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Freedom of Speech Is about More Than the First Amendment

•, Gary Chartier

Facebook's recent bans on controversial figures including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and Infowars host Alex Jones have evoked strikingly varied responses in different corners of the libertarian world.

"Thin," or "brutalist," libertarians often seem to think that nothing really matters very much apart from the unjust use of force. They vigorously protest criticisms of private actors' nonviolent choices, along with any attempt to involve the state in remedying perceived (nonviolent) private wrongs. However, ironically, many thin libertarians have roundly criticized the Facebook ban—and some have even suggested that Facebook might qualify as a public forum or public utility that can legitimately be regulated by the state.