[Marxism] Fwd: Why We Must Still Defend Free Speech | by David Cole | The New York Review of Books
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Sat Sep 9 18:23:37 MDT 2017
On 9/9/17 6:39 PM, John Obrien wrote:
> Sad to see this on a Marxist site.
> But those like David Cole seem to identify with this capitalist state
> actually protecting their interests!
> Perhaps for him - they do - but what about the true realities of the
> rest of us?
O'Brien, you have to get used to the idea that many posts here are meant
for informational purposes. Do you think that we need trigger warnings
on Marxmail? In terms of what the ACLU stands for, it was founded by a
group of people mostly on the left, including Helen Keller, and mostly
on the need to defend antiwar activists in 1920.
When the witch-hunt began, the ACLU was divided over whether Communists
should be defended but eventually the faction supporting such a defense
prevailed. Despite doing the best it could on behalf of the victims of
McCarthyism, it was difficult to win cases in court.
Based on John O'Brien's invective, you'd think that the ACLU was our
enemy. In fact, it was a key ally during the Vietnam antiwar movement
when John became an activist and then a socialist. It defended draft
resisters and even a thirteen-year-old Junior High student Mary Tinker
who after wearing a black armband to school in 1965 to protest the war,
was suspended from school. The ACLU appealed her case to the Supreme
Court and won a victory in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community
School District. This case established that the government may not
establish "enclaves" such as schools or prisons where all rights are
You'd think from O'Brien's rant that the ACLU was spending 90 percent of
its time defending the alt-right when in fact it is probably less than 5
percent. Why does he get on his high horse? It is to show the rest of us
that he has true grit when in fact he is only stroking his own ego.
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