"Soon, many Afrikaners were calling themselves Doppers, after the little metal caps with which they snuffed out candles. They called themselves doppers because they were deliberately and consciously extinguishing the light of the Enlightenment, so that they could do what they had to do in darkness."
- Rian Malan, My Traitor's Heart
The Harper Conservatives will tell us they're not the first to act this way. They would be correct on that point.
The Enlightenment was seen as a turning point in Western Civilization, where we began to emerge from the Dark Ages into a time where reason, knowledge and compassion ruled. If we want to keep it that way, we're going to have to light the way forward from within.
UPDATE Sept 23/13: "This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance."
Forgive them, lord...
UPDATIER 11/11/13: "I think not publishing the leaks puts [people] in danger because when you have a system of government in which people can exercise great power in the dark, that's what is dangerous," he said.