In the game of chess it is not a good idea to simply throw away a piece. It gives the opponent an advantage.
If geopolitics were considered global chess, a nation’s representation at the UN must be considered a “chess piece”. However in this case I see no advantage or redeeming value in retaining this piece. Perhaps someone can enlighten me to the contrary?
As for Dante, I would not be surprised if his work is not eventually banned. The march of totalitarianism is inexorable.
“Last week, President Obama signed into law the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. This law permits Secret Service agents to designate any place they wish as a place where free speech, association and petition of the government are prohibited. And it permits the Secret Service to make these determinations based on the content of speech.”