And we think we live in a democracy!

As a transplanted Canadian, I often wonder whatever happened to the much-touted First Amendment here in the USA. Freedom of speech is held up as the Holy Grail, yet it seems to be trampled immediately when someone opposes the status quo or the rights of the well-to-do.

What follows is a link to a story about William Cronon, Professor of History at Wisconsin and also the incoming President of the American Historical Association. In conjunction with a blog he posted, and a few days later, an op-ed in the NYT, the Wisconsin Republican Party has filed a public records request for his emails. There are several links embedded here that are well worth reading, including his op-ed, and then a link to a long blog that is a wonderful set of reflections on freedom of information.

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