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There's a difference between those two things. The first one is protected under the First Amendment: the government cannot attack you for it. The second one has nothing to do with the government. Such a person may feel oppressed, but that's just being socially ostracized for having an unpopular opinion. People aren't entitled to being treated a certain way by their peers as long as they don't stray from the law.

To be fair, doxing is a problem and -- especially as a group -- people can get awfully close to that line of the law. This does need to be addressed, though I'm not sure how.

If the chilling effect is the same and the curbs to your freedom is the same and at the end of the day you still cannot say what you want for fear of reprisal, does it matter whether the coercion comes from someone directly on state payroll?

If the government outsources the jackbooting to private sector, does it stamp your face less hard? What if I design a governing structure that's distributed between a small elected 'government' branch and a large, permanent network of corporations?

So what would you have done? Make it so people can't say mean things about you? Nullify the right for people to choose who to do business with? (Sorry, Anti-Discrimination laws don't protect against discriminating against hate speech.)

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