Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How Not to Defend Free Speech

Robert Ménard defends free speech so stridently and so obnoxiously that one wishes he weren't quite so in thrall to what his equally strident interviewer calls la liberté du buzz:



Robert Ménard by franceinter

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I find the guy heinous.
I feel as if he's saying "free speech means the right to say stupid, racist, hateful things to your heart's content when you're a politician".
Right now, French citizens seem perfectly free to say racist things, and even public officials get away with sentences that would make Joe Wilson cringe.
I don't see what free speech has to gain from *advocating* racism and hatred.

Anonymous said...

Robert Ménard sounds like he doesn't have time for readings but some people here may:
"La France sait-elle encore intégrer ses immigrés?"
http://lesrapports.ladocumentationfrancaise.fr/BRP/114000211/0000.pdf
Myos

Anonymous said...

Free speech as in "if I don't speak for them, who will?", here a local example - a low-end supermarket manager pickets his supermarket by himself in order to alert clients about his employees' health issues. Employees who dare complain are "sent to the doctor", then fired.
http://www.letelegramme.com/ig/generales/regions/cotesarmor/lamballe-le-directeur-du-lidl-en-greve-pour-defendre-ses-employes-19-04-2011-1274491.php
Myos

Anonymous said...

Rue89 agrees with you!
http://www.rue89.com/hoax/2011/04/14/arretez-avec-le-je-me-battrai-pour-vous-de-voltaire-199690

Anonymous said...

And one more :)))
http://www.telerama.fr/idees/zemmour-menard-mais-quils-se-taisent,67995.php

I think there are enough articles to write sth about "free speech in France and in the US" :)))
Myos