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put it better than I can:
[This] is an EU demand that not only things be forgotten, but the fact that they were forgotten be forgotten and never mentioned again. It's a legal demand that our memory not merely be erased, but that everyone must be very careful in the future not to mention that it was erased.
I've seen that kind of demand, before.
In China, there's a whole generation that barely is aware of what happened at Tiananmen Square in 1989. There are multiple generations now who don't remember the Cultural Revolution - because it was something that was too dangerous to know about.
There is a basic human right to the integrity of our individual and collective memory. Europe's stance is that individuals - individuals with wealth and connections, mostly - have a right to modify that which supercedes everyone else's right.
Not to put to fine a point on it, that's a load of horseshit. And the demands that "enforced forgetting" go into the future as well, and even encompass the fact of forgetting, are just a way to claim a right of individuals and governments to erase whatever they find inconvenient.
- University of Maryland
Having fled the American Suburban Experience for the much more suitable environs of a war zone, and sadly, returned home against his will, he now lives in the big bad Federal City, secretly smiling every time a helicopter passes overhead. Turn-ons include contentious discussions, counterinsurgency doctrine, Perso-Arabic script, and 4000+m mountains.
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