Last week’s massive social media purges – starting with President Trump’s permanent ban on Twitter and other media – have been shocking and frightening, especially for those of us who value free speech and the free exchange of ideas. The justifications given for silencing large swathes of public opinion made no sense and the process was anything but transparent. Nowhere in President Trump’s two “offensive” Tweets, for example, was a call for violence expressed or implied. It was a classic example of a sentence first, a verdict later.
Many Americans viewed this attack on social media accounts as a liberal or democratic attack on conservatives and republicans, but they miss the point. The shrinking of opinion allowed in the virtual public square is not a conspiracy against the Conservatives. As progressives like Glenn Greenwald have pointed out, this is a broader attack on any opinion that deviates from the acceptable parameters of the dominant elite, made up of both Democrats and Republicans.
Yes, this is in part an attempt to wipe the Trump movement from the pages of history, but it is also an attempt to silence any criticism of the emerging political consensus in the coming Biden era that may have come from circles. progressive or anti-war.
After all, a look at Biden’s new “experts” shows that they’ll be the same failed neoconservative interventionists who gave us weekly murder lists, endless drone attacks, and overseas coups, and even the murder of US citizens by the US government abroad. Progressives who complain about this “back to the future” foreign policy are also sure to see their voices muffled.
Those who continue to argue that social media companies are purely private businesses acting independently of the interests of the US government ignore the reality. The corporatist amalgamation of “private” American social media companies with the foreign policy objectives of the United States government has a long history and is deeply rooted in the hyper-interventionism of the Obama / Biden era.
“Big Tech” has long partnered with the Obama / Biden / Clinton State Department to lend its tools to US “soft power” objectives abroad. Whether it is the ongoing regime change attempts against Iran, the 2009 coup in Honduras, the disastrous US-led coup in Ukraine, the “Arab Spring”, destruction of Syria and Libya, and many more, major U.S. tech companies were happy to partner with the State Department and U.S. intelligence services to provide the tools to enable those whom United States wanted to take power and silence those who are not in favor.
In short, US government elites have worked in partnership with “Big Tech” overseas for years to decide who has the right to speak and who should be silenced. What has changed now is that this deployment of “soft power” in the service of Washington’s hard power has returned home.
So what should be done? Even pro-free speech alternative social media is under attack by the Big Tech / Leviathan government. There are no easy solutions. But we have to think about the dissidents in the days of Soviet tyranny. They didn’t have the Internet. They didn’t have social media. They lacked the ability to communicate with thousands and millions of like-minded freedom lovers. Yet, they used incredible creativity in the face of incredible adversity to keep pushing their ideas. Because no army – not even Big Tech in partnership with Big Government – can stop an idea whose time is right. And freedom is that idea. We must move forward with creativity and confidence!
This article first appeared on RonPaulInstitute.org.
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