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Memories of the 28th Century

Miscellaneous thoughts about miscellaneous matters

  1. Freedom of Speech

    by , 08-15-2015 at 03:46 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    All countries that even pretend to have democratic institutions have freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and that includes the right to be able to use billboards, radio and television, the internet, etc. and to contract with publishers to carry advertisements for one’s preferred issues, candidates, or whatever in newspapers, magazines, electronic media, etc. This is quite straightforward, but there are people who seem to think that such freedom of expression is not ...
  2. Free Speech and Its Utility

    by , 05-10-2015 at 06:55 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The idea of free speech has been around for quite a while. It was essential to Ancient Greek democracy, and in ancient times the suppression of free speech was often a clear sign that government was acting badly. The actual origins of the idea of free speech aren't important, and the origins predate history, so there is a limit on what we can say about it. But the re-emergence of free speech during and after the Reformation and during the Age of Reason is very important to the concept of free speech ...

    Updated 05-11-2015 at 10:10 AM by PeterL

  3. Liberalism, Philosophy of Freedom

    by , 03-17-2015 at 02:44 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    The philosophy and idealism that was championed during the Enlightenment and cherished in the United States of America and restored by the Counter Culture in the 1960’s and 1970’s is starting to erode again. There seem to be people who think that their opinions and religious beliefs are better than the opinions of others. I learned that that opinion is best characterized as totalitarianism, and it has led to religious persecution in the past and in the present. That is the philosophy that ISIS is ...
  4. Liberalism: Which Flavor?

    by , 05-12-2014 at 01:27 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    There seem to be people who think that liberalism is a synonym for socialism, and that people like Ted Kennedy and Obama et alia were or are liberals. Sometimes it seems like people think that liberalism and state socialism are the same things. Nothing could be further from the truth. Liberalism is about freedoms: s free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and private property, free thought, etc. It is a philosophical movement that began with ...
  5. To the Dogs

    by , 04-17-2013 at 07:04 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    I’m not a real dog enthusiast, but there used to be dogs all around, and I became accustomed to them. If you walked down the street, then you would meet dogs every few hundred feet. They’d come over and sniff you, unless they were interested in something in particular, and they’d just keep trotting along. Or there’d be dogs chained in backyards that would bark or howl at you as you passed. There weren’t many vicious dogs, but every now and then a dog would bite someone, but the bites were usually ...

    Updated 04-18-2013 at 03:44 PM by PeterL

    Tags: dogs, freedom
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