Tag Archives: Conservatives

The Freedom to Destroy You, by Porter

Where current trends will take what’s left of our civil liberties—we won’t have any. From Porter at kakistocracyblog.wordpress.com:

I hope you won’t think me anything less than a grinning optimist if I were to opine that the path from corporate censorship to corporate oppression is practically frictionless. Social media, Internet infrastructure, and now even payment processors have raised their red flags in a coordinated assault. It’s been quite a demonstration of malice. And I suspect it’s one that’s barely even begun.

That’s because the corporate-left’s attacks have all been ad-hoc to this point. Think of it as artisanal totalitarianism. All communist heroes and no five-year plans. The entire process relies too much on individual bolshevik valor. Normally it requires a twitter bugler to scream anathema, which may or may not generate the necessary prog frenzy, which then induces the relatively slow corporate gears to grind the offender into unpersonhood. It’s effective, but inefficient. And inefficiency is something corporations can efficiently resolve. But they formal need policy and procedure. Continue reading

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Hall Monitor Nation, by Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter has a run in with the hall monitors and school marms on social media. From Coulter at anncoulter.com:

Apart from building the wall, President Trump’s most important act as president so far was his attack on internet censorship this week.

The left controls all the cultural institutions — the establishment media, corporate America, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, public schools and universities. The only breach in their total dominion of the flow of information is the internet.

So now they’re fixated like a laser beam on private citizens talking to one another online.

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Facebook Engineer’s Stunning Admission: “We Tear Down Posters Welcoming Trump Supporters”, by Tyler Durden

Diversity now means unity: a unity of thought among various liberal groups. Diversity of thought, however, is unwelcome in this catechism. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

On Tuesday morning, President Trump lashed out at Google, with his remarks later broadening to include Twitter and Facebook, accusing it of “rigging” search results by presenting only results “from National Left-Wing Media” and accused “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.”

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Conservatives Should Be Embarrassed, by Laurence M. Vance

The many differences between conservatives and libertarians, from Laurence M. Vance at lewrockwell.com:

“You do not have to be embarrassed to be conservative,” Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.) said to a gathering of conservative high school students at Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “This agenda works, what we believe in works,” said Perdue.

Turning Point USA “is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on June 5, 2012 by Charlie Kirk. The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”

Conservatives often claim to believe in the Constitution, limited government, federalism, individual freedom, private property, traditional values, and the free market.

In practice, however, conservatives are very selective when it comes to the application of their beliefs. They don’t follow the Constitution in many areas. Their agenda is a government limited to one controlled by conservatives. They don’t accept states’ rights when it comes to certain issues. They don’t accept the freedom of individuals to do anything that’s peaceful. They don’t believe in the inviolability of private property. They think traditional values should be legislated by government. And they don’t yearn for free market in everything.

Here are ten issues where the typical listeners to Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity fall short just like their talk show hosts.

Taxation. Conservatives continually say that they favor lower taxes. But they view tax reform as unacceptable unless it is revenue neutral. Tax deductions, credits, and loopholes that allow some Americans to keep more of their money should be eliminated in the name of “simplifying” the tax code. “The rich” should pay their fair share via a progressive tax system. They don’t oppose taxes on principle, and they don’t view taxation as government theft. They believe that the government has a claim to a certain percentage of every American’s income. They believe that a person’s acquiring someone’s property by force is wrong, but that the same action when done by government is legitimate. And they fully support refundable tax credits, which are nothing but a form of welfare.

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Conservatives Banned From Social Media? Here’s What They Can Do About It, by Brandon Smith

This is one of Brandon Smith’s better articles. From Smith at alt-market.com:

The past two years have seen a rather aggressive change in corporate policies toward the very customers they used to covet. Not long ago, CEOs tended to keep their political views mostly in the closet. Companies remained publicly neutral because their goal was first and foremost to make money. When they wanted to influence politics or social norms, they bought politicians — you know, the good old-fashioned way. The big banks still do this by funneling cash to both Republicans and Democrats alike

However, in the wake of the social justice cult frenzy some companies have decided that ideology is more important than profit, and most of these companies are deeply involved in various forms of media.

Some people will argue that the media has always been leftist in its orientation and that this trend is nothing new. But, I think it is clear to anyone who has worked in countering mainstream media disinformation that something is very different today. Conservatives are being “cleansed” from participation in these communications platforms, and conservative ideals are being erased or misrepresented on a massive scale. Not long ago, media companies at least pretended to be “fair and balanced” by tolerating a certain level of participation by conservatives. No longer.

