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The Zen of Tolerance

Tolerance for intolerance is self-defeating. Continuous disruption of communication is censorship.

  1. freedom of speech: You are entitled to voice your opinion.
  2. freedom from noise: You are not entitled to force it upon everyone.
  3. freedom from harrassment: You are not entitled to force it upon a subgroup repeatedly. You are not entitled to force your opinion upon someone if you are part of a group and each of you wants to do it.
  4. freedom from injury: You are also not entitled to hurl hate towards participants, since that would disrupt communication.
  5. freedom to unsee: If you cannot stay respectful and friendly after being asked to, I will unsee you and advise others to do the same with a clear and brief explanation, so they can take an informed decision.

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I will use technical means to realize the Zen of Tolerance.

The Paradox of Free Speech

Tolerance for intolerance is self-defeating. Continuous disruption of communication is censorship.

Constant outrage disrupts communication. As does constant mocking.

This is the paradox of free speech: your freedom of speech is worth as much as mine. It ends where it impedes on mine. And vice versa.

Realizing the Zen of Tolerance

In Freenet, FMS and the WebOfTrust plugin implement a technical method which can be used to realize this. The Federation is also experimenting in this space.

ArneBab 2021-09-30 Do 00:00 - Impressum - GPLv3 or later (code), cc by-sa (rest)