When people try to protect us by controlling what we can say and how we say it, they are in fact protecting tyranny. Since the start of our nation people have feared that we are so weak that a harsh word, a short skirt, a fake logo, or a dirty lyric would bring down our economy, our virtue and our way of life. So far, it hasn’t. Why do we need to go through this exercise again?
“What they’re trying to do with radio, with this, uh, McCarron-Walter Act and a lot of other ways, is start by saying that they’re protecting the public from wicked rock bands, or girlie magazines, or whatever. but, if you follow the chain of dominoes that falls down, what they’re really trying to do is shut off our access to information itself. If they can’t do it by law they know there are other ways to do it…” Jello Biafra, Freedom of Speech (1989)