... Independent Libraries

Posted: 10/28/2006 8:38:00 AM
Author: Heretical Librarian
Source: This article was originally posted on Heretical Librarian blog.

Fears Independent Libraries
by the Heretical Librarian

Notes from Librarians for Fairness: Both Heretical Librarian and Freadom are excellent librarian blogs.

Freadom provides a link to pictures of two Cuban independent librarians beaten by pro-regime mobs. Radical left-wing Castro apologists... have tried to justify the Cuban dictatorship's repression of independent librarians by arguing that the latter are agents of a foreign power because some of them have accepted funding from the US Government. Even if we assume for the sake of argument that this is true, how does this possibly justify the Castro regime's actions?

After all, if the Cuban regime is as popular and beloved as sympathizers...claim it is, how can the independent library movement possibly threaten it? Preventing the Cuban people from having access to independent sources of information and expression is crucial to maintaining this climate of "intense, debilitating fear". This is why the Castro dictatorship represses independent libraries and other forms of intellectual freedom.