“Anyone who is angered by the prospect of American citizens expressing their opinions is a Stalinist and should be feared.” – Tucker Carlson
The above is yet one more bit of evidence that Tucker Carlson is the most trustworthy voice in broadcast and cablecast journalism. Carlson knows whereof he speaks, for he himself has been a victim of modern-day censorship. Twitter banned his account some time ago. Perhaps he’ll get it back now that a different hand is at the helm.
Twitter also banned President Donald Trump and The Babylon Bee. It’s a wonder that its “Trust and Safety” gauleiters have tolerated anyone to the right of center. Nevertheless, there are still a few whom the censors haven’t yet bagged. Perhaps that’s all in the past now, but we shall see.
Abridgements of Americans’ Constitutionally guaranteed rights have been many these past few years. Virtually everyone who reads Liberty’s Torch will be aware of the many infringements on our Second Amendment rights. But the rest of the Bill of Rights has been shredded to an equal degree. A few examples:
- Amendment III: Infringed when police or “security” personnel commandeer a private residence as a viewing or listening post.
- Amendment IV: Destroyed by illicit surveillance of private persons’ communications, and by the invasion of privately held lands to situate cameras and other recording devices there.
- Amendment V: Destroyed by no-knock raids and “civil asset forfeiture,” and by the use of “immunity” deals to coerce testimony from unwilling witnesses.
- Amendment VI: Are the January 6 detainees enjoying “the right to a speedy and public trial?”
- Amendment VII: State-level jury trials that acquit defendants whom the federal government “needs to convict” are routinely overridden by federal trials for “violations of civil rights.” (Cf. the Rodney King trials)
- Amendment VIII: “Excessive bail” is now routine, especially when the case concerns drugs.
- Amendment IX: None of Americans’ unenumerated rights are acknowledged today. In particular, the right of jurors to vote their conscience, regardless of the judge’s statement of the law, is actively suppressed by American courts. A lawyer can be disbarred for mentioning it in an open court session.
- Amendment X: Federalism – the separation of powers between the federal and state governments – has been a dead letter since the New Deal, if not even earlier than that. (Cf. Nancy Pelosi’s claim that “the general welfare clause means that we can do anything.”)
The emergence of the “two-way” Internet was hailed as a great development for freedom of expression. No one anticipated the emergence of corporations eager to serve the political Establishment as censors. Yet “censorship by subcontractors” was fastened upon us without our noticing. So much for freedom of expression in the medium most critical to today’s discourse.
Some of us, such as your humble Curmudgeon, can still express ourselves freely, though at personal cost and with the disadvantage of being excluded from the major sites of interchange. Many others lack the resources – time, money, expertise, and so forth – that make a site like this one possible. To them, Facebook and Twitter looked like Godsends, real opportunities to be part of the conversation. However, for many the reality has proved otherwise.
Perhaps it need not be so henceforward. As Carlson notes in the above-linked video, the powers that be are quaking for the loss of Twitter alone. There are three possible directions from here:
- The censors could try to ignore this development;
- They could release their stranglehold on Americans’ right to express themselves;
- Or they could intensify their suppression of facts and opinions unfavorable to the Establishment.
Courses #1 and #3 appear self-destructive. Only course #2 seems to offer the Internet giants a prospect of retaining their status. But we shall see.