“Silencing Alex . . . for openers”

That’s the title of an article this morning by Eric Peters.  Here’s a lengthy excerpt. The other day, YouTube and Facebook and several other inter-related social media platforms banned Alex Jones – the founder of Prison Planet and InfoWars. The reason given isn’t that Alex is a “conspiracy” theorist – the ancient charge – but chiefly that he is a purveyor of “hate” speech. What this really means is that the powers that be hate the things Alex speaks about – his political incorrectness – and can no longer abide his being free to speak about such things. Having locked down

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If it’s restricted, it’s not free

I spotted this cartoon on Gab: It makes an excellent point.  Speech is either free, or it isn’t.  Any restraint, and it’s no longer free speech.  It really is as simple as that. Some people argue that the Schenk case, in which Justice Oliver Wendell Holmesmade his famous comment about shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater, justifies restrictions on otherwise free speech.  That ignores the fact that the Schenk verdict was partly overturned by Brandenburg vs. Ohio several decades later, in which the court held that ‘government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless that speech is “directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely

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Know your enemy #2: The silencing of opposing voices

The progressive, far-left-wing faction in US politics is aggressively pursuing so-called “deplatforming“:  denying their opponents any outlet or medium or channel from or through which to make their views known.  It’s more than censorship.  It’s a blatant attempt to ensure that an entire viewpoint or perspective never reaches those who might be persuaded by it. Fortunately, its ideological proponents make no secret of their motivation – and thereby expose their own intolerance. We are seeing the worsening of a trend that the 20th century German-American philosopher Herbert Marcuse warned of back in 1965: “In endlessly dragging debates over the media,

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