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- Author: Gale Group
For as long as human beings have banded together in groups, a tension has existed between the right to exercise personal freedom and the need to protect and preserve the general welfare. Censorship may seem reasonably in many cases as a form of protection against harm to the public welfare, but it raises the question in free societies of how competent the censors are to arrive at correct judgments regarding what is harmful and what is not. Archaeologists and anthropologists have unearthed evidence that in most prehistoric societies some behaviors were prohibited. Taboos...
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