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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Use-Mention distinction fading; Idiocracy ascendant
Jul 21, 2018 2:32 am
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Failures to make this distinction can have substantial real-world consequences, damaging reputations and lives. Yet in even the simplest cases of this aspect of... More
The Right to Listen: Free Speech #2
Jun 14, 2018 5:21 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 6,845

Speech is different from talking. It necessarily involves the communication of thoughts from a speaker to an audience (^... More
Mocking Nazis is a crime in Britain: Free Speech #1
May 1, 2018 4:21 am
Comments: 8 | Views: 8,599

Public awareness of ongoing attacks against Freedom of Speech is very low, judging from discussions with friends and from poor coverage in the mainstream media (MSM)... More
Enough with Boycotts & "We don't want your type around here"
Mar 31, 2018 3:55 am
Comments: 41 | Views: 11,769

Santa Clara County is planning a ban that I regard as equivalent--morally if not legally--to those states that effectively ban abortions by imposing regulations... More
Humpty Dumpty's Theory of Meaning + 1984 + Overton Window
Mar 17, 2018 4:16 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 8,821

Respect for language is essential for a meaningful, productive discussion. Developing a sensitivity to misuse and manipulation of language is a foundation of critical... More
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