Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Republic of Blogs

Via A very public sociologist:
Harry's Place may be removed (or rather have it's DNS disabled) after a 'complaint' to the company that our domain name is registered with. We assume after threats were made on the weekend that this 'complaint' originates from Jenna Delich or her supporters. Though we have not yet seen the complaint submitted, we assume it runs along the lines that pointing out that Ms Delich linked to the website of a known neo-Nazi figure and former Ku Klux Klan leader is defamatory. This is extraordinary since Ms Delich has not denied that she circulated links to David Dukes website. There would be no point since the evidence is in the public domain. Nevertheless, a malicious complaint has been made to the company hosting our DNS.
Now, like Phil, I only ever went to HP to disagree vehemently with their politics - but they were about the only place where a cogent and consistent pro-Iraq war case was being made, and where a counter to the lazy anti-Israel stance of much of the left was being made (OK< I usually point out that I too want to abolish Israel, but only as a part of the no state solution - the world to the workers and all that Jazz).

They deserve their case to be known and support given, lest we all fall prey to creeping self censorship and the debate in the republic of blogs is closed down for good.

Update: Well, they're back seems it all fell apart quite quickly. Normal service is resumed, and David T was even glad to see a HP comment from Benji. Imagine that, never seeing a HP comment from Be... quick, call their ISP, get them closed down again!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Darren said...

Is it the Voltarian dilemma of 'You're are a shower of arseholes but I defend the right for you lot to be a shower of arseholes', or am I thinking of something else?

10:49 AM  
Blogger Renegade Eye said...

Darren: You are right.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to bump into you this lunch time.

As requested, my blog and the Mutual Aid Introduction. Hope you find the later of use in your debate.

Talking of which, Dawkins only asserts that money is an expression of reciprocal altruism in "The Selfish Gene", he makes no attempt to prove it.

My blog contains some material on Marx and Engels on using the republic to create socialism (contra Lenin). I have recently produced an article which goes into this in some detail (The Paris Commune, Marxism and Anarchism). You may find it of interest.

Iain
An Anarchist FAQ

4:34 PM  

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