[September 14, 2023] For all of human history, the idea of business has always been predicated on one thing—making money. Later, refine the product, draw in more consumers, and make more money. No longer. The age of capitalism is either dead or we’re witnessing the silent, cringing death throes of a conquered entity.
What does this have to do with free speech? Everything. The insidious and pervasive mingling of government, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), and the timely use of boycotts are slowly changing the social media landscape to one of fascistic leanings. Oppression via inaction.
Our own government, caught with their sticky hands inside the cookie jar. Only the cookies are news and information, and the jar is the social media container that holds them. Free speech is dying under the guise of undefined phrases, such as “hate speech,” “misinformation,” and “threats to our democracy.”
Much like tyranny today, free speech crept up on us. The Magna Carta and, much later, the English Bill of Rights cracked the veneer of ideological despotism. The First Amendment’s ink shattered the façade of government supremacy, yet, for over two centuries, some yearned for a return to peasantry, reassembling the symbol of human ignorance and need for rulers, but Libertarianism was slowly, but surely taking hold.
This time, they’ve infected vast swaths of the population, along with the capitalistic icons that helped turn America into a beacon of power and enlightenment across the world. It’s either a policy of going along to get along or one of joining hands with the enemy in the hopes that tyranny, rather than consumers, will raise a company’s stock value.
Social media remove and filter information in accordance with the tenets of hate speech and misinformation, both of which are ideologically defined and redefined when necessary. As the Twitter-Files proved, more than ESG is pulling the strings. Additional leaked documents revealed the Department of Homeland Securities designs on “policing disinformation.” Of course, you can guess who gets to define ‘disinformation.’ Hint: it won’t be you.
In the meantime, ESG and a hardcore group of vocal, extreme left-wing sympathizers work to reduce ad-revenue to those social media companies that refuse to fall in line fast enough. If there was a nickel for every time Meta capitulated in the face of these groups, there would be a pile large enough to pay off the United States’ ever-growing debt.
Freedom of speech endured a long and dark path that carried it from its pinnacle throughout Athenian democracy, to the Dark Ages of Autocratic and Religious repression, to its moment, shining in the sun at the dawn of the Bill of Rights and the world’s first, unique experiment in freedom.
Unfortunately, gravity takes its toll once again. As education levels plummet, ignorance dominates the intellectual landscape, and corporatism tries its hand, it may just be time for another Dark Age in the realm of free speech. Of course, when free speech falls, it’s like a domino effect, with everything else crashing to the earth in silence shortly after.
According to some, at the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a lady by the name of Mrs. Powel approached Benjamin Franklin and asked, “What have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin’s response was, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
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