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THE QUESTION

Craigslist: Sticking to your guns

In defending Craigslist against charges that it facilitates prostitution and casual sex and undermines the news business, founder Craig Newmark relies on an unwavering commitment to free expression, free markets and an open Internet. Is such an unwavering commitment to core principles the essence of leadership, or is leadership more about accommodating core principles to other social needs and values?

Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on September 7, 2010 8:19 AM
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COWENS99: There will always be stupid people. Freedom of speech. Leave craigs list alone, if it's good enough for members of Congress, it is good en...

dotell: Why were no women chosen for this panel?? I used to enjoy 'surfing' the jewelry section of Craigslist, but they do not police it, and now m...

Quaesitum: If Craigslist in fact has "an unwavering commitment to free expression, free markets and an open Internet," then it is selective in how it c...

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tokenwhitemale Author Profile Page :
 

"or is leadership more about accommodating core principles to other social needs and values?"

The problem is that even that is just a principle. Priniciples mean nothing if you're always bending them to "accommodate" other things. The only "principle" that you're left with is the ends justify the means: all that matters is that you end up on top. But what does it mean to be on top when you're a hollow person, who has sacrificed everything for "victory"?

But I don't think that that is the issue here. The *REAL* issue is that these people are picking on an easy target instead of dealing with the fact that people are kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery on a daily basis, and prostituted on the Internet. Whether on CL or otherwise. If anything CL was doing them all a FAVOR

yes, a FAVOR

because it is better for that to happen on ONE SITE than for it to go back underground and happen on dozens of illicit sites on the Internet. At least Law Enforcement has a good idea of where these people will turn up. You want to catch prostitutes, pimps and pedophiles? Monitor CL and catch them in the act. You want to rescue the victims of the sex trade? Monitor CL and save them when they appear on line.

You want to help all of them to do business successfully exploiting people and getting away with it? Shut down the one site where you know they can be found. This is STUPID.

 
COWENS99 Author Profile Page :
 

There will always be stupid people. Freedom of speech. Leave craigs list alone, if it's good enough for members of Congress, it is good enough for me.

I am sick of the right wing religious zealots, they want to do exactly what we want to do, but lie about it.

 
COWENS99 Author Profile Page :
 

There will always be stupid people. Freedom of speech. Leave craigs list alone, if it's good enough for members of Congress, it is good enough for me.

I am sick of the right wing religious zealots, they want to do exactly what we want to do, but lie about it.

 
dotell Author Profile Page :
 

Why were no women chosen for this panel??

I used to enjoy 'surfing' the jewelry section of Craigslist, but they do not police it, and now many commercial posters use it. There is one in particular, which I have finally learned to spot, that posts across the US, in all major cities, photos of the same high-priced jewelry. I suspect it is fraudulent.

I wish Craigslist would go after these commercial posters and scam artists, and, no, I do not think they should offer 'erotic stimulators for hire.' They already don't sell guns.

 
Quaesitum Author Profile Page :
 

If Craigslist in fact has "an unwavering commitment to free expression, free markets and an open Internet," then it is selective in how it carries out that committment. For example, Craigslist does not permit posters to list firearms for sale. This can only be a bias against a product that, conventional wisdom and general misinformation nothwithstanding, is highly regulated and overwhelmingly used in perfectly legal, harmless ways--unlike the prostitution, stalkers, fraudulent merchandise, and scams that pervade Craigslist. Enough already with this irrational bias against firearms.

 
 
 
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