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[–] wmq 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago  (edited ago)

What the heck. I thought New Zealand was one of the more liberal (socially and economically) countries. I could face prison for my Internet laughs if I lived in NZ.

Edit: I meant not the American definition of 'liberal', but rather the European one, classically liberal - very limited government and no (or very little) cultural conservatism or libertinism.

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[–] kurfu 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Laws like this are the epitome of modern leftist liberalism.

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[–] GentleCat 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

As a fellow goat said, they are confusing trolling with cyber bullying, wich I see completely ok to regulate.

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[–] bobroland [S] 0 points 31 points (+31|-0) ago 

So, this is probably a generational thing. I'm from a time when bullying was getting your ass kicked by other people. It was a rite of childhood, and how you dealt with it defined who you were as an adult. I'm not sure I would have been able to stand up for myself as an adult i not for the painful lessons learned behind the school yard.

Perhaps it's a better age that kids now worry more about people being mean to them with words. Society changes. Sometimes it's for the good, sometimes worse. Here's why, however, I don't see a role for the police when it comes to cyber bullying.

First, you need to learn how to deal with problems on your own. If your response is to go running to an authority figure, you'll grow up thinking that all solutions come authority. You rely upon the benevolence of a system to keep you safe from harm. Truth is, the only person a man can rely on is himself. Sometimes the world is tough and people are mean. Learning to stand in defiance against the universe is a valuable life skill.

Bigger issue, however, is that once you give the state the ability to regulate speech for a "good" reason, you can be sure as hell that down the road they'll use it for the wrong reasons. There's not a crime against humanity that hasn't had behind it good intentions.

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[–] markrod420 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago 

Lol or people could man the fuck up and get over it...

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[–] heili 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

How to handle cyber bullies in one step:

Turn the computer off.

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[–] Im_from_Fiji 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

You must not know what liberal means. If you want a bigger government, you better get used to them telling you how to live your life. And yes, that includes online.

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[–] wmq 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You described the American (or English-speaking world) definition of liberalism. In continental Europe it still means classical liberalism - support for very limited government and modest, if any, cultural conservatism.