Re: Meme-set conflicts [was Re: some U.S. observations and notes]

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Mon Dec 17 2001 - 17:07:13 MST

> What are your goals here? To push U.S. ideology in conditions
> like that? If you want to use force to push U.S. ideology
> through their baren soil, then I won't help you.

A free press is not "US ideology". It is the single most
important basic human right, above all others, and more
important than democracy, capitalism, or anything else that
could be called "US ideology". When it comes down to it,
nothing else matters, because with a free press, you'll
eventually get those other things (or something even better).

For me at least, that's why I remain here in the US. We
have a pretty bad record on freedom of the press, but it's
a better record than any other nation on Earth, including
those so-called "liberal democracies" of Europe (with the
possible exception of Finland, which I've considered, but
it has other problems).

Anything I can do to encourage freedom of speech and of the
press anywhere on Earth, including--indeed especially--where
the local ideology forbids it, is a good deed in my book.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
"All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past,
are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified
for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC

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