started after the invention of the printing press, when people could get their own Bibles.
D: The people in charge always want to limit the information available to the masses.
e: But in our glorious republic of freedom, the government is not afraid of truth. They have nothing to hide. (This was during the Bush-era, when the Republicans controlled Congress, and it was cool to be pro-government.) And if they did have something to hide, we'd find out about it right away.
All: God bless America!
Well, apprantly Hereidism is based on falsehood too, because the Hareidi top-honchos are scared of information. That's right. We're not discussing pornography, evolution, Bible criticism, or any of that evil stuff. We're discussing information about what's happening in the Hareidi world. They want you to learn the news only from "respectable" newspapers like Hamodia or Yated. People should hear the news from blogs? or maybe get new ideas from anonymous commenters? People who the rabbis can't track down or censor? God forbid!!