I’ve changed my mind about what to call this.
A few years ago, I was calling it “progressive liberalism,” but that term now strikes me as a bit dated. Woke progressivism is illiberal. These people have embraced violence, censorship, ritual shaming, state repression and economic blacklisting as tactics. They call you a “fascist” and an “authoritarian” while demanding that Amazon wield its power as a monopoly to censor “offensive” and “immoral” books.
“The free speech debate that has engulfed social media platforms is now extended to any information gatekeeper, even those not obligated to host anyone’s speech.
The big picture: More books have been canceled recently by publishers wary of the potential blowback they could face for giving controversial figures or ideas a platform. Some publishers are facing pressure from frustrated employees to censor controversial authors or ideas.
Driving the news: Employees at Simon & Schuster have filed a petition demanding that the book publisher cut ties with authors associated with the Trump administration, the Wall Street Journal reports. …
Between the lines: The book industry has been forced to reckon with the role it plays in publishing content that could be offensive or immoral in the wake of the Capitol siege and the Black Lives Matter movement. …”
This new ideology has hatched out of progressive liberalism. It is based on critical social justice. We used to call it political correctness, but it has mutated into a far more virulent strain.
You can get banned from social media now for your offline behavior. There are hall monitors at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology who have created a blacklist of their enemies to ban from the internet. Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL is currently demanding that the World Federation of Advertisers use its economic power to deplatform Tucker Carlson and FOX News.
“(Reuters) – Earlier this month, Twitch announced it would start banning users for behavior away from its site.
The move by Amazon Inc’s live-streaming platform involved hiring a law firm to conduct investigations into users’ misconduct, a new twist in the latest prominent example of tech companies acting on “off-service” behavior. …
“This isn’t content moderation, this is conduct moderation,” said Corynne McSherry, legal director at the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, who said she was concerned about platforms that struggle to effectively moderate content on their own sites extending their reach. …
Facebook Inc’s rules ban users they deem dangerous, including those involved in terrorist activity, organized hate or criminal groups, convicted sex offenders and mass murderers. People who have murdered one person are mostly allowed, a spokeswoman said, due to the crime’s volume. Last year, Facebook expanded the list to include “militarized social movements” and “violence-inducing conspiracy networks” like QAnon. …
Looking beyond their own sites has helped companies remove extremists and others who have “learned the hairline cracks” in site rules to stay online, said Dave Sifry, vice president of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and Society, which has pushed for major platforms to incorporate this behavior into decisions.”
Murderers are not banned from Facebook.
If you have the wrong politics though like the president of the United States or virtually the entire Populist Right, you can catch a ban. It isn’t “fascism” or “authoritarianism” when your offline political behavior is being surveilled by hall monitors who blacklist you from social media platforms. “Authoritarianism” is ordinary people mocking our corrupt elites on YouTube. “Misinformation” is expressing a contrary opinion online that dissents from the sacred narrative.
Note: We have a party line now like in the old Soviet Union. Even fake late night comedians are all parroting state propaganda now.