Friday, April 4, 2014

Youth Tobacco Usage, Art Galleries and Second Amendment Advocacy

Did you know today is "404 Day"? Get it? 4/04? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) identified this day to call attention to aggressive Internet censorship in Libraries and Schools, done for either reducing liability and/or political correctness.

The EFF cites some examples of what the institutional nannies are often seen blocking, including "Wiccan, Native American spirituality...astrology...LGBTQ communities, youth tobacco usage, art galleries, and Second Amendment advocacy." [emphasis my own]

My Take: That's a convention I'd attend at least once! It's good company to be lumped into. Many people I've run into who are passionate about fighting the suppression and marginalizing of their advocacy don't understand that in a very real way, culturally and legally, we're all in this together despite the cultural lines that may lie between us. It's a bit tangential, but I can't help but recall Christopher Hitchens summoning Adam Mitchnik in outlining this alliance at its core: "the crucial distinction between systems...was no longer ideological. The main political difference was between those who did, and those who did not, believe that the citizen could -- or should -- be the property of the state."

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