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Sure, property rights exist, but there’s also such a thing as “bad business” practices

Some people say, “We have a right to deny people free speech on our platform, because it’s our property.”

Okay, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good business practice. There’s a lot of stuff you have a right to do, as a business owner, that isn’t good business.

I took an hour lunch one time at work, and left a sign that said I’d be back in an hour. I neglected to give a specific time, so when a co-worker showed up with a client, they ended up waiting a whole hour, because they didn’t realize they had arrived right after I left, and so they didn’t know when exactly I was coming back. I remember my co-worker left a message on my voice mail saying that was “bad business.”

But, if I’d been the business owner, it probably would’ve been considered legally acceptable, if the contract didn’t regulate that behavior. It’s just a shitty practice. People who take pride in their work should theoretically try to limit how many shitty practices they have, although I understand that in some lines of work, there’s not a lot of competition, so people have to pretty much put up with such practices.

For example, if you want to get someone to work on your house, or fix an appliance, unless you go to someplace like Sears, you’ll probably be dealing with some guy who won’t actually show up to do the work when he said he would. Such lines of work tend to attract people who didn’t want to get into a regular 9-5 job because they’re too lazy or unreliable; or they get into it because they have a talent at fixing stuff and then they just sink to the level of the lowest common denominator because, when they look around at the competition, they realize they can get away with it.

Well, a site like Wikipedia or WordPress.com or any number of other platforms doesn’t really have to abide by a lot of good business practices, and in fact, who knows, maybe companies like Google who pay their bills with these huge donations push on them some bad business practices, such as censoring certain political and cultural dissidents. People who don’t necessarily like Google’s stances on social issues still have to put up with them somewhat, because they offer pretty good service compared to the competition.

It’s just sad that civilization hasn’t really advanced to a point yet where we regard freedom of expression on popular web platforms as something people should desire to offer, although I guess at this point, a lot of business owners feel like their hands are tied by the fact that the media can badmouth them without a lot of repercussions, and give them a bad reputation among normies who don’t think critically and/or don’t care about freedom of expression.

The result is, we’re back to a situation where we don’t have the advantages of having huge platforms that offer a lot of diverse viewpoints, like in the past; we’re going to go back to everyone having to create their own site, without that same centralized infrastructure, so it’s going to involve a lot of duplication of work. And Linux is kind of shitty to have to work with, but it’s what people will have to get used to using, because most free speech webhosts require you to know it.

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