Anglican Samizdat


Samizdat was the clandestine copying and distribution of government-suppressed literature or other media in Soviet-bloc countries. Copies were made a few at a time, and those who received a copy would be expected to make more copies. This was often done by handwriting or typing.

This grassroots practice to evade officially imposed censorship was fraught with danger as harsh punishments were meted out to people caught possessing or copying censored materials.

Vladimir Bukovsky defined it as follows: “I myself create it, edit it, censor it, publish it, distribute it, and [may] get imprisoned for it.”

For those who would like to know what the picture at the top right is: it is one of the first printing presses.

I write this blog for my own entertainment and to poke fun at the religious and political establishment; after all, as Kingsley Amis said: “If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing”.

Rules: If you comment using a pseudonym, please be consistent and stick to one and use a valid email address. If you won’t do that or you are repeatedly and perversely obnoxious, your comments will probably be deleted.

And before you post, remember: Nemo risum praebuit, qui ex se coepit. Nobody is laughed at, who laughs at himself. (Seneca)

Note, that all posts and comments here represent the views of their authors alone. In particular, the opinions in my posts and comments are not those of ANiC, Essentials, or the parish I attend even if they occasionally appear to coincidentally resemble them.



  1. So? Why did you include this? Or, is this an Essentials’ plot to become more out of touch with the reality of the this world than they are?

    Comment by Mary Eleanor Hill — December 27, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

  2. Mary,

    I’m not sure whether you are referring to the whole About page or the specific reference to Essentials. If the latter, it is to reinforce the point that this is my personal blog and I am not speaking on behalf of any organisation.

    That being cleared up, I find the suggestion that this blog is a plot rather quaint.

    Comment by David — December 27, 2008 @ 5:52 pm

  3. I love your fan mail. I could imagine Christ and the Apostles receiving similar comments related to their teaching had the technology existed 2000 years ago.

    Comment by Warren — December 29, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  4. Thanks Warren.

    Comment by David — December 29, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  5. Surely you made the fan mail up??

    Comment by Kate — December 29, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  6. No, it’s real; I couldn’t subject everyone to the extremely rude ones, of course.

    Comment by David — December 29, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

  7. David is a veritable magnet for kind words.

    Comment by blks — December 29, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

  8. Re: “I write this blog for my own entertainment”

    Reminds me of the quote (along the lines of) “Freedom of the press belongs to the person that owns one”.
    I guess we all have the ability to own one now.

    Comment by The other Dave — March 9, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

  9. Hello David,
    How do I send you an email? We are the “Free Anglicans” located in Hepworth Ontario. The building that we rent from the Town of South Bruce Peninsula for our Sunday Worship services is possibly going to be sold or domolished, and I would like to send you more information.
    In Faith,

    Click to access 7F905D2667C74A08BAA93D424F84E340-Public%20Notice%20re%20Hepworth%20Community%20Centre%20April%2014,%202010.pdf

    Comment by AMPisAnglican — April 13, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

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