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  • I had the opportunity to interview Fran Lebowitz by telephone a few years back. If you haven't read her work, I highly recommend her. She is most known for her social commentary. Funny, witty, sardonic. I'm a fan - have been since I bought Metropolitan Life from the bookstore I worked for when I was a teenager.

    We talked for two hours - I can't believe how generous she was with her time.

    The reason I write this story is because of something that she said - an opinion about freedom today - that I share now and has stayed with me over the years.

    We were talking about media and access to all kinds of stuff that would have been censored in the past. Stuff we don't always need to see - stuff that is morally offensive to most people. We are inundated with this type of stuff on a daily basis.

    Lebowitz said that when she complains about this, most people will defend it. People will say, well, we have more freedom today then we did back then.

    At this point in the interview, Lebowitz shouted.

    Bullshit! Then she said...

    We have less freedom today then we did back then, a lot less freedom. What we have now is an incredible amount of license.

    They are not the same thing.

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