Free Speech And The First Amendment

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Abstractions are inherently relative; Free From What Or Whom?

And then there is context;—Where and under what conditions does this freedom exist?

For the conditions upon Free Speech; remember; You cannot yell fire in a crowded theater just to see what happens, not and remain free.  You cannot lobby for armed overthrow of the Government (conservatives excluded?), etc.  It seems once this conditional, or exception caveat to an abstractions existence is made obvious, any number of reasons for not having Free Speech become both sensible and most assuredly right?  Most everyone will say so.  Just think of plagiarism, slander, libel and perjury as big NOs to your Free Speech privilege.  Yet politicians have the right to lie about one another in campaigns, which some take as a mandate.

You cannot share privy stock info, (ex Martha Stewart), and I suppose I am not free to tell all about your social security or credit card numbers.  We say unconditional Free Speech, but once looked at more closely in specifics, all kinds of exceptions seem obvious for The 1 Good of All.

Is Free Speech In The Ear and Eye Of The Beholder?

We seem to have this standard of collective care; Free Speech is not allowed on spoken and unspoken contracts between people where the release of information can cause harm to one.  Your doctor, pastor, rabbi or priest, your lawyer, these kinds of agreements have some controls on Free Speech, but may have them for the good of all? Conversely, the Government is allowed to listen in on where you thought you were in private Free Speech space, outside the dimensions of public Free Speech.  The “Patriot Act”, wiretaps, confiscating files etc., things that are intrinsically speech, seem to enter zones of exception.  Freedom is then existential, its meaning often depending upon ones position and belief system.

Freedom appears to be in the mind of the beholder, where truth, fiction, fact and fantasy can all mix to create the need for Freedom over human conceptual designs that may not exist in reality, or be of quite a differing nature than conceived.

The paranoia promoters of the Right Wing and Left Wing have conspiracy theories all over the constitutional boards, of how the other is out to take your rights away.  I remember during the Bush administration that the police or FBI came into a young woman’s college bedroom to interrogate her because someone reported her as having a negative Bush poster up.  Amnesia is usually highly selective on what some extremes wish to recall about others Free Speech compared to their own often emotional based (beyond objective review of context) rationalization.

I may wish to be free from the oppressive “Obamacare”, but Obamacare is a focus group/think tank concept, and not an actual thing.  We often mimic from other sources what we claim to think all for ourselves. When under these kinds of mind control influence, I can wish to be free from a thing that exist in the mind and not the real world, yet I project fault, liability, and any manner of righteous indignation at real people and real policies.

Conformity As The WEight Upon Free Speech

Courts; both Conservative activist types and Liberal, claim vague consensus biases—ex. community standards, limit Free Speech.  What you wear can be called not acceptable to court, the public, or to work.  If what you say seems to suggest the creation of someones perception of trouble, you may be called inappropriate.  “I was fired because I got a tatoo!”  In fact, it seems much Freedom is put on hold while under the reigns of an employer or other power over relationships.  “Hey You! Yes you! Who you looking at!

Art and how one looks or otherwise expresses their life style, can be called not right for prime time viewing; not to be heard or seen by the unawares public.  Surely you have some things in mind that you wish not to be seen, and wish someone, (must be the Government(?)), from not letting it out in the open.  In liberal(?) California, they voted against the gay for concern of the erosion of family values, morals, and or some idea that the gay idea was not welcome into certain human arenas.  We seem entitled to limit other consenting adults for how we think of them and not any position of their right to be who they are if not directly or intentional harming others.  We can be against one another’s Freedom.

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So what is the Public Interest in Free Speech? Why is the absolutist, no infringements upon Free Speech, highly conditional in “practical” reality?

No one ever said Free Speech (or other Freedoms) only made things good, yet the abstraction is promoted in self interest as only beneficial. It seems we have become conditioned to exceptions upon Free Speech, because they do not seem to us to be good or healthy to society. In actuality, Freedom comes with kinds of responsibility and accountability that many may wish to avoid since those sides of the coin of Whole Context feel contravening to the celebrated liberty nature of Freedom.

Some see their favored Freedom as a kind of escapism clause; “I want to get rich and buy anything I want but not be held liable to my impacts on society or the environment, for that would be taking my freedom away! Duh! Down with Big Government and taxes!!!” A whole philosophy of the dis-con-nected individual has ensued, granted space in reason by the seductive natures of alienation, greed and opportunism, which want no accountability to a Whole or any fully framed “We The People”.  Instead, we reserve the right to do whatever we can or can seem to get away with, not wishing to see or know the small print of interconnection that governs all Life and Being.

