So it should not surprise anyone that theatre is facing increasing attacks in places like Hungary, Belarus, and Iraq. (Political correctness and government subsidies and support do the job more subtly in places like Great Britain and the U.S.) Russell Berman argues in Fiction Sets You Free: Literature, Liberty, and Western Culture that theatre encourages democratic action:
Dramatic literature, in its convening of the community, tends toward decisive activism, while the novel, with its focus on individual interiority among a polyphony of characters and addressed to the private reader, tends toward a dispersion of power. The former resonates with democracy per se, the mobilized public, the latter with liberalism and the lives of individuals. (164)
It is this understanding, conscious or unconscious on the part of the censors, which leads to attempts to ban theatre, and even to influence its content through more subtle manipulations.