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Subj: An argument I'm having about free speech on the Thor board.
Posted: Thu Jan 06, 2022 at 01:26:14 pm EST (Viewed 399 times)
It's going way out of the bounds of the Thor board, but I thought it would was still and interesting discussion and definitely worth having...
This is Norvell's last response, and I'll reply below. It's worth noting most o his confusion here is thinking I'm a conservative and doesn't realize I AM on his left. Anyway, the point isn't to try and dunk on him, but to illustrate the various freedom of speech positions here.
So who enforces your freedom of speech? God?
The increasing corporate control of America is a function of right-leaning policy, and statement of intent (not my opinion).
Incorrect. There is no applicable legal case that could be brought against Twitter, thus its not for a court to decide. In fact, the courts would overwhelmingly side with Twitter, hence why Trump hasn't brought one.
So you're advocating for regulations of free speech and strict regulation of capitalism. You do realize that's what you're doing, right? If not, I got news for you.
So, again, you're advocating for more of a far-left (even further than me) approach to private companies. It actually seems like you're advocating for outright government control (the only thing accountable to a democratic process). Welcome, comrade!
It's public discourse on a private platform. Of course Twitter or Facebook have a right to control it. Just as someone else can start another platform and do the same thing (e.g. ban users, which the so-called free-speech right-wing platforms have already done).
Um, yeah it does, since its foundational to what we're discussing.
A much stronger case could be made against other sectors of the economy, such as energy production or health care.
Well, I'm not necessarily disagreeing, but your making a purely ideological point that does not exist in American reality (or most other nation's).
Even that strained analogy has to be terribly skewed so that competing news papers cannot be created by virtue of the conditions of the argument.
I have never visited a discussion forum that was run as a democracy. Ever.
Ultimately there is regulation about the content of these forums, either by the overseeing platform or even the Internet Service Provider.
Ironically, I was banned for bickering, IIRC.
So privately owned platforms shouldn't have terms of service or content moderation. That seems diametrically opposed to your view that there should be strict regulation of the economy and the private sector (perhaps even moreso than my ideology would allow). Your ideological position has not been fully thought through.
Thankfully you've opened the window to this discussion, thus inviting me to respond. You're welcome to not respond in turn.
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