Archive for the 'Free Speech' Category

Does it matter if we’re oppressed for what we ‘do,’ rather than what we ‘are’?

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Vin’s latest post at https://www.academia.edu/s/965353a49d , where Nese Devenot invites members of the psychedelic community to “come out of the closet”: I believe a false dichotomy is being embraced by some correspondents here, a dichotomy which is beneficial to the oppressors, but not to the oppressed — who would be better advised to form common […]

‘Well, there’s nothing artificial about it’

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The book “The Archaic Revival” (HarperCollins 1991), which is a compilation of writings by and interviews with the late entheogen pioneer Terence McKenna, concludes with an interview conducted by Nevill Drury as it appeared in the Autumn, 1990 (Vol. 11, No. 1) issue of the Australian magazine “Nature and Health.” An excerpt of the most […]

‘A natural and, perhaps, even necessary component of spirituality’

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Out of Wyoming, firm proponent of self-ownership Mama Liberty has weighed in with a thoughtful commentary on “The Testament of James” (here), focusing on what the tale tells us about the nature of organized religion, and its relation to social control. “Some people got together and figured out how to use the belief or disbelief […]

No longer trusted to tell them what’s ‘news’

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

For centuries, a few hundred wealthy individuals, families and corporations have had de facto control over what we consume as “news” — simply because they could afford to buy big printing presses, and ink by the barrel. Despite early fears in the newspaper industry, neither radio nor television ever broke this monopoly. You’d quickly realize […]

How are we doin’?

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

How are we doing, safeguarding those “unalienable Rights” with which we are “endowed by our Creator” — in support of which 56 patriots solemnly pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred Honor, 236 years ago? We remain free by many measures. Americans can still pretty much live where we want, work where we want, […]

Whittling away the Bill of Rights One Pesky Plank At A Time

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Pollster Scott Rasmussen told a local radio host this week that if GOP Congressman Ron Paul were to pursue a third-party candidacy next fall — which he considers unlikely — Paul would draw more votes from Barack Obama than from the Republican nominee. That is how upset the anti-war Left is with the president, Mr. […]

U.S. human rights record condemned by Venezuela … Uganda … Cuba … Red China …

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Skeptics of the United Nations have long warned that subsidizing an outfit that holds any Third World potentate preening on an upturned bucket stands as a moral equal to the president of the United States could lead to trouble. Supporters scoffed at the notion that — humored long enough — dashiki-clad kleptrocrats from nations where […]

Do the Dutch enjoy free speech?

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Dutch politician Geert Wilders is considered by some to be the political heir to Pim Fortuyn, who was murdered in broad daylight in 2002 for his own political views by a Muslim extremist who evidently didn’t quite grasp the concept of “tolerance” which Dutch Muslims would now like to see imposed on Mr. Wilders. For […]

Pay your taxes — finance the incumbent you hate

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Imagine you’re unhappy with the performance in office of some incumbent politician. You throw your hat in the ring and proceed to spend months raising the hundreds of thousands of dollars necessary to wage a viable electoral challenge. Or, maybe you’ve spent decades of hard work amassing the private, after-tax savings necessary to fund such […]

Conspiring to block political free speech

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Back in 1963, one Ernesto Arturo Miranda was arrested for robbery in Arizona. While in custody he confessed to raping an 18-year-old woman two days before his arrest. He was convicted on the more serious charge. But in 1966 the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, threw out the confession — and with […]