1996-12-10 - Re: PICS is not censorship

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From: “Timothy C. May” <tcmay@got.net>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1996-12-10 18:08:59 UTC
Raw Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 10:08:59 -0800 (PST)

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From: "Timothy C. May" <tcmay@got.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 1996 10:08:59 -0800 (PST)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: PICS is not censorship
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At 8:43 AM -0600 12/10/96, Mike McNally wrote:
>jbaber@mi.leeds.ac.uk wrote:
>> Not having a detailed knowledge of the American right to free
>> speach I can only go on my opinions, but lieing with the intent
>> to defraud would almost certainly be illegal over here.
>So where lies intent to defraud in the act of deliberately
>mislabeling a web page?  Why is that any different from me
>standing on the street corner (or at Hyde Park Corner) announcing
>that I'm the Messiah?

This was, of course, my point about there being no universally valid truth,
and what such anti-fraud statutes must mean about religions.

Basically, "free speech" entails a kind of anarchy (= no law) with regard
to truths and falsehoods. As I like to say, "at most, one religion is
correct" (with the other 783 major sects clearly spouting falsehoods...and
probably _all_ 784 major sects doing so).

If PICS codes are ever mandated, this will be placing the legal system and
governments in the business of deciding truth.

The meta-point I am making is not about truth and religion, but about this
business of insisting that people label their words by some criteria.
Speech should not require prior approval by a standards body, or

(And, to repeat, any such labelling implies standards of truth that simply
don't exist.)

--Tim May

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