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Excess Of Free Speech by Stefan Tischler

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    What is an "excess" of free speech? On the surface, it would seem to be a contradiction in terms. After all, the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of speech and expression, and as such, it would seem to be the Salient feature of a democratic society. However, in the late 20th century this idea is being challenged and new lines are being drawn.

    U.S. President George Bush decried the civil disobedience of the AIDS activist group ACT UP, when in 1990, they entered St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and disrupted the service of Cardinal John J. O'Connor, whose much publicised virulent stance against the gay lifestyle and pro-choice advocates of the Women's Movement is believed by the members of the ACT UP to endanger the lives of millions of people. Bush described the action as an excessive use of free speech, igniting a storm of media and public reaction to the tactics of ACT UP. The result was intended to divert the public's attention away from the group's objectives to the "disrespect" all God-fearing, church-going Americans are supposed to believe has taken place.

    In this example, we can see the extent to which the Reagan-Bush "administration" will go to selectively dictate the "proper" use of the First Amendment and to subvert the outcome to suit their end. We have yet to hear Bush, his wife or any person connected to the government apply the concept of an "excess" of free speech to any of a myriad of organizations or individuals who are daily perpetrating physical, psychological and social harm on people with AIDS or in high-risk groups. These are the people who are in the greatest need of support and protection. Every day they lose jobs, health insurance, homes, families, and futures to a disease that cannot yet be cured and whose questionable origin ought to be the number one concern of all conscious Americans, but somehow is not.

    The objective of this work is to attempt to deal with the presentation of information and the manipulation of news to ensure a predetermined outcome. Considering the special interests of organized intelligence, organized religion, organized science/medicine, organized crime/entertainment, and the media as a conduit for the propaganda machinery of all these groups, the average person has virtually no chance of determining the truth about anything. We are thoroughly narcotized by the constant flow of "infotainment" and are rendered incapable of developing progressive attitudes or taking meaningful action. Lies of omission, misinformation, disinformation and the maintenance of "plausible deniability" are the uses to which our freedom of speech a4e being employed, and very much in excess.
    Track Listings:
    1. Daytime TV Nightmare 9:59
    2. Desperate Despots 7:48
    3. Infotainment Tonight 5:48
    4. Perceive Remember Think 8:58
    5. Incursions 6:15
    6. Americans Are Sleepwalking 6:43
    7. C.I.AIDS 3:14
    8. HIV: Unnatural Selection 7:16
    Total Time: 56:34
    Artist Name(s):
    Stefan Tischler
    Release Year: 1992
    Experimental, Field Recordings, Musique Concrète
    Album Type:
    Compact Disc
    Cover & Packge Design:
    Extreme Graphics, Andrew Curtis (Photo)
    Studio Name:
    Harmonic Ranch NYC, Serenity NJ,
    Engineer(s): Books Williams, Keith Keeler Walsh
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Extreme Records
    Catalog Number(s):
    Victoria, Australia
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