“Liberals”, 2004: “Question authority! Free speech is *the* most essential right!”
“Progressives”, 2019: “Free speech is too dangerous for people without tin ‘journalist’ badges to be using”
In the old Soviet Union, citizens used to joke that when a shortage of butter was anticipated, the state media would start running stories on how *bad* butter was for you.
I couldn’t help but think about this over the weekend. And not *just* because our media is resembling the old Soviet media more and more, either.
Following on the NYTimes’ op-ed on free speech being too “dangerous” for mere proles, NPR’s “On the Media” – which is to the big media what a fawning mall cop is to your local blue-and-white – took up the same refrain, giving Marantz a full hour to reiterate his claim (and in so doing giving a whole new spin on “physician, heal thyself”).
Oh, they wrap it in a dirty-sounding word, “absolutism” – but like the NYTimes piece…
…it’s all a rationalization for turning speech over to the “professionals”, to whittle that right (or “right”) down to a size that proles can handle.
And we’re seeing a *lot* of this lately; how checks and balances are just tooooo haaaaard, and the Bill of Rights is just tooooo complex for the herd to deal with.
Makes me think of Soviet Radio. Apropos nothing.
Just saying, Democrats – I liked y’all better 15 years ago.