As a reporter, historian, critic and columnist for more than 60 years, I’ve never wanted to write just for the choir—readers who always agree with me. The wider and more combative the audience, the better. So I was eager when HUSTLER Magazine not only published my article “The War on Free Speech” in October 2007 but also invited me to become a monthly columnist.
I was given an opportunity to share with HUSTLER readers my thoughts on topics like the government’s trashing of our personal privacy and to provide information about the ever-advancing surveillance technology that makes Big Brother bigger. “Can the Constitution Survive Another 9/11?” appeared in the November 2007 issue, and I’ve gladly been churning out new columns ever since.
Why wouldn’t I? What I most value is never being told what not to write. Publisher Larry Flynt has gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure that freedom of opinion, often scathing and controversial, remains very much alive here.