Hate crime law is basically modern blasphemy law and has more in common with state religion than anything. The use of law to punish out-crowd speech is ancient and nothing can be less classically liberal than absolute freedom of speech. Democracy is merely a mode of government and has nothing intrinsically to do with hate speech law; it's meta-government. I didn't mention Twitter and I honestly don't even care about social media and the validity of social monopoly. I'm talking about a mother being fired from her job because her police officer son shot a criminal of a different race, a right-wing news writer being dropped from his private insurance for his politics, right-wing college students forbidden from having PayPal accounts, a business executive using the phrase "get off welfare" turning to a massive lawsuit defended at the Supreme Court, competitor social media being blacklisted by every financial power in the country, etc. This has all accelerated in the post Operation Chokepoint era where Obama dictated by fiat to various banks which businesses they may or may not provide services to. Contemporaneously, of course, these same banks ("private businesses" as you might call them) enjoy trillion dollar bailouts courtesy of the taxpayer and enjoyed almost absolute immunity from competition as Obama stopped virtually all new bank charters over his presidency and approved further mergers. The entire finance sector is more politically powerful as a private glove for public hands than it would be outright nationalized, hence, more left-wing than a lot of communism. I was probably speaking too broadly; maybe I should have said "American corporate law". Incorporation of business in 19th century America was in general fairly rare and limited to businesses that states traditionally had substantial control over, such as banks, and the use of incorporation was as much a tool to mediate state-private relationships as anything. The mere act of acquiring capital to invest in a business and produce product only required state assistance for legal reasons, not material ones. A wide small/family-business middle class defined America's economy that afaik nowhere else in the world could be compared to, up until FDR saw the rise of a new corporation-dominated landscape. The rise of the corporate class depended fully on the rise of leftist government. The point is that civil law is now more retributive than criminal law, and the number of things one can be held liable for in either court is as high as any time in American history. Right of contract, the rights of two private parties to make agreements and settle disputes without public interference, was substantially and explicitly protected until FDR raped the commerce clause into doing his bidding. And tech giants are certainly state sanctioned and sponsored, as I already listed out: AT&T's secret government spy rooms, increasingly lengthy intellectual property protections, protection from foreign competition, no-bid contracts, all of the banking stuff mentioned above, etc. My left-right axis is simply collective-individual control. I don't see where you actually explain what it means to you.