OUTRAGEOUS IMPRISONMENT: Two Britons — Simon Sheppard, a writer and behavioral scientist, and Stephen Whittle, a freelance writer and satirist — languished a year in American jails though they committed no crimes whatever under American law. They fled to the U.S. seeking asylum because they fell afoul of tyrannical anti-free-speech laws in Britain and faced imprisonment merely for expressing their ideas and publishing the ideas of others — such as Robert Crumb cartoons! — on a Web page. If … Read the rest of this article
by Kevin Alfred Strom
SOME PEOPLE — most notably lobbyists for the world’s wealthiest ethnic group — would like to see “speech codes,” which make it a punishable offense to criticize persons who belong to certain “protected classes,” enacted into law in the United States.
These pressure groups have already gotten their way in many European countries, and people have gone to jail and had their lives ruined and their families devastated merely for telling the truth as they saw … Read the rest of this article
by Kevin Alfred Strom (pictured)
Free Speech magazine, December 1995
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This publication corrects some typographical errors and omissions which have been present since this article’s first appearance on the Internet in the 1990s. I would also add that the term “separatist” has become, in the intervening years, an opprobrious media smear word almost as frightening to two-legged rabbits as “supremacist.” The word “compound,” referring to someone’s rural … Read the rest of this article
NIETZSCHE QUOTE BANNED: At Temple College in Texas the philosopher Nietzsche’s words â€” Gott ist tot (“God is dead”) â€” have been ordered removed from literature Professorâ€™s Kerry Laird’s office door because they were called “offensive” by a complainant. As Inside Higher Ed comments, “If quotes that some find offensive canâ€™t be displayed, how many philosophers would be safe to quote on a door at Temple?”