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Women's rights

The first and most important "women's right" is the right to vote. Then comes the right to earn, to keep what is earned, and to hold property. Free speech and the rest listed in the Bill of Rights come next. Reproductive "rights" don't even make the top ten. Especially since the last time I checked, sex is supposed to be a consensual activity.
— NeoWayland, comments from The “no news is good news” open thread
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Language

Just to point out the obvious, previously language changed without being mandated or legally sanctioned or morally correct. It worked because people used it and decided that it worked.
— NeoWayland
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“Preferred Pronouns or Prison”

““He.” “She.” “They.” Have you ever given a moment’s thought to your everyday use of these pronouns? It has probably never occurred to you that those words could be misused. Or that doing so could cost you your business or your job – or even your freedom. Journalist Abigail Shrier explains how this happened and why it's become a major free speech issue.”

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“Stossel: Enough Crony Capitalism!”

“Established businesses, like Facebook, use government to limit competition.”

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“The EU Just Destroyed The Internet #Article11 #Article13”

The internet is the last, best hope for freedom. And the European Union can't stand that idea.

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Signs of liberal privilege

Excerpted from Seven Signs of Liberal Privilege by Timothy Daughtry.

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“Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains "Deboosting" "Troll Report" & Political Targeting in Interview”

“Project Veritas has obtained and published documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider. This information describes how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech. Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as "[e]xisting strategies" taken to combat political speech.”

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❝The 3 Rules of Hate Speech: Free Speech Rules (Episode 2)❞

“Here are three rules you should know about "Hate Speech" and the First Amendment:



Rule 1. The First Amendment protects all ideas–loving, hateful, or in between.

In the United States, "hate speech" is just a political label, like "un-American speech" or "rude speech." Some people use the phrase broadly, some more narrowly–but there's no legal definition, because there is no "hate speech" exception to the First Amendment.

Rule 2. Some speech is not protected by the First Amendment, but that's true regardless of whether it's bigoted or hateful.

For instance, threats of violence are constitutionally unprotected.

Rule 3. Hate crime laws are constitutional, so long as they punish violence or vandalism, not speech.

The law often punishes people more because of why they did what they did. Killing someone for money will get you a harsher punishment than killing them out of momentary anger. Likewise, firing an employee because of his race will get you a civil lawsuit; firing an employee for most other reasons won't.”

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So much for freedom of speech

Every day, there is a racist tweet, a hateful tweet, something really dark and ugly, And what are we as candidates, as activists, as the press, going to do about that? Are we going to chase after those every day? Are we going to let him use those to divide us?

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❝The Truth - Nathan Philips / Covington Catholic Kids❞

“I normally avoid these sort of topics, but after seeing all this footage and all the people trying to destroy these kids lives, I felt like I had to do something.

We all need to do better, stop with this mob mentality over the first thing we see. Remember there's always two sides to a coin.”

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Massive roundup to clear my files

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NeoNotes — Looking good

Two video monitors of equal size. A dozen people, some of who were Democrats. Both videos played side by side with the volume turned down. All but one person thought that Trump came across stronger, more confident, better body language, and more convincingly. One guy said that Pelosi and Schumer looked like high school student council candidates.

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“Journalism is…”

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

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❝7 Things You Should Know About Free Speech in Schools: Free Speech Rules (Episode 1)❞

“Watch the first episode of Free Speech Rules, a new video series on free speech and the law. The first episode looks at the seven things you should know about how the First Amendment is applied in schools, from black armbands to 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus.'”

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Thursday super roundup

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NeoNote — There is no "Judeo-Christian faith."

Their arguments among each other lead to pluralism, the American religious virtue that no one wants to talk about.

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“Remy: The Legend of Stan Lee”

“Remy recalls a time when experts were claiming "Hitler was a beginner compared to the comic-book industry," and how Stan Lee took a stand.”

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NeoNote — The Democrats aren't democratic

When they have eliminated superdelegates, they will have earned the designation.

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Thursday - November 15, 2018

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“Platform Or Publisher?”