It seems that God or Nature, however, do keep accounts of responsibility to conditions and situations, Climate Change being perhaps a universal judgement upon behavior.  This may well indicate that one does not “get way” with what one thinks one does when narrowing the consciousness on Freedom, Accountability and more significantly–Connection.

The business growth paradigm for instance, so similar to pathology and to cancers “strategy”. These seeming imperatives wrap themselves into glorious achievement and individual initiative narrative, with rewards as obvious proof of value and validation, helping to stack the deck against Freedoms other ramifications.

Control of narrative identity frames is a must for programming cognitive barriers to awareness.  This is the Big Business of Mind Control in todays modern world of conspicuous consumption, identity desire and focus, with denial of negative effect.

A truncated concept of freedom and self initiative, and their rewards, is then erected to serve as a rationalization edifice for their apparent consensus rightness and goodness.  This will be heavy with seductive emotionalizations and denunciations, a hallmark of many an ideologue or demigod.  Tagging it to God makes it even more alluring.

Self And Other Censorship; Paradoxical Freedom Issues

A society with liberal institutions such as Freedom, must understand why the troubles with Freedom, which make for big Repub/Dems party propaganda campaigns, never promised only the good.  There is an understanding that the removal of those Freedoms, their absence historically, will open a Pandora’s Box of much worse controlling influences than the freedom’s problems ever did. But the Good of All seems to demand practical adjustments, which most of us support in one manner or another.

For the most Freedom for All, an active Government is the current only guarantor.  Get rid of Government, and the vacuum will likely be filled by the new nation states of multinational corporations, who will instruct you on what is or is not acceptable behavior from you for their own bottom line interest where you have no vote or freedom of expression necessarily, unlike in Democracy.  Yet many a libertine is desperate to arrive at this state, albeit unknowingly, so that makes it OK?. We may pursue the liberation of Freedom while in effect, sealing It and our fate with our own ignorance.  Ignorance is a tremendous commodity in building manipulation strategies of influence.

We are easily seduced away from abstraction absolutism by “obvious” practicalities applying to the society we would prefer, and what seems to be the interest of The Whole.  Other rights are not what some conceive them to be. The exceptions to the possession of unabridged rights are already in place. For instance, the Second Amendment does not seem to allow us to posses our own nuclear  weapon’s, or crowd control, nor other devices that can render gun ownership obsolete in the grand “defend my own” sense, but not in the paranoid, or the “At least I can shoot you!” one (FYI I am a gun owner.).

And by the way, that ultimate Free Speech; the Right to Vote, is conditional, not a “Right” at all.  Many folks are deprived from voting by law often as a punitive measure.  Not an absolute Freedom of expression in the full idea of it.  Most of us are for all kinds of censorship in practice, but not when it seems to effect or interest.

{Here is a link regarding the consequences of a debate forum’s aftermath.}

Oprah Winfrey and mad cows – SourceWatch

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We may excercise our Free Speech to Deride Others Free Speech—————————————————————————————————————————

The political divide seems to have its notions of what the other side should not be saying.  This seems to be accepted as part of Free Speech, but when does it become something else?

I remember some folks at Fox News threatening to send their own people over to harass or otherwise make uncomfortable those not agreeing with their view of the Bush administrations policies.  I guess harassment is protected by Free Speech.  Hate speech seems to be as well. Here some recognise that Free Speech is not always cookies and cream.

Then there are your and my prejudices

The Freedom Of Conformity?

——-just another word for nothing left to loose.” — Janice Joplin

But I am obviously for Freedom!  Let Freedom Ring!!!

Freedom vs other oversight

There was a recent “official” article on WordPress regarding a behavioral point that said something like this; Read the kind of post on the WordPress homepage to see the way people speak who have their post featured.  In the comments after I remember someone saying; ‘Actually, the title you put down seems the best one to me.’

It may be good business to care for appearances; I remember the same thing being said in Mother Earth News; ‘Talk like those featured talk (write) and you might get posted.’, or back then, your article considered for printing. I had often wondered why the articles often seemed to be written by the same person, with the same attitude and overenthusiastic indulgence.  I never sent an article in because of that condition.  “I did it my way!Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord – NYTimes.com

Here then, Free Speech is judged according to an editor or other content oversight, for “The Good” of the organizations intended audience or its internal provincial “right” style.  Style becomes perhaps more valued than substance. Appearances are held more noteworthy than content, reducing the varied expressions of the individual, in some ways controlling and contorting true Freedom of Speech.

