The Right Coast

January 12, 2006
Freedom of speech: fun while it lasted
By Tom Smith

This deeply disturbing article on the ongoing campaign to regulate and curtail political speech is a must read.

One little thing to add: technologists and engineers should think hard about creating modes of speech that the state just cannot, for practical purposes, regulate. I don't know what this would be. Encryption of some sort? But the constitutional prohibition against infringing the freedom of speech may not be enough. You would think the transparently self-serving nature of politicians telling us what political speech we may and may not engage in would be enough to discredit it. But it may not be.

I just hope some future historian will not point to Bush's failure to veto McCain-Feingold, and the Supreme Court's failure to overturn that misconceived statute, and the beginning of the end. Without freedom of speech, there is no freedom of thought. Without freedom of thought, oh, sorry, I was about to express a non-approved thought. I don't know what I was thinking.