But in reality, it’s the Left that embraces totalitarianism and fascist tendencies — like quelling any and all dissent by whatever means necessary, up to and including revoking First Amendment rights to free speech and expression.
You may have heard that, over the past week social media behemoth Facebook and its Instagram property have deplatformed — banned outright — a number of “controversial” figures including Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and, just to make it look ‘bipartisan’, longtime anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.
Their “hate speech” and “conspiracy theories” violate the sensibilities of the Facebook censors. So rather than allow Americans to freely choose whether they want to follow these people or shun them (another First Amendment right — freedom of association) — the commies that Mark Zuckerberg has hired are doing the choosing for us.
But the electronic version of Nazi book burning is going further than that. Not only are Facebook and Instagram deplatforming Jones and the others, they are set to punish anyone who dares to share content from the banned political figures in the same way: Electronic banishment.
And now, we learn, the punishment will include completely “de-personifying” the banned individuals, as The Gateway Pundit reports:
Instagram has not only banned Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopoulos — they have also now banned fans and friends from posting photos with them as well.
One Instagram user — ALX — tweeted that he posted a picture with Watson, Milo, and Loomer but the censors removed it. “It is now against their ‘Community Guidelines’ to post pictures with people who they have labeled ‘Dangerous.’ This is terrifying,” the user wrote.
In a statement to The Gateway Pundit, the user said, “I posted the picture to spread awareness and show my support for those who were censored and I added, ‘Will I get Banned too for posting this’ as sort of a joke. Then when I saw that they actually took my post down this morning, I was shocked.”
So, not only does Facebook and Instagram want to do their best impression of a Communist Chinese dictator, they both want to “unperson” those they have deemed not worthy of their platforms as though they never existed.
“1984” author George Orwell is nodding his head somewhere muttering to himself, “See? What did I tell you?”
Make no mistake, this is what tyranny looks like. And this is exactly the kind of tyranny our founders fought against.
When they crafted the First Amendment, they understood well that unpopular ideas and opinions deserved to be heard — and debated — just as much as popular ideas. In fact, they knew that usually there wasn’t any actual debate over popular ideas; those are generally accepted by a majority of people so what’s the point of debating them? (Related: President Trump must seize and shut down the techno-fascists, journo-terrorists and domestic enemies who are censoring conservatives and patriots.)
No, it’s the unpopular ideas — like creating a government of, for, and by the people — that deserve to be heard so they can be fleshed out, discussed, and given adequate opportunity to be heard in full.
That was the original premise behind social media. It was a wonderful extension of our founders’ original vision of giving voice to everyone who had an idea, an opinion, about something. Even if those views weren’t “popular.”
My, how times have changed. Not only has social media devolved into a vehicle for oppression and suppression of speech, it’s now being used to punish anyone who doesn’t “conform” to the “accepted” view — in ways that Britain’s King George…or Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin would have loved.