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3 December 2022 - It May Be Sad, But We Need Our Billionaire Heroes

You may never have thought of it, but this is NOT a new phenomenon. Let's dive in with Ben Franklin. He was arguably America's 1st modern entrepreneur.
2) No, his millions would not, moved forward to today, land him in the Billionaire Boys Club. But that his wealth was vast for the day, and all created during his own lifetime, is quite extraordinary. We'll come back to him.
3) While George Washington was certainly born well, his real economic wisdom was in marrying well. His wife was one of the wealthiest widows in America at the time. And, image the value of the 1,000 or so slaves he freed upon his death. And the land. Oh, the land!
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In the debate surrounding Twitter under @elonmusk, the distinction between free speech as a legal right and cultural value can get confused.

What is #freespeech culture?…
Free speech culture is a set of norms that support free thought and our ability to share our opinions.

These are norms that see value in curiosity, dissent, devil’s advocacy, thought experimentation, and talking across lines of difference.
In a healthy free speech culture, our first instincts wouldn't be to find ways to censor speech we dislike — or cancel the speaker — but to meet it w/ more speech.

These are norms that can be advanced at all levels of society, from the average citizen 2 the largest corporation.
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Hours after documenting Andy Ngo's vocal support for known pedophiles, journalist Vishal P. Singh (@VPS_Reports) has been suspended from Twitter. @VPS_Reports account suspen...Message in VPS's inbox show...
@VPS_Reports This comes after Andy Ngo began posting baseless accusations of pedophilia among supporters of LGBTQ people.

Andy Ngo has a history of working with abusers.

Andy Ngo at a table with Am...Amos Yee jailed in the US f...
Elon Musk is actively taking suspension requests from right wing provocateur and fascist mouthpiece Andy Ngo, and has suspended @crimethinc. Elon Musk in thread where A...@crimethinc suspended
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Brit detransitioner Keira Bell will tell Australian MPs being sold an affirmation-only approach to gender that this sets "children up for a lot of harm". Hear Bell & psychologist Dr Dianna Kenny talk tonight via livestream from Hobart #auspol #FreeSpeech

Kenny will be live, whereas Bell's pre-recorded interview will be broadcast.
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Discussions about #FreeSpeech are misguided in the information age.

Even before our voices are drowned out by the noise on social media, or overwritten by information combatants, we lose our agency and decision autonomy to manipulative complex systems we don’t fully understand.
The whole point of the #enlightenment, the scientific revolution, our educational and #epistemic institutions was to empower individuals to find a way out of their self-imposed #immaturity, to take #agency over their lives and make informed decisions.
We need #epistemic clarity about reality, for without it, our agency will be blunted & our freedom a charade

It is public-interest education, journalism & science that truly make individuals in a #democratic society free, not the right to cast a vote or to elect a representative
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Great news via WeAreFairCop! Non-crime hate incidents (NCHIs) are/were a threat to #freespeech in the UK — like @WeAreFairCop and @BadLawTeam, the FSU has supported people who've fallen foul of this sinister form of thoughtpolicing.

Here's a brief 🧵on the history of the NCHI...
Back in 2014, the College of Policing's original guidelines defined NCHIs as incidents “perceived by the victim or any others to be motivated by hostility or prejudice”. Around 20,000 NCHIs have been recorded per year since then.…
At the time, NCHIs could be:

1⃣ Reported by the victim or by any other person who witnessed the incident.

2⃣ Recorded irrespective of whether there was any objective evidence to identify the hate element.

They also showed up in enhanced DBS checks for potential employees.
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Você sabe o que é VÁCUO POLÍTICO INSTITUCIONAL? Segue o fio #BrazilianSpring #BrazilWasStolen #BrazilUprising #BrasilNasRuas #Manifestação #VemPraRuaBrazil #SupremoÉoPOVO #ResistenciaCivilBrasil #SOSFFAA #15NOV #FreeSpeech
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@ClarkeMicah 😂🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣🤣🤣

