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Let’s again revisit The Zeitgeist’s incorrect definition of “fascism”:
“The Zeitgeist long ago inaccurately-but-successfully ascribed fascism to the Right. Here’s the 1983 edition of the American Heritage Dictionary doing exactly that:
“‘A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.’”
This “of the extreme right” nonsense never made any sense. People on the right want to shrink government to make room for business — not grow government and merge it with business.
That sounds like The Left to me. And so it is — yet again here in the US.
As always, this is exceedingly unhelpful — to all but Big Gov and Big Biz.
The Big Gov-Big Tech merger is an especially awful development. Because it isn’t just awful for humanity’s economy, it’s awful for humanity.
“The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and how they do it.”
“Get an insight into how dangerously social networking impacts humans as the technology experts sound an alarm on their creations. The Social Dilemma is a 2020 documentary drama hybrid…(that) focuses on social media’s exploitation of its users for financial profit through data mining and surveillance capitalism. The drama follows how social media’s design aims to cultivate an addiction, its use in politics, how it affects mental health, its role in spreading conspiracy theories….”
“Use in politics?”
“Google, YouTube and other tech giants filter, suppress and even directly attack conservatives.”
“Another defense of Big Tech’s abuse of conservatives has been ‘If you don’t like Big Tech companies – start your own Big Tech companies.’
“Well, Microsoft spent more than $2 billion and many years trying to get Bing search competitive with Google search. Bing is currently at 1.2% of the search market – and they sell all the data they collect to Google.
“Google started Google+ to compete in the social media market. How’d that go?
“‘Google Shuts Down its Failed Google+ Social Network:
“‘(B)ringing an end to the company’s attempt to directly compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter.’
“Big Tech can’t compete with Big Tech. How the heck is anyone else going to do so?
“Well, Parler attempted to do so. And their business model is – pledging not to censor conservatives. And it was working.…
“‘Parler Becomes Most-Downloaded App Following Biden Victory’
“But of course Big Tech won’t stand for that.
“‘Apple Removes Parler from the App Store’
“‘Google Pulls Parler from Play Store’
“‘Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Mocks Removal of Parler from App Store’
“‘Parler Forced Offline After Amazon Pulls Hosting Services’
“The Apple iPhone and Google Android phone control over 99% of the US cell phone market. If you ain’t in their app stores – you’re nowhere.
“And thanks to Amazon – Parler is now literally nowhere.
“And Big Tech Web hosting – is doing what Big Tech does.
“‘Parler Is Offline, Social Media Platform Can’t Find Host After Amazon Pulls The Plug’
None of this sounds like a free and fair market, now does it? And Big Gov’s antitrust trust-busters? Did absolutely nothing about any of it.
Now let us examine the “Censorship vs private platform editing” issue.
“Censorship” is Big Gov’s purview. It is to them the First Amendment applies. Not to Big Tech’s private platforms.
Except when this starts to happen.
We know Big Tech supports the Big Gov Democrat Party. We know Big Tech warps its algorithms to benefit the Big Gov Democrat Party. And then Big Gov gives Big Tech massive cronyism like…:
“Speaking of unfair…behold Section 230. Which gives Big Tech companies blanket amnesty from libel, slander, and intellectual property lawsuits resulting from third-party actions.
“This is anti-Fourteenth Amendment un-equal protection before the law — that no one else in the history of the country has ever received.
“If I owned a small neighborhood bar, I would have to purchase liability insurance to protect me should one third-party patron punch another third-party patron in my place. Or I would have to go to court and convince a judge or jury that it took place in my place — but not because of my place.
“Why do the biggest and richest companies in the history of Planet Earth get government-imposed blanket third-party-action immunity?
“And perhaps the most nauseating part of it is? These center-right groups – continue to pretend Big Tech isn’t Leftist. And that Big Tech isn’t over and over and over again silencing conservatives.”
Oh: And Section 230 was never, ever necessary:
“There is ZERO actual need for Section 230.
“If I unlawfully posted a full movie on YouTube? The movie house would contact YouTube – and YouTube would pull the movie. And then the movie house would never, never sue YouTube – because YouTube pulled the film.
“And if the movie house did sue, their idiotic case would be quickly dismissed by 99.9% of existing judges. Because most people with an IQ above nine know that YouTube isn’t responsible for what third-party actions – so long as they reverse the offending third-party actions.
“So there is ZERO actual need for Section 230.”
Section 230 is the greatest crony gift in the history of cronyism. And it was never, ever necessary.
But Big Gov won’t repeal it — because Big Tech wants it.
And to sweeten the cronyism pot and further muddy the waters? Big Tech is now asking Big Gov to erase the censorship line and go full fascist.
“(A)s social media has become the default ‘town square,’ we are hearing more and more calls for Congress to pass laws that would restrict Americans’ fundamental right to freedom of speech on social media platforms.
“For example, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki recently admitted, ‘I think governments can always – our recommendation if governments want to have more control of online speech is to pass laws to have that be very cleanly and clearly defined such that we can implement it.’”
Big Gov using Big Tech for censorship? Is censorship.
Big Tech asking Big Gov to use Big Tech for censorship? Is censorship. It’s also uber-fascism — and the death knell for our nation.