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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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 Libertarian voices such as radio host Scott Horton, whistleblower Peter Van Buuren serves as examples, as well as Patreon’s crack down on Sargon of Akkad, as well as Liberty Report host, Daniel McAdams who was also 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.”
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.