So with the best on an institutions intentions, expression is altered, the individuals real voice called inappropriate for promotional public view. This falls under the management or editors conception of how a thing should look and sound from you. There are standards to uphold we all would agree.

Freedom Falls

Freedom Falls under these conditions; Perception; Conceptual Design; Appearance Reality; often folded into Consensus Reality; these buttressed by Confirmation Bias; all under the auspices of Power Groups Status Elites and Manipulation Requirements at home and around the world.  Within this matrix of control and established order, you and I may argue and wonder as to the reasons for things, unawares of overarching context framing the entire issue.






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Welcome to AMERIKOREA, buy shares in shovel stock now.

WHAT A TIME I LIVE IN–the crack in Liberty’s Bell widens…

Imagine, fellow USA citizens; we consider ourselves civilizations top dog. Not only that. We have the worlds most awesome arsenal of destructive merchandise, presumably, to do something with. Now think of our democracy’s election choices, brought to us by how this supposedly superior system works. We are in deep do-do.  We have the ability to cause near total devastation, yet we elect what amounts to jugglers and clowns.  Why?

What is our check on this superior system that claims freedom, democracy and individual rights? It is supposed to be guaranteed by the mechanism of fair election’s. Well, there is nothing fair about who has the money and connections to get the most favorable publicity. Even more fundamental than that bias; we do not have a right to vote, just a conditional privilege.

The American electoral concept was established in times of slow motion government and communication, and probably, like the Electoral College, a way for status quo privilege to change things if the outcome was not acceptable. It is decidedly anachronistic and seemingly obsolete in these days of near instant information, yet there is no plan to fix anything about our now old vulnerabilities as a democracy. One party, in particular, always tries to reduce voter turnout overall. Imagine the concept of fair elections, then the conflict of interest apparent in that one motivation.

HERE YEE HERE YEE?

The independent press was assumed to be the information control circuit that would check abuse of governmental power and loss of individual rights, thus protecting our national heritage. We no longer have an impartial press that is essentially required to provide the truthful facts on the varying issues of the day. We have a kind of tabloid journalism, and with it, a tabloid paradigm regarding elections. I wonder how that happened? Once again; the founders could not imagine how vulnerable individual citizens would become in a corporation run world. Events now suggest it is long past time for a course correction.

Corporations were said to be eyed with suspicion by the founding fathers. They had no idea how the corporate model would come to rule business, and it, most functions of society. Society has been folded into an adjunct to corporate interest, with the public living from the hand of business. The electorate is placed into this rights conflict of interest, with one side holding most all the advantage. This has increased the pressures to render democracy even more conditional and superfluous to corporate interest.

A revolving door has come to exist between defense industries and the corporate world, that seems to have changed the very nature of the initiating American paradigm; to now be one of the insider privileged class of the military/industrial/congressional complex itself, deciding what are the vital national interest of our nation. From their perspective, those are no longer the individuals rights nor freedom, in the expansive responsibility context of that concept. We have all let democracy and freedom descend into abstract slogan’s, while those words mostly represent the will and entitlements of big business interest far above those of you and I.

The race for the presidency is now a worldwide comedy show of pretense and misleading advertisements designed to poison the waters of objective decision making on the part of we the conditional voters. The evolving subservient citizenry, also has a fraud based “culture war” designed to distract and bother the public over emotionalized issues presented in an us vs them paradigm, where compromise and other arrangements of true democratic order are held hostage to all or nothing mentalities. Those philosophical “absolutes” are themselves cast by each ones attachment identity, into good or evil opposition. There is an attempt to permanently divide the various aspects of a pluralistic culture into perceptions of good and evil, winners and losers, or the holy and unholy.

THE NATION AND THE KNIFE

The full and critical interest of the citizenry in determining how and why government does what it does in democracy is being fractured for a reason; not to accept or understand differing opinion and lifestyle, leading to achieving an agreeable understanding. This suggest a neofascist like phenomenon designed to assault nuanced and complex perspectives that include relative ambiguities, and conditional uncertainties. Instead; ad hominem driven certainty is alluded to as strength, with simplistic false dichotomies based on “wedge issue” tagged value difference in the population. This apparent conflict is picked up in the media as the actual debate over the issues. The public, not realizing that overall, most Americans have similar values on many subjects when allowed to reflect in depth on them.

It has come to be that this in depth analysis is prevented by the all or nothing, us against them mindsets being promulgated throughout the population. All these diversions thrown into the public sphere of perception has served to render democracy into the silly side show we see today. We actually have an election where parties get to make up things about their opponents and those allegations are unchecked unless someone notices. Then, regardless of the damage caused by misinformation, they have the question of access to correcting perception which has fallen to corporate self centered interest which feels no imperative to fairness in the true sense of that word.

