Re: cheers and jeers

Cliff Sloane (cesloane@MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU)
Tue, 3 Jan 1995 12:21:30 -0600

> Those who dictate speech restriction in the name of "good" are no different
> and surely should earn swift justice. They are robbers of choice too.
> Of all the freedoms, freedom of speech is the most important. Yet (in hoc
> signo vinces) you would rob us of this!
> Ain't Truth grand.

I hope others on the list would recognize the severe ethnocentrism of Mr.
Johnston's above comments. If we've learned anything at all from
linguistic anthropology, semiotics, et al., it is that all speech is
social behavior, and that no speech is free. The above comment
represents, to this humble reader, a particularly disingenuous form of
classically American individualism.
Am I being too harsh?

Cliff Sloane