A few points to highlight about the above-linked video report we just published on the attempts by Sen. Warren & Adam Schiff to demand Amazon suppress certain books. First, this is part of a year-long campaign by Dems to use their majority power in DC to mandate censorship.
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There are so many reasons why this attempt by the Democratic Party to commandeer Big Tech censorship power for themselves is so dangerous. Perhaps the gravest is that this is all about imposing a framework where dissent from or questioning of decrees from authorities is banned.
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In the video, I revisit the destruction of Parler - it became *the most-downloaded app*, when leading Dems demanded Apple, Google and Amazon destroy it, and they obeyed. A key Dem with amazing candor said why: Big Tech now knows Dems rule DC & thus must comply with their orders.
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That Democrats should use their political domination of the US Government to censor the internet is now a widespread view of most Democrats, as is the view that tech monopolies should do so. Polling data makes clear: internet censorship is extremely popular among Democrats.
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The most bizarre part is that liberals, to justify censorship, haul out the classic libertarian view that private companies can do whatever they want. But that's false: the law is clear: the First Amendment is violated when the state pressures private actors to censor for them.
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Many liberals dismiss *state censorship* as just Culture War trivialities -- as if a free internet is like bickering over pronouns. It's especially bizarre that people who spent 5 years shrieking about fascism are so cavalier about this union of state & corporate power.
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The full video report is here. The internet was heralded in the 1990s as an unprecedented tool of liberation from centralized control. The Snowden reporting was about defending internet freedom. It's now becoming the greatest tool of coercion and control: rumble.com/vmkc0j-democratic…

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Why am I not surprised that this snake would come down hard on the side of pharma's profits.
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Why not? It's not as if those controls apply to them, per Faceborg.
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You say they are demanding removal or suppression of books and that guardian clip only says they complained the algorithm promotes misinformation. I think both are slippery slopes but they arent the same thing
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The internet is the only thing that's allowed deadly pandemic misinformation to spread to the extent that it has. But good try I guess, pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald
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Arguments should always place good ideas first. If there's a huge concern that bad ideas and false information is gaining traction shouldn't they address why this is occurring instead of flat out removing it?
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…it appears likely that the intent runs along the lines of attempts to move the US as an entity towards operating as a “true” (plenary) #Democracy; a specific type that many founders would have understood as the tyranny of an #UnconstrainedDemocracy, attempting to assert itself.
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