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wWednesday, June 11, 2003

AND YOU THOUGHT THE VELEDICTORIAN WAS BAD: My new "Latte Sipping" column has been posted. It's on Chris Hedges' now famous anti-war grad speech. An excerpt:

"Speaker disrupts…graduation" read the improbable headline in the Rockford Register Star. And yet, that was pretty much how it went down. Invited to give the commencement address last month at Rockford College, in Rockford, Illinois, longtime New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges delivered an anti-war speech instead.

Without so much as a "Hi, thanks for coming out," Hedges launched into it. Though the hostilities in Iraq were done for now, he warned, "blood will continue to spill." He predicted occupation will be "as damaging to our souls as it will be to our prestige, power, and security." Americans would soon, rightly, be viewed as bullies -- isolated from the whole world by our, oh, I don't know, ignorance, hubris, arrogance, racism: Take your pick. [more]

Near the end, I get in a plug for my longstanding contention that attempts at censorship in a free society actually promote free speech.

I'll be out of the country for much of tomorrow, so no posts until late, at the earliest.

posted by Jeremy at 1:02 AM