Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

A Free Speech Credo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkNSRPDu5ak I. Free speech is nothing if not offensive. Free speech just is the right to say offensive things. Popular, safe speech needs no protection; only unpopular, unsafe speech does. Free speech needs protection precisely because and to the…

An opinionated FAQ about Facebook’s censorship of the alleged “far right”

A lot of people understand neither free speech nor what the far right is. Here's a beginner's guide. Yesterday, Facebook and Instagram, which are owned by the same company, announced a purge—a fair description—of accounts by a roster of famous right-wing figures as well as Louis Farrakhan.…

Remarks on the drug crisis

As a drug-legalization libertarian, watching this video wasn't easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpAi70WWBlw It's a highly opinionated piece of propaganda; but it is also extremely persuasive. Thinking about this might make me moderate my position on drug legalization. I bear a few…

Reply to Prof. Sears’ rant against free speech defenders

Updates below. Here's a quickly-assembled response to this interesting Twitter thread, by a Matthew A. Sears, professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick. When classics professors say the sorts of things he did early morning on April 28, I think a response is…

How I securely sync my passwords (and why you should, too)

With a uber-geeky bonus: How I synced my Enpass passwords over my Synology NAS using WebDAV You need a password manager that syncs Let's begin with what I hope will be a useful review. You should be using a password manager. What's that, and why? A password manager simply holds all your…

The NAS revolution: Get your data out of the cloud

It turns out the cloud is kind of evil. We blithely put all our data online, right in the hands of giant corporations (and by extension, hackers and governments) who only too happily control, sell, datamine, steal, and spy on it. But you can take control of your data. Now. Here's how. When most…

Are we becoming indifferent to freedom and democracy?

Originally posted December 19, 2015. Reposting. More relevant than ever. I know, I know: That title sounds ridiculously click-baity. But if you'll look at my blog, you'll see that I don't really go in for click-bait titles. Unfortunately, I mean it quite literally. It's an enormous problem that we…

Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

Update (May 15, 2019): This post was linked and its author quoted as a source in this Fast Company article on the same subject. Where's my webcam's off switch? Have you ever noticed that your webcam doesn't have an "off" switch? I looked on Amazon, and I couldn't find any webcams for sale that…

How I chose a NAS

A network-attached storage (NAS) device is your own Internet server—your very own "cloud"! I decided to get one for my own reasons. But which, and configured how, exactly? Here's what I came up with for myself. A NAS server (credit to Bin im Garten on Wikimedia Commons, CC by-sa 3.0)…

BBC claims my career illustrates the value of a humanities degree

I was quoted by the BBC explaining the purpose of the liberal arts: BBC graphic The BBC article quotes this 5-year-old post from the very blog you are now reading. A few days earlier, I was on the BBC's list of "star performers" with humanities degrees, a sidebar of their article explaining…