The Occupation — Place, Balance, and Proximity

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  1. Matt says:

    Often the best way to understand arguments that you disagree with is to read them. Bloomberg just didn’t say “right to be silent.” He said “right to silence.” People live near Zuccotti Park. The protests are noisy. That makes some people sad.

  2. Timothy Zick says:

    “Matt”: The Times account says “right to be silent.” That’s why there are quotation marks in the post. If you have a transcript of the Mayor’s remarks, maybe you could post a link rather than an insult. In any event, the argument just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. The Mayor is concerned that protesters are drowning out “silence”? Well, of course they are. That’s the point of a public protest. The City can regulate excessive noise and congestion of streets and sidewalks. But it would be a strange free speech principle that protesters could be made to be quiet or move along because their actions are making neighborhood residents “sad.”