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Justifying and distinguishing between censure and censorship

A phrase I’ve been using a lot lately in response to accusations of censorship is “censure, not censorship”. It was going to be the title of this post, actually – until somebody saw it in a different context and offered some defense of censorship. I’m not sure that I can continue to use this phrase without first establishing the correct context now, or whether I ought to use it at all, since censorship can arguably be justified and may differ from censure in degree rather than in kind.
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Why we disagree…

In a heated argument, I can find it very easy to think that my opponent is simply being unreasonable. This may actually be the case, as we humans are not perfectly rational beings even on our best days. But if the topic of discussion is a matter of fact rather than opinion, then it can hardly be reasonable to agree to disagree. In fact, Aumann’s agreement theorem demands this, for rational persons under certain restrictions. It’s not practically applicable in everyday life, but its conditions suggest other sources of disagreement.
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