In case you've been under a rock, you're probably aware of the coordinated censorship targeting radio show host Alex Jones. Jones has a massive audience, and often takes positions that break far from the mainstream. He's well known for going on some pretty comical rants, and while lots of people have strong opinions about him in both directions, the move to systematically censor his talk show marks a new low point in American politics.
This may have all started with a senator who issued a threatening letter to the likes of Facebook, Google, Apple and other tech giants. A government official, who has sworn an oath to defend and protect the constitution, demanded action against speech he disagrees with by threat of regulatory force just one week before the unprecedented takedown.
More platforms like Spotify, and even others Jones doesn't use including Pinterest and even YouPorn have announced they will also join in the modern day book burning.
Does Jones have a point here? In principle, companies have a right to de-platform individuals for any reason. That said, many free speech proponents, including myself, find this coordinated effort carried out by by mega-corporations and encouraged by government officials to be a terrifying precedent that should not be taken lightly.
Reading the comments on even the most hawkish news outlets on the subject makes one thing crystal clear: the American people are overwhelmingly not on board with this, and for very good reason.
Much like a kid banned from a cookie jar, Americans have been poring over Jone's content since the ban. The sheer volume of inquiry in recent days is mind boggling. He is now searched more than Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton combined. I would not be surprised if his viewership grows substantially as a result of this charade. Good. Maybe the minders who pushed for all of this will re-evaluate their strategy.
Why would I compare him to popular politicians and not other, more similar public figures? Because it isn't even close.
Meanwhile on iTunes, the Infowars official app has climbed to #3 in news on the app store, despite being tucked behind more than 60 other apps on the list.
It's also now the #1 trending app on the Google Play store.
Twitter, in a surprise move, took a stand by announcing they would not ban Jones and Infowars. Last month, Twitter's stock took a 18% haircut in a single day at the same time that their shadow banning policies were captured on hidden camera, went viral, and even attracted the attention of the president. Apparently this, along with other prominent banning controversies, was enough to prevent them from falling in line, for now. Facebook, who also suffered a similar blow to their stock price clearly felt no such compulsion to defend Jones.
Regardless of what you think of Alex Jones, try to imagine this was Joe Rogan, or someone you enjoy listening to. Imagine Bitcoin was 10,000 times bigger, and the powers that be decided to ban prominent BCH advocates. The fact is, many authoritarians believe this is a jumping off point for a wider political censorship campaigns. Tasting the blood in the water, some Democrats were quick to seize the opportunity to silence their opposition, veiled by some heavy virtue signaling:
Don't fall for this kind of hyper-sensitivity designed to appear compassionate. Violating inherent human rights is anything but. Protect your freedoms. Ignore those you find abhorrent, and live your life in peace. History teaches us that once these rights are stripped, it takes a revolution to reaffirm them.
 

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The idea, in this case, that these are private companies and they can remove who they wish, does not apply. Collectively they have a monopoly (or near monoloply) on information and as such, this is a direct attack on free speech. Unless there is proof that InfoWars was directly inciting violence, this is plain and simple partisan censorship and absolutely should not be tolerated.
It doesn't matter what you think of InfoWars, this is something that should not happen in a free society. "I may not agree with what you say, but I will fight for your right to say it".
One thing I find particularly remarkable about this (and maybe being a centrist helps me see the utter non-sense that both the left and right perpetrate) is that the left (especially leftist media) have been so concerned that Trump was going to impinge upon their free speech, calling him authoritarian and what have you, but ultimately the actual authoritarian behavior came from the people who claimed it would be their opposition doing it; the clearly leftist organizations like Google, Apple, Facebook etc.
This all reminds me of when Hillary was telling people how when she won (so confident she was) that the right might not accept her election victory, and since she lost, it's been exactly that, except by the left, first crying uncontrollably, then making up nonsense theories without any shred of proof.
I hate to say it, because normally it's something that is characterized as being an attribute of individuals, but it seems that political groups also exhibit classic projection. i.e., they accuse their opposition of the very thing that they end up doing. (/r/Bitcoin, cough cough).
In the meantime the sane people in our society just want to join Elon and head to Mars.
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Yup, things are unfolding just the same way as they were before WWII
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Pore over, not pour over. Just tryna help.
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Should have used spell check haha
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