Tagged: free speech

Reflections on Disinformation and the Disinformed

U.S. President Joe Biden has taken the official position that people spreading social media “disinformation” (a word now used by the U.S. government and media interchangeably with “misinformation,” effectively blurring the lines between the debatably false and the intentionally fake) regarding Covid-19 or the vaccines are “killing people.” In other words, Biden, speaking as the U.S. Federal Government, is holding private individuals personally...

Shutting Down the Discussion

As happens frequently these days, the cancel culture mob has once again tried to deny its own existence by screaming from the rooftops, “There is no such thing as cancel culture! We are the cancel culture mob, so we ought to know!” In the latest case, the victim of the mob’s spiteful claims of non-existence was a popular podcaster, as described in a...

Making the Cosmos More Inclusive

Jumping on the Civilizational Suicide Express, NASA has announced that it will cease using nicknames for planets and other cosmic objects that might be considered “offensive.” The prime examples of “offensive” names offered by the space agency: “Eskimo Nebula” and “Siamese Twins Galaxy.” Yes, really. The first example has gone by that nickname due to a feature well-represented in a spectacular NASA photo...

Ted Cruz is Full of Beans

Last year, Ted Cruz publicly vowed to boycott Nike products, after the company announced it would stop selling shoes with the Betsy Ross flag on the recommendation of its progressive athlete poster child, Colin Kaepernick. The senate’s great champion of the U.S. Constitution (and of anti-constitutional demagogue Donald Trump) trumpeted his Nike boycott as a proud assertion of the right to free speech....

A Word That Should Never Be Used

Today I see that Wendy Mesley, a long-time CBC journalist, has been thrown down the memory hole, like so many these days, for committing one of the cardinal sins in the Marxist faith. Specifically, Mesley’s television program was “suspended” because, during a discussion of racial inequality, she “used a word that should never be used.”  That phrase, “used a word that should never...

Conservatism of Convenience

Today, the so-called conservative media, along with its millions of political-entertainment-addicted dupes, are all riled up about two terrible outrages against freedom: The Supreme Court of Washington State has upheld a lower court ruling against a florist who, on conscience grounds, did not wish to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding, but will now be forced by law to do so. YouTube has...

Banned from Facebook

Facebook, along with its subsidiary “platform” Instagram, has formally banned certain people with views they deem to be in violation of their terms of service, i.e., their political principles. Among these are Louis Farrakhan, a kook; Alex Jones, a kook; and Paul Joseph Watson, an Alex Jones ally and colleague, and therefore, it would be reasonable to surmise, something of a kook. Those...

Free Speech vs. Licentious Speech (Part II)

In Part I of this discussion, I addressed the mistaken view that the alleged suppression of non-progressive (or any other) opinion by a privately-owned internet platform such as Google or Facebook constitutes a violation of the right to free speech. There is another, more subtle argument I have encountered recently, however, one more in the spirit of John Stuart Mill, namely that although...

Free Speech and Censorship

Kris Paronto, a former private security contractor for the CIA who was in Benghazi during the attack in 2012, has gone on a tirade against Barack Obama and his apologists on Twitter. So far, so good. However, his tweet was based on a careless misrepresentation of Obama’s words, and seemed to promote violence against him, so Twitter suspended him for a few hours....

A Few Notes on Life Without America

A nation that no longer lives in accordance with any of the principles and standards that properly defined it may be said to have expired, for all intents and purposes. With that sobering thought, I present a few notes on the current American political climate: In response to my recent essay on the sad, compromised version of Senator Ted Cruz now on display...