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Orwellian censorship in social media: Internet free speech being shut down, Hanne Nabintu Herland, WND, Herland Report

Orwellian censorship in social media: Internet free speech being shut down, Hanne Nabintu Herland, WND, Herland Report

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The movement towards Orwellian censorship in various online platforms such as Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Google seem to steadily gain momentum. As over 90 % of the media in America is owned by only 6 corporations, it has never been easier to push propaganda and manufacture consent.

Now the internet free speech arena seems to be shutting down too in a historic display of illiberal intolerance towards specific groups in the West, writes historian and founder of The Herland Report, Hanne Nabintu Herland, in her weekly WND column. WND is one of the leading conservative American news outlets.

 

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The Herland Report is founded and hosted by Hanne Nabintu Herland, a Scandinavian historian of comparative religions, bestselling author, commentator and TV producer, known from the media for sharp analysis and fearless speech. Herland has for many years written extensively in leading newspapers on a variety of issues and appeared as a guest on a variety of TV shows. She was born and raised in Africa, has lived in South America and currently in the Middle East, and traveled extensively in Asia. She speaks a number of languages.

This is the allegation, that particularly targeted are the anti-globalist, conservative and religious groups who voice the need to respect national sovereignty and international law. The recent YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo ban on Alex Jones serves as an example, and Libertarian voices such as radio host Scott Horton, whistleblower Peter Van Buuren and The Liberty Report host, Daniel McAdams were also all banned from Twitter.

In the UK, the recent jailing of Tommy Robinson has sent strong signals into the population: If you voice concern and protest, you might be jailed or removed from Facebook too. In Europe, the culture of fear is rampant. People now expect to be shut down any minute, and carefully take the time to save pictures and valuable conversations. The trust in Facebook and Google seems to diminish by the hour, many expecting the free speech party to soon be over on the internet.

In the recent abortion debate in Catholic Ireland, where the issue was whether to change the “no to abortion” 8th amendment of the constitution or not, the anti-abortion campaign groups were banned from using Facebook, Google. The pro-abortion groups were favourably pushed all over the mainstream media, the no-side received almost zero media coverage.

This all creates a rather sad feeling that we are slowly slipping into totalitarianism, which Hannah Arendt so eloquently described in The Origins of Totalitarianism. She showed how individual liberty suffocates in a democracy when peer pressure and a culture of consensus takes over in such a way that the masses are controlled by the state. She points out that a totalitarian government then becomes even worse than a dictatorship, pushing for total control of what the citizens think about the family, religion, politics and so on.

The founder of The Liberty Report, Dr. Ron Paul, one of America’s most respected voices and former US presidential candidate recently gave an exclusive interview to The Herland Report where we spoke about the issues concerning the growing intolerance in the West.  Watch excerpts here, here and here. Dr. Paul is, of course, world famous for his critical views of the Federal Reserve, the military-industrial complex, NSA surveillance and US participation in the wars abroad.

As censorship seems to be the new fashion in illiberal America, Dr. Paul surprisingly says that the trend will eventually die out in much the same manner as the Soviet Union. The system will come to an end:

“The collapse of the Soviet system happened because it was a failed system. I think we have a failed system now that’s affecting our culture. That is why you have the cultural Marxists in our universities preaching. They want to disrupt our culture so that they can mould it back together in a different type of centralized control. It is cultural more than economic Marxism. And certainly, the introduction to the neo-conservatives has been a big deal.”

In the interview, posted on YouTube, Dr. Paul adds: “The Soviet system didn’t develop anything, and the same is happening to us right now. The only thing that we export now are dollars. We get a good deal because we have managed, through our military and economic power, to maintain a dollar system. Therefore, we have a tremendous advantage, but it’s a system that is deteriorating and it must be reversed.”

The Herland Report Scandinavian news site and TV channel on YouTube has millions of readers/viewers yearly, featuring leading free thinkers, intellectuals, authors and activists on foreign policy, Western cultural decay, religion, values and the need for international justice and respect for national sovereignty.  The Herland Report believes in freedom of speech and its editorial policy resides above the traditional Left vs Right paradigm which we believe has lost its relevance and ability to describe the current driving forces in Western politics. We regularly feature a variety of opinion and analysis from a number of commentators from across the political spectrum, free from the censoring political correctness that now permeate Western media.

He also adds: “The people who are on the defensive now are the people who believe in the superpower state. Even the neo-conservatives are on the defensive because everything they do fails. Look at the Middle East. All our policies are failing. We help our enemies as much as we are supposed to help our allies.”

In The Origins of Totalitarian Democracy, T. J. Talmon notoriously states that totalitarian democracies break with the originally liberal form of democracy and are characterized by an unusually low respect for the right of the citizen to individual freedom. Because the goal of politics becomes that citizens should unite and agree, express themselves in unison and coordinate in groups, peer pressure becomes a method to keep people “in check.” Control of citizen behavior becomes a goal.

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One comment

  1. I completely agree with Hannah’s essay here regarding the oppressive censorship that is occurring among all of the major social media sites. However, what is wrong with this picture?

    As a senior software engineer who has had a long career in the profession, I view the use of social media as an aberration that sprung out of the addictions to smart-device technologies. Though somewhat mature prior to such technologies, there was still an inclination to read print-based information from a wide variety of sources. Such sources still exist in other venues but what social media and smart-technologies have accomplished together is to make the bulk of the populations that them substantially brain-dead.

    The problem is not with the social media outlets but with the people who flock to them on a regular basis.

    The reactions of most sincere analysts on this issue should instead concentrate on promoting the idea that people should avoid such outlets like rat poison, which they have proven to be one’s brain.

    No one is forcing anyone to use such sites, so why bother attempting to get policies to correct their unethical behaviors? It would be a far more productive path to get people to look at the many alternative sites that provide opposing points of view in the information they prevent.

    This situation also goes to the concept of privacy. The fact that such outlets as Facebook and others who have exposed personal information unethically or unwittingly is only the fault of the people who put up such information in the first place. Who in their right mind would provide such continuous streams of personal and private data to an organization that is not given any form of legal over-site and accountability by governmental organizations? And since no such over-site has been implemented in the first place, it already too late to do so as the horses are out of the barn as they say.

    Such organizations are ruled by psychopaths that are far interested in profit and their own versions of power than they are about the quality of their service products or anyone’s personal data. Facebook, in fact, has been known for many years to have implemented poor security protocols, which was probably done on purpose given their proclivities to work with government intelligence agencies.

    What is just as bad is that Facebook’s client interfaces are very poorly designed and have never been modified to be much more intuitive. In fact, the interfaces are an exact mirror of who designed them; some college kid in a dorm who thought he knew better than anyone else.

    If more outlets such as this one would provide encouragement to get off of such outlets by providing alternative choices for people, I believe this would go much further to correcting such cyber-ills than trying to reign in organizations that should just be allowed to die a very overdue death…

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