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stop blogging, stop blogging right now

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OK, I’m not a fan of Sarah Palin, but half a paragraph in today’s New York Times should alarm us all:

And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said. “You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”

To me this unequivocal order is of course reminiscent of my boss at the LSE, George Philip, ordering me to “take down and destroy my blog” in the spring of 2006.

I’ve noticed something interesting: conservatives, even really pretty conservative conservatives, are almost always acceptable as long as they take a strong stand in favor of free speech.  You can talk to them about stuff, exchange views, learn things.  They are my friends.  But conservatives who are trying to ban free speech are always my enemies.  And they should be the enemies of us all.


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