David French is my reverse moral compass.— Richard ?? Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) June 6, 2019
What Would French Do or Say is a good way of recognizing what is utterly fake, stupid, and harmful.
What Would French *Not* Do Or Say is a good way of opening up space for serious thinking. https://t.co/7429MmZjy5
Honestly, this might be my favorite tweet, ever. I welcome your enmity, racist. https://t.co/4Q3hhLkAI1— David French (@DavidAFrench) June 7, 2019
It has been about a week since the last stupid David French take in which he argued in favor of an immigration system that prefers non-European over European immigrants. Now, French is back to defend Silicon Valley from Sen. Josh Hawley and the threat of Big Gubmint.
“On Tuesday, Senator Josh Hawley introduced his second proposed regulation of social media in as many months. In June, he introduced a bill to regulate political speech on large social-media platforms. In July, he followed it up with the “SMART Act,” a bill designed to curb allegedly addictive features contained in popular applications such as Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.
I fully agree that social-media platforms should reform their speech policies. I also agree that too many Americans spend too much time on their phones. But there is a dramatic difference between declaring that something is a problem and believing that government should act to solve that problem. In fact, the very determination that government should act — rather than relying on a free citizenry to exercise its liberty responsibly — can be harmful to a nation and to a culture.
The SMART Act is a remarkable attempt at micromanaging the design of popular online products. It would ban, for example, “infinite scroll” (the feature that allows you to thumb rapidly through a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter feed), the “autoplay” of a new video after the user finishes the one he initially selected (on sites like YouTube, but not on the ultimate autoplay device in American homes, your television), and certain gaming features on social-media apps, such as Snapchat’s “streaks” (which record how many consecutive days you’ve communicated with friends).
Welcome to the Republican Daddy state. …”
There is indeed a dramatic philosophical difference between us.
David French, Conservatism, Inc. and the Republican Party are on the side of the wealthy and the powerful. Generally speaking, they want to paralyze the government to get the state off their backs except for their unprincipled exceptions like military spending or federal civil rights laws in which case the eternal principles of classical liberalism are conveniently set aside in favor of their interest.
From our perspective, it is pointless to keep rewarding True Conservatives with political power. They are philosophically opposed to using political power to do anything except for the wealthy and the powerful. They have used political power to cut taxes and regulations for Silicon Valley. The Republican House recently ended the country caps on tech visas by passing the Fairness for High Skilled Workers Act for Google. Meanwhile, their base is enraged about illegal immigration and censorship and French wants the GOP to stand pat and do nothing. This is his highly principled position.
As long as people with French’s mindset are in power in Washington, we will continue to spin our wheels. The problem isn’t that they lack the power to advance our agenda. The problem isn’t the Democrats either. The real problem is that they are opposed to it on the basis of principle. Hawley can introduce all the bills he wants and they will continue to go nowhere in Congress like Steve King’s immigration bills. Nothing will change until these people are discredited and hurled from power.