Lies get repeated over and over, while no one has to tell the truth. This absurdity to the concept of just and fair elections in democracy, is deemed part of politics, a politics that now serves to hide issues as well as truth from public awareness. With this right to lie being cast into the concept of fair, as in all is fair in love and war, the nation loses to deception here and deception there, election to election, that cumulative damage resulting in the great national insult to America now foisted upon us at the election time circus.

GET READY FOR YOUR NEW HOME: AMERIKOREA.

The nation is headed towards becoming more like North Korea, as unbelievable as that may seem, because no institution will stand tall enough to prevent it. Recent experiential details in America suggest that no  one in the executive or legislative branch, has a chance to get over these status quo power hurtles. Those with power will keep their power and decision making over the public, unfettered by the now becoming anachronistic institutions, such as voting and ones right to work, health and happiness.

Dick Cheney once ridiculed North Korea for its nighttime darkness, literally as if they were a nation living in the dark ages, which satellite photo’s evidenced. He called it a shame and whatnot. Yet before long, as many are already, we are beginning to turn our lights off, to reduce trips in the car, not to mention cut back on other essentials. Perhaps a benefit to the environment will ensue as we go off the grid, one by one.

THE EMERGENT MONOTONY OF THE CORPORATE WORLD-STATE

The current American/transnational royalty, feel no dept to the rest of us who work and toil, to maintain their own lifestyle. They do not care if you have food, if you have health insurance, or if you can even afford to have a roof over your head, or have the fee to travel to work. The are for reducing all government proactive assistance, preferring that money to go into their own pockets as soon as possible. I imagine North Korea, at least has some of those assistance programs.

America; the new Imperial Pharaohs have arrived. The fix on you is on. The circus called fair elections are a many faceted ruse. I wonder how many of us are even aware what a time we live in, or the slave state beginning to establish a permanent beach head, not in North Korea, but right here? As it happens in the world, corporatism emerges from democracies, if allowed, as well as one party states. With the manner in which the constitution was relegated to the dust bin with enough fear to subvert its implementation, you no longer have any guarantees, period. You never know when your last chance to vote will come. You do not.

LAST CHOICE OR LAST CHANCE?

If you are voting by the tricks of the trade issues being deemed “the issues”, and they do not include keeping democracy intact, along with the rights of the individual above those of the corporate world, if that is not more on your mind than your pet issue, or “value voters” and other wedge issue smoke and mirror diversions of your rights, you are being played masterfully. Controlling behavior by manipulating passions are classic authoritarian machinations. While the American experiment is rendered into just another failed imperialist enterprise, are you actually turning your back on America just as much as this administration has? Unfortunately for some, they will be filled with pride and righteousness while they in effect turn on themselves and the rest of us.  An abstract form of modern world cannibalism?

As to the corporate world domination self worshiping ego megalomaniacs out there; world domination is mandated to fall, as is imperialism or any attempt to dominate the world. The world is and always will be One. Attempts to divide truth itself up and posses it is a delusion, that always falls in time.

Save democracy while we assume there is a chance. The next chance may not come along for another millennium, one never knows, oblivion mat proceed the opportunity for freedom to ring once again. People would have to relearn to all care for one another, and insist that life is lived as if we were all in this together; as we actually are!

What a time we live in.  What time is it?

AD HOMINEM FOLLOW THE LEADER MADNESS called practical wisdom.

I am both appalled but not surprised at the pseudo-intellectual hubris that refuses reality, but instead, offers innumerable suppositions and false premises as if it were straight talking truth.

(I link to the post I am referring to bellow.)

Liberals, or whomever, it is alleged had no plans for dealing with terrorist and terrorism after 9-11? It seems nearly universally accepted that the Taliban’s harboring of Osama bL, was an imperative in everyone’s mind to deal with, and that that ball was horribly dropped after by whom? A kind of Faustian bargain followed after the inept dealings at Tora Bora. The eyes seemed already off the ball and into the oil pit.

