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Re: Willingness to share a position statement?

Matthias Klumpp wrote:
> Inclusivity and tolerance does not mean we have to accept every opinion as equally valid.

Equally valid -- no.
Legitimate to express -- yes.

I am really worried about the increasing trend (not specific to
Debian) towards demanding that people who hold "dissenting" opinions
be removed from their positions, excluded from the public debate, and
even fired from their jobs, which if universally applied would make
them unable to earn a living. That is what dictatorial regimes do --
often while maintaining a facade of freedom: "Nobody is being
prevented from speaking, we're just making their life miserable
because we don't like what they're saying". That's exactly what's
happening with the current political correctness storm. Say one bad
word and your life might be ruined.

Just yesterday I happened to read this quotation (on a Debian mailing
list!). I believe it is very much to the point:
"Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves
exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves
only the unanimity of the graveyard. -- Justice Roberts in 319 U.S.
624 (1943)"

What happened to "I don't agree with what you're saying, but I'll give
my life to defend your right to say it"?


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