Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The 1st Amendment Has Moved

Iceland seeks to become sanctuary for free speech.

Having recently returned from Reykjavik, I can tell you that if you hear a rap song with foul language on Icelandic radio, you actually get to hear the foul language. This makes hearing 2Pac, for example, infinitely more gratifying than here in the "land of the free." I'm not making a case for everyone to go around fucking swearing all the time (sic), but one of the defining virtues of a society worth living in is its recognition of that which is inviolable.

From Article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Thanks to Iceland for recognizing and striving to uphold this most basic principle. Where liberty dwells, there is my country.