"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."
- Noted Far-Right, White Supremacist, Nazi Noam Chomsky
Alex Jones is, of course, a ludicrous conspiracy theorist who infamously questioned whether the Sandy Hooks massacre was a hoax (which he admittedly, walked back) as well as something about gay frogs. He's often ridiculous and quite inflammatory. He's also quite popular, if nothing else for extremely delicious memes that are produced at his expense (or in honor of him... it's hard to tell).
Regardless though, the simultaneous banning of Infowars from Facebook, Youtube, Apple, Spotify and Pinterst (yes, them too) reeks of collusion and is highly concerning. As I have noted earlier, many of these tech monopolies are beginning to resemble governments. They certainly act as a utility and many control well over 50 percent (often over 90 percent) of activity in that type of medium. Apple and Google have over 97 percent of the mobile market and there is no reason to see that ending.
Network effects and economies of scale make it very difficult, if not impossible to compete with these companies. For example, Facebook may be dying (thank God!), but you can't just start up another Facebook to compete with it. There's no point of being on social media unless a lot of other people are on it. They effectively act as utilities and unless you think the gas company or telephone company should be able to shut off your service if you're a political dissident, it would seem pathetic to argue that the First Amendment doesn't give you a platform. Instead, free speech-hating and authoritarian leftists, such as Senator Chris Murphy want even more:
I assume Breitbart is the next target. Just wait for the media storm pushing that one.
And this is coming from the same media that has been complaining about how Trump keeping out one journalist from a White House press briefing was a massive threat to the First Amendment. All the while companies like CNN have been pushing to get Infowars and others banned.
And as far as that "private companies can do what they want" canard; bake the cake leftist!
Not to engage in "whataboutism" here, but let's go ahead and do it. After all, if I was to be the one bitching to censor anyone and everyone I didn't like, than if you brought up Infowars, you would be engaging in "whataboutism." So basically, the "whataboutism" complaint can only be brought up because conservatives and libertarians aren't censorious bitches trying to shut down free speech every place they can.
So let's take a look at The New York Times. What's their record? Well,
- They printed Judith Miller's bald-faced lies which proved instrumental in getting the United States entangled in the catastrophic war in Iraq.
- They shilled for Stalin by printing Walter Duranty's bald-faced lies that covered for the genocide being commited against the Ukrainians. Had The New York Times told the truth, would international pressure have forced Stalin to take a step back an alleviate that atrocity? No one can say.
- They just hired an unhinged, anti-white, anti-male editor to its board.
Does saying "Let’s fund a study on whether killing all the white people would make black people safer" (among many other worse things) constitute as hate Chris Murphy? I guess not when you've learned proper definitions from your Socialismology 101 course at Tumblr Blog University.
And of course, that's just a small sampling. We could mention the "hands up don't shoot" lie. How much different is that than the "Sandy Hook was a hoax" lie. And yes, there were consequences. Five dead police officers in Dallas and a massive riot worth of consequences.
Fortunately, not everyone on the Left has lost their mind:
"Every day is a new life to the wise man."
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