You're Innocent When You Dream...
What's more important:
Freedom of speech or cultural courtesy?
Being a Dane and living in Denmark, this whole "Muhammed Cartoon" brouhaha
has made me wonder...
Not about my own opinion, so much, which is the same as before,
but about the motivations/sanity/gullibility of certain people.
To me, freedom of speech is damn near absolute.
As my arch-nemesis/somewhat clever friend Reluctant likes to say:
"You can't yell "FIRE!" in a crowded theater when there isn't one."
That I can accept.
But he's also said (paraphrase):
"You have the right to speak, but not to be heard".
Which seems deceptively reasonable and true...
unless, of course, you really think of the ramafications.
The press, wether gag-ordered, leashed, owned
or just "suggested to",
(Free Press? Ain't NO such thing, miss Blueeyes),
will always slant things towards satisfying the presumptions
of the many, unless they can hear a groundswell beneath
a worthy underdog opposition and decide
to gamble on -that- wave.
The press is a whore in the most capitalist sense:
It covers (or rather, wipes) its ass with ideals
and then rakes in the ad-money.
Hey, in comparison, at least hard-working prostitutes offer something
that is comparatively worth the price.
My point is,
unless you -get- anyone to listen,
your freedom of speech seems shallow.
Saw the news last night...
Some disgusting English "historian"
was convicted in Austria for denying the Holocaust.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
I'm so sick of these sort of measures.
Countering Nazi-mentality with Nazi-mentality...
What have you got then?
A turd, by any other name, still smells like shit.
I'll quote Patti Smith:
"I'll fertilize my lawn... with what's running from your mouth".
I consider freedom of speech the way Vaclav Havel
once put it (paraphrase):
"Think not only of freedom of speech as a protection
for your own most beloved theories,
but also as a defence for those utterances
with which you'd most vehemently disagree".
and fuck all the Gods.