Writing and/or Speaking the Truth
When Bertold Brecht wrote an essay about writing the truth in 1935 he was quite clear that the difficulty faced by those attempting to write the truth under Fascism applied equally to those writing in countries where so-called civil liberties existed.
Before reading Brecht's comment you may want to view these Notes on the United States Constitution.
Nowadays, anyone who wishes to combat lies and ignorance and to write the truth must overcome at
least five difficulties. He must have the courage to write the truth when truth is everywhere opposed; the
keenness to recognize it, although it is everywhere concealed; the skill to manipulate it as a weapon; the
judgment to select those in whose hands it will be effective; and the cunning to spread the truth among
such persons. These are formidable problems for writers living under Fascism, but they exist also for
those writers who have fled or been exiled; they exist even for writers working in countries where civil
We hope that this is a place where the truth can be told and where civil disagreement on a variety of subjects is expressed. In the spirit of debate we hold that no subject is taboo.