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Re: "Remailers can't afford to be choosy"

At 7:03 PM 9/13/96, E. Allen Smith wrote:
>From:   IN%"[email protected]" 13-SEP-1996 04:33:21.66
>>By the way, today's remailers appear to be primarily _experiments_ or
>>_casual services_, not altruistic services for some nebulous idea of "free
>>speech." (Besides, if it's illegal for "spammers" to use remailers, so much
>>for "free speech.")
>        Umm.... freedom of the press is freedom for he who owns the press.
>The remailer operators own the presses; why shouldn't they use whatever means
>they see fit to determine how they can be used? I encourage people not to
>discriminate on the basis of the political orientation of what's going
>through... but spam isn't political speech. (I agree that the government
>should not be in the business of determining what is spam and what is
>political speech - all speech should be protected - but remailer operators
>are not governments.)

There are many nuanced definitions of "free speech." I was replying to
someone who used in connection with his belief that remailers primarily
exist as a service to enable "free speech." Hence my comment.

I'm fully aware of the rights of remailers to limit what they pass on. I
just don't think it wise, nor do I think it fits with pious calls for "free

--Tim May

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