posted on Apr, 9 2012 @ 02:51 PM
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by petrus4
Just a wee comment, petrus.
The 1st Ammendment, the ability to have the freedom of expression, is very important to me. Now I may not agree with the racists, the haters and
baiters. But even fools have the right to show how foolish they are.
Just a caveat before we start turning folks in, just because they're foolish.
I like that as much as the next guy, but have you been on other forums where the freedom of expression has led to an endless stream of f bombs, racial
slurs and flame warss? It really sucks. I think ATS moderates well, but we need to exercise decorum and our own judgement as well. If we enjoy this
forum, we should protect it. If I'm at a party and someone gets ripped and starts trashing the place, I escort them out before they get the attention
of the police and the party is forced to stop. I would rather self police than be slapped around by Big Sis.
I think shunning is a great way of self policing that has been used successsfully for centuries in many societies. Alert, warn, then ban, like is
happening now. I think its alright to shut down a thread that has gone astray. I think it is alright to report a thread that threatens the free flow
of ideas with a governmnet imposed fine or ban.
Arizona is already looking to JAIL people with opposing ideas because some forums have gone ape crap with racism, etc... I don't want ATS to be a
victim of this kind of action.
ATS is, essentially, a self organizing collective. Occupy crapped out here in SLC because we couldn't police ourselves, we were too worried about the
freedom of the druggies, prostitutes and criminals that chose to hide in our ranks. Our open mindedness was our downfall, like any true democracy.
Self policing would have saved the movement. Our inability to do so opened the door to external policing, and we all know how that went...
Freedom of speech does not extend to the consequences of the content of your speech. You can say what you want to say, but you need to own the
edit on 9-4-2012 by PapaKrok because: (no reason given)