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Does this statement describe the form of public debate that we call free speech in the United States?

Does this statement describe the form of public debate that we call free speech in the United States? Topic: How to write a point of view speech
June 20, 2019 / By Neill
Question: " The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum ..even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate " for brownie points, ...who wrote this? for ignorants.......... ?
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Kieron Kieron | 7 days ago
I don't know the source, but it is accurate. And it doesn't require government regulation to achieve. Just subtle and effective emotional manipulation. Look at the boards here for example. How many people do anything other than just recite the party line on any of the 10 or 15 issues that keep coming up over and over and over and over. At a guess 80% to 90% of the content is just recycled and repeated week after week. So, how much debate is really going on?
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Kieron Originally Answered: Should Right to Work be the law of the land throughout the United States?
One would think so. Unions like any idea or even business should be such a good thing that workers clearly want to belong. However, unions are little more now than political organizations and their leadership are political "ward boss" types who are there to bring home the votes, not represent the workers. When John Kerry was running for President (you remember him the $463 million dollar man of the people Dem) I went to see a rally set up by the Mine Workers and Steelworkers. Kerry stood there droning on and on in his failed Shakespearean actor tones and every time he would finish a sentence, the union bosses would clap and whistle (there were three of them) and the 150 plus workers never made a peep. This went on for about 45 minute and when it was over the union toadies clapped furiously and the workers silently walked out of the hall and went home. Clearly the union bosses saw themselves as political organizers, not labor people. The political system has set it up so that workers, in some states, must belong to unions and there are bizarre rules about union elections that allow them to be manipulated, or the vote to have a union at your job site. Unions are noble ideas but have been corrupted by the political system and organized crime (often the same thing) and frequently not only do not represent the needs of the workers but work against them.

Huffie Huffie
It is a very accurate statement to describe our country as well as others. Regardless of what laws are formed or what freedoms you are perceived to have, the majority will always rule. This, unfortunately, means that many sound ideas and perspectives will be shunned and ignored. Our political system uses this majority to their advantage. Oh and it was written by Noam Chomsky who was a very devote foreign policy critic.
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Eric Eric
The imposition of the Patriot Act alone shows proof of that statement being used by the right wingers. I don't need any sources to prove what I already am experiencing today.
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Colin Colin
I don't know who wrote it. But it's a great insight. It's something to think about. What limits are actually being put on us that we don't realize ?
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Colin Originally Answered: United States History Research Project?
Prohibition,and why it failed. The War of 1812. The Louisiana Purchase. The 'Know Nothings.' Watergate. The New Deal, and why it failed. Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.

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