Race for the American Mind
Posted by wordforit on January 24, 2008
. . . The attack upon free expression is more varied than one may think, but I’ll start with the obvious. Most have heard of the euphemistically-named “Fairness Doctrine,” which would essentially eliminate traditionalist talk radio. People such as Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage may then be relegated to satellite – assuming they’re willing to leap into the ether – and its far smaller audience.
Then we have hate speech laws, which empower governments to punish people of politically incorrect passions. In Europe, Canada and elsewhere, average citizens have suffered persecution for criticizing homosexuality and Islam and voicing other unfashionable truths. And as hate speech laws become more entrenched and accepted, the list of taboos of the tongue grows longer – and more widespread. They’re coming soon to a theater of social operations near you. . .