Never did I ever:

Think that I would write an essay about and use far-right nutjobs like Proud Boys, American Guard, Soldiers of Odin Canada, and Donald Trump as points of evidence...

I'm so disgusted with myself right now.

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To be clear, the question we were asked to answer was whether there should be censorship on the internet.

The gist of my argument was that there has never been a time there wasn't, and unless everyone magically had equal power over the internet (including connections & backbones) the question is irrelevant and there will always be some degree of censorship present.

As an anecdote: my first website, built way back in 1992, was a home-brewed campaign setting for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (that's 2nd edition for younger folk). When I added explosives to my campaign and used a list of materials that players would need to create explosives (harvested from my old BBS copy of the Anarchist's Cookbook), my site was removed (and I had some great conversations with local police).

Censorship has always been a part of the Internet. Some governments & corporations are just more transparent about their censorship than others.

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