Platform Or Publisher? How Big Tech Can Be Brought To Its Knees

Either way — platform or publisher — Big Tech loses, as long as the government forces it to one side or the other. If platform, then the FAAGs have to tolerate thought criminals using their services, just as if they were a common carrier, like a telephone utility. If publisher, then Big Tech can be sued to kingdom come and charged with innumerable violations of federal law.
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Who might be dangerous

One of the Best Arguments Against Blocking Speech on Social Media....

...is so we become aware of who might be dangerous.
     — Robert Wenzel, One of the Best Arguments Against Blocking Speech on Social Media....

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NeoNote — What happens when progressives are in charge?

Will they tolerate similar "resistance" from conservatives?

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“Big Brother Wants to Stop Your Private Online Conversations”

Big brother doesn't trust you.

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“Left or Liberal?”

“Tell the average American you’re a liberal and they’ll assume you’re on the political left. Yet, leftists and liberals hold very different positions on key issues. In this video, Dennis Prager explains how the tenets of liberalism like a belief in capitalism and free speech have more in common with conservatism than with the identity politics and racial resentment preached by the left.”

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You are free

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights limit government, not people.

The way I see it, you are free to say and do as you want SO LONG AS you accept responsibility and the consequences. Anyone who promises you freedom from that is lying.
     — NeoWayland
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“Rowan Atkinson on Freedom of Speech”

He speaks for himself.

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Censorship & corporate virtue signalling

But they are hypocrites when they declare that they support free speech while applying selective censorship.

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“Jinx the Anarchist Sex Worker Goes to Washington”

“Representatives of the oldest profession were on Capitol Hill fighting FOSTA and SESTA, with our online freedoms hanging in the balance.”

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NeoNote — Demonizing the press

When the press shows that it can't be trusted with even some truths, why should the press be trusted?

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“#WalkAway Campaign- WHY I LEFT LIBERALISM & THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY”

“The Democratic Party has taken for granted that it owns racial, sexual, and religious minorities in America. It has encouraged groupthink, hypocrisy, division, stereotyping, resentment, and the acceptance of victimhood mentality. And all the while, they have discouraged minorities from having independent thought, open dialogue, measured and informed opinion, and a motivation to succeed.”

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Fair game

The second someone makes a political statement, they are fair game.
     — NeoWayland
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“Control the Words, Control the Culture”

“The culture war is first and foremost a war of words – and the left is winning. The consequences can be seen everywhere: in politics, in education, in media. In this video, Michael Knowles, host of the Michael Knowles Show, explains why we should not cede another syllable.”

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“Welcome To Progressive Utopia”

“A society afraid of free speech is afraid of itself.
Anyone who needs a safe space from other people’s opinions should be in therapy”

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NeoNotes — news bias and agendas

I reserve the right to tie anyone in semantic knots if I can do it with truth.

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“Stossel: The Southern Poverty Law Center Scam”

“There are dangerous hate groups in America. So a group called the Southern Poverty Law Center promises to warn us about them. They release an annual list of hate groups in America.

The media cover it, but John Stossel says they shouldn't. It's a scam.”

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Walk towards the fire

Walk toward the fire. Don’t worry about what they call you. All those things are said against you because they want to stop you in your tracks. But if you keep going, you’re sending a message to people who are rooting for you, who are agreeing with you. The message is that they can do it, too.
     — Andrew Breitbart
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Anything at all

My favorite picture version of the classic Orwell quote


If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
     — George Orwell
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Talkin' politics in 2017

“What it feels like when you try to talk to people about politics in 2017…”

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More clearing out the stack

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❝The New York Times: Propaganda Machine❞

“From its op-eds to its coverage of the 2016 election, the New York Times has an unquestionable liberal bias. I'm not saying they have to stop pushing a progressive message, but it frustrates me when people portray it as an objective outlet...”

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❝What Happens When Google Disagrees With You?❞

“Is Google open to a diverse array of viewpoints? Or is it an ideological echo chamber? Just ask former Google software engineer James Damore. He was fired for disagreeing with Google's (left-wing) orthodoxy. In this video, James shares his story.”

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NeoNotes — net neutrality

As it exists right now, local, state, and Federal governments allow and protect area specific telecommunications monopolies.

