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Why We Can’t Let Google and Facebook Quash Free Speech

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Well, I did the Newswithviews column, and I’m tired–but first, here’s a little something you should read, if you’re concerned about social media giants stifling conservatives.

In a piece written for Front Page Magazine, Daniel Greenfield offers a counter to the “But it’s a private company” argument that would let Google and Facebook continue to censor conservative opinion off the political landscape (https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273740/why-freedom-speech-should-apply-google-facebook-daniel-greenfield). But first a quote from his conclusion:

“A country in which freedom of speech effectively did not exist, even though it remained a technical right, would not be America. A government that allowed such a thing would have no right to exist.”

Sooner or later someone is going to remember that the Internet itself, and the social media, too, would not have come into existence without major developmental efforts funded by the American taxpayer–by you and me. Google and Facebook have taken their share of public money while claiming all the rights and privileges of private ownership. But in fact they are already, and have been all along, quasi-public agencies: and, as such, obligated to respect the First Amendment.

They mustn’t be allowed to restrict speech only to liberals, Democrats, and Far Left Crazy (you will overlook the tautology).

What the Left wants has no place in America.


Facebook Honcho: More Regulation Means More Freedom!

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In Nothing Studies you learn that “Wet wood burns the best.” Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got a degree in Nothing Studies?

In the wake of the Christchurch, New Zealand, massacre, and the governments of New Zealand and Australia threatening to clamp down on social media content, Zuckerberg has called for “more active” government regulation of all social media, including Facebook (https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8756876/mark-zuckerberg-social-network-regulation-christchurch-watchdog/).

Ya see, more regulation means more freedom. Somehow. And Zuckerberg only wants government to come down on “harmful content”–wonder who gets to decide what content is harmful–“election integrity” (so The Russians can’t steal another one from another anointed Democrat candidate), privacy (they just can’t help themselves, when it comes to collecting and selling users’ private information!), and “data portability,” whatever that is. One can almost hear Sessue Hayakawa telling Alec Guinness, “Be happy in your work.”

Meaning, the government in the United Kingdom has promised to stifle Twitter and Instagram if they don’t consent to stricter regulation.

No one has asked this question: Is government any more fit to regulate the social media than the social media themselves? Is it any more honest, any more wise, any more benevolent? Do the personnel of government even obey the government’s own laws–or just ignore or circumvent them every time?

Freedom is not natural to sinners living in a fallen world. God has given us laws which, if followed, would bless us with both liberty and security. The world hates God’s laws and refuses to abide by them. The state of the world is testimony to how good an idea that is.

There is an important role for civil government in God’s scheme of things–to keep the peace, to protect us from those who would do us harm, and to punish evildoers (see Romans Chapter 13). In our Constitution, powers not specifically granted to the central government are reserved to the states and to the people.

You won’t find today’s theories of government in either the Bible or the Constitution.


Flash! Joe Collidge Survives the Censor!

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Those of you who are fans of Joe Collidge–I do hope I’m talking about more than four or five people here–will be delighted to know that this week Joe has survived the Facebook censors and can thus reach another half a dozen readers.

I still don’t know why Facebook chose to stifle him last week. After all, he’s on their side. Joe Collidge is, I dare say, the authentic voice of the Left, whose insights are indispensable to anyone who wishes to understand progressive thinking.

I hear Nancy Pelosi wants to lower the voting age to 16. Don’t you think 14 would be better? Or 12? Joe was going to weigh in on this issue today, but I guess it slipped his mind.


Master’s Degree Poker

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Can these guys get me past the censor?

So Manny, Moe, Jack, and Osgood are playing poker, and Osgood draws three cards to make a full house, aces and queens. What a hand! He’s going to win big, because all the other guys are in on this pot, raising each other back and forth until Manny and Moe drop out and Jack makes one more raise–a big one. And Osgood doesn’t have the money to cover it.

Meanwhile you’re sitting in the back of the room reading what Rush Limbaugh had to say about the college admissions scandal (https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/03/12/white-hollywood-leftists-run-giant-scam-on-major-universities/).

“Well, Osgood, are you in or out?”

“Oh, I’m in!” says Osgood. “I’ll put up my master’s degree to cover the bet.”

“Your master’s degree? What’s that worth?”

“A lot! I’m still payin’ for it, twenty years later.”

“What’s it a degree in?”

Osgood’s chest swells with pride. “Superhero Studies, dude! From Humbug University.”

He places the diploma on top of the big pile of money in the center of the table.

“I’m out,” says Jack. “I can’t match that.”


Joe Collidge Howls

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I cant beleave it i got bannded on Fryday thay bannded “me” “fromb” Fase Boook!”

It got “to” be a missteak thay are ownly Sposed “to” bann Hatters and Biggits and Wite Spramassists and christins and Repubbicans not us Socile Juststus Wirers!!!!!!!!!! Waht fore did i “get” bannded!?!?

My prefesser he sayed Mike Pents he bohughted Faise Boook and ordrered themb “to” bann Progresso Thuohght and thare is aslo Rihght Whing Medea Buyas tooo!!! Whoo is Mike Pents anyway?? but my prefesser he dint Know he “think” probbly Mike Pents oans Suedan and is a biliounair!!

Haow can “I” “get” “un-bannded”?”


