Censorship is the Great Evil of Our Time

There aren’t a lot of popular or engaging Libertarian voices out there in social media. One of the hallmarks of this philosophy is the idea that we want to keep to ourselves, and we want you to leave us alone and we’ll leave you alone. Because of this, and the fact that a significant portion of my viewpoints are conservative in nature, I tend to listen to more people on the right than I do on the left. It is simply a numbers game.

I bring this up because one of the voices I listen to on a regular basis is Steven Crowder. He’s a right leaning comedian who does a political podcast that covers a range of issues that are important for the country. His attitude is very aggressive and he has no patience for political correctness. I warn you now before you watch him: if you’re slightly sensitive about anything, you won’t like it. He goes out of his way to be offensive, and I like that because I’m tired of how easily offended our society has become.

The reason I bring him up in this post is because his YouTube channels have been temporarily banned because of some of the videos he has been posting lately. Primarily, he uploaded a video where he sent fact checkers to addresses used for voters in the last presidential election and they were empty lots or other such anomalies. At the time of this writing, that channel is up, but the video where he explained how his channel was suspended was completely removed for violating the YouTube terms of service. I’m sure if you dig down deep enough, there is probably a section in there about not speaking out against YouTube, but frankly that is a ridiculous attitude for a platform to have.

I can only think of one thing when I see things like this happening the world: unfettered evil. There is no possible way to turn a blind eye anymore to the seeping corruption that is big tech liberal bias. You never hear about left leaning channels or pages being removed because of “misinformation”. Even if they are posting outlandishly false things, the fact is that no one is even reviewing those pages because the focus is on people with a conservative viewpoint. I have seen articles and videos where people have literally gone line by line debunking far left content, but nothing ever comes of that. It’s only those on the right.

This is a dangerous time in America. Our right to free speech is under just as much threat as our right to bear arms. There is a battle for control in not only our government, but also in our new method of public discourse. It has become unacceptable to speak your mind, even if you are offering your point of view in a civil way. The moment you say something that those in power disagree with or find threatening to their control, you are completely removed from the scene and your message is quashed.

Censorship used to be a dirty word. In the twentieth century, one of the biggest battles in media was the fight to increase what could be shared in public. We used to value freedom of expression, even if we disagreed with the message. It was understood that diversity of opinion is what makes our country great, not because every idea is good, but because when we throw as many ideas at the wall as possible, we get a lot more that stick. Increasing the pool of knowledge allows us to pick and choose from a wider field, and we all benefit.

There can be no justification for censorship, save those things that directly incite criminal behavior. Even then, I struggle to agree with that. Words are words, and words can’t hurt us. Even extreme calls for violence are borderline with regard to being acceptable for censorship. Our government has stated that it is not protected, but then again, one of the reasons we have the Second Amendment is to protect our rights under the First. I suppose “hate speech” is the line, but that’s still very subjective. In the end, I can only really support laws against actual physical violence. Speech is too much of a gray area.

I may on the fence about censoring violent speech, but I am completely opposed to any form of quashing the opinions of others no matter how unsavory they seem. We have a right to think what we want to think, even if it’s not factually accurate. That is part of what it means to be an individual. It is not required for us to conform. The beauty of this country has always been that we can all have our own way of thinking and we figure out a way to make it work. That’s getting lost in this soup of social media homogenization.

Luckily, it seems as if the number of people who can’t take this anymore is growing. People just like us are getting up of the couch and starting to push back against this ridiculous movement to force a single view on everyone. No one wants to live under this kind of oppression, and it is my hope that we will all fight back. I yearn for the days when we could share a funny thought without having to worry if someone was going to get us in trouble over it. This is supposed to be a free country, but it’s up to us to keep it that way. We should never be afraid to speak our mind.

How do you feel about censorship? Do you agree with social media platforms removing content or shutting down pages over “misinformation”? Should these providers be policing their content, or are we each responsible for our own message? We need to resolve these issues as soon as possible, because the longer we wait, the harder it will be to reverse. If we’re not careful, we will wake up one day to find that we’ve lost the biggest freedom we ever had: the ability to speak.

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