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Friday, November 12, 2004

The FCC: Arbitrary and Capricious (oh wait, the same applies to the whole government)

Responding to the decision by certain ABC affiliates to not air Saving Private Ryan, since they have no way of knowing if the FCC will slap fines on them (and the FCC won't tell them, because they say to make a prior decision would be censorship. What??), here is the final paragraph from a column by Chris Matthew Sciabarra at the Liberty and Power blog:
But you can't force anybody to be moral. Genuinely moral choices are moral because they are choices, not decisions forced on people at the point of a gun. The precondition of any moral revolution is a simple maxim, one that must serve as a basic minimum for any rational discussion of values: "Leave your guns outside." As Ayn Rand said in For the New Intellectual, even people who disagree over the nature, function, and purpose of moral values must stop equating "the power of physical compulsion with the power of persuasion." That's not likely to happen, however, as long as groups, of whatever value orientation—be they right-wing religious fundamentalists or left-wing "secular" do-gooders—choose to ram their agendas down our throats.


  • I forget the name of the show (I believe it was on ESPN... it's the one where various sports columnists from large cities debate, like Tim Cowlishaw from DMN), but yesterday the "winner" basically went off for 20-30 on how stations that don't air the show should be ashamed of themselves.

    Anyone remember what H.L. Mencken said about moralists:
    "Immorality: The morality of those who are having a better time."

    By Blogger Tim Swanson, at 11:59 PM  

  • one time i went to this "debate" at columbia between some asshole in the FCC and some "liberal news media"-style guys, and the FCC guy actually had the balls to say that the FCC wasn't a "political entity" and everybody started hissing and booing and yelling at him. it was fantastic.

    By Blogger tim boucher, at 12:57 AM  

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