[Foundation-l] Free speech
peter.damian at btinternet.com
Sat Oct 9 10:15:51 UTC 2010
My apologies for the Godwinism. I am a writer, the idea of preventing
someone expressing a viewpoint is reprehensible. Disruption to the project
of building a comprehensive and reliable reference source is one thing.
That is a matter of a 'preventative block'. Punitive blocks intended to
prevent expression of ideas is another. As you must all know, Larry Sanger
was indefinitely blocked simply for expressing the wrong opinions:
By our own Phil Nash, in fact. The practice of a 'community ban' is simply a
matter of a few admins getting together and imposing one.
On the comparison with China, that was naughty, I concede. But imprisoning
someone is the only way of preventing the expression of opinions in the real
world. In the virtual world, blocking is far simpler. That is the only
difference. As a writer, I find the suppression of free speech far more
painful and immoral and intolerable than mere incarceration. If I were in
prison and still permitted to write, that would not be an imposition. Being
prevented from writing is the worst crime of all.
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