Oh and another thing: by your logic that all speech should be allowed here unless it advocates illegality, you are saying that Mike Cernovich’s “rights” are more sacrosanct than MLKs would have been on this platform, since MLK advocated breaking unjust laws. So please explain, with specificity and detailed logic how that shit works

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance (1841).

(I should just stop there, but I don’t have much hope that you would understand it if I did, so I’ll continue.)

So, Mr. Wise wishes to set up a dichotomy, a “trap” if you will, that pits Mr. Cernovich on one side, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on the other. Mr. Cernovich is clearly on the “good” side of my legality test, white the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, in that he advocated mass demonstrations without proper permitting by the local authorities, putting him on the “illegal” side of the law), on the other.

Obviously, if Mr. Wise can force me to choose Cernovich over the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King as more Medium-worthy, then he can accuse me of racism, which is what he really wants to do, because that’s what he does. :-) So let’s see where that goes.

However, in the matter of just and unjust law, and in the example of mass demonstrations, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s position was legally defensible; his position was that the right to demonstrate was enumerated and thus inviolable (same logic here as the 2nd Amendment advocates use) but was being immorally and illegally restricted by the local authorities.

So, his position was that holding his demonstration was legal, but it was in fact the local authorities were acting illegally because they were not using the permitting process for its legal reason, but to strip him of his rights.

This is the very definition of a “grey area” which pops up whenever we attempt to draw hard, black lines between issues of rights. We see it all the time. Hobby Lobby. Christian bakers of wedding cakes. What restrictions can be placed on gun ownership? Etc. Etc. Etc.

So, in that grey area, the reasonable curator on Medium would of course let the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King post on Medium all he liked, because he was making a rational point that although his actions may be *technically* illegal, they were actually in response to an illegality being foisted on him.

Hope that helps. :-)

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