Friday, September 14, 2012
The new PC?
Elsewhere I've commented that President Obama's failure to defend free speech is dangerous, since the left-liberal establishment is piling on for political gain. Well, we're now seeing the start of open, public calls from "reputable people" (or serious people, as Paul Krugman would call them) for "common sense" rules restricting free speech.
From an American law scholar of international law (Note his arguments carefully, and keep in mind he's considered one of the foremost experts in the world on these matters.)
From another American academic at a major university
From mainstream American journalists
And the Whitehouse itself is seeking "backdoor" censorship.
I'm not over the top at all -- and that's very unfortunate.
"While the First Amendment right to free expression is important, it is also important to remember that other countries and cultures do not have to understand or respect our right."
Our right? Is the right to freedom of speech not everyone's right? I guess it's not, according to the professor who allegedly "values" freedom of speech.
It must come as great comfort to those millions of people living in these totalitarian regimes who crave respect for their freedoms, to know that their overlords - I'm sorry, "countries and cultures" - don't have to respect those rights.
I will say that it does comfort me to read the comments sections on those articles and see near 100% condemnation for the professors' ludicrous anti-freedom diatribes.
Regarding the near 100% condemnation, I think Americans are generally still in favor of "First Amendment Absolutism." The left-liberals intelligentsia may well recognize already that it is working to govern against the will of the people. This doesn't seem to phase them.