@brainblasted @catonano Co-option of the term "free speech" scares me when by those who want to be allowed themselves to speak on all platforms but who are are more than willing to threaten people who speak in ways that they believe are oppositional to their own views. So-called FSEs are not consistent, and it's ok and even good for communities to define their own boundaries.
The muddying of the waters is also dangerous because free speech is one of the few defenses against fascism we have.
> The muddying of the waters is also dangerous because free speech is one of the few defenses against fascism we have.
i share this feeling. i'm really worried both about both the co-option of rhetoric about free speech by the far right and the growing consensus on the left that the _actual valuing of freedom of expression_ is the natural attitude of nazis/fascists/etc.
long-term, this isn't going anywhere we're going to like.
@bob @brennen @catonano @cwebber @brainblasted In non US countries it was/is just the opposite. Censorship and limiting speech was used to support Socialism and Communism. So this isn't really a uniquely right or left issue. When ever you use force to shut down ideas or dialog, you are unable to limit it to only the ideas you support. The best way to battle is to have an open dialog. When everyone is allowed to talk and listen, that is how you really shine a light on bad ideas.
The fsb is the current Russian foreign secret service
It inherited its mission from the kgb
They are igniting this "freeze peach" rethoric as a tool to do exactly what you described
Censoring minorities, sometimes violently
Some people from eastern countries fall for that rethoric because they identify Western governments with eastern ones
@catonano I didn't RTFA, but I think I made it clear that I don't know where I stand on if big tech companies should be able to censor, It comes down to the question if they are utilities, or publishers.
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