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If You Can’t Tell This Is Fake…
I always and forever want more information - not less.
The more information I have - the better will be the decisions I make.
Lies - are information. They are bad information - but they are information nonetheless. And the lies tell me much about the liars - and thereby provide me even more information.
Yet we have millions of highly influential American citizens looking to ban information - in the name of banning bad information.
But you can not ban the adjective (bad) - without banning the noun (information).
And I always and forever want more information - not less.
Oh - and I’m an adult. I’ll decide for myself which pieces of information are good and which are bad.
I’m an adult - so I don’t want to outsource my deciding to anyone else. Under any circumstances.
You know who wants their deciding done for them? Stupid people. Stupid people - like our Zeitgeist Leftist “news” media.
No one with an IQ above nine on a warm day should outsource their deciding - under America’s current stupid circumstances. Where the entirety of the Zeitgeist who will be doing the deciding - are hardcore Leftists.
Ancient Roman poet Juvenal asked the currently relevant question:
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”
Which is - “Who watches the watchers?”
The Watchers get to decide which information is good - and which is bad. And get to decide what information will be seen - and what information won’t.
Right now, Big Tech companies are the hugest of Watchers. And they de facto control speech of all sorts - up to and including political speech.
Big Tech companies - are horrendously Leftist. And have no problem altering their business practices - to advance their Leftism.
Big Tech - is totally biased.
With Leftist Big Tech deciding for us - I’m continuing to plan my move to the Yucatan. Or maybe Australia. (I was also considering New Zealand - but since James Comey is headed there…I maybe ain’t.)
Ummm…no, you’re not. Per the huge cronyism law written specifically to benefit you.
You know, Snopes - who keeps “fact-checking” and wants to ban the satirical Babylon Bee.
Even more egregious - is when government officials put pressure on Big Tech to censor. Because that swerves directly into First Amendment traffic.
This latter story brings us to a bit of a Big Tech rift.
And that is precisely the point. Unfettered, unfiltered political discourse.
In a free country - everyone speaks. And everyone decides for themselves what is real or fake.
Because in a free country - citizens are treated like citizens…not subjects. Like adults…not children.
But we aren’t treated like citizen adults - because of this:
Social media provided conservatives an end run around the Leftist Zeitgeist - until social media grew to be Big Tech. At which point they became a part of the Leftist Zeitgeist.
At which point they too joined in on the conservative censorship and banning.
Leftist Big Tech companies - are the self-appointed Watchers.
With anti-First Amendment government officials - also making demands of Leftist Big Tech to be the Watchers.
Perpetually left unasked?
“Who watches the Watchers?”
This first appeared in Red State.