A CIVIL LIBERTARIAN SUPPRESSES FREEDOM OF SPEECH | 2005-02-12
Alan Dershowitz is a famous "civil libertarian" lawyer and a professor at Harvard. On one program a man pointed out that Dershowitz had dedicated his life to getting professional criminals back on the streets, which is true.
Dershowitz, the Great Civil Libertarian and Protector of Freedom of Speech, replied, "If you say that you had better put your house in your wife's name."
The guy backed down. Dershowitz had said that if he exercised his freedom of speech, Dershowitz would ruin him.
Dershowitz could initiate a lawsuit against him for defamation and force the man to hire lawyers he couldn't afford. Win or lose, the man would be ruined.
No one mentioned that this Great Civil Libertarian had just threatened someone who was exercising his freedom of speech.
As always, no one noticed it but me.