Does there exist a country where one can say all without incurring judicial sanction? For us Europeans, the United States appears to be this promised land, where each is free to express himself without chains. Nevertheless, in spite of the acquired power of liberty of expression, one cannot say all across the Atlantic. Certainly, in the domain of political opinion or issues said to be of the general interest, the Americans appear to show themselves to be the worthy successors of the Lumieres. But when these messages satisfy sexuality, they are more repressive than Europeans: how else can one burn the starry banner but at once interdict the pronouncement of the word 'fuck' on primetime TV?
Existe-t-il un pays où l’on peut tout dire sans encourir de sanctions judiciaires ? Pour nous Européens, les États-Unis apparaissent comme cette terre promise où chacun est libre de s’exprimer sans entraves. Pourtant, en dépit de la puissance qu’y a acquise la liberté d’expression, on ne peut pas tout dire outre-Atlantique. Certes, dans le domaine des opinions politiques ou des questions dites d’intérêt général, les Américains se montrent les dignes héritiers des Lumières. Mais quand il s’agit de messages
Sophistry, cleverness: these are the recipients of Chaos's praise. Rites, music: these are the symptoms of obscenity. Kindness, humanity; these are the mothers of immorality. Office, glory; these are the bearers of perversion. If chaos is approved, it will spread; if perversion is accepted, it becomes the norm; if the mothers of immorality remain untouched, they will continue to nurture it; if the rats that bear perversion remain untouched, the plague of perversion will never cease.
When together these eight things are in a nation, the people are victorious against the government; when in a nation these eight things are nonexistent, the government is victorious against the people. If the people are victorious against the government, the nation will be weak; if the government is victorious against the people, the military will have strength. Therefore, countries with these eight things will lack the means by which they may fight, and thus will be cut to death; but countries without these eight things will have the means by which they may fight, and thus ascend to supremacy.