American audiences may struggle with the particulars, but leaked Labour Party documents detail how "anti-disinformation" can be weaponized in all directions
Have we learned nothing from our benevolent overlords? Of course it's not a left-right thing. Whatever Good People™ do is good, and whatever Bad People™ do is bad. Censorship is just a small facet of that.
Nuance? Hypocrisy? Principles? That sounds like Bad People™ talk.
Orwell would marvel at the modern UK. No first amendment, second amendment, or borders. Americans kicked out their tyranny in 1776, but it has seeped into our institutions as well.
Of course Suella had to be sacked. She is the only competent government minister who seemed to care about the country. The further a society drifts from the truth, the more they will hate those that speak it.
Well, sure, Matt, anyone in power has to be watched for this. That's your job! However, in this country, the left has an iron grip on all means of information: MSM, entertainment, universities, and the deep state. Three things for a free society: free speech, EQUAL treatment under the law, and free and fair elections. The left is destroying all three right now here. But that doesn't mean whoever has the power might not do it. I like that FIRE organization. Can't be tolerated.
There are tough areas, though. I want to agree with Glenn Greenwald on free speech on our campuses, however, this oppressor/oppressed crap these teachers have been indoctrinated our children with is tribalism, racism. You can't correct racism with racism. So when huge masses of protestors (who trespassed and did what tons of Jan. 6 people did) swarm the capitol and celebrate genocide, "from the river to sea" stuff, when does all this incite violence? Is it "imminent?" I don't know. I suppose people had free speech to support Hitler. Tough stuff here.
Jewish people get to be both the "oppressor" and the "oppressed" at the same time in history. Lovely to be them. Boy. They can't win for losing.
We can start by keeping our children out of universities until they actually are places for open debate again, stop supporting woke corporations and people trying to normalize things that aren't normal (any adult should live as they please, but leave our children alone), get involved in school boards or home school, but be careful you are teaching your children how to think and not what to think.
People like Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald, and Tucker Carlson, Jordan Peterson are out there reminding us of civil liberties. Jonathan Turley. Bari Weiss.
But this is a problem of power and journalists were supposed to be the watchdogs, not part of the corruption.
And this isn't even touching on the public sacking of Suella Braverman for openly speaking the truth. If they won't even let their government representatives speak in the open, what chances do they have in the hidden internet realm?
You had me from the top even as I kept wishing you'd write the "analog" sentence, which eventually you did write. Thank you for shedding light, once again, on what for me is the most disastrous consequence of all this disinformation—the DNC's cynical and ruthless sabotage of Bernie Sanders even as the same thing was happening to Corbyn at the hands of the Labor Party. This appalling episode (after Obama had broken my heart by turning to the right quite willingly and with seeming aplomb) forced me to finally give up on my country. The fix was irretrievably in. The uni-party (and its unipolar agenda) had won. They have since polarized America financially and politically (because how many of their victims understand why they are victims what with all the DNC sermonizing about gender identity and race?). They have caused the U.S. to plummet from onetime global economic powerhouse (with real political influence) to a puppet of Netanyahu. It's long since time we dismantled NATO (and ended this entirely disingenuous proxy war in Ukraine) and put our domestic house in order . . . if that's even possible at this point. Probably not.
The Machine, as I call it, reacts against anything, left or right, that endangers it and it's wants, which is primarily larger government, and government collusion with private and semi-private industry.
And, by the way, in the Friday talk you and Walter wondered who was behind all of this, and the answer is... no one. It is simply the reaction of that class of people, said Machine, or the UCP as you and Walter called them, so share values at this point that there is no need to have a controlling structure. They just react within the parameters of their class, which allows for the destruction of anything one anyone who threatens it's power.
We’re all in the same boat.. And that boat is sinking.
What a shame it is that Great Britain doesn’t have a constitution to protect speech and a constitution that allows citizens to arm themselves to defend against the tyrannical government.
Corbyn is not anti-Semitic.
Matt, feel free to run my name through X's files if you thought this was always about suppressing the Right. The common denominator wasn't right or left, it was opposition to the despicable duopoly whose corruption has suffocated our democracy. Everyone who stood up was hammered down, you more than anyone.
Just another political dirty tricks operation, like Russiagate and countless others going back eons into the mists of time. What is more dangerous now is that from a mixture of affirmative action, DEI, and the astonishing level of dumbing down our population has received in the name of "schooling," there is a never-before-seen level of incompetence in our institutions. Mixed together with the psychopaths who naturally gravitate toward power and the Pilgrims Society puppet-masters orchestrating what goes on in Congress and the Executive branch, (and especially in the UK) we are truly in a dangerous time. Not quite screwed, but close.
Control of Official Narratives has been a powerful tool that the CIA (and no doubt the MI-6) uses abroad to control foreign governments.
They and their allies are now doing the same domestically. "Modernization" of Smith Mundt and the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 makes these Party-in-Power actions legal. Russiagate continues; it was too much of a success to reverse. The suppression of the Hunter laptop story was allowed to come out AFTER the Election, once it had served its purpose. This will be standard operating procedure.
Still have no idea what the "Safe and Effective" Covid mRNA vaccines were about. Just money? Or was the Establishment trying to kill us all or just us Elderly, useless eaters of Social Security and Medicare money?
I remember being in England when all this fake shit came out on Jeremy Corbyn. I heard what he said and it was not anti-semitic. I can't remember the exact words he said.
He was a leftist nothing comparable in the US not even Bernie Sanders.
Blair turned the Labour party into a party slightly left of the Dems. in the US
Not good days.
Now they have Starmer who has employed Blair for his campaign.....................
Never know what to believe anymore only my own eyes and ears
Appreciate you all exposing CCDH. But let’s get one thing straight. Corbyn is an antisemite with a soft spot for Islamonazis. That even if some false stories were pushed against him.
Seems the press used to give you two sides to a story, both likely slanted, and let you sort through it and choose what to believe. Now they choose and feed you lies and bullshit
What's most chilling about all this is that these people simply don't care if they are unmasked by independent reporting, because they know full well that the trad media will suppress or distort everything (they have an uncanny ability to understand what will "play" in publications like the Guardian or the NYT), and treat it as an obscure, inside-baseball story, rather than a full-blown false flag op that materially altered the future of Britain.
Same thing is happening in the US with the Twitter Files. When you have 95% of the media landscape running interference for you, you can basically get away with anything.
I do think that saying this happens "in all directions" is a misleading frame. It may happen TO all directions, but it is FROM one direction that is best described as "left authoritarianism". Its targets are anyone who opposes left authoritarianism for whatever reason.