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Re: The Esther Dyson Flap

At 3:16 AM 9/4/96, Mike Duvos wrote:
>Timothy C. May writes:
> > Indeed, I support the elimination of concepts such as
> > "slander" and "libel" precisely because they cause more harm
> > than good.  Currently, there is an illusion among ordinary
> > citizens that "if that was untrue, you could sue him for
> > libel!" despite the fact that this is rarely practical.  In
> > that way, the law actually adds credibility to what should
> > be an incredible claim. Eliminate libel suits, and you've
> > eliminated any presumption that because it's been spoken or
> > is in print, it's likely to be correct.

I didn't write this.

I agree with it, though.

--Tim May

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