[-empyre-] VII: free speech and its ends

lgm at theorbiolchem.org lgm at theorbiolchem.org
Fri Oct 12 02:19:20 EST 2012

If I'm not mistaken, this circle here is kept up by philosophers and  
intented to be read by philosophers. In philosophy there is no such  
term as "hate speach", but in philosphy there is much reasoning (even  
if indirect) for free speach. Without free speach philosphy is dead.
And let's not forget: everybody has the right to be stupid, and the  
non-stupid ones have the responsibility to show how stupid the stupis  

Laszlo G Meszaros

Quoting Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>:

> The situation is an aporia; there are no short-cuts but decisions  
> have to be made. When there was hate speech or trolling, the list  
> became unweildy and furious; while I as co-moderator might side with  
> subscribers who wanted completely freedom, the fact was that - out  
> of pain and anger - we'd usually lose about a third of subscriber  
> within the first few weeks, and other postings would go down. In a  
> sense, the list was held captive.
> On a practical level, there were two ways we dealt with this behind  
> the scenes - first, I never made decisions alone; they were always  
> made by the co-moderators together; and second, I would also try to  
> nip things in the bud (an odd metaphor, ah well) - if someone joined  
> the list and immediately posted something defamatory about the  
> 'Hebrews' (which happened), I'd immediately unsub that person and  
> ban him or her.
> There's no solution right for everyone; as you know, this list as  
> well is moderated, and its the moderation that hopefully keeps the  
> discussions alive.
> - Alan
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