Governments have lost control of the narrative that they are in control of events. Everyday I wake up to another instance of outrageous censorship from some ‘social media’ company blocking or banning someone for no apparent reason.
The latest outrage is Twitter banning the account of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange’s mother, Christine.
Australian and New Zealand ISPs have gone bonkers IP blocking sites in the wake of the Christchurch massacre. Sites like Zerohedge have been targeted in the past two weeks for publishing narratives orthogonal to what the governments in the West are comfortable with people consuming.
First it was Facebook, blocking and then unblocking Zerohedge with no apparent reasoning behind it. Now its ISP’s over-reacting to an emotional event ensuring that a good crisis never goes to waste.
And these ISPs are going much farther than just avoiding any potential legal liabilities. They are now openly calling for the platforms themselves — Twitter, Facebook, etc. — be regulated by governments to stop ‘dangerous information’ from reaching the eyeballs of consumers.
And another mask is ripped off revealing the ugly totalitarians underneath.
It begins with legitimizing de-platforming people like Alex Jones and social media companies like Gab. Because some speech is too free. These are people supposedly too fringe to be suffered.
So it’s easy to whip up some public support for censorship of them alongside a one-sided media bombardment of justify their silencing to a large swath of people.
Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been…?
It’s especially easy to do this after having whipped everyone up into two camps of highly polarized and radicalized camps across multiple political vectors.
Trump vs. Liberals in the U.S.
Remainers vs. Leavers in the U.K.
Open borders vs. Immigration control across the West
Global warming alarmists vs. skeptics in Europe
Gun Control vs. American Deplorables.
I could go on and on.
All of these false dualities, false divides are meant to drive us into two camps and act as a barrier to communication. As a sh&tlib are you more or less willing to suffer an argument for free speech if it comes from a Deplorable?
We all know the answer to that question.
And vice versa is also equally true. Deplorables don’t want to deal with Trump’s shortcomings as President because it’s a betrayal of MAGA.
Make no mistake, this polarization of electorates all around the world was planned. It’s part and parcel of the divide and conquer strategy which preps the rhetorical ground preceding color revolutions.
If it begins with de-platforming Alex Jones, it ends with what we’re seeing today. Now it’s no longer banning Alex Jones because he supposedly harassed families of Sandy Hook victims. Now it’s jailing people for sharing the video of the Christchurch madman’s self-aggrandizement video.
Catching up Zerohedge in this censorship net makes it obvious that this was a plan of action waiting for a catalyst to set in motion. Since Zerohedge never once hosted the Christchurch video.
Less than a week after Facebook ‘mistakenly’ banned us for two days with no explanation following several reports which were critical of the social media giant, we learned that Zero Hedge has now been banned in New Zealand and Australia, despite the fact that we never hosted video footage of the Christchurch attack. We were not contacted prior to the censorship. Instead, we have received a steady flood of people noting that the site is unavailable in the two countries unless a VPN is used.
Simply put this is the next escalation in the censorship war against the alternative press and citizen journalism.
For the Children!
The steady stream of drivel from lawmakers around the world about social media regulation is in the name of protecting the people.
Now the ISPs and the platforms want to get together and police the content, giving it the veneer of private party self-control, rather than heavy-handed government censorship.
That’s nonsense. All of these companies owe their existence either to direct government investment or support through government-granted franchise monopolies and other market distortions which built barriers to entry for competition.
So this is not, as the totalitarian anti-free-speech Left would tell us, an expression of their right to or not to host content they disagree with. It is purely about assuming and exerting control over what we are allowed to think.
It’s simply censorship by proxy, the hallmark of an end-state corporatist oligopoly.
But it’s never about protecting the people. It’s about protecting governments from the people finding out the inconvenient truth that they aren’t in control of anything anymore.
And they are scared to death of us using these communications tools debunking their lies, omissions and agendas in real time.
Without them there is no Brexit. There is no Trump. There is no Salvini, Orban or Putin, frankly.
Remember, they may think they are the smartest people in the room, but they are not smarter than the people collectively in the room itself. And they know this.
So it’s now time to shrink the room. Remove the people from the room (Internet itself) so that the information cannot be worked over by the collective wisdom of millions.
Do You Think You’re Being Treated Unfairly?
