Tag Archives: Freedom of Speech

Gratuitous Insults

Some call it “festive abuse” and some have made a good living at it. One of those was Don Rickles – still around but growing mellow now, and certainly less active. He’s an old guy now and insult comedy is … Continue reading

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Imaginary Mobs

Arthur Dreifuss’ Riot on Sunset Strip (1967) is a pretty awful movie – “A police captain (Aldo Ray) is caught between businesses operating on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip who don’t like the punks hanging out, and his belief in … Continue reading

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One More 9/11

Some of us don’t do that passionate thing. Maybe it’s the Czech heritage – Jaroslav Hašek through Vaclav Havel through Milan Kundera – a pose of bemused irony hiding careful thinking and an iron will to change things gets more … Continue reading

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A Fine Madness

There’s that curious scene in Hamlet when Polonius, who seems to be some sort of advisor to the royal family – James Baker to the first George Bush or Karl Rove to the second – tells the queen that her … Continue reading

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Facing the Inevitable

There are the classic films about teaching bright and hopeful adolescents – Goodbye Mr. Chips and its modern analog Dead Poets Society – but they only hint at the central problem. Sooner or later you understand all the texts you … Continue reading

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The Problem with Genteel Islamophobia and Moral Preening

Yes, book burning is generally consider bad form – and the Wikipedia item covers the destruction of the Library of Alexandria, the obliteration of the Library of Baghdad, the burning of books and burying of scholars under China’s Qin Dynasty, … Continue reading

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