I can’t help but get into arguments with conservative Americans, primarily because I see their society from the outside and have formed opinions they find disagreeable. I really should try some of the methods outlined in What You Can’t Say, a rough guide to spotting what’s morally fashionable and likely to be wrong and how to contemplate those taboo subjects that will one day be revealed as truths.
I admit it seems cowardly to keep quiet. When I read about the harassment to which the Scientologists subject their critics, or that pro-Israel groups are “compiling dossiers” on those who speak out against Israeli human rights abuses, or about people being sued for violating the DMCA , part of me wants to say, “All right, you bastards, bring it on.” The problem is, there are so many things you can’t say. If you said them all you’d have no time left for your real work. You’d have to turn into Noam Chomsky.
via Green Fairy