Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Monday, September 06, 2004


I just love that phrase. So perfectly calculated to smack of unmitigated paranoia. Which is why it immediately sprang to mind when I found this. Basically a blogger links the "Top 25 Censored Stories," along with five examples such as "Ashcroft vs. the Human Rights Law that Hold Corporations Accountable."

I mention the list because it is clear that the word "censored" is now officially meaningless. It used to mean that the government used force to prevent people from saying or writing about certain topics, or in certain ways. Now, apparently, it means that a story is not covered in sufficient quantity to satisfy a group of liberal watchdogs. It's a shame we're running out of words that have an agreed-upon meaning.

I link the post (rather than the list directly) because I found the list via that link (credit where credit is due), and also to note that the blogger says, "Free your mind. Read them all."

Query: why is it that when liberals free their minds, they all come up with exactly the same paranoid crap, usually expressed in precisely the same terms? It seems that the wholesale adoption of leftist conspiracy theories and the calculated destruction of meaning in the English language are indicia of a free thinker. Count me out.