Richard Paolinelli

Censorship Has No Place Here – Or Anywhere

I cannot abide censorship.

Anyone who is now, has ever been or ever will be, a journalist should feel the same way. Actually, anyone who desires to live in a free society should for that matter. For journalists, who live and work under the protections granted by the First Amendment, they should find censorship to be abhorrent. Yet, far too many are cheering on a recent wave of censorship.

Yes, you should find that very alarming. Especially considering who is doing the censoring. It isn’t elected officials. It’s self-appointed private citizens who think that because they own mega-corporations they have been granted demigod status. In part, we’ve allowed them to think this way because we continue to use their products and pour money into their bank accounts.

And consider the lack or moral superiority these people have to try to tell us what we can or cannot say in the public square. The prime example is Apple’s Tim Cook. He recently defended his company’s decision to join forces with Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon to murder a business this way: “That’s not free speech.”

Really? Can someone point me to the election where we voted Tim Cook to be America’s – shoot, the world’s – ultimate arbiter of what is and is not free speech? I can seem to find the final results from that election. Same goes with Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai. I don’t recall anyone officially granting them such authority.

These fascists (yes, I know they like to call anyone to the right of Stalin a fascist, but here’s the definition of what a fascist is: centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition – now, who does that sound like to you? Who is acting like a dictator, punishing opposition economically by killing their ability to earn a living and forcibly suppressing their opponents but cutting off their means of communicating with others on a wide scale? Hint: It isn’t anyone to the right of Stalin.) are doing things that would make Lenin leap from his tomb and cheer.

And isn’t it somewhat ironic that the same man, Cook, whose company benefits from slave labor wants to act like he has the moral high ground when he lectures others on free speech?

In the case of Pichai, he wasn’t even born in the U.S. and by the time he arrived he was already an adult. He was never instilled with the basic understanding of what separates this country from the country he was born in, India. Growing up, it was understood that the ability for anyone to be able to speak his mind freely without fear of severe retaliation was a bedrock belief of this country. 

“I disagree with what you are saying, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” was a common refrain. Pichai did not grow up under such a society. By the time he got here he was too old – and apparently too unwilling – to learn it and embrace it. He, like Cook (who has no such excuse to fall back on), are totally fine with taking away the right to speak your mind freely from anyone they, or the rest of the karenwaffen, deem nekulturny. 

Unlike Pichai, Dorsey and Zuckerberg were born in the U.S. and they should have a better understanding and appreciation for one of the most fundemental rights any person can have – the right to speak freely. Yet, they’ve gone full Stalin and anointed themselves the ultimate arbiters of what is and is not acceptable. I never granted them that authority over me. Did you? 

I am older than all of them, save Cook. I got along just fine for years figuring out who I should listen to and who I should ignore without their help. 

Basta!

It’s time we stop doing this. It’s time to pull the plug on them while we still can, if it isn’t already too late.  You may have heard that all four companies have taken an expensive hit at the stock market, losing upwards of $51 billion dollars in their companies’ value last week. That’s a good start.

Another step is to do what I have been doing this past week: deplatforming their services from my life.

My Facebook account was deactivated on Friday. My Twitter account – my third after the first two were nuked by Twitter (one with no reason given and the first because I quoted a line from the 13th Warrior about not living in fear) – was deleted long ago. I have deleted Google, Chrome and Google Earth from my computer. I am transferring all my MP3 files from iTunes to a different media player and then deleting it from my computer as well. The only Apple product I will keep using is an old iPhone and that solely to be able to text and talk with my grandson – who has an old iPad. In the meantime, I will download no apps, buy no products through Apple until Cook is gone and they recant their fascist policies.

For now, my internet browser is Brave and my social media is limited to MeWe and Pintrest. I haven’t been using Pintrest much but that will change going forward. If either of them, or WordPress – the host of this website and blog – follow down the same road that Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Google have gone down, I will give them the same treatment. I am already looking at my options in finding a new home for my website so that I will be ready to make the switch if needed.

As for Amazon, that is going to be a lengthy process to uncouple from them, but it is a process that has already begun. There are several options out there to replace them with. It will take time and effort, but it is an investment I am willing to make.

If you detest censorship as much as I do, I urge you to examine your ties to these fascist companies and see where you can make changes and find other options that will provide you what you need without trampling on the freedoms of your fellow humans.

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You can help support my move from Amazon by purchasing and downloading one of my books directly from me in either MOBI, EPUB or PDF formats. You’ll also be keeping nearly $1 per book from Amazon if you buy from me directly.  

 

  

2 thoughts on “Censorship Has No Place Here – Or Anywhere”

  1. While I agree with you, might I suggest that there is a cooperation going on between high tech, leftist government and most of the so-called “free” press. While each may claim to be acting independently, follow the money. For instance, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has recently called for the government to limit what enters the news in order to “protect” us from “disinformation.” This is in direct violation of the First Amendment, but since her role models are Marx, Stalin, and Lenin, I can’t see this bothering her much. We are in big trouble.

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