FreeSpeech and Censorship: Thread

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Sun Jan 8 21:43:27 PST 2023

DemSoc's and Govts Falling Into Panic, Crypto and Internet Shall Win

The Elitists Communications Counterrevolution
Thaddeus McCotter

The gleaming promise of new technology and its uses blinded us to the
insidious extent imperiled elitists would go to protect their
unmerited power, wealth, and status. We were naïve. Yet, even if one
could have foreseen the metastasizing tyranny brought about by the
digital age, it would have strained credulity to watch
Americans—especially the young—not merely acquiescing to it, but
embracing it.

Though we are now inured to its novelty, it bears recollecting that
from the late 20th century to the present, we have lived through a
worldwide communications revolution. Profoundly affecting the
individual and society, the full impact of this revolution remains
unclear. Humanity’s ability to choose and pursue happiness has been
empowered to an extent undreamt. In the palm of one’s hand, or upon
one’s laptop or desk, and with just a stroke of a key, one can
instantaneously communicate with family and friends a world away,
conduct business, petition the government for the redress of
grievances, or bring calumny upon a major corporation. In sum, the
communications revolution is an historically unprecedented
technological boon for personal empowerment, growth, enrichment, and

It is this last that alarms the elitists.

The elitists believe they are entitled to wield power for the purpose
of governing their inferiors (i.e., the rest of us). To facilitate
this inversion of our free republic’s design, the elitists require the
complicity of a significant amount of the citizenry who, through
acquiescence, apathy, and/or dependency, are more than willing to
submit to the elitists’ control over their lives, be it wholly or in
part. Thus, for the elitists, the communications revolution is an
existential threat. The empowerment of sovereign citizens to
self-govern and, be it singularly or collectively, increase their
ability to control and curtail—i.e., to subordinate—the power of
public and private sector elitists, had to be blocked through
co-option and coercion; through a communications counterrevolution.

Fear is the key. (Isn’t it always when trying to pry away the people’s
rights?) Frightened elitists were able to project and impart their
fear into their fellow citizens; once the unwarranted paranoia was
sufficiently transferred to a critical mass of them, no social,
political, legal, or constitutional bar would be insurmountable. There
were foreign and domestic terrorists lurking around the corner, white
supremacists scurrying about the block, hate and racism woven
throughout our endangered democracy!

So commenced and continues the coercive disempowering of the entire
sovereign citizenry, as far too many frightened people voluntarily
shed their rights and scramble into faux lifeboats bound up serf’s
creek without a paddle. Free speech is on the verge of being viewed
not as a God-given right but a clear and present danger. A danger only
the elitists could prevent through their life-saving censorship—er,
“content moderation.”

Already, the elitists’ siren song has found fertile ground. The
elitists’ indoctrination machine has seduced many of America’s youth
to renounce what was once considered an intergenerational, innate
yearning by young people to be heard and to reject censorship. But the
elitists have tamed and muzzled the rising generation’s innate
rebelliousness. Like a teacher handing out participation trophies to
boost students’ unwarranted self-esteem, the elitists have granted
laurels to collegiates for disempowering themselves, laurels these
kids have accepted gratefully in exchange for their rights. Of course,
they and everyone who submits to the self-censorship and abets the
censorious silencing of dissent will be defenseless when the elitists
come for them. But that will never happen, will it?

This is not a partisan issue, as every American has the God-given
right to free speech. And every American is an equal participant in
our free republic’s revolutionary experiment in self-government. The
elitists’ communication counterrevolution proceeds apace—with the
bitterly ironic collusion of Big Tech, which has betrayed its initial
promise of providing and promoting personal empowerment and free
speech—and with the support of much of the Left, which once championed
free speech. Apparently, that was free speech only for themselves and
those who aligned with their ideology.

In the end, though, it makes perfect, despicable sense: Big
Government, Big Tech, and the Left are elitists in common cause to
convince the public that the greatest threat to Our Democracy™ is your
freedom. Yet, this “democracy” is actually their oligarchy, the
preservation of which is the elitists’ communications
counterrevolution’s end game.

Yes, we should have seen it coming. Still, during the communications
revolution, to have been blinded by the empowering possibilities
and—hope against hope—to have believed individual liberty had
ultimately triumphed over the state is to our eternal credit. Such
idealism, independence, and faith are hallmarks of Americans; and,
incidentally, why the elitists’ communication counterrevolution,
finally, will fail.

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