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  •  asdf (17+ / 0-)
    Nobody has an inherent right to a particular platform for their speech
    Of course they do if they own the platform. The point is the stupidity in exercising that right.
    •  libertarianism in a nutshell (3+ / 0-)
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      Nobody has an inherent right to a particular platform for their speech.
      Of course they do if they own the platform. The point is the stupidity in exercising that right.
      It therefore follows that the only way to possess freedom of speech is to own platforms, and anything that interferes with the ability to own platforms is an attack on freedom of speech.

      To those who say the New Deal didn't work: WWII was also government spending

      by Visceral on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 09:08:31 AM PST

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    •  Still not a right (2+ / 0-)
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      I could buy a Volt if I had the money, but that doesn't mean I have an inherent right to drive a Volt.

      This is the scam of "free speech" in the TV Machine age:  only plutocrats can speak with any influence.  Before TV, and especially in the early days of the republic, virtually any group of people could afford to crank out pamphlets and thus speak to the masses.  TV restricted that ability to plutocrats who could afford the infrastructure to broadcast their dumbed down video speech.  

      Eventually (hopefully?) the internet will return the right of relevant speech to the masses, but for now there are still too many Americans who depend on their TV Machines for intellectual sustinance.  Of course this is exactly why the telecoms do not want a free and open internet, and we always seem to be an election away from losing that free and open internet.  Sometimes it seems like people will be content as long as they have Facebook and the ability to inform everyone of where they are and what they're doing at that moment, but hopefully enough will wake up in time.

      "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

      by Subterranean on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 10:25:31 AM PST

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      •  Economic censorship (5+ / 0-)

        A friend of mine introduced me to the term.

        The ability to be heard is auctioned off to the highest bidder in our country, that means that view point that favor the rich are always going to enjoy a greater ability to be heard.

        The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

        by AoT on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:10:59 AM PST

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