Information Landmine

"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ice-T Was Right: "Freedom Of Speech, Just Watch What You Say"

Indeed, or it may mean that broadcasters choose to cut off your right to use what used to be the "public" airwaves, because now they can legally exclude candidates from debates on whatever arbitrary basis they choose, thus suffocating any attempt to effectively express dissenting opinions on a broad platform.

The fact that these broadcasters are mostly owned and controlled by mega-corporations with their own sets of political and economic interests to promote and defend - interests which are often at odds with those of the citizenry - means that this latest court ruling represents another nail in the coffin of our republican form of government.

And where were Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards on this fiasco when it came time to make a principled stand for liberty, democracy and the right to freedom of expression? If they had any commitment to such principles, shouldn't they have refused to participate in such a sham themselves? The answer, my friend, is blowin' on an ill wind.

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