Dissent Is Not Un-American

Geof Stone is guest-blogging on Lessig.org about dissent, and how politicized media or strong-arming politics can suppress it, or try tint it with shades implied guilt.

One of the most commovent views at a trip I took to the US in November 2001 was a poster the width of the entire building, at the second storey of Citylights Bookstore, in San Francisco. It had about a dozen black and white faces, with a flag of the US in color covering their mouths. The slogan was “Dissent Is Not Un-American“.