Shorter Popehat

BULLSHIT. The wheeze that “you can’t shout ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater” in support of limits on speech is total and utter bullshit. For the first thing, the actual quote is “…falsely shout, ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater…” — that initial, qualifying adverb conspicuous in its absence from the overwhelming majority of the assertions I have ever heard. For the second, well… RTWT. Long, but filled with meaty chunks of goodness, and most thoroughly debunks the notion that limits on speech are a good deal farther away from the current, statist position than said statists would like you believe.

(Spotted at Coyote.)

Anybody who followed my last sentence up there, please explain it to me. Somehow, between composing and posting, my brain has gone into autistic mode.

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