I'm a big believer in free speech. I think the rough and tumble of disagreement, discomfort, and failure is necessary for growth. In any area, really.
But it's easy to have that ideal, then bristle when finding a place like Voat, where things like Jew-hatred get tossed around freely. I'm not used to seeing ideas I find abhorrent fly so freely. It's a bit of a culture shock, but I value being thrust into an environment where my ideals will actually be put into practice personally, and I can benefit from the conflict.
Then I noticed something. There are abhorrent things, ideas that I think are simply unacceptable, that do get thrown around freely in most of the world. Things like communism, which transcends "bad idea" and reaches the level of "atrocity," in my view. It's easy to find people on the internet arguing for communism as though they have the high ground, and even trying to call me a monster for supporting capitalism. In one of my college classes, there was a guy who introduced himself to the class as a proud communist (apropos of nothing; he just thought it was a good thing to mention while introducing himself). That's insane. But in today's culture, it's not taboo.
That was my revelation. I actually am used to tolerating horrors among the culture around me. Heads of State praise Fidel Castro, celebrities call for white genocide, people advocate for explicit discrimination against men. It happens all the time, and I've simply been conditioned to accept the fact that other people don't get worked up about it.
So here I am, in the free speech paradise of Voat, realizing that I've been hoodwinked. I've been so proud of the fact of how libertarian I am on the Freedom of Speech spectrum, that I've failed to realize that the 1-Dimensionality of that spectrum is a lie. If I were an authoritarian on speech, and I accepted that some ideas are too evil to say, then I would still be at odds with the left over which ideas were the evil ones. In my smugness over freedom-loving, I've tacitly accepted their ordering of "okay" to "not-okay" ideas.
But no longer. I'd like to thank the kike-haters, for being grating enough that I had to confront my feelings, so I could come to this realization.