And in effect, part of the Democratic Party’s DNC. As has been shouted in Mainstream Media headlines, the maverick self-governing and minimal-or-no-taxpaying Big Tech Corporations have blocked Donald Trump and key Republicans from their platforms. Although left wingers have been applauding that, the fact is that it is a disturbing assault on Freedom of Speech and Expression, and the Radical Left are just as likely to find themselves purged if they don’t toe the Democratic Party line as Conservatives are. “Do you really think if the left actually becomes a threat to the status quo the Neera Tandens and Rachel Maddows [in NZ’s case Tova O’Briens and Patrick Gowers] aren’t going to suddenly discover a reason why you’re dangerous and need to be censored? The only way to be fine with censorship is to plan on never challenging power.”

From Caitlin Johnstone —

Tech Giants

“Our democracy has been attacked!” screamed the political establishment that just forced you to choose between Donald Trump and Democrat Donald Trump for president.

Saying there’s been an attack on American democracy is like saying there’s been an attack on Kazakhstan’s fjords.

Liberals learned the words “coup” and “insurrection” like five seconds ago and now they are academic experts on both of these things.

The narrative managers’ ability to move liberals and progressives from “Defund the police” to “MOAR POLICING” in just a few months was even more impressive than their ability to move them from “Believe Women” and #MeToo to “Tara Reid is a lying grifter”.

Here’s how politicians, media and government could eliminate conspiracy theories if they really want to:

  • Stop lying all the time
  • Stop killing people
  • Stop promoting conspiracy theories (eg Russiagate)
  • Stop doing evil things in secret
  • End government opacity
  • Stop conspiring

To support the censorship of online speech is to support the authority of monopolistic tech oligarchs to exert more and more global control over human communication. Regardless of your attitude toward whoever happens to be getting deplatformed today, supporting this is self-destructive.

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See also this Fox News commentary