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Wokeism (critical race theory etc) argues "knowledge" (facts & good arguments) isn't proven but just a result of who has the most power to promote ideas in our cultural institutions. Overstated imo, but it sounds just like rightwing critiques of "the cathedral".

This thing is over if too few people are committed to knowing what's true, willing to be honest no matter the cost, or actually care about the public good.

Are there any Muslim democracies? This is the defense for Israel, that they don't exist. But that's misleading. No state can be both true to any religion and a true democracy. Israel is only a "Jewish democracy" cause most of their Muslims aren't allowed to vote.

Why do almost all of my fellow free speech friends have a blind spot for Israel? How is it that they can tell you all about the evils of China in regards to Hong Kong etc but not spare a word for Palestine?

We haven't adapted to decentralized media yet. Overall, it will be a huge net positive, but it will require a new shared understanding in how we can best consume news, share it and support original reporting and commentary.

Most of our problems come down to human frailty and people acting in good faith but with different perspectives and competing interests. I know that's a boring view of the world and hard to remember, but it's true and much less emotionally taxing.

As far as English speaking countries go, it's weird to have our most important free "speech" advocate hail from Australia, being held in the United Kingdom on behalf of the interests of the United States. my ass.

Ben Mora: "Politicians should be seen as disposable."

Fuck yes. Political parties too.

I complain about a lot, but banning schools from teaching anything sounds like the wrong approach.

The center has long chosen to rely on hiding uncomfortable truths & winning arguments w/ propaganda. As the net has weakened their ability to do both, we face widespread disenchantment w/ the entire system. The choice is culture war or rebuilding our institutions.

It's weird seeing people on the right claiming the jury made the wrong decision to keep peace, while people on the left claim the verdict was the result of their pressure. So they kinda agree, with neither believing that blind justice was done.

You can be misled on purpose or by accident. Trading the first for the latter might feel better, but it's not enough. Bad decisions (possibly dangerous) will continue to be made. The imperfect methods we've developed around epistemology remain worth the effort.

Libertarians don't have a solution for big social. The market isn't naturally "free". The "first mover" advantage & "network effect" exist. I advocate cause good policy is flexible & realistic, not idealistic. Here, mandate adversarial interoperability. .

Yes, because others you don't like are using a service is a dumb reason to leave a SV corporate platform. But the opportunity to retain total independence by moving to a non-profit open source alternative is. These geeky things do matter.

Amidst all the talk about electoral reforms, gets very little attention. That's how you know this is all being driven by partisan concerns on both sides, and much less an effort to improve our democracy.

Publisher, platform or protocol? The first one is for people with trust issues, the middle one doesn't care about anything but your attention and their money, while the latter should only be used by those who can consume their media like a grownup.

More people better informed, engaged and thinking critically. That's the only sustainable path towards making life better for everyone. If you're not helping this happen, don't expect me to leave you alone. We're in this together and that's not who I am.

If you believe in cognitive liberty, you're a liberal. The word doesn't mean you lean left or that you're a market fundamentalist. The adjective "classical" isn't necessary. I wish libertarians recognized that their anti government obsession is its own ideology.

I'm bad at filtering out the people who care more about feeding the tribal demand for outrage, rather than having a good faith "argument" in pursuit of greater understanding. My faith in the public is inverse to my faith in anything else.

Under a democratic government, pushing for everyone to be able to control their own attention and think critically are the core freedom issues. All else is secondary.

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