(How Refreshing) pic.twitter.com/eZUrqFOSO6— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 25, 2021
I agree with Sen. Josh Hawley on standing up to Big Tech.
I’ve been blacklisted from countless Big Tech platforms – PayPal, Stripe, and Google Pay, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube – including those that I never used because of my populist political beliefs. I was banned from YouTube which I only used to watch history documentaries and recipe videos. The progressive censorship regime is by far the single most important issue for online populist influencers. Everyone now agrees on standing up to Big Tech. What does this translate into in practice though?
“Have you checked your social credit score lately? You might want to. Mine seems to have taken a nosedive this month. You might want to see how yours is doing.
Everyone knows what a credit score is. But social credit scores are new. They’re the latest corporate import from Communist China, where government and big business monitor every citizen’s social views and statements.
And they’re the latest form of cancel culture in this country, as corporate monopolies and the left team up to shut down speech they don’t like and force their political agenda on America. For those who still believe in free speech and the First Amendment, this is the time to take a stand.
Like the old-fashioned kind of credit score, your social credit requires a lot of maintenance. You’ll need to get good grades in school and stay out of trouble with the law. But that’s just the start — you have to earn your right to live in polite society these days. So if you want to get a good job, stay at hotels and be served at restaurants, you will need to do a few other things. You will need to voice the right opinions. You will need to endorse the right ideas. You will need to conform. That’s what the corporate chieftains tell us, anyway. …”
I don’t want to hear “repeal Section 230” anymore. That’s not an adequate response to the concentrated political, economic and cultural power wielded by the tech oligarchy.
Here’s a real solution:
No more debates.
Confiscate their wealth.
Redistribute their wealth to promote “equity” (LOL).
Propose a wealth cap of $50 million to abolish oligarchs.
Nationalize, break up or regulate these corporations like AT&T.
There should be no difference between making a phone call and using social media. We don’t need a technocrat nanny monitoring our communications to impose a political orthodoxy. We’ve used state power to break up these corporations many times in the past. Only conservative and libertarian free market ideology stands in the way of it. It was populists who first proposed the idea.
The last thing that we want to see is more of these bullshit congressional hearings where people like Rep. Jim Jordan and Sen. Ted Cruz engage in performance art politics only to do nothing of substance about the issue and hold the next hearing about censorship a few months down the road. After Trump was wiped off the internet on a whim, we don’t need to be convinced that censorship is a problem anymore.
Note: Trump monitored the situation for four years and was unpersoned in the end. He was even cut off from banks. Let this be a lesson to whoever comes next and solicits our political support. Corporate power in this country must be obliterated, not coddled and rewarded.