"Nobody Is Making This Up"

2006
Oct
23

Of all the writers out there, who would’ve thunk that Dave “I Am Not Harry Anderson” Barry would be at the center of a battle over academic free speech*. Anyway, as a Freedom Loving Guy Who Really Doesn’t Enjoy Being Controversial But Sometimes Enjoys Being Naughty, I must declare my solidarity by weblishing the quote that got in trouble:

“As Americans, we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful, and relentless. I refer, of course, to the federal government.”

For the record, as one whose main source of income (subsidising this very unprofitable blog) is Social Security Disability and who actually went through a less-than-average hassle qualifying for it and is definitely not eager to get re-reviewed, let me say that the opinion expressed does not represent the views of this blog.

Then again, this quote dovetails nicely with the 2400-year old quote from Chinese military strategist Sun-tzu: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.”

Although I always thought it had to do with having lots of friends in a crowded apartment building but not being afraid to piss off the people on the immediate other side of the wall. Now you know why I haven’t been updating this blog. My mind wanders and I have to run to catch it.

*All those who think ‘academic free speech’ is an oxymoron, raise your hands. Last millennium, when I was a college student, I had a history professor who loved Fidel Castro, an economics professor who loved Milton Friedman and a college radio advisor who loved Top 40, and I knew better than to disagree with any of them.

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