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The Dictum That Truth Always Triumphs Over Persecution Is One of Those Pleasant Falsehoods Which All Experience Refutes

But, indeed, the dictum that truth always triumphs over persecution, is one of those pleasant falsehoods which men repeat after one another till they pass into commonplaces, but which all experience refutes. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries.

To speak only of religious opinions: the Reformation broke out at least twenty times before Luther, and was put down. Arnold of Brescia was put down. Fra Dolcino was put down. Savonarola was put down. The Albigeois were put down. The Vaudois were put down. The Lollards were put down. The Hussites were put down. Even after the era of Luther, wherever persecution was persisted in, it was successful. In Spain, Italy, Flanders, the Austrian empire, Protestantism was rooted out; and, most likely, would have been so in England, had Queen Mary lived, or Queen Elizabeth died. Persecution has always succeeded, save where the heretics were too strong a party to be effectually persecuted. No reasonable person can doubt that Christianity might have been extirpated in the Roman empire. It spread, and became predominant, because the persecutions were only occasional, lasting but a short time, and separated by long intervals of almost undisturbed propagandism.

It is a piece of idle sentimentality that truth, merely as truth, has any inherent power denied to error, of prevailing against the dungeon and the stake. Men are not more zealous for truth than they often are for error, and a sufficient application of legal or even of social penalties will generally succeed in stopping the propagation of either.

The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favourable circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it."
-- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty https://www.utilitarianism.com/ol/two.html

#JohnStuartMill #Truth #FreeSpeech #OnLiberty
 

Victory! ICANN Rejects .ORG Sale to Private Equity Firm Ethos Capital


#announcement #icann #freespeech #electronicfrontierfoundation #eff #digitalrights #digitalprivacy
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 

Victory! ICANN Rejects .ORG Sale to Private Equity Firm Ethos Capital


#announcement #icann #freespeech #electronicfrontierfoundation #eff #digitalrights #digitalprivacy
posted by pod_feeder_v2
 
"Buried deep in the 1996 Telecommunications Act is a tiny clause that underpins everything we do online. It's often described as the 26 words that created the internet -- and with very good reason. Every email you send, social media post you make and review you submit, you do so under this law's protection, after a fashion. And now, it's under threat."

"Both Republicans and Democrats are suggesting that the protections this clause offers are too broad to be sustainable. The current administration already weakened it, carving out exceptions for adult content under the auspices of FOSTA/SESTA. Republican Senator Ted Cruz has either misspoken or misrepresented the law to encourage its removal. And senior representatives have refused to testify in support of the law when asked to do so by key committees."

"Three front-runners for the Democratic Party nomination are all targeting the law, too."

#FreeExpression #censorship #FreeSpeech #InternetPolicy
 
"But the targeting of political dissent is nothing new for the FBI. In fact, one of the bureau’s first campaigns, which began a hundred years ago next month, was an abusive crackdown of politically active immigrants it viewed as disloyal potential terrorists."

#FBI #dissent #freespeech #firstamendment
 

Low grade "journalists" and internet mob attack RMS with lies. In-depth review.

Low grade "journalism" is making another victim. Philosopher and activist Richard Matthew Stallman is having his ideas distorted and his writings taken out of context just so a "journalist" can get re-tweets from people that didn't even read their article.
Now to what actually happened. In chronological order. (Not as long as it seems. Most of it are quotations from original sources because I'm not an incompetent "journalist".)

Read it!


#RMS #SupportRMS #FreeSpeech #FreeSoftware #FreeThought #FSF #Science #news #propaganda #fakenews
 

Low grade "journalists" and internet mob attack RMS with lies. In-depth review.

Low grade "journalism" is making another victim. Philosopher and activist Richard Matthew Stallman is having his ideas distorted and his writings taken out of context just so a "journalist" can get re-tweets from people that didn't even read their article.
Now to what actually happened. In chronological order. (Not as long as it seems. Most of it are quotations from original sources because I'm not an incompetent "journalist".)

Read it!


#RMS #SupportRMS #FreeSpeech #FreeSoftware #FreeThought #FSF #Science #news #propaganda #fakenews
 
Hm... OK.....
Facebook Purges Are More Extensive Than You Think

#facebook #socialmedia #freespeech
 
Assange hatte immer Recht mit seiner Aussage die USA wollte ihn langfristig weg sperren. Durch, Snowden und viele andere wissen wir überhaupt erst über die Machenschaften der Geheimdienste. Wir wissen das sie fast alles können inkl dein abgeschaltetes Handy nutzen, weitreichend Daten abgreifen. Sie können und sie denken sie dürften alles machen. Die Freiheit von Assange ist nicht nur für ihn selber bedroht. Das was die USA machen ist es Widerstand zu brechen und Angst zu schüren bei denen, die sich dagegen wehren überwacht und der Freiheit beraubt zu werden. Der erste und wichtigste Weg ist die Verantwortung selber zu übernehmen. Nur dann kann man frei sein. Ich bin der DSGVO inzwischen dankbar. Sie hat mir die selbstverschuldete Unmündigkeit im Bereich Daten aufgezeigt. Es fühlt sich gut an die Kontrolle darüber zurück zu gewinnen. Wer "kostenlose" Clouddienste verwendet, bezahlt diese mit der Datenfreiheit. Völlig unnötig weil es gibt Alternativen. Beim "kostenlosen" Facebook bezahlst Du Dein Leben und Deiner Identität in dem Du den Algorithmus fütterst, um mit Deiner Identität Geld zu verdienen. Völlig unnötig weil es gibt Alternativen! Du "verdienst" Geld, dass durch Schulden von andere für Dich geschöpft habe, bei dem du das zehnfach bezahlen muss als was Du bekommst. Völlig unnötig weil es gibt Alternativen. Der Punkt am Ende ist, das Freiheit einen Entscheidung ist und welchen Wert Du bereit bist zu schöpfen und einzubringen! Der Wert bist Du selber! Die Entscheidung alleine bei Dir!

#freespeech #trump #donaldtrump #america #anarchism #usa #liberty #landofthefree #politics #unitedstates #washingtondc #democracy #firstamendment #Freedomofthepress
 
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