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Friday, January 19, 2007

The Drive to Silence

John Stuart MillWhat drives those who would stifle free speech? The arrogance of their superior ideas? The insecurity of unfavorable comparison? Impatience, intolerance, delusion, ignorance - all of the above?

What good comes of censorship? What is the noble purpose? Is it "fairness"? Who will judge what is fair? Is it "efficiency"? To save us from arguing with those who are obviously wrong? Who decides what is obvious?

This totalitarian impulse to silence opposition has appeared in many places across time. Today it is a hallmark of Leftism. It is a Leftist's kneejerk reaction when faced with any ideological challenge.

Thus they seek to shut down FOX News. To muzzle Rush Limbaugh and "balance" talk radio. To criminalize climate change "denial". To teach only Darwinist dogma. To impose academic speech codes. To silence those who don't accept their anti-religion religion. To ostracize anyone who notes the differences between sexes, races, or individuals.

Yes, the media is biased. Yes, money is a megaphone. Yes, man is hopelessly flawed. That is no matter. Those who fear argument fear truth. Those who fear truth fear reality. Be not afraid. Reality trumps all eventually.


Blogger flippityflopitty said...

So what time is the book burning tonite?

3/08/2007 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger Tanstaafl said...

Probably out of concern for the environment true progressives don't call for burning. They prefer to simply ban books they disagree with.

3/23/2007 12:32:00 PM  

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