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If I and others want to get together and communicate without divulging our identities, to each other or to third parties, that is our right in a free society. It's not anyone elses business. Not yours, not the NSA's and not the FBI's

Certainly you can gainsay that, as you do. So if that's what you mean by it can be debated, point taken.

But I'd agree with the author that it can't be debated - if you are referring to a free society. Unless we adopt an Orwellian New speak version of the word free.




Exchange of money and goods is not "communication" in the sense of "free speech" or "privacy". The state needs to protect my freedom to not be killed by a hitman, be threatened by guns etc.

I am all in for legalizing drugs, but don't pretend that all weapon trade, offering hacking services or other nasty stuff needs to be protected in a free society. Freedom of speech is about inconvenient opinions, not about "everything you can do by communicating with others".


If the fact that communication may be about an exchange of goods frowned on by politicians (even when they are right to frown) means the communication can't be anonymous, then no anonymous speech is possible.

The possibility that any speech may slide into commerce would mean any speech is open to observation.

Too high a price IMHO


> Freedom of speech is about inconvenient opinions, not about "everything you can do by communicating with others".

Wonderful distinction!


Who gets to make the distinction, or decide what Free Speech is really "about?"

If the answer is anyone but the people engaging in the speech, isn't that a little dangerous?


Why does a "free" society take away my right to eavesdrop?




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