The National Criterion Comment Policy

The basic philosophy behind our Comment Policy, and indeed that of The National Criterion, is the concept of individual freedom balanced by personal responsibility. Civil discourse is appreciated but boisterous, passionate argument is also a vital part of discussion for a free people. Commenting on the Criterion’s articles and posts is neither a right nor a privilege. We feel it is our privilege to provide a forum where all sides and views can find expression and every voice can be heard.

While we encourage free expression, we do have guidelines instituted to help ensure a level of comity between people no matter how robust the discussion. As follows:

  • Everyone has the right to “speak their mind” and such rights demand that if you are free to speak your mind, then so is everyone else, no matter how objectionable the argument. If you are going to engage through The National Criterion you must respect the rights of others.
  • Bullying or personal name-calling against a Criterion writer or fellow commenter is forbidden here and can get you permanently banned. If you are so aggrieved by the position of an article, post or comment, attack the argument, not the poster.
  • We do not tolerate racism, homophobia, misogyny or misandry. However, we recognize the right of all people to hold and express opinions about those subjects from whatever perspective.
  • We discourage cussing and swearing. Colorful language rarely enhances an argument or position. Generally, if you resort to dropping f-bombs and four-letter words you’ve lost the argument. However, we do not ban colorful language but may not allow comments that are particularly egregious or abusive.
  • The Criterion does not censor political content. We are extremely liberal as to the type and character of free expression with the exceptions of pornography, unsolicited promotions, illegal activity or SPAM.
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