I can see why a person as devoted to freedom o speech as you might defend the right of the filmmaker. But if a person is willing to defend the right of somebody to disparage religious figures with the intent to incite violence, but DOES NOT defend the right to put boobs on TV, that is, in my correct opinion, hypocrisy.
Haymarket. Your use of Machiavellian implies intent, insight, and control of the filmmaker. However, your assumption is a strange one. How would he know that the exact nature of the response would be as such? Should he understand that anger would be displayed in the criticism of the film, does that make a common-house definition of a "troll" is a Machiavellian? Or is that person-the "troll"- a simpleton who by sheer stupidity and obnoxiousness inspires unrest ? Part of the point of Machiavellian behavior is that one is incredibly cunning and in control of the situation, where I sense the exact opposite. I think you give this man far too much credit in his designs.
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"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
The Internet is much less limited, and is carried on a very large patchwork of privately-built and privately-owned networks. There is certainly much, much less reason for the government to be involved in regulating how it is to be used.
The five great lies of the
We can be Godless and free. • “Social justice” through forced redistribution of wealth. • Silencing religious opinions counts as “diversity”. • Freedom without moral and personal responsibility. • Civilization can survive the intentional undermining of the family.
I think you are taking libertarian to a stupid extreme on this issue.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger