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Philosophy professor Peter Simpson, author of “Theocracy’s Challenge” and Political Illiberalism: A Defense of Freedom , considers the internet censorship problem in relation to deeper philosophical questions. He writes: “I’m not sure anyway I believe in free speech (as opposed to good speech) except as a second best. The ayatollah might agree, might he not?”

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Censorship, Free Speech, Internet 
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  1. Man, I got in big trouble over on Yahoo Finance. There’s this company called “Insider Monkey”, and I commented on one of their stories that they were just “monkeying around” recommending loads of stocks and then later crowing about the few that went up.
    Anyway, something upset Yahoo, and I’m completely banned. No obscenity or rude words, and I didn’t call them monkeys (they call themselves that). I guess I’m guilty of “hate speech”!

  2. JWalters says:

    Many good points raised in this very worthwhile interview. I agree that self-therapy rants can be legitimately kept out of sane discussions. But this should be done by an editor or moderator of that discussion. But the government should not be allowed to absolutely ban such speech. That is the road to tyranny. The civility criterion can too easily be used as a cover for banning intelligent, informed analyses, as we are seeing today. A particularly glaring example is the banning of criticism of Israel’s crimes by calling it “anti-Semitic”, a type of “uncivil” speech. Here we have overt criminals suppressing criticism of their crimes.

    A case can be made that the same criminals behind the false “anti-Semitism” ban are behind all the bans that threaten the financial oligarchy’s secrets and control. The uniformity of such censorship across all the corporate media, from the New York Times to Google, points to a functioning monopoly controlled from coordinating center behind the scenes. A clear picture of how such monopolies create Empires, controlled by a few central financiers, was explained by John Hobson in his classic Imperialism. A Study (1902). More specific on the the financial oligarchy centered in the City of London, and its extension to Wall Street, is given by L. B. Woolfolk in his book The Great Red Dragon or the London Money Power (1890). These are both discussed, with the consequences on America, in the article on banking at “War Profiteer Story”
    https://warprofiteerstory.blogspot.com

    Today’s emotinoal arguing is logically fostered by these monopolists to keep the public’s attention away from themselves. Divide and conquer.

  3. Al Ross says:

    Historicist views on the Chosenites’ role in British banking may not obtain at present.

    The biggest UK banks provide data on their shareholders and bio details on their directors , not to mention the fact that under English Law , no private individual may own more than 15% of a Bank of England supervised joint stock bank.

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