What was that you said about the freedom to protest?

I thought that what made “this country the best country on Earth” was that we had the (futile) right to protest. Whatever’s going on with that, by the way? Talk Radio Host Charged with Talking/Blogging. Gee whiz, I wonder what he was talking about that got him arrested?

The City of Keene, NH, has brought criminal charges against Ian Freeman, host of (nationally syndicated talkshow) Free Talk Live, for positively reporting on the actions of Andrew Carroll, who issued a press release stating he would be possessing marijuana in public, in order to protest drug laws. Mr. Freeman declared Andrew Carroll to be heroic, and gave positive publicity to his press release and arrest, as well as interviewed him afterwards.

Well darn. I guess you can profess being against the war on drugs, but you can’t actually encourage a criminal. That’s just going beyond the bounds of good taste.

By the way, we set the bounds of good taste, because we’re the ones with the guns. Just so you know.

It’s sort of funny to me, actually. They have absolutely no idea what is and is not dangerous to them. In fact, Anarchists talking against the State is pretty much the single least threatening thing to the State. Talk alone can do nothing. Symbols alone are worth nothing. But of course, they live in a world of symbols and as such can only recognize such threats.

3 thoughts on “What was that you said about the freedom to protest?

  1. Anarcho-pragmatiste February 26, 2009 at 14:21

    Maybe it’s a SLAPP-like criminal suit.

  2. Anarcho-pragmatiste February 26, 2009 at 14:36

    I’m not sure that it’s really a serious suit. I think they just want Ian Freeman to shut up.

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