Thomas Paine

Intellectual Freedom & Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine wrote about ideas that were so controversial he was often imprisoned and fined, and almost executed. His works were banned in Europe and anyone who distributed, read or discussed his books faced prosecution. Starting this spring, the Office for Intellectual Freedom is working with Ian Ruskin to offer libraries an opportunity to provide screenings of To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine as a program for their communities.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation

This week I’m writing about non-library intellectual freedom advocates. Groups that can help in the fight, or even lead the fight, for intellectual freedom. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is one of the most important civil liberties organizations around. Their motto is, “Defending Your Rights In The Digital World.” I want you to read the first paragraph from their about page and try to tell me that they are not kindred spirits!

EveryLibrary

With a Little Help from Your Friends

EveryLibrary is a nonprofit Political Action Committee (PAC) “chartered to work exclusively on local library ballot initiatives.” Their call to arms and motto is what first drew me to this organization: “Any library initiative anywhere, matters to every library everywhere.” The library world is small, and we politically share in victories and defeats.