When I hear about 'tax the rich' schemes I often wonder why do the rich owe? It cannot simply be because they are rich because there is no move to get the rich from China to pay for your social programs. Or should rich Chinese pay for your social programs?There were a few engagements and a few unfriendly 'troll' comments, then a moderator broke in:
I don't understand this and was hoping that you good people could help. Thx.
As you are aware, this is a left-wing progressive site. So far, you've confined your conservative opinions to blogs and columns on rabble, but babble is different. No one here is required to educate you on issues that are already abundandtly clear to the left. I suggest you find a discussion forum where you will find some like-minded individuals.As the conversation kept rolling with the non-moderators I commented:
There have been several references to the 'oppressive 1%'. A few questions:To which another moderator wrote:
Is it more important to stop the oppression or to get revenge?
What keeps you from opting out of their oppressive system?
Ashley, those are trolling questions. Do you see my title over there on the left-hand side? The one that says "moderator"? This is me telling you nicely that you need to attend more closely to what I am saying. Otherwise, I will "get revenge" by banning you. Consider this a warning.I contrast this story with a Free Domain Radio forum thread. Not only does the community have a healthy, hearty debate about this critique of the NAP, a central idea to philosophical anarchism, but it is an anarchist who started the thread. The author of the source article doesn't join the debate until a dozen comments are posted.
I find the ideas of liberty fascinating and elegant, but the frankness and openness of the community did a lot to invite me in to take a closer look despite the initially scary implications of anarchism.
One long-time Babble user also complained to me in private about the rigidity of the forum. He is now a member of Free Domain Radio.