‘Necessity’ & Censorship


“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

~ William Pitt, 1783

William Pitt the Younger was a British politician of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He became the youngest Prime Minister in 1783 at the age of 24.

Pitt’s career coincided with such pivotal events as the reign of King George III, the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

Social and political change marked the era, such as the 1800 acts of Union and Catholic emancipation in Ireland, movements to abolish the slave trade within the British Empire, calls for female emancipation, and a rise in the legal-ethical system of utilitarianism.

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes) played Pitt in the 2006 film “Amazing Grace.”

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