Thursday, February 16, 2006

UnAmerican quote of the day

"'Freedom of speech!' the American Civil Liberties Union will protest. Before we buy into the slogan, we must remember our history" - Ben Shapiro, before proceeding to argue for a revival of the Sedition Acts and the supression of civil liberties.

In most every circumstance, I would say that saying something is unAmerican is unAmerican, since I view plurality and freedom of expression as one of the cardinal strengths of American society, but when someone says that freedom of speech is a "slogan" we should be weary of buying into and then cites our rich (sarcasm) history of suppressing it, I think that falls into the unAmerican category.

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