One of the plaintiffs in the landmark censorship case offers thoughts on last week's ruling, plus a general warning
It all boils down to this: the intelligence agencies, the NGOs, and the permanent administrative state all believe the general public are too stupid to know what's good for them. The people running these groups have a combination of intellectual hubris and belief in their moral superiority that leads them to think that their censorship and control of the 'cognitive infrastructure' is ethically justified. I also believe many of them are truly blind to how their personal interests (financial, power) are reinforced by these beliefs and enforcement actions.
I don't know have all the answers for how we put a halt to our increasingly authoritarian government, but I know that classical investigative journalism will have to play a major role. We must continue supporting the non-MSM sources of information, else we are doomed.
Thanks from the bleacher seats. It’s appalling to see how far from a free society we are.
Why wasn’t more of the general population able to see this happening three years ago?? Are we, the Aware, THAT much more courageous/intelligent than the average schmuck? It bothers me.
I want to see Nuremberg 2.0. Nothing less will suffice.
I watched "The Post" last night on Amazon Prime. Fictionalized story with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep of the Pentagon Pagers era. In a few short years we have done a 180 degree turn from committment to a free press as the guardian of democracy to one that has become the handmaiden of the government. How did that happen! Matt????
Hey ever’body, please check out CS Lewis’s “The Abolition of Man” referenced in this interview. It’s a great book (with a great title) which “seer-iously” (prophetically) describes what the Biden admin and all its 3-acronym-ed minions (FBI, FDA, NSA, ETC) are trying to do us--that is, Abolish Humanity. It’s crazy how this short tome starts out by pinpointing how the holocaust begins with how we go about teaching children English.
For sure. None of this stuff was possible without the legacy media acting as guardians of the state instead of holding them accountable like they should be doing.
I admit it. I was very, very wrong. I actually, originally, supported the Patriot Act. I truly thought it would be used only for good. I also, kind of believed the narrative about Iraq, and the dangers of Sadam. I thought Matt was a leftie kook, calling it all into question. This whole experience has opened my eyes to the views of the “other side”, when they are espousing freedom and our rights as citizens. Thank you Matt for being true to your principles!
God bless this dude, a tour de force. Great summary and explanation of exactly why censorship is such a grotesque invasion, and of exactly what its pernicious effects are.
They wanna know what you think, wanna know what you do . . .
The interconnection of militarized public health apparatus, the use of digital technologies of surveillance and control and the willingness of governments to use the police powers of the state is the new triumvirate. I would also add in the willingness of the people of each nation to passively go along with all of the above as an ever scarier 4th component.
IMO - the pandemic was the perfect opportunity for governments to employ 1) how much power can we exert over our nation - i.e., how far can we go? with 2) how inclined would our ppl be to follow - i.e., how easily can we do this?
Some countries saw the combination of these 2 elements with alarming success. Here is an interesting infographic highlighting this amalgamation: https://freedomhouse.org/report/special-report/2020/democracy-under-lockdown
Thanks, Matt, for working hard to keep us informed. I learn something new with each article.
I understand CISA is composed of reps from Smartmatic, Dominion and Solarwinds(?) among others. When they declared the 2020 election the most secure in history about a day after Biden was declared winner by the MSM I knew the fix was in.
“But then a technologist emerged who went much further. And his ideas would become central to… power
He was called Vladislav Surkov.
Surkov came originally from the theatre world and those who have studied his career
say that what he did was take avant-garde ideas from the theatre, and bring them into the heart of politics.
Surkov's aim was not just to manipulate people, but to go deeper and play with, and undermine,
their very perception of the world so, they are never sure what is really happening.
Surkov turned … politics into a bewildering, constantly changing piece of theatre.
He used (gov) money to sponsor all kinds of groups - from mass anti-fascist youth organizations,
to the very opposite - neo-Nazi skinheads. And liberal human rights groups who then attacked the government.
Surkov even backed whole political parties that were opposed to the (president).
But the key thing was that Surkov then let it be known that this was what he was doing. Which meant that no-one was sure what was real or what was fake in modern (politics).
As one journalist put it, "It's a strategy of power that keeps any opposition "constantly confused” - a ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable "because it is indefinable."
Meanwhile, real power was elsewhere - hidden away behind the stage, exercised without anyone seeing it.
And then the same thing seemed to start happening in the West.”
Excerpt from the transcript of “HyperNormalisation” by A. Curtis 2016
[some edits to strip specific gov reference, to emphasize global impacts, by (me)]
youtube link to this section https://youtu.be/fh2cDKyFdyU?t=8614
"This is a colonization of the human mind, by government entities that want to control what you think."
How ironic that the woke mentality that has gripped the Democrats, which among other things is supposedly anti-colonial, is now trying to colonize the minds, which is a core fascist idea. They're engaging in the virtual internment of American citizens.
Some influences: "How Change Happens," book by Read writings of 𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐢𝐧 who was White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under Obama 2009- 2012. His is some of the intellectual writing that shapes these ideas. (Harvard, Chicago, White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under Obama 2009- 2012.
Sunstein is married to 𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐚 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2013 to 2017.)
Great interview, I hope some mainstream news outlets give this guy airtime at some point