What America Has Forgotten About Free Speech
When I was a teenager my mom's best friend got remarried to a gentleman who was a World War II veteran and a career mail carrier. Even at that age, I was outspoken about how I saw the world and enjoyed engaging with adults on topics of the day. Howard and I didn't see eye-to-eye on much politically. However, he always ended our conversations with a phrase that has stuck with me all these years.
"I may not agree with what you say, Ray, but I will give my dying breath for your right to say it."
How often would you ever hear someone say something like that in America today? Today if someone says one thing we don't like on social media, we unfollow, defriend, or block. We only want to hear people who agree with us all the time. People who don't agree with us are seen, by many, as evil.
As a decades' long student of government and psychology, let me be the first to assure you this divisive mentality is not one that has happened by accident. You have been consciously divided into blue state and red state, liberal and conservative, Republican and Democrat. You have been sliced and diced by gender, race, age, and every other distinction possible until you feel like an isolated victim all the time.
This new wave of censorship on social media - one that YouTube seems to be taking the proud lead on - is beginning to result in channels being limited, hidden by algorithms, or outright banned without justification and without any real means of appeal.
This has happened in the wake of the 2016 Presidential election or at least that's the most convenient excuse. These aggressive moves are not really aimed at stopping Russian bots, protecting our democracy, or keeping peoples' ears safe from disagreeable views. This is purely and simply THE SYSTEM using these events and your emotional response to them to crush dissenting views on these upstart platforms.
The Internet in general and social media in particular were a government operation to monitor people from the beginning. Social media is even more insidious. It allow you to track and profile yourself without the need for the government to do it. Many of us have always known this, but have seen the potential to use the platform to turn the tables on that very system. We saw the potential to connect with other like-minded human beings and look for ways to transcend that system. That's what's gone too far and what these actions are designed to address.
Congress, swept along by the anonymous intelligence frenzy about Russian meddling in our election, are now proposing and supporting Orwellian measures to prevent the boogey man from a repeat of 2016. It's proof that members of Congress are just as susceptible as everyone else to the conditioning.
In Congressional hearings, CEOs of major social media companies have been shamed for...wait for it...not doing enough to stop Russian trolls from swaying our election. Now Democrats want to give the FBI $300 million to monitor and protect us on social media. The question is protect us from whom?
In response, these companies have hired thousands of people to monitor their platforms for "foreign meddling." However, their scope has not been limited to that. Especially on You Tube, there has been stories of channels tackling controversial topics being permanently deleted without reason, having capabilities limited, or being hidden by algorithms.
This brings to the two gentlemen in the photo at the top of this article - Alex Jones and Tim Black. I make it my business to listen to all sides of debate in our system. it never ceases to amaze me what I can learn, and you could too, from listening to a variety of voices. I've listened both men for years. They are on vastly different ends of the political spectrums, but I have learned and gained insight about certain things from each of them.
Recently, Tim Black had his channel taken down. Here's a brief interview where he describes what happened.
Alex Jones, as is his nature, has been more aggressive in proactively calling out YouTube when he receives strikes. He has been threatened with ban, but has yet to be banned. One wonders if this is because of the potential backlash against such a move. He's built a large, vocal audience and YouTube, to date, has seemed unwilling to make that move.
What do these two men have in common? It's not their political perspective. It's that they both openly, from their angle, question THE SYSTEM. They don't buy into Military Industrial/Media/Wall Street narratives. That's why they, and not nebulous Russian bots, have become the targets in this culling of Social Media.
Why? It's because their message threatens the status quo created by THE SYSTEM and believed like a religion by millions who have now, as Alex Jones would point out in typical Problem-Reaction-Solution form - demanded their political leaders "do something."
As we've seen time and again since 9/11, power given to the government for one purpose is quickly turned to its own purposes. That's what's happening here. Who will that $300 million be used against? It will be used against American citizens - agree with them or not - exercising their First Amendment rights in the new town square we call social media.
Sadly, many Americans are so bent on having their way and only hearing what they agree with that they have forgotten the long, hard centuries it took for ordinary people to have those rights. Are we ready to throw those ideals away because someone's views upset us and help the Powers That Be to establish full spectrum dominance over acceptable speech in The United States?
I AM not! to accept that Alex Jones' free speech, Tim Black's free speech, your free are all my free speech. We have free speech not by defending those who agree with us, but by even defending those who don't agree with us. We need to get back to Howard's mentality, one earned from the fire of World War II.
"I may not agree with what you say, my friend, but I will give my dying breath for your right to say it."
That's freedom. That's America.
for 6 Sense Media