MANIFESTOS

Kevin McGeehee has written a blogging manifesto. I’m a bit leery of manifestos, since they invariably result in either mail bombs or large, totalitarian empires. I do agree with the second plank of Kevin’s, though:

This blog is my private property; permitting the public to read it, or to post comments, does not make it any less my property. I am therefore entitled to determine the tone and content of my blog and its comment threads, and to delete comments which violate my standards, and to block IP addresses that are the source of continuing violations of those standards. This is not censorship — anyone whose expressions are deleted or blocked is free to express himself or herself elsewhere, particularly on his or her own blog where he or she enjoys exactly the same rights and prerogatives as I enjoy here. But they are no more entitled to violate my standards here than if they were standing in my living room.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.