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Free speech

Free speech does not mean shutting the other guy up. It means you talk. It means sometimes you yell at each other and wave your fingers in each other's faces. It means you argue. It means you sit down over drinks and try to understand why they won't listen. It means giving the other the same respect you expect for yourself. At least until they show they don't deserve the respect. Even then, they get to talk.
     — NeoWayland
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One thing

Say only one thing for every three things they say.
     — NeoWayland
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Angry guys

Where would we be if those angry guys hadn't been writing letters to each other for years by 1773?
     — NeoWayland
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“The Four Freedoms”

This was FDR's State of the Union address in January, 1941. It was another speech that changed everything.

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NeoNotes - We need our ideas challenged

We don't need violence in the streets.

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85% of Americans support free speech over not offending others, says survey

“73% Say Freedom of Speech Worth Dying For”

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☆ Circus of hate

Yep, it was almost as if it were scripted. A myth for the ages - revised

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Violence

“When Liberals Club People, It's With Love In Their Hearts”

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Electonic Frontier Foundation on hate speech

“Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression”

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Speech wars

The internet is the last, best hope for freedom.

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Results

I'm disappointed to see how many people believe that "hate speech isn't free speech" and that certain people don't deserve free speech rights.

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☆ This last week in free speech

Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re really in favor of free speech, then you’re in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise. Otherwise, you’re not in favor of free speech.
     — Noam Chomsky
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Free speech



That's what worries me most about this. Once people decide that some labels deserve free speech and others don't, where does it stop?
     — NeoWayland
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Hee hee hee hee


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NeoNotes — the Johnson amendment

As I said, the tax exempt status is a "devil's trade" intended in large part to silence churches.

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from crux № 19 — Free market

It constantly amazes me that the defenders of the free market are expected to offer certainty and perfection while government has only to make promises and express good intentions.
     — Lawrence W. Reed

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from crux № 11 — Ultimate truth

I've seen the arguments in enough other contexts to distrust anyone who claims rationality prevents any opposing view. Even more so when they dismiss any other possibility unheard because they have the Ultimate Truth That Must Not Be Questioned.
     — NeoWayland
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Language of force

“Tear Gas, Guns and Riot Squads: The Police State’s Answer to Free Speech Is Brute Force”

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FINALLY!!   It's about damn time!

Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.


A law found to discriminate based on viewpoint is an “egregious form of content discrimination,” which is “presumptively unconstitutional.” … A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society.
     — Justice Anthony Kennedy

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“Five Clichés Used to Attack Free Speech” from ReasonTV

“We live in perilous times when it comes to free speech, and the threats are coming from both the left and right. The president has threatened legal action against the media, and progressive activists have used violence to shut down campus speakers they don't like.”

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NeoNotes — Deserved to be heroes

For length reasons, this entry appears on it's own page.

“We let generations be victims when they deserved to be heroes.”

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from crux № 10 — the system

We've been taught that government is supposed to govern and control the other guy.

That's the guy who is the problem.

Not us. Never us. It's not our fault.

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Newspeak devours free speech

“What ‘Snowflakes’ Get Right About Free Speech”

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What a liberal university used to mean

“In defense of the offensive“ & “A microcosm of the maddening mix of Progressive hate, ignorance, and nonsense at an American college”

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Secret demands

“Court Rules Facebook Can’t Challenge Demands for User Data (and Can’t Tell Users)”

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Fake isn't always fake

“A libertarian tech revolt”

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Apple patented blocking smartphone cameras

Sometimes the oddest things can have the strangest consequences.

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Public blasphemy

Get that? The science is settled. Don't question the dogma. Thou shalt not dissent!

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Battle flag - updated

The question remains, why was the flag acceptable last year but is not acceptable this year?

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Watching the headlines #3

“Doctors' Criticism Of ObamaCare Silenced By ACA Bureaucrats”

“Save the Bees: Eliminate Biofuel Mandates”

“Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage”

“You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History”

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from crux № 4 — The U.S. is not a "Christian nation"

And here is where I am about to offend many of you. Are you paying close attention?

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The standard argument

An argument against gun control has much wider application than I realized

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Blogging anonymously

New publication makes it easier

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Freedom of speech

Some people want freedom without accepting responsibility

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Are blogs protected by the First Admendment?

Do Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Speech apply to websites?

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Liberty, the internet, and the free market

The last, best hope for freedom

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