Magazine article Insight on the News

What's Really in Those Pretty Little Heads?

Magazine article Insight on the News

What's Really in Those Pretty Little Heads?

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For the people always is pleased to receive a fax from the Libertarian Party, which happens almost daily, but a recent dispatch was particularly disturbing. The fax described a fresh poll of more than 1,000 Americans by the New York-based First Amendment Center, a think tank that looks at how Americans view rights such as freedom of speech, press, assembly and religion.

The study found that "significant numbers of Americans say they are willing to allow the government to control, restrict or ban material that some find offensive" A little more than half of those interviewed, 51 percent, said, for example, that the press in the United States has "too much freedom to do what it wants."

One in five said that the government should be allowed to approve beforehand what newspapers publish, while 36 percent said they would approve of laws that banned "public remarks offensive to racial groups" (a percentage that might seem a bit low, given current politically correct attitudes).

Fifty-four percent of those polled said they -would 'tike the government to rate entertainment programs shown on TV and 58 percent said the government should be in the business of restricting sexually explicit Internet content. …

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