From: Dr. Axel Barcelo Aspeitia -- Investigador (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Aug 30 2002 - 00:05:55 CEST
On Thu, 29 Aug 2002, Stimp wrote:
> FLAME ON!!
. . .so here I go:
> P.S. Perhaps you should stop reading books as well; they're full of
> opinions too.....
Thank god, that is mostly false: bad books are full of OPINIONS, good
books are full of IDEAS!
> I guess then that all of us should keep our opinions to ourselves, right?
interestingly, the original modern notion of *freedom of speech* ---you
know, the one the French Revolution (and the American probably as well)
was originally fought about-- had nothing to do with protecting peoples
right to express their opinions, but to discuss and criticize matters of
public concern. More than a couple of centuries later, this idea has been
corrupted into the widespread myth that everyone has a right to hold their
own opinion whatsoever and, furthermore, than they have the right to be
heard expressing it.
Dr. Axel Arturo Barcelo Aspeitia
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