Understanding Delogu

There are plenty of people who know who Orlando Delogu is. The UMaine Law professor emeritus, periodic candidate for Portland City Council, and poet is rather a local character, as well as an astute observer of political goings-on around town.

But at last week's Maine Civil Liberties Union banquet (which I wrote about a few days ago), Delogu offered another insight. The MCLU folks had made a video of various former leaders of their group talking about their involvement. Delogu spoke about the general tenet of civil-liberties activism: "If you can be muzzled, then your colleague can be muzzled, and I can be muzzled."

But Delogu - sitting at a table watching the video - was so outraged by this idea (his own, you'll note) that he shouted, "Never!" and shook his fist at the screen, which still held an image of himself. CORRECTION/UPDATE: It was Richard Maiman, not Delogu, who shouted "Never." But Delogu did shake his fist at himself.

Now that's a civil libertarian - he won't let anyone raise the specter of censorship - not even himself.

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