Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
Sedition, an outdated suppression of free speech, or an essential tool in building national unity and pride?
WikipediaPut simply, sedition is the stirring up of rebellion against the government in power.
And in law (Crimes Act 1961 of New Zealand; Section 81):
Sedition laws are still active in many nations in the West; New Zealand will be abolishing its laws probably by the end of the year, I'm predicting a near-absolute majority.
However, Australia recently re-introduced its sedition laws in 2005 as part of a range of anti-terrorism laws.
And here in lies the issue for modern sedition. It becomes possible, even predictable that ordinary people to be jailed for thoughtcrimes, related to terrorism or not. Sedition is more than just war-time censorship, it is the expansion of crimethink.
masked_marsoe;3715980Sedition, an outdated suppression of free speech, or an essential tool in building national unity and pride?
We just used to call it anarchy! :nodding:
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
I would have thought sedition to be an essential element of democracy.
I didn't make it!
In theory Sedition is only supposed to cover LYING to try to incite rebellion, and I think such a law makes perfect sense. But yeah I agree with the previous posts that speaking out against the government should never be a crime unless somehow it endangers someone(I can't think of a scenario where this would be the case)
Good thread Marcel, just what I needed. :)
That is some genuinely amusing reading. There have been measures in the US of the same variety, such as the Seditions Act(s) over the centuries and decades. I forgot when the most reason one was, doesn't really matter.Governments anywhere, whether totalitarian or "democratically" elected, never really tolerate much of this.
NemmerleI would have thought sedition to be an essential element of democracy.[/QUOTE] Real democracy, correct. But if you look at any political power structures functioning today, you know how much real democracy they tolerate. Some more than others of course. [QUOTE=masked_marsoe]However, Australia recently re-introduced its sedition laws in 2005 as part of a range of anti-terrorism laws.
That's terrible! I'm presently curious about the status of such "national security" measures in the US.