Censored! (That Would Be Me)

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Well-nigh instantaneously, as I tried to post my weekly “Joe Collidge” piece on Facebook, I received the following message:

“Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”

What “other people”? Who had any opportunity to read it? I’d only just written it. Do they mean Mr. Algorithm?

I think I’ve figured out, though, which particular phrase set off the robot’s alarm bell. As an experiment, I’ll go back and try a minor edit. If it works, I’ll return to this post and add a P.S. In the meantime, I hope the picture of the happy puppies can spare me further censorship.

P.S.–I made the edit and still can’t post it. This time it’s some razzmatazz about not being able to download the message from my URL, whatever the deuce that means.

If any of you would like to experiment, try sharing the Joe Collidge post on your Facebook page and see what happens–and let me know.


My Newswithviews Column, March 7 (‘Creepy Little People’)

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John Dewey introduced and preached the idea of schoolteachers as change agents. I wonder if he ever dreamed how many other groups of creepy little people would try to earn that title.

https://newswithviews.com/creepy-little-people/

Yes, they’re out there in the shadows, changing our world out from under us, accountable to no one.

I’m sure their master, Satan, is pleased with their progress so far.


Inside Facebook’s Censorship Playground

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Creepy little people, nameless, faceless, all of them hidden behind the scenes, in places where they can reach out and screw up our lives–

Whoa! It’s not a nightmare. No waking up from this one. In fact, it’s a rather long article from Vanity Fair, Feb. 26: “Men Are Scum”: Inside Facebook’s War on Hate Speech” (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/men-are-scum-inside-facebook-war-on-hate-speech). I have to admit it scared me. Scared me pretty good.

The author had a free pass to the deliberations of Facebook’s “shadow government.” You wanna know what that is? It’s a group of “Obama administration refugees [in their 30s and early 40s] eager to maintain some semblance of the pragmatism that has lost favor in Washington.” But this is a left-winger writing, so “pragmatism” doesn’t mean what you think it means. Not by a long shot.

Heading this little group is a former prosecutor, Monika Bickert, backed up by a few dozen “deputies.” They all think they’re very important! And they are, I guess: they get to decide what some 2 billion people can or can’t say on Facebook.

Here are some of their detectable presuppositions–this is what makes them scary.

They really believe they have the right, the wisdom, and the authority to decide what people ought to be allowed to say.

They believe government has the authority to sort its people into groups and rank the groups according to whatever standard the government thinks is just. Thus some groups have greater rights than others.

They believe “rights” are granted by government, not by God, and that it’s one of government’s jobs to decide which group’s rights get to be queen for a day on any given day.

Oh, and all those new “genders”–they’re all real. If you think it’s only male and female, you’re a Hater.

And of course they believe there is such a thing as Hate Speech, that it should be silenced–then there won’t be any hate, right?–and that it’s government’s job to define it and stifle it.

And in all of the above, for “government” read “Facebook.”

So I’ll have to post a picture of a puppy up above this article, or one of those faceless little gawnks will censor me.


Another Blogger Censored by Facebook

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The puppy is here to protect me from being censored.

Our friend Caralyn, at beautybeyondbones.com , is the latest to be censored by Facebook–simply for taking a pro-life stance against New York’s new law permitting late-term abortion right up until the moment of birth.

Caralyn posted what she describes as “a passionately pro-life” message on her blog, “Nightmare in New York” (https://beautybeyondbones.com/2019/01/28/andrew-cuomo-nightmare-in-new-york/), on Jan. 28. It was passionate, all right; but it contained no incitement to violence, no profanity, no personal abuse of anyone involved. She merely voiced an opinion shared by tens of millions of Americans. In short, there was nothing there that invited censorship; but Facebook banned her anyway. Four times she tried to advertise her post; four times Facebook shut her down.

“Evil is on the prowl in New York,” she wrote. She was appalled by the enthusiasm with which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed abortion expansion into law. Cuomo, as she pointed out, is “a professing Catholic”; and she strongly criticized New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan who “has done nothing publicly” to, er, remind Cuomo that what he has advocated is a sin–murder–and dramatically opposed to all Catholic teachings.

What? She’s not allowed to say that? You can think it, but you can’t say it? What kind of public discussion of a controversial issue bans a whole side of the argument?

Doctrinaire “conservatives,” who never seem all that interested in conserving anything, will disagree with me: but I’m now convinced that the social media giants, including Facebook, need to be subjected to some kind of antitrust action. They are functioning as a monopoly, trying to ensure that only Far Left opinions can be published. Given the importance of the social media in what ought to be a public dialogue, it must not be allowed to be a monopoly. Trump administration, we need you to put a stop to this.

If all the news outlets in America were owned by the same few people, and presented only one side of any issue, and stifled all dissent, we would think our country was being very poorly served. That is not what our founders intended when they wrote freedom of the press into the First Amendment.

I can only believe that the left-wing social media resort to censorship because they’re afraid our side will win the argument.


My Newswithviews Column,Jan. 17 (‘Demolishing America’)

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If you voted for any Democrat in the last election, here’s another close-up look at what you voted for. It’s distressing that any of these monsters got elected at all.

https://newswithviews.com/demolishing-america/

They’re certainly not bothering to conceal their true intentions anymore, unless you want to count Elizabeth Warren slurping beer as she imitates a human being.


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