Mr. President, rather than waste bandwidth responding to the myriad absurdities
and misconceptions contained in your recent response, I’ll just make a few
short comments and leave it at that. Feel free to have the last word.
First, none of this was a political issue until you, el presidente, went to
great lengths to build it into one. In typical grandiose political fashion, you
took a relatively harmless and insignificant incident and blew it out of all
proportion. Why? I don’t know, nor will I speculate. I just ask that you cease
and desist from making it an issue any longer so the NG can return to the topic
of unicycling. Just because it’s your pet peeve, doesn’t mean everyone else is
concerned. Was it in bad taste, perhaps, but then so are plaids and prints when
mixed. No big deal.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and thus
clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of
hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
Second, if you are sincere when you say you don’t want rules that limit the
expression of members within the context of the sport, then it’s a simple matter
of not proposing or supporting any. Take off the politician hat and put on your
unicycle helmet. It’s that simple. Quite plainly, there is no real problem with
regard to how participants conduct themselves which needs to be addressed. The
IUF and UNICON are NOT bordering on bedlam or total chaos. Nor are they
particularly anarchistic. I should know, I’m an anarchist. Though I don’t
usually make an issue of that fact. I’m hoping you’re wise enough you won’t
Third, it’s a bad idea to lecture on subjects you have no real working or first
hand knowledge of, like free speech, or freedom generally. It just makes you
appear foolish. Freedom isn’t anything like what you or most americans think.
What you and most americans accept is “freedom on a leash.” Real freedom is
self-control, no more, no less. Stick to the subject of unicycling, at least
then you can speak from genuine personal experience.
Returning to the tranquility of lurk mode . . .
peace - AU
Freeom on a leash - http://www.hevanet.com/kort/LEASH1.HTM
ps: Not only can you yell “FIRE” in a crowded theatre, I’ve seen it done. I
watched Penn, of Penn and Teller, do just that with a sold-out house at the
Warner Theatre less than a year ago. Penn even quiped, “God, I’ve always
wanted to do that.” Penn also rides unicycles.