"Freedom follows fairness"--A letter this morning from Oregon's provocative science fiction and thriller author, Mr. Ing set out the delicate balance between personal liberty and civic responsibility. *************
"Prospects are growing that our government may censor more public speech, and worried conservatives charge that this is a slippery slope. Correct, and obvious: All political slopes are slippery. Our Supreme Court is now considering firm penalties for some demonstrable public lies, e.g. the "stolen valor" case.
It is precisely to keep the playing field fair and unsloped that censorship is considered. An oft-remarked difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals have special reverence for fairness, while conservatives especially revere freedom. Can we have too much fairness? Surely not, and here you can see where I'm going. Laws against reckless driving, shoplifting, trespassing and, yes, public lies, barely touch the broad spectrum of abuses that erupt from people notable for such abuses.
This is why Canada forbids Murdoch's Fox News to exercise the free excesses it enjoys on the U.S. public airwaves. The Canadian government chooses not to risk allowing an infamous abuser of facts to scream "fire" in a crowded theater, as it were. Apparently it believes that with enough fairness, freedom will follow." — Dean Ing, Ashland