It is now nearly universally accepted by all but sycophants and mindless administration loyalist and crony’s, that Iraq was a taking of the eyes off the ball from the start. Amazingly, some still believe all the allegations against Iraq were and are still true. Simply astounding. (Not that Saddam Hussein was into good things. He was greatly aided by the 2003 group of strategist back in the 1980’s, when he used WMD.) That, and that the resulting world polarization against America is inconsequential to our mismanaged but holy, in might makes rights, eyes war on terror. We help arm conflicting Sunni insurgents. While the Mahdi Army militia of Muqtada al-Sadr gains the respect and admiration of the beleaguered Shiite ghetto, as a folk hero who stands up to an invasion by infidels. Intelligence estimates of the debacle are now routinely dismissed by those who can never own up to their own responsibilities for loss of lives and national treasure.

We have seen these kinds of conservatives contempt for reason and responsibility. It is always someone elses’ fault. then we had this administration who ditched anyone in it who dare to question the emperors lack of critical thinking clothing. Yet their follow the leader mindset assumes in its warlord reality matrix, that questioning is itself seditious.

The following pundits convoluted contrapuntal evidence reeks of perceptual bias; That winning is a fixed and cosmic mandate, and winning by force at that, as if we determine the reality around the world by twisting arms. His argument has that open ended yet circular short circuited reasoning that refuses to understand the human condition beyond his own ideological presuppositions.

In the blurring of distinctions endemic to this administrations propaganda barrage, who is who is blurred, who is connected to whom cuts across content and context to assemble false premise. It is a profound disservice to dissent and truth tellers, and those who wish to abide by the truth, that his preemptive loyalty assumptions about freedom of speech, is to have us cower behind a president no matter how disingenuously reasoned the cause. We are placed as a public then, in the hands of Stalin brown noses, or those of Hitler, or Mao’s legions of once faithful followers.

Truth and factual context are to take a second seat to hubris and solipsistic fear and paranoia extrapolations; because hierarchy says so! As common with the blame American dissent first sycophants of self serving authority figures. If an idiot is in charge, we must surrender our rights, our responsibilities to truth and honesty, surrender ourselves and in effect our souls, to idiocy. Dominator mentalities and mindsets are bound and shackled in their “patriotic” slave ship, and they want you, me, We the People, under them to provide cushions.

ALL THE PUNDITRY THAT IS FIT TO DEFEAT AMERICA

The foggy pundits reality view misses the morality of one nations economic advantages twisting the arms of lesser nations. These are seemingly hidden behind the assumptions that might makes right is the morality and ethics behind our so called vital national interest. Somehow, in the sophist mind, he (presumably) finds the implied empire hegemony of US based oligarchies, all our spiritual and patriotic imperative. Obvious in his ad hominem laden definitions of anything he finds against the grain of a new world imperialism founded and flowing from a dysfunctional American protectionism, are calmly stated rationalizations connecting invisable dots dripping with emotional bias masquerading as certainty. Spliced between these are vase fulls of delicately arranged French phrases. Hey! I’m talking like him!

It remains an open ended question after reading his post, what America really is. What is it winning and what is it losing?

One thing is certain; Resource depletion, universal climate change, universal environmental degradation, the continuing loss of our liberties, voters being rejected, worldwide animosity being generationalized against us, the growing gaps between rich and not, the corporate takeover of the press as a viable fourth estate, the sell out of our political system, the false spirituality of materialism; even just who had America’s pants pulled down on 9-11; none of these world changing and immanent threats to all life are mentioned, except when they suit the sophist point of view.

It is a hallmark of the conservative mindset, that they cannot be wrong. It then follows that everyone else who disagrees with them must be mistaken in their assumptions, even if truth and fact based. Perhaps why one leader of the administration arrogantly declared they were making history because they need not adhere to objective based reasoning. That statement, allegedly, was made by the one called,”Bushes Brain”.

This raises the referred post pundits question of defeating America into other dimensions; as in the falsifications that led to the Vietnam War, or the falsifications and assembled out of context “facts” that led to our current presumed quagmire; even the falsifications in the 2000 election, what is it that actually is acting to defeat America? I have a good guess.

As long as any country uses the world as its own oyster; as long as any country has oligarchic power groups that seek world hegemony; as long as truth is rendered mute by propaganda and manufacture threats, deception in the name of any nation, party, religion, or collaboration of any kind, will self defeat itself. The universe does not bide our illusions indefinitely.

If I or anyone wants America to win at anything, the whole world needs to be taken into consideration as if the Golden Rule ever had any validity. Truth, and yes honesty, must be our guide, or else we will be guided by something much more malevolent. To do otherwise than seek objective understanding of the facts, is to be self defeated. Unfortunately, there are charlatans among us who never accept the consequences of their choices; they will claim right is wrong, and wrong is right, yet feel proud in doing so.

That is the toll, of unquestioned cult-think. It suffers its self defeatism.