I'm in New Hampshire for the Liberty Forum. This afternoon I'm giving a talk on how legal threats from cops and citizens chill online free speech, and what we can do about it. I am obsessively tweaking my Power Point, as is my bad habit, and thinking about which jokes work for my particular audience. ("Pro se is Latin for unmedicated and litigious" is probably not the right fit for this group.) Tomorrow I'm on a panel about dealing with the police when one encounters them non-socially.
It would be easy to write a post making fun of this convention, in the sense that it would be easy to write a post making fun of any convention. They are all similar: a few eccentrically dressed people stand out from the rest, a few people argue too loudly and badly, a few people are always a little too scarily involved in the subject matter. That was true for the fantasy gaming conventions I attended in the early 1980s and it's true of mainstream political conventions and it's true of this.
A few minutes ago I very much enjoyed hearing Jesselyn Radack, ex-DoJ whistleblower and now attorney for whistleblowers, speak. This is what happened to her last week at Heathrow, and here is an old story about what DoJ tried to do to her. I particularly enjoyed the part about how the Department of Justice, having convinced her law firm to fire her, cooperated with her law firm in an effort to block her from getting unemployment benefits.
Last 5 posts by Ken White
- Free Speech Triumphant Or Free Speech In Retreat? - June 21st, 2017
- The Power To Generate Crimes Rather Than Merely Investigate Them - June 19th, 2017
- Free Speech, The Goose, And The Gander - June 17th, 2017
- Free Speech Tropes In The LA Times - June 8th, 2017
- I write letters - June 1st, 2017