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Offline TimG

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Re: The reason these political forums fail
« on: June 20, 2018, 07:32:59 am »
I don't think it's necessarily durable, per se.  I said it has had ups and downs, but it can't last forever in its present form any more than it can collapse into autocracy that we have seen in the past.
Change  is  inevitable. But protecting the freedoms we value is not about protecting democracy per se. It is about protecting free speech and valuing diversity of opinion. Limiting speech or enforcing conformity in the name of 'social good' is the slippery slope into authoritarianism. But free speech and diversity of opinion means raucous public arguments which creates the illusion of weakness when it is actually a strength. I would much rather live in a society that elected Trump (who will eventually be shown the door) than live in a society where I am stuck with president Xi for life and face re-education camp if I buy the wrong books or say the wrong things on twitter.
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