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censorship because of perceived obscenity or immorality

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Similarly, if "respectable" society is united in being deeply offended by pornography, the judges are unlikely to try to thwart the government's efforts to suppress it, even if they privately scoff at Comstockery.
Another age, beyond our end-of-the-century comstockery and Liberal puritanism may find these works interesting, aber freilich nicht wahrscheinlich," he adds, with an uncharacteristically disconsolate tone.
The crusades of Anthony Comstock, the man whose raised eyebrows had the power to prevent booksellers from handling many books and magazines in nineteenth century America, gave us Comstockery, a synonym for overzealous censorship.
And in addition, Solbert hyperbolically added, "month after month Hemingway's work has outsold every other book in every book store in the United States, whether in New York, Atlanta, or [even] Boston," the very cradle of comstockery.
Both of us are opposed to all such ideas as come from the mob, and are polluted by its stupidity: Puritanism, Prohibition, comstockery, evangelical Christianity, tin-pot patriotism, the whole sham of democracy .
Nonetheless, the new generation of librarians were armed with both the presumptions of expertise and the prejudices of their social class, a combination that led some of them to a position much like Comstockery.