Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Coming Of The Thought-Police

Last night I noted in a Facebook post that some social media platforms have decided to "police" their content more strictly to make themselves arbiters of what is "real" news or hate speech or whatever else is unacceptable on social media (heretofore a simultaneous combination a great means of side-stepping the mainstream media and a cesspool of misinformation and ignorance):

Then today we get the news that Twitter has fired the first shot in purging unacceptable thought from their platform by suspending the accounts of members of the "alt-right" .

Twitter has suspended the accounts of a number of people associated with the alt-right movement who advocate white nationalism and who supported President-elect Donald Trump.

Among those whose accounts have been suspended is Richard Spencer, president and director of the National Policy Institute, which identifies itself as an "organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world."

The Twitter account for the institute and its online magazine,, were also suspended.

This is not surprising and the timing is likewise very predictable. A major part of the narrative being spun by the Hillary Clinton camp is that her campaign was undone by a combination of the Comey letter and false news stories. Another take being spun is that racism. misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, the shadowy "alt-right", etc., in other words members of Mrs. Clinton's famous "basket of deplorables" were responsible. It is unimaginable that people didn't vote for her because she is so thoroughly and openly corrupt and dishonest that no one trusted her so a scapegoat must be found. In order to try to avoid a repeat performance in 2018 and beyond, it seems to me that the overwhelmingly leftist media platforms are seeking to suppress any voices that do not support what they falsely describe as "progress". For so many decades the Left controlled print media and the three major broadcast stations. With the advent of cable news and talk radio and then the internet, the Left largely lost exclusive control of the media and I am sure they blame their current inability to control the narrative (and the redneck ignoramus public in rural America) on the failure of America to anoint Hillary Queen for Life.

Note, I am not defending or advocating for the "alt-right", although I am pretty certain that 99% of people who use the term "alt-right" have no idea what the alt-right believes in and have never read a single thing they have written. What I am pointing out is that it is not that big a step to go from suspending unpopular voices from the alt-right to suspending regular conservatives, Christians, really anyone who dares have a counter-cultural voice. Fortunately there are already independent voices out there like GAB that retain a commitment to censorship-free expression but too many people are so dependent on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram, etc. for their news and opinion that they will have no idea to what extent they are being carefully fed only a certain perspective and how that will impact their opinions and their votes.

Pay attention friends. Far too many of the people at the top of the media/culture food chain are hellbent on destroying anyone and anything that they disagree with. Inform yourself and keep your eyes open.

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