Tuesday, October 12, 2004
In the same vein
Run! It's a Daily Cal Editorial!
There's something strangely disconcerting about this editorial, talking about how Person X shouldn't have acted in Manner Y, and justifying the argument in the name of freedom.
While I agree that it's too bad Howard Dean couldn't stay on topic, and probably deserves a swift kick to the crotch for breaking his agreements...
Although the Free Speech Movement has gained a reputation as a leftist movement, it is more of a forum for the exchange of all ideas—be they popular or extreme, liberal, conservative or anarchist. Dean did not embody this kind of free exchange in his speech; indeed, he may have marginalized event attendees who hold differing political views from those he espoused.
I hear a lot about marginalizing. People get marginalized when other people say things they disagree with. I guess. I don't really know how much sense that makes.
While many people in the campus community may dislike the policies of the current administration, last week’s Free Speech events were intended to celebrate freedom of expression for everyone, not only those with whom we agree.
Er... you mean those you disagree with as to what constitutes an acceptable speech? It's likely that The Daily Cal is only raising the issue because Rossman and his ilk have complained. Without his complaints, or with identical complaints from a different group (e.g. BCR), we would almost certainly have read a glowing review of Howard Dean's invigorating (I assume) speech.
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