I would like to begin by thanking Boris Frankel for his extended reply to my article ‘Killer Drones, Dieback and Democracy’, and hence the opportunity to clarify several points he contests. This extends a Markov chain of chattering white middle-aged middle-class metropolitan males still further: Bolt, Manne, Assange, Frankel, myself … That said, my focus on the near-identical rhetoric of free speech shared by the first three of these personages was intended to distinguish them as, respectively, a reactionary populist, a classical liberal, and a radical activist. If their rhetoric is shared, they certainly do not share political positions; moreover, these positions engage utterly different relationships to media themselves.
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