In a considerable number of countries which, for about a hundred years, have enjoyed a practically complete freedom of public discussion, that freedom is now suppressed and replaced by a compulsion to coordinate speech with such views as the government believes to be expedient, or holds in all seriousness. It may be worth our while to consider briefly the effect of that compulsion, or persecution, on thoughts as well as actions.
First paragraph of Leo Strauss’s essay Persecution and the Art of Writing. More needed than ever. Time has come to again speak, write, film, act innuendo-ish and listen, read, watch, understand beyond words, scripts, behaviors. Outspoken opposition is no longer possible nor advisable. Time to go deep and subvert, the Straussian way.