reminder that dumping on monarchs is literally what freedom of speech is for- not racism and transphobia- never racism and transphobia. shitting on monarchs was always the point, and if we can’t do that you can’t say we have freedom of speech. that’s literally the test. period.
@bri_seven Shitting on monarchs is the “at the time what did they mean” literal interpretation of the US Constitution, it's completely unarguable that shitting on monarchs is not part of freedom of speech
@bri_seven I just stumbled on a mention of Tom Nairn's The Enchanted Glass about The British Monarchy. Chomsky's mention of it was easier to read than the excerpts I found though:
@bri_seven Years ago, I found an old 16th century book of English legal statutes in a used bookstore. It actually spelled out in quite great detail how free speech developed in response to Queen Elizabeth I trying to shut off parliamentary debate on a number of subjects, mostly related to religion. It definitely put things in perspective for me.
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