January 17, 2012 10:56PM

Today, at Least, Britannica Rules the Web

Congratulations to Wikipedia for going dark for a day in protest of the "online piracy" bills being considered in Congress.

But what do we do for information today? You know, we've gotten used to being able to find information now. So here's an idea: Try the original encyclopedia, the one written (in most cases, ahem) by scholars and experts, Britannica.

You could start with their article on libertarianism. Or indeed their article on censorship. And then move on to the columns that I wrote there for most of 2011, on such topics as the debt ceiling crisis, the French Revolution, the founding documents of the United States and the Communist Party of China, the false charge of isolationism, marriage equality in 1967 and 2011,  government waste ("this is the business you have chosen"), the Stonewall protests, the triumph of feminism, and why Keynes threw towels on the floor. Good heavens -- that ought to keep you busy on Wednesday.

And then Thursday at noon, as Wikipedia and other sites reopen, you can go down to Capitol Hill at noon to see a panel of experts explain what's wrong with the bills that the websites are protesting.