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.