Sunday, April 12, 2009

Glenn Beck and the Definition of Sedition

Click on the following link of Glenn Beck and think about whether the following definition applies?

Sedition is a term of law which refers to covert conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority as tending toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

Because sedition is typically considered a subversive act, the overt acts that may be prosecutable under sedition laws vary from one legal code to another. Where those legal codes have a traceable history, there is also a record of the change of definition for what constituted sedition at certain points in history. This overview has served to develop a sociological definition of sedition as well, within study of persecution.

The difference between sedition and treason consists primarily in the subjective ultimate object of the violation to the public peace. Sedition does not consist of levying war against a government nor of adhering to its enemies, giving enemies aid, and giving enemies comfort. Nor does it consist, in most representative democracies, of peaceful protest against a government, nor of attempting to change the government by democratic means (such as direct democracy or constitutional convention).

Put simply, sedition is the stirring up of rebellion against the government in power. Treason is the violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or state and has to do with giving aid to enemies or levying war. Sedition is more about encouraging the people to rebel, where treason is actually betraying the country. Sedition laws somewhat equate to Terrorism and Public Order laws.


Blogger Tor Hershman said...

Here's some truth with action.....

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Zac said...

Excellent post, you should check out the work of War on Want @

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent post! I am not from your country but I have been following the politics in the US. I am from a country that advocates free speech and democracy. But I know for sure that Glenn Beck would have been arrested already if it was here in my country. Every right that we get comes with responsibility and accountability. I believe Glenn Beck is guilty of sedition and should be held accountable. Obama haven't really done anything other than the stimulus bill and yet there are too many accusations already that are based on nothing. It is one thing to distort facts, but it is another to fabricate stories.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sedition? That's just silly. Beck's radio program goes out over government licensed airwaves. His TV program goes out to millions of households every day, which is hardly a covert act. I think it's called free speech.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If GB is guilty of sedition, so are hundreds of thousands of other AMERICANS.....what if we just all turn ourselves in en masse....wonder what Washington would do or say about that....stop being silly, we have a RIGHT maybe even an obligation to criticize our government if we believe they are wrong.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blogger copied his definition of sedition from wikipedia without giving credit to wikipedia.

Trying to make yourself look smart or do you just like plagerizing?

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Main Entry: se·di·tion
Pronunciation: \si-ˈdi-shən\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English sedicioun, from Anglo-French sediciun, from Latin sedition-, seditio, literally, separation, from sed-, se- apart + ition-, itio act of going, from ire to go — more at secede, issue
Date: 14th century

: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority

If Beck issued secret instructions with specific plans to subvert the national authorities he would be guilty of sedition without question. What he does is exercise his constitutional right to express his opinions over open airwaves. He even provides an open phone line for anyone in Obama's organization to openly dispute, correct, or debate anything he says. So far not a single phone call in the past year.

He never uses rhetoric regarding what he considers members of a grand scheme to change, or transform the national ideology, but instead plays audio/visual pronouncements from the people he discusses and lets them describe their positions with their own speech, or written word.

Obama should consider that we are not yet a centralized dictatorship with nationalized media such as Venezuela, where only one voice is heard from the dictator Hugo Chavez. In Venezuela the mere lifting of ones eyebrows, or a smirk is considered sedition. Is that where you blind devotees to fundamental socialist transformation would really like to deliver us?


12:24 PM  
Blogger Lawrence Butts said...

Wow - struck a nerve with Glen Beck folks! Guess I should post some silly insane video from Fox News!

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be a little off base here, but I am guessing that you think sedition is a 'bad thing'. There would not be a United States of America if not for the efforts of our seditious, treasonous founders.

8:11 AM  

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