My mate's been waiting a week for these to be published😱

He's given up on resubmitting comments as one had reached over FIFTY attempts!!!🤦‍♂️ ImageImageImageImage
@ClarkeMicah Here's some more comments #JeremyBoningtonJagworth has submitted up to NINETEEN times to the #PeterHitchensBlog but the @DailyMailUK immoderators don't think should see the light of day😱🤦‍♂️ ImageImageImage
@ClarkeMicah @DailyMailUK And here's the last batch of my mate #JeremyBoningtonJagworth's comments that he's been "currently" (re-)submitting (some since September) up to 54, yes FIFTY-FOUR, times to the #PeterHitchensBlog at #DailyMailUK

But their immoderators don't think should see the light of day😱🤦‍♂️ ImageImageImage
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Why the FTX drama is not the end of crypto, but rather a beginning. 🧵

(1/21) For those who don't know me, I guess I should start by just saying I've been in this space for a while. I was here before #MtGox imploded. I met Vitalik before #Eth was a thing. I remember exactly..
(2/21) exactly where I was when #Bitcoin hit $100 & $1000. I remember when the engine driving Bitcoin was a philosophical and ideological one, when the space was a bizarre hybrid of gold bugs, libertarians, anarchists, hackers & OG #cryptography evangelists.
(3/21) I've been here for a while & the recent/ongoing drama involving FTX & #SBF is probably the worst I've seen to date.

Lately we've all heard the same question. "Do you think the FTX debacle is the end of #crypto?". I understand the question, but as somebody who knows...
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You ever think maybe...

A higher power... does exist (?)
& tryna tell u sumthang.

You ever think... well idk what "Y" is, but I aint consequences.

What do yall think about "Y" (?)
Its basically quantum mechanics/physics in philosophy, & how we share Consequences as a meduim.

"Y" is also a logical representation of Consequences [Not You], which has no literal depiction.
Following MDR [Model Dependant Realism]

We are thoughts & actions, & share Consequences.

An example i am sending this as an action you receive as a Consequence which took particular orders. Neither of us are Consequences.
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some fascıst chud (@AuronMacintyre on Twitter) must have gotten a mass-report going on @PnictogenHorses, because Mona said this.

is this offensive? is this at ALL offensive?

welcome to @elonmusk's @Twitter. taste the #FreeSpeech

I'm not sure that I even want to keep the account now! why bother? ~Mona
in any case Mona's point is perfectly true: @AuronMacintyre is a propagandist, not an expert in "mental illness", and even so—mentally ill people have *human rights*, and one of those rights is personal autonomy.

with which @AuronMacintyre feels entitled to _interfere_.

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An (imperfect) analogy to @elonmusk´s realization that #freespeech is a difficult principle to uphold in practice, especially when used against yourself, is how Enlightened Absolutists first embraced free speech in the 18th century.
But when these absolutists found out that free speech permits people to turn on their rulers and advance radical ideas, the quickly got cold feet and attached prohibitive terms and conditions:
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Wow, MAGA activist (and @Tesla owner) Elon Musk is getting super dark.
@Tesla You sure it is not the real Elon Musk? It says his name and has a "verified" mark next to it?
The real pee tape was the friends we made along the way!
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As new owner of @Twitter, @elonmusk has enormous responsibilities. UN Human Rights chief @volker_turk shares some thoughts on what Musk needs to do to protect #FreeSpeech and other rights too. (1/8)

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Protect #FreeSpeech across the globe. Don't give in to pressure by governments to take down content or use upload filters. And report promptly and regularly on government requests that infringe on rights. (2/8)
There is no place for #HateSpeech on #Twitter. Human rights law is clear – #FreeSpeech does not extend to hatred that incites discrimination, hostility or violence. Twitter’s policy barring such speech is a must-have. (3/8)
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The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill has reached committee stage in the House of Lords. This means that after much debate, peers now have the opportunity to propose amendments to the Bill. The FSU has been monitoring amendments put forward and these are our top 3...
1⃣ Lord Moylan’s amendment which provides a definition to the phrase “#freedomofspeech within the law” which is premised on common law philosophy: freedom = anything that isn’t expressly prohibited. Lord Hope would outsource the job of defining the phrase to Strasbourg.
It is better to have a clear, certain and strong definition of #freespeech — Moylan’s amendment does just that, even spelling out what is expressly prohibited (including Holocaust denial) and clarifies the relationship between free speech and other legal obligations.
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Sun afternoon, PRC consulate, Manchester: people from consulate exited gate to tear down satirical Xi Jinping pic, then dragged protesters inside compound & roughed them up before police arrived & separated them. No arrests reported.
This is the satirical picture that protesters exhibited outside Manchester PRC consulate & people from consulate apparently took exception to. We deplore their attack on protesters on UK territory.
A photo of a Manchester police officer rescuing a protester from PRC consulate people (presumably staff) who tried to pull the protester into the consulate compound, dragged him by the hair and put fingers in his eyes.
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einer der wichtigsten sätze der alt68er wurde mir @Meta soeben gelöscht :-( #1986kritik

hi @elonmusk wil u delete the sentance


@ #titter?

