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 August 7, 2018  Posted by at 1:01 pm Primers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,


Vasily Polenov Christ among the teachers (doctors) 1896

 

This morning I woke up, looked around me, and saw a world sinking into a quagmire of voluntary censorship, a world willing to let someone far away choose what it can and cannot see of itself, and about itself. A world that no longer appears to recognize, or care, that this goes directly against its founding principles of liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of the press.

I can think of many reasons why someone would want to ban Infowars and Alex Jones, and I don’t even know them other than from incidental tweets and comments. But I also acknowledge that that is not the point. Just because you would like to ban a person or organization, just because you don’t agree with them, doesn’t mean you can, or should be able to.

And if Facebook, Google, Apple, Spotify and Pinterest -all within hours of each other-, think it’s a good idea to ban Jones regardless, they had better do a lot better than saying something about violating their ‘community standards’. They should identify specific instances where these alleged violations take place, and identify them publicly.

You can’t ban anyone on vague ‘standards’ from media that cover half the planet. Because that’s a danger to the entire planet, and to all of mankind. As Facebook and Google are very busy lobbying Washington, Brussels et al to drop any anti-trust charges against them, and let them continue to be private enterprises, they are shirking ever close to the various intelligence communities.

Politicians and secret agents alike have long recognized the potential Big Tech offers for controlling their populations. Long before those populations themselves have recognized the danger embedded in this potential. The treatment of Julian Assange and Infowars, 180º different as they are, puts all this in very sharp perspective.

How are you going to be informed, and stay informed, of what’s happening in the world, of what your government does and plans, if your media, both old and new, conspire to let you know only what they want you to, and to present a version of the world, of reality, that they invented in order to safeguard their future and that of their sponsors? Who’s going to tell you what happens behind the infinite layers of curtains?

What is most important here is not who Alex Jones is, or what he’s done and said. What’s most important is that he stands up for Julian Assange as the media, across the board, is either silent or actively smearing Assange with impunity. So for once, go to Infowars and sign the petition to Trump to Free Assange.. If anyone can get through to Trump, it’s Alex Jones, and they’re trying to prevent him from doing just that.

 

You’re being sold out, your rights and freedoms are being sold out, while you’re busy looking at pictures of what your friends had for dinner last night. And if that’s your thing, fine, but not before and until you’ve checked what is happening to your life and liberty, and that of your children, while you’re watching the next photo of a creme brulée or some cute kitten 1000 miles away.

We all know these things. And we’re all overloaded on info, so we’re all tired and developing headaches in echo chambers, and cute kittens are so much easier to deal with than petitions. But pretty soon, if you’re not careful, kittens will be the only thing you’re allowed to look at. Kittens and ‘news’ about evil Russians allegedly plotting to do to you exactly what your own governments already, and actually, do right now.

In one word: you’re being brainwashed. Brainwashed into handing over the liberties your ancestors fought very hard, and often lost their lives, to obtain and guarantee in your constitution. You can’t just give those things away, you have no right to. You owe it to them to protect what they fought for. If and when your government, your House and Senate, refuse to do that, then you will have to do it.

And that starts with protecting and standing up for Julian Assange. You don’t get to pick and choose which part of freedom you would like to protect, you either protect the entire concept or you do not. Freedom doesn’t mean you get to chop freedom into bits and pieces. And if you fail to stand up for the part you don’t like, you also fail to protect what you do like.

 

You don’t get to cherrypick, And neither should Google, Apple, and Facebook. Check your constitution for that one. Sure, we get it, it’s hard to stand up for Alex Jones. But if he can get chucked out for violating opaque ‘community standards’ of some private enterprise, then so can you. Well, unless you only look at kittens and desserts. But is that what you want your life to look like going forward?

This is about a principle engraved in the Constitution, and not just the American one. And of course there would always be people trying to get rid of that principle, because it got in the way of their personal power and interests. But that’s exactly why it’s in the Constitution. So it can’t just be eradicated at whim.

New media, social media, have taken the world by storm, and everyone has to scramble to keep up and think about what this means. What it should never ever mean, though, is that some parties get to use the confusion in order to trample on the Constitution. But that is what’s happening today.

We’ll resolve this eventually. You can’t let companies that have half the world as their clients continue as private enterprises; there’s far too much in the way of monopoly and anti-trust law to allow that to continue. But as long as this is not solved, Google and Facebook will be used as political tools, even while their legal status, and that of their policies, will be increasingly questionable.

So, you know, standing up for Alex Jones today equals standing up for the Constitution. That is harder for people to understand than it is that calling for Julian Assange to be protected and freed is. But it is the same thing. This is proven more than anything by the fact that Jones gets shut down at the very moment he seeks to protect Assange.

