Monday, April 12, 2004


As a long-time civil libertarian, I've always been troubled by the fair-trial/free-press question. Who's rights are more important: The right of the public to know whazzup in our public institutions or of the defendant to have an impartial jury? What amount of pretrial muzzling of the press may be allowed in the interest of not tainting the jury pool?

A more recent conflict: between the concept of open borders (actually, no borders) as I long believed was furthered by NAFTA, GATT and other "free trade" notions; and the truth, expressed by this compelling analysis , that these treaties and the rubric of free trade are a guise for capitalist exploitation of the labor class.

I suppose someday there'll be one world, but I'm not counting on Mobil or Microsoft to create it.

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