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Freedom of Expression and the Hoover Foundation

This may be of interest to people who believe in freedom of expression. I submitted the following comment on an article published in Defining Ideas (Hoover Foundation) titled The End of the Euro. Full article here:
http://www.hoover.org/publications/defining-ideas/article/97181

“The EU, from the beginning, lacked a safe democratic underpinning. A bureaucracy, not responsible to anybody and not elected, is running the affairs. The dominant languages in the Union are English and French, although German is the most widely spoken language in it. People were not asked. Ballast of recent history, in other words the two World Wars. – The number of high officials is ridiculously balanced against Germany/other German speaking countries. Very few EU ambassadors are German, very few high posts in the EU administration are German. On the other hand, Germany contributes most to bailout funds. Is it surprising that the feeling among Germans is widespread that they are not much more than a convenient milk-cow to other European countries? Also widespread is the feeling that Germany is misused by being dragged into various wars, which are without any relevance to the country and for which it has no historical understanding. This may be a consequence of being a member of NATO rather than the EU, but both are, to a degree, linked.

In the long term the EU will only survive if historical inbalances are genuinely addressed.

Klaus Rohde”

This strongly sanitized version was published without my approval:

“The German Gripe
The E.U., from the beginning, lacked a safe democratic underpinning. A bureaucracy, not responsible to anybody and not elected, is running the show. The dominant languages in the Union are English and French, although German is the most widely spoken language in it. Yet, very few E.U. ambassadors are German and very few high posts in the E.U. administration are German. On the other hand, Germany contributes most to the bailout funds. Is it surprising that the feeling among Germans is widespread that they are not much more than a convenient milk-cow to other European countries?
—Klaus Rohde”

I requested the following in protest against the changes:

“The German Gripe

Neither the title of this comment nor the comment itself are by me. The latter is a strongly sanitized version of what I wrote (by omitting important points). It seems to me that comments should be drastically changed only after the author has given her/his approval. Since this has not happened, I wish to request either to publish the comment in its original form or drop it. After all, freedom of expression means exactly this: publish something in the way you wish to. I had the misfortune to live for several years in the former East Germany where freedom of expression did not exist. I learned then that one has to stand up for one’s conviction.

Klaus Rohde”

My comment (or rather its sanitized version) has now been removed by the editor of Defining Ideas.

One Response to “Freedom of Expression and the Hoover Foundation”

  1. Chris Says:

    Welcome back! Long time no see. I was beginning to worry about you.

    I have reanimated my alter ego (http://evildrclam.blogspot.com/) and Marco and I have been having a spirited discussion about the origins of life.

    And I have also done a book report on Allan Bloom’s “The Closing of the American Mind” (http://www.chrisfellows.blogspot.com/2011/09/book-report-part-one.html ; http://www.chrisfellows.blogspot.com/2011/09/book-report-part-two.html)

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