Swallow your pride and your disapproval of Alex Jones. Sign the petition to Trump to Free Assange.. It’s much bigger than your pride, or whatever you happen to like or dislike. This is about your future. And the people in the past who gave their lives to make it what it is. Don’t give it away. Prove Orwell wrong.

That we must defend Alex Jones just to stand up for Julian Assange should be all you need to know. You can’t defend Assange without also defending Infowars’ right to speak. And if they say things that go against the Constitution, a bunch of geeks in Silicon Valley should never be the judges of that.

 

 

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    Vasily Polenov Christ among the teachers (doctors) 1896   This morning I woke up, looked around me, and saw a world sinking into a quagmire of vo
    [See the full post at: Assange, Infowars and the Constitution]

    #42190

    V. Arnold
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    Alex jones is a wack job; but should be free to wack away.
    Julian Assange is a reporter; but demonized as a treasonous turncoat (impossible, he’s an Australian citizen).
    This is the opening salvo on the first amendment; its going down.
    You have a front row seat to the death of the last vestages of freedom in the U.S..
    IMO, Usian’s freedom to leave will be the next to go…think about that…

    #42191

    zerosum
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    Ask President Trump to pardon persecuted journalist Julian Assange

    Jurisdiction question?

    Maybe Canada could something?

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-saudi-arabia-to-withdraw-all-saudi-students-studying-at-canadian/

    OTTAWA — Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists.

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    davefairtex
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    Why is it I’m not outraged by Alex Jones? I mean, I find him an annoying blowhard – the one time I watched his show was when Binney was on there talking about leaks vs hacks – I really admire Binney, he’s such a patriot – but Alex just couldn’t get himself out of the way for more than about ten seconds.

    It is a fascinating thought though, to imagine that he’s such a threat to some people that they feel they have to censor him. I’ve been waiting for someone to come along and establish a “free speech” youtube that doesn’t actually censor people. The more censorship that youtube does, the larger the opening for a “free tube” becomes. And if Alex promotes it, “free tube” gets a deluge of instant users.

    Things are getting interesting.

    I think the censorship is an own-goal. It just increases the chance for a “free-tube” to be created. And then they will lose all ability to monitor or shadowban or stealthily down-rate or profile, etc.

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    Patricia
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    I have signed the petition. Have all of you?

    #42195

    John Day
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    Things were very hard on Alex during the Clinton and Bush II regimes. He’s a good guy, well meaning. The blowhard persona protects him somewhat, by making him easy to dismiss, rather than silence. I stood next to him a couple of times on the steps of the Texas Capital, long ago. I like to hear his voice coming from a parked work truck, when I’m riding my bike here in Austin. Comforting. No, I don’t really listen, or go to his site, except just now, to sign the petition.

    #42197

    V. Arnold
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    Patricia
    This one has signed it.

    #42199

    palloy
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    I signed it, but the petition needs qualification – how can Assage be pardoned when he hasn’t done anything wrong?

    #42200

    Patricia
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    Yes, I agree with you palloy. It was worded very badly but even so I felt I could not quibble over the words. He has to be able to be free.

    #42219

    regionswork
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    Alex Jones ≠ Julian Assange

    Years ago, Alex was an interesting source. He hasn’t been reliable for the past few.

    Frenzy puts anything out there. In his divorce proceeding he claimed the on air persona was a character, not him.

    “Give people enough rope and they’ll hang themselves” is traditional advice for dealing with those that carry on like that. Media is subject to misuse. Ad revenue keeps it going. Tele-evangelists often play the game well.

    My benchmark for news reporters is old school: Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, John Chancellor

    News used to be a public service to meet FCC requirements of use of the public broadcast spectrum.

    The MBAs decided the news division it should be a profit center. Infotainment, the 24/7 news cycle and ratings competition, plus behavioral economics loaded up new media.

    History is a difficult subject. Complex and often boring, it doesn’t have the juice of an action-adventure movie.

    CSPAN has done a good job for decades broadcasting live Congressional sessions and hearings, showing the slow, deliberate, often comic way things take place in the U.S. democracy.

    Its BookTV series features non-fiction books and their authors, people who have developed some knowledge around the topics they cover. Learning continues after a book is published.

    These are available online for those not cable TV subscribers.

    #42220

    graffiti
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    This comment section is the amazing thing about the internet…..we can all agree or disagree with what has been said. You couldn’t interact when your sole source of news came via a TV, radio or a magazine/ newspaper…..the only way to interact with the news was a letter to the editor and there was no guarantee it would be published. The newspaper could shut down your opinion by not publishing.

    #42221

    Patricia
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    Yes, graffiti, I like this website too. The people who comment are respectful of other’s views and enable one to reflect on what was said. So many of other websites are so rude and abusive. Quite amazing really. Why would anyone want to be abusive about another’s person’s views? It is so limiting and just shuts all thought down.

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