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Neil Young and Joni Mitchell Are Not Censoring Joe Rogan

• by Jacob G. Hornberger

He was followed by singer Joni Mitchell, who announced the same thing with respect to her songs.

This has caused leftists to decry "Censorship!" on the part of Young and Mitchell. But it isn't censorship. It's instead how things are handled in a free society. 

The only entity that is capable of engaging in censorship is the government. When the government prohibits people from expounding a particular point of view or punishes them for doing so, it is engaging in censorship. 

On the other hand, when a private entity refuses to permit a particular point of view from being expounded on its platform — be it radio, television, a newspaper, a website, a podcast, or whatever — it is not engaging in censorship. It is instead exercising the rights that come with private ownership of property.