• I’m Alex Jones x Infinity Worse (on Twitter)

    August 15, 2018

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    Twitter just suspended Alex Jones for a week after he called on millions of people to pick up weapons to attack the press. I am still in the dark about what I said on Twitter that is x Infinity worse, as mine is a permanent suspension.


    Anyway, I hope with Alex Jones (and me) gone, your Twitter is better, kinder, more… ideologically pure. @jack seems to be on a campaign ahead of the midterms to make Twitter less politically diverse, so I hope that is good for you, not to have to block all those nasty contrary opinions and all. Soon enough it’ll be just down to what the Party wants you to read and for most people that is a comfortably numb place to be. I wish you well! You will learn, as I have, to love Big Brother. Twitter will help you learn.

    I’m tempted to create a new account and start over, but it would end up deep-sixed as quickly as Twitter could figure it out. In fact, someone would — as they did this time — go out of their way to snitch to the teacher that I am back vomiting up offensive or hate speech or that as a white male I am by definition not a person with ideas but simply a nazi misogynist racist to purge from the marketplace. The Nazis and the Soviets made excellent use of informers to enforce their ideological purity and the concept seems built into social media’s game plan as well. My kids have social media accounts — perhaps @jack could use them as informants.

    I went through this a few years ago, when the State Department tried to censor my book so you did not hear what was then a very contrary opinion, widely said to be wrong, that the U.S. had lost the Iraq war. I had a taste of the same in Iran this spring, when I was blocked by their government from using social media. So I understand where I am now, and maybe why my words seem to be so scary. Fear the silence, not the noise.

    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis held people must discuss and criticize unpopular ideas, that free speech is not an abstract virtue but a key element at the heart of a democratic society. Even the fact that speech is likely to result in “violence or in destruction of property is not enough to justify its suppression.” Brandeis concluded “the deterrents to be applied to prevent violence and disruption are education and punishment for violations of the law, not abridgment of free speech.”

    Free speech is not an ends, it is a means, in a democracy. Shame on Twitter, et al, for treading on that mighty concept. Free speech is messy, and it is our essential defense against fascism, whether from the left or the right.

    And to quote Marx, even with a new account on Twitter, why would I want to be part of a club that’d have a guy like me as a member?




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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Twitter snitches. What is this – junior high school?

      08/15/18 4:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Peter,

      Forget about Alex Jones treatment comparisons. It demeans you. You should be focusing on the hypocrisy of the MSM outrage about Trumpie cancelling some exspook’s security clearances because he pissed off the WHite House. You lost your security clearances and your job for speaking the truth about our war crimes in Iraq and pissing off your “superiors.” BTW- you were not the only one who the Deep State went after for voicing dissent about the Iraq War. There was a purge by Deep State in 2002 to 2004 of State employees who thought the Iraq War was total madness. So, who gives a shit if Brennan and the others who have blood on their hands lost their sacred security clearances. They should all be in jail.

      08/15/18 8:29 PM | Comment Link

    • chucknobomb said...

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      Jacks a pig. Tweet me @fuJack?

      08/16/18 7:38 AM | Comment Link

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