On every issue I listed above government’s are losing the argument. People know why this push for censorship is happening. People like George Soros and Tom Steyer have been building this plan to concentrate traffic onto a limited number of bandwidth providers (net neutrality) and mobile platform providers (Google, Apple) for over a decade.
And once the success of sites like Patreon and other crowd-funding mechanisms began to siphon off the need to enslave content creators to advertising revenue, they had to be brought into this as well.
The net result is the swift un-personing of someone who speaks a little too much truth to power to a few too many people. The sad truth is that this is only the beginning of the censorship.
The good news is that people are too clever by half. And the censorship of today quickly turns into the new opportunities for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the day of blockchain-based, peer-to-peer networking information sharing. 5G could easily being that to life in a way that changes how we communicate in a mass sense in real time.
Because this push for massive censorship is proof positive that we are winning. If they weren’t scared of their planned future being in jeopardy they wouldn’t be ripping off the masks now.
IP blocking is the easiest thing to get around.
A free VPN built into a browser, like Opera’s, gets around this. It hasn’t stopped The Pirate Bay. It won’t stop Zerohedge. Until, of course, Apple and Google pull all the VPN apps from their App Stores due to government regulations.
And that will be the next phase of the censorship.
If our faith in our governments wasn’t failing we wouldn’t be watching the drama over Brexit. Brexit would have been betrayed back in December. But the politicians are scared of the consequences now.
And they are desperate to shift the blame for getting what they want, remaining in the EU, to the other party.
The same thing is happening in Europe. Euroskeptics are rising. The rejection of globalism is everywhere. Their Internet regulations (Article 11 and 13) are, like net neutrality, solutions in search of problems. And their goal is to stifle speech critical of their activity.
But it is simply a desperate attempt to finish a project that has not a prayer of surviving. And we have to remain not only vigilant but nimble to stay on the air.
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TV is getting into the censoring act too. DirectTV is no longer offering One America News or the History Channel come April.
My view, if they want to try to tell me what I can watch and what I can’t, that is their business. If they want me to pay them to tell me what I can watch and what I can’t, that is my business.
Hello Roku Channels and Sling TV.
Governments don’t like it when the tax livestock get restless.
The only way to disrupt the ongoing plan to impose ever stricter censorship is to decentralise the internet – to remove the ISPs and gatekeepers from the equation. The good news is that there are people working on this problem and its solution. One project that I’m keeping a close eye on is the Safe Network: -https://safenetwork.tech – which is developing a fully autonomous, peer-to-peer version of the internet where all data resides on the devices of its users. Permissionless internet in other words.
John McAfee has been spearheading something similar. Where the internet exists as a set of node points such that every computer and phone on the net is a node, and there is no ‘center’ or server. Encryption separates the node functions from data stored on the device. Maybe less optimal for data, but great and very private for communications. The idea of multiple internet’s tailored to specific utilities, and controlled exclusively by users, is long overdue.
Why can’t I access your new article on Strategic Culture – I get the message that this page is not working.
I have no idea.
Right on target. Another aspect to defeating government attempts to censor the flow of information is to encrypt it, or, even better, use steganography, which conceals that information is embedded in an innocent-looking music or image file. Of course, these are only appropriate when transmitting to a particular individual or group that possesses the password to unlock the hidden information. For general propagation of something to the world, it’s theoretically possible to conceal the source, but not the substance.
“Luongo swings, and it is a towering shot! Over the center field fence and gone. Homerun”
Yes, yes and yes! Such a flawless summation.
The irony is that Tom is not the first person to describe what is happening here precisely. Alex Jones himself described everything here to a T years before it happened. He and Matt Drudge had a detailed conversation about everything detailed in this article, on air two years ago. Before Jones’ own banning became the spark that lit this powder keg.
No wonder they don’t want people hearing his crazy ‘conspiracy theories’. But ask yourself, what do theories become when proven true? LAWS. At which point we’re all forced to decide which laws to follow. Hence the situation here and in the EU. Such beautiful tragic irony.
I proposed the following solution in the 2018 election cycle.
“We need a federal law prohibiting censorship of lawful speech on major social media platforms,” Nehlen asserts. “It is well-known that Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube discriminate against the right-wing, as evidenced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent comments. While widely heralded for those comments, they rang hollow with no suggested solution. This law is that solution. It will extend Americans’ First Amendment free speech protections onto major social media platforms.”
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