"Unlearning Liberty": An Important But Frightening Tale of How We're Being Taught to Accept Censorship

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  1. David Aubke says:

    Looks like the FIRE site is being 'popehatted' right now.

  2. ZK says:

    I'm curious if phrases like "No crazy stalkers please" have ever actually dissuaded crazy stalkers. Any crazy stalkers out there care to comment if this request has convinced them to pass on this particular stalking opportunity?

  3. Dan Weber says:

    Since I'm not crazy, the phrase doesn't apply to me. Let the paste-eating commence.

  4. Just ordered the book for Kindle… Now I just need to schedule some business trips so I have time on an airline to read it :-)

    Apparently I'm not a crazy stalker, because the idea of driving from OC up to LA on a Thursday night after work to attend an event like this (and meet Ken) just isn't going to happen. And that's a mere 45 miles [2 hrs in LA traffic, of course] away.

  5. TheOtherMatt says:

    Hi Ken:

    Can you maybe see about getting the author or publisher to deposit a copy of this with bookshare.org See https://www.bookshare.org/_/contribute/donate/booksAuthors Kindle has nasty DRM, that is hard to break, even though i'm allowed to because of the blindness

  6. Chris R. says:

    This is why we can't let small infringements on our free speech to go unnoticed, because it makes it easier to gradually accept larger infringements. It's like a kid stealing candy and then moving up to action figures etc.

  7. Josh M. says:

    I was a junior at UD when they implemented that program. I don't know what the status of it is now, but they had begun to do things like that when I was there. Most of us just sort of ignored it. Mandatory floor meeting? "Uh, sorry, I'm an engineering student, I have to study. Go fuck yourself." There was no consequence to not participating, at least that I ever saw, but I know now that they've added some sort of "Freshman Experience," whatever that means, so things may have changed. Suffice to say that while they certainly wanted you to participate in the floor bonding meetings and awareness stuff, you certainly were not required to, even if they said you were. The worst that happened is your RA would ask you where you were, and say something like, "Well, you should have been there."

    To which I would respond with a (slightly more civil) variation on my line about being an engineering student.

    What I do know for sure is that UD hasn't gotten one red cent from me (except for a couple of football games I've gone to and the occasional parking lot usage) since I graduated, and they're not going to as long as programs like this exist.

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