how will u safe #FreeSpeech @Twitter @TwitterMktgDACH?!? Image
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Won't submit to the leftist cult? Better be prepared to maybe lose your job, get cancelled by your bank, be raided & arrested by the FBI, or accused of domestic terrorism. Is this how Democrats "save democracy"? #VoteRedToSaveAmerica…
The above tweet is not hyperbole. It's all happening NOW under Biden's fascist regime.

For example, vaccine mandates impacted millions and got many fired for not getting the jab...…
Lawsuit: Woman Illegally Fired for Opposing Gender-Altering Treatments…
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BREAKING: #BNNMorocco Reports.

Rights experts of @UN have concluded that Morocco’s detention of opposition journalist Soulaimane Raissouni as “arbitrary”, and... Image
called for his immediate release. Raissouni is one of several journalists critical of Morocco’s government to have been imprisoned for sex crimes. #LGBTQ #Rights #Morocco #Arrest #UN #PressFreedom #FreeSpeech
He was arrested in May 2020 after a young LGBTQ activist pressed charges against him. Raissouni has always maintained his innocence, and said that he was prosecuted because of his opinions.
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Today I am going to the #WomensRally at the Scottish Parliament, to protest against @scotgov, @scotgovfm and @shonarobison's move to reform the GRA. I am saying #NoToSelfID and #NoMenInWomensSpaces.

I have never been to a rally and I have never waved a placard. 1/
I am not an activist by temperament. I am a thinker, teacher and writer. My life is about ideas, books and people. (See @JKRsBarmyBooks.) And it's led me inexorably to this: my fundamental capacity to think, teach and write are under threat. 2/
I see things that are happening to women and children (and vulnerable men) and I can't say them, think them through with others, or write about them without fear. Enough of this. #Safeguarding #WomenDeserveBetter #FreeSpeech 3/
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🚨Excited to share that @TheOnion has filed the best amicus brief I've ever read in favor of @IJ's cert petition in Novak v. Parma. Novak challenges the 6th Cir's use of #QualifiedImmunity to deny #FreeSpeech protections to a parodist. 1/ @SCOTUSblog…
This is the Onion's first amicus brief, and it does a perfect job of showing and telling why parody (like the Facebook posts Anthony Novak published lampooning his local police) is a core #FirstAmendment tool. Anthony was arrested for it. Now the Onion stands with him: 2/
Much more (less funny) information on @IJ and Anthony's case here: 3/
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Very happy to share that The Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics is now finished and will be out in the next few months! Some of it is already published online. If you're interested in #DigitalEthics, #AIEthics, #ethics, #privacy, #AI, #philosophy, this one is for you... 🧵👇 Image
In this chapter, @SvenNyholm relates the new area of the ethics of human–#robot interaction to traditional ethical theories such as #utilitarianism, Kantian #ethics, and virtue ethics. #AIEthics…
In this chapter, Emily Sullivan and Mark Alfano (@moral_psych) develop a normative epistemic framework for sharing information online. They argue recent technological developments call for a rethinking of the norms of testimony. #epistemology…
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The FSU has been demonetised by @PayPal for daring to stand up for #freespeech.

Thank you to all who stand in solidarity with us – existing members, supporters, and the many new members joining us today.

Here's a thread about who we are and what we do.
The FSU supports members that have been sacked, cancelled, penalised, harassed or attacked by outrage mobs simply for exercising their legal right to free speech, whether in the workplace or the public square.

You can find out more about us below.
The FSU gets an average of 50 requests for help a week, and at any one time we have around 100 'live' cases. We can’t always publicise our successes due to privacy (and security) concerns, but here’s a selection of some of our highest-profile cases from the past six months.
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