Free speech is dying here in America, and it’s all thanks to the corporatization of what was once the public domain.
Our Constitution, the document that guarantees us the right to speak our minds out in the open, was written at a time in which the very idea of the internet could not be fathomed. The closest facsimile to such a communication network would be the newspapers and circulars of the time, which were very clearly and concisely protected under the First Amendment.
Now that our ability to publish our thoughts has gone online, the companies who first staked claim to the necessary bandwidth to create social media now believe that they have dominion over what can and cannot be said by Americans in online spaces.
Pardon my insistence and brevity here, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Either they are private companies subject to antitrust action, or they are operating within the public domain, making their users subject to the rights of their own nation.
Besides, censorship only fuels hate: The omission of speech cannot, by its very nature, defeat evil ideas.
That is why it’s important to keep a close eye on where our politicians are getting their money from, and seeing if their coffer-stuffing lines up with their hot-air-spewing.
In the case of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, it doesn’t.
Amid bipartisan calls for greater regulation and even the breakup of America’s largest tech companies, Pelosi called for regulation of Silicon Valley. The House Judiciary Committee even called for a “top-to-bottom” antitrust investigation into the tech industry.
However, one may question the authenticity of Pelosi’s call for greater regulation of big tech, as she raised significant funds from Silicon Valley.
Just how betrothed the these online Orwellian ogres is Madame Speaker?
Pelosi reportedly received nearly $43,000 in total donations during the 2018 midterm cycle from employees and political action committees (PACs) of the Big Tech companies, each of which ranks among her top sources of campaign cash. Pelosi has typically served as a champion of Big Tech companies.
Facebook hired Catlin O’Neill, who worked as Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) chief of staff, and who now works as the company’s American director of public policy for the social media giant.
This is the very sort of hypocrisy that Americans should be aware of when casting ballots, but, if the liberal social media overlords have their way, this will be buried by algorithms, censorship, and blacklisting.