On Statues

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:53 pm
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Statues and monuments are works of art. In the war on free expression the first things to go are works of art, because art encourages free thought by being simultaneously beautiful, accessible, multifaceted and mysterious. Art draws the audience toward psychological freedom. Authoritarians, who peer at the world though an ideological lens of pure power, understand that psychological freedom is a threat to their desired monopoly. So, they misrepresent nuanced works of art as single-minded and offensive, as "against us" for refusing to be "with us," and destroy such art as an act of political conquest. Communists, Marxists, Nazis, Fascists, Islamists -- all are art-hating authoritarians. All seek to destroy the value and meaning in the freely organic cultures they invade in order to install their own. They destroy art and replace it with propaganda in service to their own hubris, their own greed, their own insatiable lust for control over others.

Monuments don't exist to be blindly worshipped. Those who wish to tear them down are simpleminded types who worship their own ideas, and are projecting that unhealthy degree of reverence onto their perceived enemies. These monuments exist, and remain, as historical bookmarks, inviting the common people to live among them contemplatively, remembering the long uphill journey of progress. If an ideological enemy does worship a monument, the only way to dispel the error is through discussion, as removal of the monument only further entrenches the misconception that historical monuments are equivalent to idols, erected and demolished as meaningful acts of psychological warfare in a black-and-white world.

Video embeds and more writing under the cut. )

(Posted to [community profile] free_speech, [community profile] freedom_of_expression and [personal profile] amyvanhym.)
amyvanhym: (goodnight)
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Hi, I'm new. I've started collecting freedom of expression links for myself and I thought I should bring 'em over here.

Freedom of Expression treasure chest )

(x-posted to [community profile] freedom_of_expression)
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It's that day of the week again. If you have a link about free speech but don't feel like making a full post, comment here. Or if a link sparks a thought, share it with other members.
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It's links collection day again. If you have a link you'd like to share but don't want to make a full post about it, feel free to use this post to share it in the comments. And if you see a link you find interesting, feel free to start a discussion about it.

After some discussion, we've also decided to change these entries to being fortnightly (every two weeks) instead of weekly, and the tag has been renamed to "links collection entry". If this change is worse for you, please let us know!
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It's that day of the week again. Or it was yesterday, anyway.

If you have a free speech related link but don't feel like making it its own post, you can comment here. Or if a link sparks a thought, feel free to start or join the discussion.
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Have a link about free speech that you want to put somewhere, but don't want to make it its own entry? Feel free to comment with the link here. And if you see any links which spark a thought in your mind, feel free to start a discussion in the comments!
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It's that day of the week again. If you have a link but not the time or energy to post a full entry, comment on this entry. Or if a link or discussion sparks a thought, comment or join in the discussion.
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Another week, another links collection entry. You know how this goes; if there's a link you'd like to discuss but don't want to make a post for, put it here. If something here catches your eye and you want to discuss it more, feel free.

Now that we've reached entry #10, I'd also like to ask - are these link collection posts useful for people? Or are they just spamming your reading page? The intention was that the posts could make things easier for people with low spoons, but I'm not certain whether or not it's succeeding in that goal or not. What does everyone think? Even if you haven't commented on these posts in the past, I'm interested in your views.
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Has it been a week already? Yes, it has, and slightly more. Anyway, you should know the drill by now. Post a link, post a thought.
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I'm not sure whether this bill is good or bad. It appears to target "hecklers' veto", which may be a good thing. OTOH, I'm afraid that "violent or other disorderly conduct" may mean whatever the campus police wants it to mean. Any thoughts?
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It's that time of week again. (Or it was yesterday, at least.)

If you have a link that you'd like to share with the community but which you don't feel merits a full entry, you can post it as a comment here! Likewise, if you see a link in the comments and want to discuss it more, feel free to respond and start a conversation.
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Has it been a week already? I didn't see it pass. Anyway: if you have a link you think worth sharing but not the time or energy to post a full entry, comment here. Or if a link sparks a thought, feel free to start or join a discussion.
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Time for another weekly links collection entry!

If you have a link you'd like to share regarding free speech but don't want to make a full post about it, share it in the comments of this post! Also, if you see any link you'd like to discuss in the comments, feel free to reply to it and start (or continue) a discussion.
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If you have links related to free speech but not the time or energy to post a discussion of them, comments on this entry are the place to post them. Or, if a link posted sparks a thought, feel free to start or join a discussion in comments.
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Sorry for missing this week's link collection entry on Friday!

If you have any links that you want to share, but don't feel need a separate entry, you can use the comments of this post to share them!
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Ooops, I missed that yesterday was Friday.

If you have links related to free speech but not the time or energy to post a discussion of them, comments on this entry are the place to post them. Or, if a link posted sparks a thought, feel free to start or join a discussion in comments.
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I recently saw the comic at http://onegianthand.com/post/160871094471/international-waters and found it deeply disturbing - but not for the reasons everyone else would.

The comic shows a ship at sea. It zooms in to show two people topside - the captain and a sailor - talking to each other on the bow. (Emphasis is from the original comic.)

Captain: "Are we in international waters yet?"

Sailor: "Aye, Cap'n."

Captain: "At last! Beyond the reach of any nation, I am free to think the forbidden thoughts I would normally be arrested for."

The last panel shows the captain's forbidden thoughts. It's irrelevant to this discussion and takes from the seriousness of it, but I've included it at the bottom of this post behind a cut if you're curious. (It's safe for work.)

I'm not disturbed by the captain's "forbidden thoughts", but instead I'm disturbed by the fact that bar the last panel, this is an incredibly eerie reminder of how society is potentially rallying around the idea of thoughtcrime. Being arrested for "Forbidden thoughts" is something that some people would actually be okay with. (For example, I know at least one person who believes that pedophiles should go to jail regardless of whether they've committed any offence. I find this idea horrifying.)

I'm aware that this comic is (probably) deliberately overstating things for the purpose of comedy, but at the same time it's promoting this overstated idea as normal. I'm curious as to what other people feel about this, and about its implications for free speech.

The captain's forbidden thoughts in the last panel. (SFW) )
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https://twitter.com/sarahemclaugh/status/864686484351332353

I hope Erdogan is given a choice between waiving his bodyguards' immunity or being himself Persona Non Grata.

ETA: Encouraging statement
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