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To sum up your main hypothesis is that freedom of speech + internet communication leads to extremism. I don’t think that model fits very well to actual data. While it’s true that some nations struggling with extremism have both elements, there are also nations with both without issues, and nations without either internet or freedom of speech that still struggle with extremism.

I think it’s a very USA centric view, that’s focusing on effects rather than causes. It seems natural that everyone with any strongly held interests will take to the internet to talk about it. Be that extremist views or gardening. But gardening forums don’t cause gardeners.




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