[ExI] free speech

Bill Hibbard hibbard at wisc.edu
Sat Jan 9 15:57:10 UTC 2021

Free speech is half of open information. The other half
is transparency and accountability by those with power
over us. Some people want to limit free speech because
of the violent mob of QAnon followers at the US Capitol.
Such crazy conspiracy theories thrive because of the
rampant corruption among the powerful that can only
exist with our current lack of transparency and

There are two paths forward. One is free speech combined
with transparency and accountability:

The other path is ever tighter controls on speech and
other rights. China is a great example of combining
lack of free speech with lack of transparency and

The US has done a terrible job of regulating tech
monopolies, which have the power to greatly limit speech.
As for example Apple and Google are now requiring all
their Apps to limit speech. The US Congress doesn't have
to make any law abridging the freedom of speech; it can
just farm the job out to the tech monopolies.

Just to be clear, mob violence is not the answer to
anger at the government.


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