I’m thrilled that Juneteenth will be a Federal holiday. We need more holidays that celebrate freedom, and there’s few events that increase freedom as much as emancipating people who were enslaved. That is, freeing them from the threat violence would be used against them, and they would have no recourse. The United States also needs…
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Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the US. We need more holidays that celebrate freedom. Freedom isn’t always comfortable or easy, but it is the precondition to the pursuit of happiness. BTW, we’ve been celebrating Juneteenth here on this blog for a long time, if no more consistently than anything else…
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There were widely circulated reports of voice cloning being used in phishing. I’ve been predicting these for a while (Threat modeling in 2018 at Blackhat, 28 minutes in), but Guillaume Ross asked some really good questions about it. A new John Locke manuscript, “The Toleration of Papists” has been discovered and published. (Short analysis in…
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(Reading the declaration of independence is a useful reminder of why we chose to dissolve the political bands that connected us to another. It’s not about jingoism, or the results of a plebiscite, but about a “long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object,” and the proper response to such acts.) In…
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Juneteenth is the celebration of the end of slavery in the US. We should have more holidays that celebrate freedom for the sake of freedom. So happy Juneteenth, everyone!
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I’ve signed on to Access Now’s letter to the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asking the Government of India to withdraw the draft amendments proposed to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules. As they say in their press release: Today’s letter, signed by an international coalition of 31 organizations and individuals, explains how…
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Lately, I’ve tried to stay away from the tire fire that American politics has become. I’m reasonably certain that I have more to contribute in other areas. But when the President tries to equivocate between those waving the Nazi flag and those protesting against them, we need to speak about what’s acceptable.
It ought to go without saying that when literal Nazis are on one side of a debate, the other side is in the right.
But apparently, that’s not obvious, so I felt I could share a plan for a march by the alt-left, under the ominous name of “Operation Overlord.” They were planning to overthrow the legitimate government all along the coast, and, through force, replace it with their own puppets.
More seriously, we can have disagreements about what’s best for the country, and it’s bad when we demonize those who disagree with us. Civilized society requires us to accept civil disagreement. It accepts that no one is privileged or disadvantaged by an accident of birth: “race, creed or color,” as the expression goes. But civil disagreement, by definition, precludes violence, advocacy of violence or threats of violence.
The Nazi flag is one such threat. Waving it has no purpose except declaring oneself outside society and at odds with the ideals and principles of good people everywhere.
If you’re in a crowd of Nazis, you should be asking why, and walking away.
If you have doubts about what a President should say, here’s a sample:
In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which…
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Hossein Derakhshan was recently released from jail in Iran. He’s written a long and thoughtful article “The Web We Have to Save.” It’s worth reading in full, but here’s an excerpt: Some of it is visual. Yes, it is true that all my posts on Twitter and Facebook look something similar to a personal blog:…
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