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Hardly a standard of freedom?

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Submitted by Peter Hall (Australia), Dec 21, 2011 at 19:05

Well Amin, using your circular logic, if Google and facebook are not standards of freedom, why do repressive regimes go to such lengths to control or block them?

You seem to not understand the point. That social networking, a free media and access to information are the cornerstones of a free society, limiting access to information, controlling the press and building barriers between people is what repressive regimes do.

It does not matter that information is right or wrong, what matters it the ability to seek out different opinions and viewpoints. I have rarely agreed with what you say Amin, but I feel it is important that you can say whatever nonsense you want. If anybody wanted to censor you, that would go against what I believe is right.

I have learnt a lot from you Amin, that is what a free society has allowed me to do. What I have learnt from you is not what you may have intended, but never the less I have found you and educational experience and you do hold onto very strongly your convictions.

What you fail to see, what scares you most is where people do not agree with you. If you were from a free society, this would not scare you, but your comments betray your cultural background, in that you feel you need to be right and everybody must agree with you.

A free society is the right to be different and the right to not agree.

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