Dagger in hand

A man of prodigious fortune, coming to add his opinion to some light discussion that was going on casually at his table, began precisely thus: "It can only be a liar or an ignoramus who will say otherwise than," and so on. Pursue that philosophical point, dagger in hand.

--Michel de Montaigne, Of the art of discussion.

Stab back: cmnewman99-at-yahoo.com


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Wednesday, November 20, 2002
A HOLLOW VICTORY: AP is apparently reporting that the French court has dismissed the bid by a "human rights" group to ban Fallaci's book. (Thanks to Nick Kricheff for sending me the story; sorry I haven't found a good link yet.) It's not exactly a stirring victory for freedom of expression, though: "The court said it was unable to rule on the case due to procedural errors stemming from how the case was filed." In fact, the article reports that they will be allowed to correct the procedural error and file the complaint again. We're not out of the woods yet, Marianne.

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