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It is well past time to bring this one out again:
As liberty of thought is absolute, so is liberty of speech, which is “inseparable” from liberty of thought. Liberty of speech, moreover, is essential not only for its own sake but for the sake of truth, which requires absolute liberty for the utterance of unpopular and even demonstrably false opinions. Indeed, false or unpopular opinions are so important to truth that they should be encouraged and disseminated by “devil’s advocates” if necessary, for only by the “collision of adverse opinions” can the most certain of truths survive as live truth rather than “dead dogma.” – Page 78
Of course, the camel’s nose is far into the tent by now and progressive “dead dogma” must play second fiddle to real totalitarian advances – both directly (overtly and via bad faith “governance”) and by proxy. Unfortunately, most are either numb to it already but some continue to rationalize each cut to already wounded liberties as necessary and/or acceptable. Few see the game … but once it is seen, it is seen everywhere. This may have been discussed elsewhere on R> this week but, for the benefit of my little agenda, I will direct you to this wonderful nine minutes of insight and wisdom:
The direct message in there about the (no longer hidden) coordinated and choreographed messaging by those who rule us is important but, if you have stayed current on my recent posts and my agenda, you will probably guess that it is the theme about “patterns all around you” and once you’ve seen it, it is “impossible to unsee it” that I think is most critical. (NOTE TO SELF: Find time this weekend to transcribe that video.) Unfortunately, it becomes a rather tortured existence to “see the games” so clearly while others don’t … or just refuse to. To wit…
The chill in the air has become noticeably more distinct since the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election. From the most closeted (or, at least, the least self-aware) elitist authoritarians in obscure comment sections on sort-of-center-right-ish online communities to prominent American corporate entities, the ease with which the “liberty of speech” and thus, all liberty, is brushed aside these days should be of maximum embarrassment from sea to shining sea. Regarding the latter, the most recent example to cross my laptop screen is this:
This past November, Missouri’s conservative Defense of Liberty PAC scheduled a high-profile event featuring a speech by Donald Trump, Jr. On November 9, however, WePay—a JPMorgan Chase subsidiary that provided the payment services for the event—announced the termination of those services. WePay accused the organization of violating its policy against promotion of “hate, violence, racial intolerance, terrorism, the financial exploitation of a crime, or items or activities that encourage, promote facilitate or instruct others regarding the same.” Although WePay eventually reversed its decision, the organization had to cancel the speech. …
Today’s “cancel culture” in banking doubles down on the Obama administration’s infamous Operation Choke Point initiative. Pointing to the “reputational risk” of certain industries such as payday lenders, firearms dealers and purveyors of “racist materials,” regulators leaned on banks to “choke off” the financial air those industries breathed. Not coincidentally, controversial industries and organizations favored by the Left, such as abortion clinics or sellers of communist propaganda, were not included on the administration’s target list. …
It is naïve to expect these bans will not expand beyond the most egregious groups to many others.
But this is nothing new, remember just over a year ago?
DISPATCHES FROM FORBES’ ‘CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER AND EDITOR’: Let it be known to the business world: Hire any of Trump’s fellow fabulists above, and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie. We’re going to scrutinize, double-check, investigate with the same skepticism we’d approach a Trump tweet. Want to ensure the world’s biggest business media brand approaches you as a potential funnel of disinformation? Then hire away.
Has Forbes felt the need to put out any statements with respect to the glaring (and near-daily) intellectual dishonesty vomited from the current administration? An answer in the negative only bolsters my case that they are little more than happy fluffers for the current anti-liberty crusaders. (I might have an ounce of respect for them and many other make-no-waves corporations today if they waited to cave in until the iron heel was at least on their throat. But alas…)
Add to the mix the career threats to lawyers (and their firms) for even thinking of taking a Trump case, the overt silencing by Big Tech when they took advantage of Jan. 6 to kick their agenda into high gear, and so much more that has just silently flowed under the bridge since then … to the numbed silence of We the People … and it becomes very hard to get too exercised by a partial victory with SCOTUS this week on specific mandates. This court insisted on demonstrating to us the very same day that five-ninths of its members are complete morons. Or worse.
It is worth paraphrasing from above: It is naïve to expect [such curtailments to liberties] will not expand beyond [those you seem willing to sacrifice] to many others.
And, remember, [crap] flows downhill.
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