Whatever It Is, It’s Ugly

India makes ‘liking’ blasphemous content illegal

India’s previously criticized Facebook for not censoring material that was critical of its government, so let’s agree that the country has something of a strained relationship with social media. Now, however, the south-west state of Karnataka has announced that even clicking ‘like’ on a post could land you in jail for 90 days before you even get to see a magistrate. Because India has no blasphemy laws, any material that could offend someone’s religious beliefs is prosecuted as hate speech, and that includes uploading, forwarding, sharing, liking and retweeting something.

What is it about this universal urge of control freaks to…well…control every damned thing?  Lust for power?  Bad genes?  Insanity? 

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Whatever It Is, It’s Ugly — 1 Comment

  1. Those are reasonable explanations, but they don’t quite manage the job of provoking the control freaks to violence. The real reason is unresolved sexual issues. The control freaks saw their mothers pulling a train when they were adolescents, and wished they could get in on the act but were too cowardly to step up. The resulting stress resulted in the pathetic and annoying creatures that surround us.

    (That’s just a sketch of the real explanation, of course. If I had a control freak in front of me and I wanted to drive him, or more frequently her, into a rage, I’d have put teeth on it.)

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