The freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment have been making a long shuffle off this mortal coil. Those who want to tell everyone what to think make incremental advances every day.
We know what is happening on college campuses. A recent study by Pew Research Group found that 40% of millennials said speech offensive to minorities should be policed.
But who draws the line? Presumably some government toadie.
Trying to drum up support for censorship, said toadies are pointing to online recruiting by ISIS, especially on Twitter. But that’s only half the goal. The other half is to muzzle opposition to anything the Obama administration deems holy.
Joseph Menn reports for Reuters: “Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants, but the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web.”
Of course, the people behind those companies have been in bed with the U.S. government, and many others, for years. They fool no one watching closely.
Back to Mr. Menn: “According to former employees, Facebook, Google and Twitter all worry that if they are public about their true level of cooperation with Western law enforcement agencies, they will face endless demands for similar action from countries around the world. They also fret about being perceived [as] tools of the government.”
China monitors social media to identify dissidents and send them to re-education camps. Here, dissent is running far stronger and FEMA camps exist mostly in the minds of conspiracy theorists. (Where did I hang up that tinfoil hat?)
But the totalitarians of the left, eager to silence all opposition, are watching China. And they are envious.