Re: there’s no such thing as absolute freedom, as every action has consequences. But where is the line to be drawn?

Sigh it’s troublesome to not post forum replies directly into the forum:
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For a slight bit of seriousness: “free speech” is relative; there’s no such thing as absolute freedom, as every action has consequences. But where is the line to be drawn? I think most people would agree that methods for child molestation isn’t something we’d like to see discussed anywhere. But is removing spam posts a bad form of moderation? Is it bad to require people to reveal their affiliations if they’re posting about a company or software product?

I’m no Libertarian fodder but come on, let’s not insult the human race or even derail progress like that.

In his book, Two Concepts of Liberty, Isaiah Berlin formally framed the differences between these two perspectives as the distinction between two opposite concepts of liberty: positive liberty and negative liberty. The latter designates a negative condition in which an individual is protected from tyranny and the arbitrary exercise of authority, while the former refers to having the means or opportunity, rather than the lack of restraint, to do things.

Even the discussion of methods of child molestation prevents child molestation because it allows individuals who have these thoughts to bring them out in the open without feeling reprimanded.

It’s the stereotypical “Japan’s sex games reduces sex crimes” effect.

Consequences are what make absolute freedom shine. Not everyone wants it, true but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

After all that’s how nature evolved.

Thus it was possible before the dominant species said it was impossible and softened freedom up to be relative and biased towards their own.

(Hey you wanted a bit of seriousness :p)


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