Free Speech

Washington Post attacks Facebook for insufficient censuring of conservatives

Featured image The Washington Post is upset that Facebook isn’t censoring a perfectly legitimate point of view presented by some Republican politicians — that Joe Biden’s immigration policies are contributing to the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. The Post accuses Facebook of allowing elected Republicans to indulge in “hate speech,” spread “coronavirus misinformation,” and raise funds in the process. The Post asserts that the “central claims” of the ads in »

Google resists left’s attempt to induce censorship. So far.

Featured image Sen. Cory Booker, one of the leading phonies of contemporary politics, is trying to shame Google into submitting to an outside audit of the “racial equity” of its policies and practices. Booker and four other Senate Democrats urge Google to hire an independent auditor to issue “recommendations to make the company and its products safer for Black people.” The notion that Google is unsafe for Black people is ludicrous. The »

How to Fight For Free Speech, and Win

Featured image This Epoch Times story is headlined: “Fight Social Media Censorship by Suing for Discrimination, Think Tank Head Urges.” Reporter Matthew Vadum interviewed me for the article earlier this week, and he quotes me extensively. Regular readers will be familiar with the points I made to Mr. Vadum: The best way to fight social media censorship is to promote model state legislation all across the country that gives users the right »

Free Speech? What’s That?

Featured image Social media platforms like to censor conservative content, but they don’t like to take responsibility for it. So they often prefer to outsource censorship to third-party “fact checkers” who share their ideology. It is really a double outsource, a sort of Tinker to Evers to Chance–the Democratic Party to social media platforms to “fact checkers.” A case in point: CONTENT MODERATION GROUP FAVORED BY BIG TECH EXPANDS SCOPE OF BLACKLISTED »

Censorship Is Here. What to Do About It?

Featured image The dark night of censorship isn’t just threatening, it is already here. The most recent case–one of hundreds, if not thousands–is that of Dave Rubin, a popular conservative commentator with a large following on Twitter. Rubin tweeted this: They want a federal vaccine mandate for vaccines which are clearly not working as promised just weeks ago. People are getting and transmitting Covid despite vax. Plus now they’re prepping us for »

Conservatives Attack Biden’s Assault On Free Speech

Featured image A large group of conservatives operating under the umbrella of Free Speech America, of which I am a member, has published an open letter to Big Tech demanding that such companies cease cooperating with the Biden administration to suppress the free speech of Americans. Fox News has the story here, the Newsbusters account is here. This is the letter: The Biden administration is ripping the U.S. Constitution to shreds. Its »

Thank Goodness For Censors

Featured image The Biden administration has enlisted Facebook to police conversations among Americans. This is because the rest of us are too dumb to be trusted, and may fall for “misinformation.” So how does Facebook carry out its mission of uplifting our discourse? By censoring conversation about hoes in gardening groups: A group called WNY Gardeners has been repeatedly flagged by the social network for “violating community standards,” when its more than »

Toward Minitrue

Featured image This week the psickening Jen Psaki casually announced that the Biden administration was guiding Facebook in the censorship of “misinformation” bearing on Covid vaccinations. She followed up with the guidance that those circulating “misinformation” on one platform should be removed from all social media platforms. One weird thing about our political moment is the lack of consensus about how all of this is screamingly batshit crazy. — Omri Ceren »

Is Facebook Killing People?

Featured image Today saw a follow-up to the revelation that the Biden administration is instructing Facebook as to “misinformation” that Facebook should delete from its platform. Joe Biden was asked about his administration’s relationship with Facebook as he departed for Camp David. His response was striking: President Biden on Friday accused Facebook of “killing people,” just after White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is “in regular touch” with »

Shapes of things: Ministry of truth edition

Featured image The sickening Jen Psaki announced yesterday that the Biden administration is advising Facebook on “misinformation” in posts bearing on Covid vaccines. In collaboration with the administration Facebook is expected to follow up in the appropriate fashion. Psaki treats it as another day at the office, but this manifestation of the censorship imperative that Facebook has taken up is of course deeply alarming. Let it be duly noted. There are of »

The New York Times finally weighs in on CRT

Featured image For as long as it could, major mainstream media organs like the New York Times and the Washington Post ignored the debate over the teaching of critical race theory (CRT) to school children. But now, having correctly determined that the left is taking a big hit as a result of this debate, the Times and the Post have decided to enter the fight on behalf of CRT. The Post’s approach »

Need Hope For the Future? Watch This Kid

Featured image Rosemount, Minnesota is a Twin Cities suburb adjacent to my own. It used to have good public schools, but they have been wrecked, like so many others, by Critical Race Theory and attendant left-wing indoctrination. Monday evening there was a district school board meeting. A number of people spoke, including a 15-year-old boy who called Rosemount High School to account for its commitment to political indoctrination. You should watch it »

Relevant classic texts (3)

Featured image I just finished reading Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America for the first time. I read it over the past two years or so in weekly lunch meetings with my friend Bruce Sanborn. Carleton College’s Professor Larry Cooper, also a friend, served as our preceptor. We used the terrific edition translated, edited, and introduced by Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop that is published by the University of Chicago Press. Like »

Big Tech as Big Brother

Featured image To follow up on Scott’s post below, let’s remember that Facebook censored all talk about the Wuhan coronavirus originating in a Chinese lab. There was always legitimate reason to believe that the virus might have originated there. But only now that the evidence establishes a strong likelihood of this will Facebook finally permit the matter to be discussed on its platform. It’s sickening that Facebook wouldn’t permit discussion of a »

CRB: From Big Tech to Big Brother

Featured image I have devoted my “Shapes of Things” series to the problem of Big Tech and free speech and have used an avatar of Big Brother to anchor the series (as I do on the home page for this post). Seeking to deepen our view of the problem that the series illustrates, I have chosen to preview Daniel Oliver’s essay “From Big Tech to Big Brother” from the new (Spring) issue »

Criticizing the Squad Is Not Permitted [Updated]

Featured image Alpha News is Minnesota’s scrappy alternative news service. Scott serves on Alpha’s board, and my organization both supports and collaborates with Alpha. Today Alpha reported that Facebook has threatened to ban its page for posting a cartoon that Facebook found offensive: Facebook has threatened to ban Alpha News from its platform for publishing an anti-Hamas cartoon. The Alpha News Facebook page now has “reduced distribution and other restrictions” for publishing »

When cops criticize BLM on social media

Featured image Police officers in various jurisdictions are being disciplined, and even fired, for expressing negative views about the BLM movement and protests. Here, from the Washington Times, are a few examples: Two policewomen in New Jersey were fired [in one case] or demoted [in the other] for calling BLM protesters “terrorists”. . . . Another law enforcement officer recently got in trouble for his online response to basketball great LeBron James’s »