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Re: RE: [ga] Re: What list forwards to what list
Karl Auerbach wrote:
>To me that intolerable garbage is e-mail that says "censorship is OK".
>To some that intolerable garbage is e-mail that makes references to
>But should the reaction be to gag the speaker or to individually block
>I chose the latter approach.
You have freedom of choice, and can choose for yourself the approach you
wish, but cannot assume that everybody will make the same choice.
Moreover, you cannot *impose* on everybody to choose your approach.
It is clear that we will not have the perfect solution that will make
Either make unhappy the ones who do not want to participate in a list
that enforces rules, even if only about civil discourse, or make unhappy
those who do not want to participate in a list that allows verbal
aggression by some subscribers to the others.
I understand your question of principle, but I cannot pretend I don't
hear the reasons of the others.
This is a common problem. Abusers are everywhere, and the current
tendency, in our imperfect world, is to prevent abuse, or punish it, not
to turn the head on the other side and pretend you don't see.
Wanna make a test? Pick the public debate of your choice in the
democratic country of your choice (in a city hall, on Capitol Hill, in a
tribunal, wherever), drop by and start insulting people at random, best
if women and with explicit language. Then, try to convince the
attendees that they should close their ears rather than try to censor
you limiting your freedom of speech.
Let us know how it ended.