Sunday, April 23, 2006

pejorative only if you think so

I have been working on this thing for Sohni at ASEF. It is about various legal restrictions on free speech in different countries, for instance blasphemy legislation in many European countries, or te offence of "insulting the Buddhist religion" in Myanmar! I will be glad to finish it this week and not look at it again, simply because it is so depressing to see how many laws are observed by their abuse.

Anyway, maybe because I've been reading so many laws designed to combat anti-semitism, I have taken to calling our kid (AFFECTIONATELY) the "half-caste" or our little "half-breed mongrel"...

Of course I am only kidding. Most comments are pejorative only if you don't realise the context. In this one, it is just because my general stand on hate speech is broadly similar to Noam Chomsky's. By the way, he has been accused of being anti-semetic, but only by people who don't understand him...

"Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're in favor of free speech, then you're in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise. Otherwise, you're not in favor of free speech." Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992).

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