Traditional Irish Music
You can't say anything you want at work, in school, in the Mall, or any other institution, because the right to free speech is only allowed in public places like the street, or a public park ( with some restrictions ).
But outside the USA there are few places where such rights exist, or are respected, for example 'Speakers Corner' London.
And on the Internet there is nearly no such a thing, even-though it is not in anybody's country or under their authority.
So when I am blocked from replying to a comment, sent to me, in an off the beaten track exchange about the NY scene, I realize that here too censorship, that makes many Irish internet sites off limits to the Irish themselves, is taking root.
Famous for fronting such things as 'Gays', 'Blacks', 'Harumphers' rights etc, NY of all the places in the world is the very last one I would expect to be pushing the censorship wagon, so, NY people, where is the care for native Irish freedom of expression?
Who reads this stuff? and why so worked up by it?
Because today, unfortunately, our publications on the net do impact commercial interests entangled with Irish cultural events, here in my locality it is the Beer and Liquor lobby, which BTW pays a fat wad from the benefit of its sales, and gets a say on who, and when, and where/how Irish music is presented. Offenders are removed from the market place, no gigs for performers, and no license for venues that don’t toe the Coporate line. Yes it is corrupt and wrong, but in Texas the only way around that is open war, or revolution, or out bid the creeps at lobbying.
If somebody, here, feels there is a need to act, go ahead say what you think is mistaken or wrong etc, because censoring is just cowardly, and to be honest, we all need a sound check here, it is as stupid!
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