Random ALL CAPS posts on this group

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Fri Jan 23 12:50:09 CET 2015

Ben Finney wrote:

> Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com> writes:
>> On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:38 AM, Rick Johnson
>> <rantingrickjohnson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > That's the beauty of free speech: "We have right to be annoyed, and
>> > the author has the right not to give a damn". The only alternative
>> > is fascist censorship, and I'll happily endure these annoyances to
>> > prevent that!
>> Free speech also gives the freedom to not listen.
> Freedom of expression entails an obligation on the state to not quash
> anyone's expression. It does not affect anyone who is not the state; it
> imposes no obligation on the PSF.

By this reasoning, you would be perfectly comfortable with a state of
affairs where a media monopoly suppressed any and all dissenting
viewpoints, provided that it was a *privately owned* monopoly and not the
government. To quote Bill Cole:

    Here in the US, we are so schizoid and deeply opposed to 
    government censorship that we insist on having unaccountable
    private parties to do it instead.

Since I am pretty sure that you don't actually consider private censorship
to be a good thing, perhaps we can agree that the question of free speech
is a little more complicated than just the state versus non-state.


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