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Re: Willingness to share a position statement?

On Thu, Mar 25, 2021 at 09:18:10PM +0100, Gerardo Ballabio wrote:
>Steve McIntyre wrote:
>> Do we really have to go through this argument *again*?
>I didn't start this discussion.

But you've spoken up in a previous discussion and we spoke then.

>> Freedom of speech does *not* mean freedom from consequences.
>The point is who decides what the consequences are.
>That should be up to the legal system, not to some random group of
>people who gather together and decide to enact summary punishment.
>Some types of speech are forbidden by law: hate speech, defamatory
>speech, incitement to violate the law (note that debating whether a
>law is unjust does NOT equate to inciting people to violate that law).
>Everything that isn't forbidden is free speech and nobody must be
>discriminated for voicing their opinions.

You were wrong the last time you said this kind of thing, and you're
still wrong. We *entirely* have the freedom to discriminate based on
what people say and do around us. We're not a government. We are *not*
in the situation where we *have* to support people saying things that we
believe to be bad, wrong and hurtful. It is *entirely* within our
rights to evaluate people by their words and actions and to decide
whether we wish to talk or work with them in future.

Try a simple thought experiment: if you think that only the law (which
country?) has any bearing here, is spam filtering allowed? Should we
be allowed to block people from our mailing lists or BTS for sending
lots of messages saying "Free Software is awful"?


>> Decrying this as a "political correctness storm" is a favourite
>> argument of the morally bankrupt who want the freedom to spout hate
>> without being called on it.
>Spouting hate can come from both camps, and the language of this
>sentence of yours does seem an example of that, as well as a possible
>CoC violation, particularly if you meant to imply that I belong to the
>"morally bankrupt".

I have no idea about your personal morals. However, claiming that
there is a right to free speech without consequences *is* a common
tactic of people who wish to say hateful things. Do you dispute that?

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
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