I'm a regular at AVC.com for a number of reasons. Three of them were on display today with Fred's post about free speech:
- The post itself is highly relevant and compelling
- Fred has a policy of allowing any comment to stand, even when it's hateful stuff toward him, which is in great contrast to some bloggers like Dave Winer, who once censored me because he didn't like the use of the word "bullshit".
- The conversation is pretty intense today with people from around the world weighing in on everything from free speech to the US history of supporting dictators and overthrowing democracies (Chile, for instance).
But free speech can be costly to those who exercise it. Which led to my comments, which I'll share here, with a few minoir edits.