Re: [sixties-l] Free speech issues

From: William M. Mandel (
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 18:10:34 EST

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    The UC/B paper is not run by the university. Bill Mandel

    monkerud wrote:

    > Because as a practical matter destroying newspapers so others won't read
    > them and thus become "contaminated" by ideas, doesn't work, putting
    > pressure on a newspaper not to run reactionary ads is done all the time in
    > the US.
    > While I agree with Michael that confiscating and burning newspapers reminds
    > the public of the Nazis, I disagree that protesting racist and/or
    > reactionary ads in college newspapers is a "right."
    > Reactionary papers refuse ads and article from progressive forces all the
    > time. This is not to say that it's morally right because they do it, but to
    > say this is the way business is conducted.
    > Protesting against the acceptance of such ads, boycotting the papers, etc.
    > is a form of free speech that I support. But there may be legal issues ...
    > does anyone have any knowledge of this? I don't believe the UC/B paper is
    > run by the university? If it's run as a business, then it's fair game.
    > This is politics, and basing politics on morality gets to be a touchy
    > issue. I know people around here want to let the opposition into our
    > meetings because they want to be seen as open and democratic, a moral
    > stance, but the developers we fight don't let us into their meetings. Let's
    > not make our job harder by creating moral pretzels.
    > best, Don Monkerud
    > At 9:39 PM -0500 3/9/01, wrote:
    > >The CIA is a government agency. The Bill
    > >of Rights was not written to protect the
    > >government. It was written to enumerate
    > >rights for the people. As I understand our
    > >constitutional philosophy, governments have
    > >powers, but not rights. Only individuals
    > >have rights. For this reason, an argument
    > >about abrogating the CIA's "rights" by not
    > >allowing it to run an ad makes no sense.
    > >For this reason, the slogan of "states' rights"
    > >is also nonsensical.
    > >
    > >Horowitz, on the other hand, is an individual,
    > >and has rights, even though leftists don't like
    > >him. Since college newspapers enjoy support
    > >from taxpayers' money, he has as much right
    > >to run an ad there as anyone else, and those
    > >who confiscate and burn newspapers which publish
    > >opinions they disagree with are no better than
    > >Nazis, even if they do call themselves "progressives."
    > >
    > > ~ Michael Wright
    > > Norman, Oklahoma


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