Comment: The threat is the government

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The threat is the government

The threat is the government shutting down free speech, especially free speech against the government or the ruling authority (eg a monarchy, the church). Of course, that natural right precedes any government.

When you add anonymity and an online proxy of opinions to a discussion forum, the problem of bad behavior becomes exacerbated. Is Hacker News ran by libertarians? Yes, it seems so. But they have a strict policy to maintain standards of their community and it still has declined in quality and/or increased in negativity. Even the nicest guy anonymously playing a game on the Internet will say stupid and means things. Human nature.

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