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  •  I get the Minority Report Pre-Crime Overtones (7+ / 0-)

    Getting a pre-emptive restraining order against illegal acts is somewhat frightening.  And I see that there is concern that it could spill over soon into restraining orders against arguably legal acts.

    I guess I'm more alarmed by abuses like the caged "free speech zones" at the political conventions of the past, the non-disclosure agreements virtually all companies force employees to sign, the corporatization of the media, the resounding media silence when the 2000 election was stolen and the farcical Iraq WMD claims were so shamefully staged. . .

    It's a long list.  But you are so right that we are not a culture that engages in robust free speech that (a) describes reality and (b) submits reality to the scrutiny of basic critical reason.

    We're awash in oligarchic fluff jobs and silly info-tainment.  It ain't pretty.

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