Laura Loomer’s plight — banned from social media giant Twitter for accurately stating Muslim beliefs — made me think about a creative approach to lawfare.
I think we can take it as a given at this blog that social media giants are staffed almost entirely by Progressives and that these Progressives believe it is their mission to silence conservative thought. Indeed, after Trump’s election, it was only because slightly cooler heads prevailed that Google didn’t go full Soviet by silencing all political opposition on the world’s most used search engine. Considering the unheard of power the social media giants have, clipping their wings is a matter of grave public concern.
Some conservatives are arguing that the government needs to step in to control social media’s excesses. This is insane. Sure, it would be nice if a conservative administration could stop the ideological censorship that has become normative at social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter but (and these are seriously important BUTs) (a) even a conservative administrative, as we’ve seen, is staffed almost entirely by Leftists; (b) in 2 to 6 years we will probably have another of America’s famous political swings, this time in favor of a Leftist administration, which would out-Twitter and out-Facebook the media giants in censorship; and (c) no matter the administration, we should never let government control speech, ever.
So what can be done about the fact that the institutions that have a lock on most communication in America are trying to silence conservative voices? Well, I had a funny idea and I’m thinking out loud about it here. I repeat: I’m thinking out loud, not making an oracular pronouncement. Let’s see if I can articulate this in a logical way.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc., are making judgment calls about content. That is, none are functioning as a neutral forum for free speech, like a telephone company that does not police conversations or like a virtual town square. Sadly, the college graduates who staff these institutions learned during their four years at the mercy of Marxist professors and administrators that open forums and town squares are good only when speech is vigorously policed to align precisely with politically correct, social justice warrior approved values.
Significantly, for the social justice warriors who control social media, when they disapprove of conservative ideas, that disapproval does not take the form of the old-fashioned American statement that “I disagree with you, so let’s have a free market exchange of ideas.” Instead, because college left these social media employees with a Manichean world view, one in which progressive thought is good and conservative thought is evil, disapproval absolutely means, “Your ideas are evil and therefore you are evil.” I mean, take a look at Twitter’s speech code for “hateful conduct”: [Read more…]