Politics, Technology, and Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

Burning the village to save it

Posted by metaphorical on 28 November 2006

The story, from WCSH in Portland, story is brief, but the lead sentence says it all anyway, at least for those of us collecting entries for the “Most Orwellian Moment of 2006″ competition.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used a New Hampshire event dedicated to freedom of speech to say the United States will have to re-examine that constitutional right as it fights terrorism.

Kind of reminds you of this gem from back in March 2003:

Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia is slated to accept a free speech award today in Cleveland. Among the conditions Scalia put on his appearing to accept the award: a wholesale ban on any media presence.

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3 Responses to “Burning the village to save it”

  1. [...] Keith Olbermann picks up where Gingrich’s speech left off. GINGRICH: My view is that either before we lose a city, or if we are truly stupid after we lose a city, we will adopt rules of engagement that we use every technology we can find to break up their capacity to use the Internet, to break up their capacity to use free speech, and to go after people who want to kill us, to stop them from recruiting people before they get to reach out and convince young people to destroy their lives while destroying us. OLBERMANN: If you’re going to destroy freedom of speech, bub, you’ve already lost all the cities. [...]

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