I've come to believe these events are a waste of time for me.
(Unless I'm invited to speak, which I was not, in which case I can sell some books and get away from my office for a day or two...)
Basically, a bunch of people will get up and relate information I already know, and have written about myself.
And these people all tend to be lawyers and professors and other bigshots.
In an era when our neighbors to the south are organizing grassroots Tea Parties, too many people in the free speech movement are still enthralled by degrees and celebrities and suits and talk talk talk.
(I guess because ordinary people might show up with unfortunate signs and say something "inappropriate" and actually demand that we all DO something risky or rude.)... (Kathy's emphasis.)That's why free speech has a much better shot at surviving in the U.S. than it does here--because, unlike Canadians, Americans aren't afraid to be risky and rude and inappropriate. And that's a function both of culture and history. Americans can draw upon a history that includes a Boston Tea Party and a Revolution and a First Amendment. What do we Canadians have? "Peace, order and good government," Wile E. Trudeau's legacy of multiculturalism, and our "ABCs"--agencies, boards and commissions (including all those delightful "human rights" commissions). Given that, how likely is it that "grassroots" Canadians will ever be able to summon up the gumption, the liberating "rudeness," of Americans?
Not bloody likely, I'd say.