Our Threatened Freedom
Who Is Censoring Us? (03:33)
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Who is censoring us? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on Our Threatened Freedom.
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:08 Recently, Inquiry Magazine carried an interesting article, by Nat Hentoff, on censorship threats. Without agreeing with his thesis in its entirety, Hentoff’s comments were very relevant to the question of film and television censorship. The fact is that such censorship exists, and it existed before The Moral Majority or Pastor [Wildman’s 00:00:36] movements were born. A variety of minority groups have long exercised
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:45 Hentoff cites a particularly telling example of an instance of self-censorship in a film production. In the final scene of a film a key line was cut out for fear of offending every lesbian in America. It is very obvious that in any and every film production a number of forces are at work. Simply, in terms of economics, it does not make sense to offend a large segment of the population. A variety of groups exercise a direct, and indirect, censorship. This should not surprise us.
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:27 We are all influenced in our speech and action by a particular situation. In certain settings we inhibit ourselves in order to be able to function better in that place and to accomplish our social goals. Out of consense, for example, we censor what we say around our boss and around our children. In so doing we are not cowardly, but rather responsible.
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:57 All too much talk about censorship assumes a social vacuum, of course, have made clear that to cry fire in a crowded theater is not an exercise of free speech, but of irresponsibility.
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:28 To express our disapproval of film and television fare is itself an expression of free speech, not of censorship, unless we seek legislation. Clearly, much of our television fare is stupid and vulgar, embarrassing to look at. Much of it runs contrary to, and is an assault on the moral and religious values of most of us. For most of us there is little worth watching on television.
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:58 Now the producers have the freedom to produce what they want, and we have the freedom to tell them that we think it
R.J. Rushdoony: 03:27 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on Our Threatened Freedom.
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