“Politically identical”? Jeez louise…
Interesting: “Strawmanning” seems to be the argument of the moment for April 2017.
I think you nail the problem with this well: it’s “no true scotsman” to say that you aren’t arguing this point when others regularly do.
The idea that free speech is only about criticisng the government appears to me to rest on a misunderstanding of the First Amendment to the US constitution.
In any case the most obvious retorot to it is, if you get to shut down other people through threats & intimidation, they get to shut you down the same way, right? ….
You’re sute to enjoy #satiria’s series on this important topic! https://twitter.com/satirianews/status/847486767456321536