Freedom of speech is a pretty good measure of how free a country is. How liberal it is, so to speak.
Bob Dylan was always primarily a musician. But he did sing songs protesting the Viet Nam War back in the 1960's, and became a highly visible icon of the Left. Yet the US government never made the slightest attempt to infringe on his right to sing whatever he pleased.
Dylan gave a concert in Viet Nam this past weekend. The Vietnamese government -- the same government which defeated the US back in 1975 -- demanded the right to determine which songs Dylan would be allowed to sing. Dylan acquiesced.
The Viet Nam War was a tremendous waste of US lives and money, and frankly, we had no business being there.
Nonetheless, for Dylan to quietly agree to the censorship of a government he once supported seems a bit of a double standard.