I like the quote but 20th century proved it untrue and the start of the 21st doesn’t look good

‘lt is by the diffusion of knowledge by books that all species of tyranny and oppression can be most effectually resisted; it is by the diffusion of books, that mankind become acquainted with their moral and religious duties; and it is also by books that men become distinguished for their intelligence, probity and worth.’

‘The Book of English Trades’ 1818

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