Re: guns (Re: Cell phones of death!)

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From: Matt Jensen (
Date: Tue Dec 19 2000 - 11:31:39 PST

I don't understand your examples.

Desert Storm: do you mean that most mail (and unapproved news coverage)
was suppressed, or that some got through? My impression is that the DoD's
control of information was pretty effective.

Soviet coup: The fact that reactionary forces tried to overthrow
Gorbachev[1], and were stopped by Yeltsin etc., how is that an example of
suppression failing? The reactionaries were not running the government.
When they were running the government, their suppression "worked" (kept
them in power) for 70 years.

Human rights in China: How does our knowledge of HR violations prove that
suppression rarely works? Has China changed their policies? (To the
contrary, the U.S. has given up on making HR improvement an explicit part
of our trade relationship.)

The Prohibition example I understand.

-Matt Jensen

On Tue, 19 Dec 2000, Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:

> Suppression
> never works -- or at least rarely. Anyone want to try remembering
> the email during Desert Storm? Or the Soviet coup against Gorbachev?
> Or various human-rights incidents in mainland China? Or Prohibition?
> Or..?
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