With the advent of the internet and social media, participation in political discussion has become more open to the common citizen than ever before. This is apparently an intolerable side effect that corporate elites would like to do away with.

It is a slightly complex problem, so I’ll try to break it down point by point:

First, companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter are not honest in the presentation of their own image. They initially depicted themselves as bastions of social commerce without any interest in ideological battles. If they had come right out in the open from the beginning and admitted they are running their platforms based on social justice lunacy, then perhaps conservatives would not have bothered to join in the first place. Then Facebook and others could keep their forums “ideologically pure” without misleading people.

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Stripe. PayPal, Patreon: The Right Is Being Banned from Online Fundraising, by Allum Bokhari

Politically liberal online payment processers are engaging in the same sort of covert tactics against conservative voices as politically liberal social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. From Allum Bokhari at breitbart.com:

The creeping exclusion of the right from online platforms like Twitter and Facebook is well-known, drawing the attention of Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and the RNC. But a greater challenge is on the horizon: the exclusion of the right from financial services.

Conservatives have long been the target of shadowbans, biased algorithms, and account bans on social media. Not content with silencing their voices online, the left now wants to stop the right from using the web to fundraise. Thanks to the increasing willingness of online fundraising platforms and payment processors to ban clients for political reasons, they are getting their way.

One of the most popular fundraising platforms is Patreon, a site that allows users to collect monthly recurring donations from their supporters. With the decline of ad revenue on platforms like YouTube, Patreon has emerged as an important and effective tool for online content creators to earn a living. In some cases, it can take little more than a hundred fans contributing set amounts per month for a creator to support themselves full-time.

In theory, this creates an environment similar to that of talk radio in the 1980s: a decentralized ecosystem where new creators can quickly establish an independent support base, without relying on gatekeepers in the establishment media. With only their fans to answer to, as opposed to controversy-shy advertisers, it should be the perfect formula for free expression.

There’s just one problem — Patreon itself. Like the rest of Silicon Valley, Patreon has decided it wants to be more than just a neutral platform, and now routinely cuts off income from content creators for political reasons. Chief among them is “hate speech”, which Patreon says it does not tolerate on its platform. It has used “hate speech” as a justification to ban a number of figures on the far-right, including white nationalist Jason Kessler. But although the alt-right is shunned by most, including Breitbart News, the idea that politics should dictate whether someone is allowed to access financial services is even more controversial.

To continue reading: Stripe. PayPal, Patreon: The Right Is Being Banned from Online Fundraising

YouTube Goes On Rampage Against Conservative Accounts; Blames “Newer Members” Of Mod Team, by Tyler Durden

If people who don’t toe the liberal line think they’re going to catch a break from social media, they ought to think again. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

YouTube has blamed “newer members” of it’s 10,000 person fleet of content moderators for a virtual bloodbath of video takedowns, strikes, and account restrictions taking place across a large cross-section of conservative channels.

The Google division announced the new moderators in December, tasked with spotting said fake news, along with misleading or extreme content in the wake of a raging debate over the effect of propaganda and inaccurate reporting after Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss.

Google essentially responded to the crackdown on conservatives with “our bad,” after news of the mass censorship began to spread.

As we work to hire rapidly and ramp up our policy enforcement teams throughout 2018, newer members may misapply some of our policies resulting in mistaken removals,” wrote a YouTube spokesman in an email. “We’re continuing to enforce our existing policies regarding harmful and dangerous content, they have not changed. We’ll reinstate any videos that were removed in error.”

Some of the banned accounts include:

Anti-School, Bombard’s Body LanguageCharltonCharles WaltonDefangoDustin NemosDavid SeamanDestroying The IllusionRon JohnsonRichie Allen, and Titus Frost.

Those who were issued strikes, partial bans, or temporary suspensions include According to Joe, Blackstone Intelligence, BakedAlaska, InfoWars, Jerome Corsi, Military Arms Channel, and MrLTavern, among many others. –The Outline

Over the last week, The Alex Jones channel was issued two strikes – however the second one was mysteriously removed hours later, maybe due to on overzealous “newer member” who disagreed with Infowars’ politics.

And last August, politically incorrect University of Toronto professor Jordan B. Peterson found himself locked out of his YouTube account with no explanation before regaining access.

Considering that there probably aren’t a ton of red MAGA hats proudly displayed on top of cubicle cabinets in YouTube’s San Bruno, CA headquarters or wherever their moderators decide the fate of content producers, it stands to reason that their fleet of eager new morality police – perhaps some of them having emitted primal screams upon Hillary’s loss, simply went on a rampage against mean words and scary guns.

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