About That David Duke VideoSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 12:16
There was some discussion among the mods about the David Duke video that was recently posted here. During the presidential campaigns, we had a strict rule that David Duke videos weren't allowed here. Ron Paul has his own image problems with racism, so we didn't want to exacerbate this with guilt by association.
But now that the campaigns are over, and this is no longer explicitly a "Ron Paul" site, the question is what to do with such videos. As I've said before, I believe that the way to achieve a free society is to act like you live in one, then what is the principle on which we should unpublish David Duke videos?
Duke begins his video with a quote from Voltare: "To learn who rules over you, find out who you can't criticize."
But should the video be unpublished simply because David Duke is a past Grand Wizard of the KKK?
Are the moderators here to serve as thought gatekeepers for what kind of material others are exposed to? What I learned from some of the comments in response to my previous threads questioning the value of the DP, is that the discussion itself is what matters. The post is really just a starting point. Watching and participating in the discussion is where the real learning takes place.
There is a disclaimer above every post that reads:
Content on the Daily Paul is the opinion of the original poster, not necessarily of the Daily Paul, its owner, moderators.
This should be clear enough. We don't condone everything on this site. The message is the discussion.
But how far should we go to censor content? After all, I don't want porn videos on the site, or spam. At the same time, we don't have the time, resources or energy to approve every single post or comment. If you find a consistent problem with a user, you can always do a personal block of that user.
So here is the genesis of a rule as far as David Duke & similar videos goes: To the extent that a thread leads to, or at least has the potential to lead to valuable discussion, then moderators aren't going to take it down. This leads to some silly stuff being posted. But if the silly stuff doesn't get any play, eventually it will stop being posted. In theory, at least.
We're a very diverse crowd here. One man's tonic is another man's poison. But tolerance is the substrate of Liberty. And that is one lesson that we could all do well to learn, and put into practice.
Your thoughts are appreciated.
p.s. sorry for any typos / lapses in logic. It is early, I've got something else to get to, and this is a first draft, subject to revision based on further thought. Including yours. Thank you.