An editorial by Mark I Rasskazov.
When censorship comes to this country it will be in the guise of promoting open-mindedness. This is already happening on the private level, which can be seen on sites like Philosophy Forums and the Sense of Life Objectivists’ Forum. Now, lest I fail to voice my unwaivering support for individual property rights, I must hasten to mention that these people are 100% within their rights to censor or ban whomever they want, including yours truly. However, the fact that they so clearly do so — and with such manifestly small minded, retaliatory spite is very telling. I have been nothing but cordial to these people, yet on SOLO, I have been banned, and on the Philosophy Forums, I have been censored — and I am sure it is only a matter of time before I am banned entirely from that site as well.
In the meantime, I have been subjected to multiple blatant Ad Hominem attacks, yet those attacks are not censored. I’m not afraid of these kinds of attacks; I’m more than capable of defending myself and pointing them out for what they are; but it goes to show that having a point of view that isn’t in lockstep-goosestep with the admins is not permitted there. I would not be so concerned, except that while this kind of thing is rampant in privately hosted debates, there are movements to make this happen on a regulatory level (e.g. the «fairness» doctrine; doublespeak if I’ve ever heard it).
I am simply astounded at the rank insecurity, irrationality, and hypocrisy being demonstrated by the admins there. I’ll continue to defend my points as long as I am allowed to on that forum, however, I can no longer, in good conscience endorse that forum. It is my opinion that they are categorically opposed to the idea of philosophical openness and rational debate. Once I am, inevitably, banned; or once they remove my post describing the philosophy of Transegoism, I will provide an updated account of the discussion that has been going on there.
UPDATE (1700, 06 MARCH 2013):
A different admin on the site has cleaned up some of the more heinous Ad Hominem attacks that were taking place. It’s possible that this was just the work of a bad admin. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt for now. More on this as it develops.
UPDATE (0842, 08 MARCH 2013):
I received a notification on this site:
«This is an automated PM notification you have requested in your options, it was not written by NeubergCrowley.
NeubergCrowley has moved your topic «Introducing: Transegoism» from General Philosophy to Casual Philosophyesque Discussions»
Yeah. You can’t beat me in open debate, so you exercise your admin rights to express a pejorative. That’s all that is. You’re a real class act, Mr. Crowley.
UPDATE (0935 08 MARCH 2013):
Apparently, labeling a post as «Philosophyesque» causes it to not show up on the «New Posts» thread; which means by doing that they have essentially buried my post.
This is censorship, plain and simple.
My initial assessment has been proven to be correct. The Philosophy Forum is a colossal disappointment.