The whole point of free speech is not to make ideas exempt from criticism but to expose them to it.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Now here's somebody I can get behind. Thumb in the eye of the man.

Here's an excerpt from and a link to a recent New Yorker profile of Ai WeiWei, one of the most important figures in the worldwide battle for freedom to criticize.

Before the 2008 Olympic Games began, he disowned the event as a “fake smile” concealing China’s problems. When he is followed by plainclothes state security agents—as happens now and then—he likes to call the cops on them, setting off a Marx Brothers muddle of overlapping police agencies: “an absurdist novel gone bad,” as he puts it.

No comments: