Whenever fascists, be they leftists or Islamists, seek to silence those who challenge their ideological views and narratives – and, ultimately, their goals – know that tools of the (censorship) trade are not far behind.
Effectively, today’s underlying marching orders for imposing totalitarian rule were conceived in 1971, ala the mentorship of Saul Alinsky viaRules For Radicals. Invariably, said tactics are utilized and set the stage for all the revolutionary mayhem to follow. “Rules 5 and 13” – though all are deployed as needed – are front and center thrusts. Ubiquitous.
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
Ipso facto, to squash the voices of freedom fighters, fascists must ridicule everything they stand for, and follow up by placing targets on the most vociferous megaphones. Bulls-eyes. Thus, they ensure that the opposition becomes the “enemy of the people!” To wit, while psychological warfare is key and core, similarly, deploying brown-shirt tactics ala ANTIFA must spring into action. In other words, a two-pronged assault is let loose. Inevitable.
More specifically, the aforementioned is precisely why tarring and feathering proponents of free speech as conspiracy theorists, racists, Islamophobics, and xenophobics – with every “ism” in between – is of supreme value. Indeed, in an attempt to keep the other side off balance, fascists know that patriots/conservatives will spend their time and energy defending themselves from lies and more lies, instead of fighting the good fight. Credo quia absurdum. After all, logic and truth have zero resonance vis-à-visrevolutionary fascists. Resultant, a volte-face of actionable tactics must take place by thinking outside the box.
It is due to the above (and so much more) that alarm bells are ringing at an increasingly high pitched decibel at this end – a vast portion of which are blaring in the direction of the death of free speech, that is, the ground zero of liberal democracy.
Fascists and Islamists understand that the cornerstone of a free society lies within the most basic freedom of all – freedom of speech. Effectively, if one’s voice is squashed, one is rendered silent. By extrapolation, every other so-called freedom becomes moot. Ceases to exist.
And so it is around this cornerstone that the fascist-left and Mohammedans (mostly ala the canard of “Islamophobia“) merge forces and coalesce their efforts, bent on uprooting its basis. Yes, like-minded totalitarians via the ubiquitousred-green alliance! ……
Even so, before we tackle free speech’s death keel, it is imperative to internalize how insidious its march has been, to the degree that a preponderance of citizens (regardless of where they fit on the mental continuum) have fallen under the spell of so-called mainstream media’s spin doctors – be they part of social media, garden variety news sites, or television’s talking heads. And, as night follows day, so too under the guise of “truth-telling”, little is as it seems. Intrinsically, in the upside down world of “all the news that is fit to read and hear”, the march of “fake news” has replaced real news, thereby, ushering in the death keel of free speech.
In so doing, those who have been alerting Americans to the underbelly of the nation’s shadow government (as it inches the people toward socialism/cultural Marxism under stealth-like methods – in order to redistribute wealth ala “fairness” to control the populace – as well as their adoption of certain aspects of political Islam) have been set upon, like rabid dogs toward their prey, for full-on destruction.
Now, while a targeted hit list of conservative voices has been growing for several years – mostly, through muting counter-jihadists and those who speak out against the invasion of illegals – the fact remains that without the heavy-lifting of social media behemoths, namely, Alphabet Inc.’s Facebook, Youtube, Spotify, and Google, the nation would not be on the brink of complete censorship. Fact-based.
Resultant, the final nail through the most vocal platform of all, yes, the one which has foretold all of which is now coming to fruition, of course, necessitates killing off, that is, through the labeling of “conspiratorial/hate-site!” Mind you, this is coming from tech giants which have more than tolerated, in fact, championed, the rise of Islamic Jihad and leftist revolutionary tactics at their platforms – for starters! Liars and reprobates.
Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Facebook Inc and Spotify all took down podcasts and channels from U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying on Monday that the Infowars author had broken community standards.
The sweeping moves are the broadest actions yet by internet companies that previously have suspended or removed some of the conspiracy-driven content produced by Infowars…..
Facebook said it removed Alex Jones pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
The Infowars app remained available on the app stores hosted by Apple and Alphabet’s Google Play, however, while Twitter Inc said that Infowars accounts were not currently in violation of its rules.
Alphabet and Apple did not immediately respond to questions about why the app remained available on their platforms.
Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson said in a tweet that the broad take-downs amounted to censorship and were intended to help Democrats in congressional elections due in November.
“Infowars is widely credited with having played a key role in electing Donald Trump. By banning Infowars, big tech is engaging in election meddling just three months before crucial mid-terms,” Watson wrote on the Infowars website.
Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars was available for additional comment. None of the companies that took down the content commented on whether they had coordinated their actions.
The Alex Jones Channel on YouTube on Monday displayed a banner saying the account had been terminated for violating community guidelines, and a spokesperson added by email that repeated violation of policies such as those prohibiting hate speech and harassment led to termination of accounts.
Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company “does not tolerate hate speech” and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.
“Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming,” Apple said in a statement. “We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
Only one program provided by Infowars, “RealNews with David Knight,” remained on Apple’s podcasts platforms on Monday. BuzzFeed earlier reported that Apple had removed the library for five of Jones’s six Infowars podcasts, including the shows “War Room” and the daily “The Alex Jones Show.”
Twitter said in an email that content posted to other websites often was not put on Twitter and that tweets from Infowars typically were replied to by people rebutting and challenging it. If Infowars violates Twitter rules in the future, it will take action, it added.
Music and podcast company Spotify said on Monday that it had now removed all of Jones’s Infowars programs from its platform, after last week removing some programs.
A representative said that Spotify took seriously reports of hate content. “Due to repeated violations of Spotify’s prohibited content policies, The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform,” the representative said.
The point being: not too soon after BANNED hitthe shelves and started making noise (piggybacked by one radio interview after another with co-author, Joe Newby….whose hard-hitting news site, Conservative Firing Line, is continually targeted as “fake news”), my site was “double-barreled” with the same censorship treatment.
Effectively, instead of a daily total of thousands of shares on Facebook, a hundred or so is now the “norm.” Hmm. Not only that, the attachment of the “fake news” label to my site (tracked back to front groups set up by George Soros, whose main goal is to eviscerate western civilization via “open borders” and its attendant aftermath) was set in motion – par for the course for anyone who dares to challenge the narratives of America’s fascist speech-minders. Regardless, as mentioned, re-blogs continue to swirl, hence, alarm bells are still being heard – for now.
Still yet, there is a smattering of “hopeful” news too. Not every mainstream news site is buying their spin-doctoring, even those coming out of California’s lock-step left coast.
Facebook has become the gateway to information in the social media world, but with this popularity comes heavy responsibility. As Facebook attracts a global network of billions of users, speech which advocates violence has become prevalent across the site, raising questions on the role Facebook plays in moderation.
Ultimately, Facebook is allowed to have an editorial bias under the First Amendment, just like any media outlet. The problem erupts when the “openness” model of Facebook promotes the growth of violent ideology; despite clear community standards against violence — Facebook says it “remove[s] content that expresses support for groups that are involved in the violent or criminal behavior” — these rules can be difficult to enforce, giving users the responsibility of reporting abuse.
As Joe Newby and Adina Kutnicki explains in Banned: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad, “In June 2014, Islam Exposed (The Truth about Militant Islam), was unpublished after Facebook claimed the page included pornographic content… Page administrators sent a letter to Facebook that contained screen shots of the page to prove that no such content existed… Facebook yanked the page but restored it, claiming that it was the result of a mistake. At that time, page administrators received death threats from critics but those threats were dismissed by Facebook. Instead of dealing with the threats leveled at administrators, Facebook chose to tear the page down, citing ‘harassment.’ In short, Facebook punished the victims for being threatened.”
This occurs consistently with groups in ranging ideologies. Newby and Kutnicki continue to explain that Britain First, a right of center political party with 1.1 million supporters, had their page pulled with no explanation. Facebook restored the page, only after the groups established “an immediate legal fund to drag Facebook through court” under the claim they violated their supporter’s freedom of speech and expression.
Facebook has also come under fire after a 2016 Gizmodo report uncovered that Facebook algorithms and curators often suppress conservative sources in favor of “neutral outlets” like the New York Times and CNN, Facebook pledged the solve the problem and even donated $62,500 in cash to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
While certain political viewpoints are running into problems — likely due to abuse of the reporting feature — others that appear to be violating Facebook’s own community standards against violent ideology are still allowed on Facebook.
Newby and Kutnicki provided the example of a Facebook page promoting the beheading of infidels, stating, “When we Muslims take over America, you infidels will show respect or die.”
Following public outcry, the page was eventually removed from Facebook. Yet due to the openness of Facebook groups that promote violence can continue to take advantage of the site as a tool for recruitment to their ideology and ultimately their cause. Some facets of Facebook can even help maintain their anonymity and protect these groups from exposure.
Like Antifa. These groups are hiding in plain sight. Facebook has three types of groups: public, which anyone can see the group, its members, and their posts; closed, anyone can find the group and see who is in it but only members can view posts; and secret, only members can find the group, see who is in it, and see posts.
Despite Facebook’s model for open and interactive communication, these closed and secret groups can become a hotbed for fostering radical violent ideology without suppression or oversight….continue reading, if you dare….
At the end of it all, this much is for sure: if the censorship stands as is – without MASSIVE push-back from those who cherish freedom – the silencing of those of us who are sounding the clarion calls will be the least of it. Guaranteed.
How do I know this? Well, as is said, timing is everything. BANNED debuted in September 2016 (a mere 2 years ago), and its Conclusion was completed two months prior to publication. It reads thusly:
Buried in the small town of Quanah, Texas, is William Jesse McDonald, a Captain of the Texas Rangers known as a “man who would charge hell with a bucket of water.” Engraved on his tombstone is this: “No man in the wrong can stand up against a fellow that’s in the right and keeps on a-comin.”
Imagine the change that could happen if a majority of Facebook’s 1.6 billion registered users were to adopt that philosophy. The alternative is far too horrible to imagine, as Facebook now seeks to essentially control the Internet. If you think things are bad now, just wait five or ten years.
Know this too: one needn’t agree with everything, nor anything, that Jones says, or, for that matter with any other voice – irrespective of ideological position. And this is precisely what it means to possess freedom of speech, in direct opposition to totalitarian censorship. Silencing. Yes, even disagreeable speech has an intrinsic value, that is, if a liberal democracy is to function properly and survive – as long as within said speech illegal actions are not part and parcel. What’s so hard to understand about that?