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Censorship vs. Suppression, by Eric Peters

Whether you categorize speech suppression by ostensibly private entities as censorship or not, it’s clear that between government and the private entities that control the internet, the ability to speak out is being steadily constricted. From Eric Peters at theburningplatform.com:

Libertarians – me included – have wrestled long and hard with this one: Is it censorship when private entities do it?

No – not in a legal sense. Because these private entities do not have the power to forbid publication, per se.

But they do have the power to suppress (and even to punish) publication when the entities at issue effectively control the means of publication – and so it amounts to the same thing as censorship.

It may even be worse, since one can always get around governmentcensorship (see, for example, the underground Samizdat press in Tsarist Russia or, later, the anti-communist press in East Germany and Poland).

But how does one “get around” private control of the all-encompassing Internet and related “social media platforms”?

There is no alternative Internet – nor is one (given present technology/infrastructure) even conceivable, regardless of one’s financial ability.

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More Independent Media To Be Shut Down Prior To 2020 U.S. Presidential Election? by Arjun Walia

In the land of lies the truth is the enemy. From Arjun Walia at collectiveevolution.com.

IN BRIEF

  • The Facts:The massive campaign to label credible media sources as ‘fake news’ has been happening for a while. More social media pages are being deleted as a result of this campaign. Expect to see many more before the 2020 election.
  • Reflect On:Why should an authority figure have to decide what is real and what’s not? Are we not capable of reading, examining sources, and deciding for ourselves what’s plausible? What is going on here, and how is it possible that any justification exists?

The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. – JFK

If you haven’t already heard, Facebook has completely shut down hundreds, if not thousands of Independent media pages over the last year.

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