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Richard F. Dutcher rfdutcher at igc.apc.org
Mon Feb 13 19:21:29 PST 1995

> Date:          Sat, 11 Feb 1995 01:41:09 -0600
> To:            cypherpunks at toad.com
> From:          dls at mcs.com (David Sallach)
> >
> >"Free" speech has always been a balancing act.  The founders
> >certainly didn't intend to provide "free" speech for blacks and
> >women.  
>  The Founders created a larger space for free speech than had ever
> existed.  Slaves were deprived of many freedoms including speech, of course,
> but women and free blacks were included in the Bill of Rights and exercised
> free speech, frequently compellingly.  
And were frequently thrown in jail for their pains - note especially 
the experiences of the early feminists [anachronistic label alert].  
And let us not forget what happened to the Mormons ...

> Check out Frederick Douglass' practicing oration while still a
> slave, and then winning his freedom to become one of the greatest
> abolitionist orators.  Consider the appreciation of diversity of thought and
> speech manifested by Jefferson, Lincoln and many other American political
> leaders.
> >

And Douglass spent a good portion of his life as a refugee in a 
protected enclave [Boston] where he had powerful friends to keep him 
from being arrested.

I'm not dissing the Founders, or the Bill of Rights -- just the 
simplified pap their invocation in most discourse has become.  I was 
trained in high school as a scientist, and in college as an 
historian, and in both instances to value the messy contingent 
realities over the tempting simplicities of ideology and theory.

And there are few contingent realities messier than the law ...

> > . . . "They" have never liked "free" speech ... :-(
> Invoking poitically 'correct' stereotypes does not strengthen your
> argument.
> David Sallach

Irony-impaired, are we?

There's a Polish word, used by most of the populace after the 1979
coup to refer to the army and apparat, that is usually translated as
"them."  I [probably incorrectly] recall it as "Oni" -- would you
prefer it?

My own first encounter with the term "politically [in]correct" was
among 70's feminists, who used it ironically, to tell people they
needed a vacation/to get laid/to get a grip.  Would that Newt used it 
that way ...

Rich Dutcher, San Francisco Greens
P.O. Box 77005, San Francisco, California 94107 USA

"That's libertarians for you - anarchists who want police protection from their slaves."
                          Kim Stanley Robinson, "Green Mars"

Greens, of course, only enslave plants - so weed-whackers work better than cops ...

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