The Patriot Post® · The Fight Against Redlining Free Speech

By Robin Smith ·
https://patriotpost.us/articles/80556-the-fight-against-redlining-free-speech-2021-06-14

A look back at an NBC News story from December 21, 2011 — “How Dictators Keep Control” — shows us that those who punish independence in other countries do so with a specific agenda to marginalize, polarize, and silence free thought and expression. NBC focused on personalities of various dictators, such as Kim Jong-Il, Saddam Hussein, and Adolf Hitler, revealing common practices — propaganda, censorship, and the use of actions such as “shadow banning” and “deplatforming.” These same practices, transcending space and time, are the chief weapons of today’s leftist-run Big Tech, media, and government to silence critics, create a false narrative, and marginalize those who refuse to conform. It’s about power and tyranny.

Americans can clearly see that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, and Amazon are actively engaged in these tactics as they filter content depending on their “truth” as applied by their “standards,” which happen to be those of the political Left. These Big Tech giants are given special protections under federal law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The law was intended to offer protections to an Internet provider or user for removing content that is offensive, lewd, objectionable, harassing, or excessively violent, but it has become the catch-all excuse for suppressing certain political speech. Under Section 230, these social media tyrants hide their censorship behind virtue signaling.

These data companies advertise platforms for free speech and open discussion, but in truth they are monopolies that capture personal data for sale and profit. And they do it all while, as our Mark Alexander put it, “aggressively suppressing speech that does not comport with their leftist political agenda while simultaneously promoting that agenda.”

These monopolies should be carefully examined if not busted. Instead, they’re given free rein, even by those on the Center-Right who did not enact reform when they held power. Republicans are now being shut down in the area of public discussion because of lack of action.

Remember when news stories involving Hunter Biden were blocked and removed from social media sites just weeks prior to the November 2020 election? Those stories were extremely relevant to the choice voters faced, because they exposed his relationship with the communist Chinese along with his dad, who’s now our president. Remember when the House approved Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump based on the “Steele dossier” that was finally exposed as “officially debunked” by a 448-page investigative report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Unbelievably, campaign opposition research, paid for by the Hillary Clinton team, was spread around the Department of Justice, the FBI, and throughout the complicit media creating an echo chamber of citations that elevated political garbage to be treated as actionable intelligence.

Dezinformatsiya is the term coined by Joseph Stalin and the strategy employed by Soviet Russia via its KGB to undermine the truth for the purpose of control. The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi) propaganda machine was its Disinformation Service with its paper of record, Völkischer Beobachter, or the People’s Observer, that framed the Jewish people as the enemy of Germany leading to the extermination of over six million Jews.

In America, this is called “fact-checking” and “shadow banning.” The parroting of propaganda is also passed off as journalism dripping with bias, editorialism, and opinion rather than fact. And in the halls of power, those who dissent and challenge are silenced.

Sir Winston Churchill summed it up: “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police … yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home — all the more powerful because forbidden — terrify them.”