Americans Need Social Media Guided by the Rights Enshrined in the U.S. Constitution

Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime.

– Potter Stewart, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

This past Friday, Alex Jones was de-platformed from the last couple of third party tools he had been using to publicly communicate his message after Twitter and Apple permanently banned him and his website Infowars. This means an American citizen with a very large audience who played a meaningful role in the 2016 election, has been banned from all of the most widely used products of communication of our age: Twitter, Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Apple’s iTunes.

You can point out he still has his radio show and website, and this is unquestionably true, but when it comes to the everyday tools most people interact with to receive information and communicate in 2018, Alex Jones has been thrown down the memory hole. Not because he was convicted of a crime or broke any laws, but because corporate executives decided he crossed an arbitrary line of their own creation.

To prove the point that tech oligarchs are acting in a completely arbitrary and subjective manner, let me highlight the following tweet.

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Liberty Links 9/8/18 – Trump Agrees to an Indefinite Military Effort and New Diplomatic Push in Syria

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Trump Agrees to an Indefinite Military Effort and New Diplomatic Push in Syria, U.S. Officials Say (This would be very bad, The Washington Post)

‘Five Eyes’ Governments Call on Tech Giants to Build Encryption Backdoors — or Else (Ominous, TechCrunch)

Honest Government Ad | Anti Encryption Law (Related to article above, YouTube)

Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones, Infowars (Zerohedge)

JP Morgan’s Top Quant Warns Next Crisis to Have Flash Crashes and Social Unrest Not Seen in 50 Years (CNBC)

September 5, 2018: Sen. Cotton Q&A During Intelligence Committee Hearing (Must Watch, this is beyond creepy, YouTube)

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration (This is such nonsense, for a unique analysis see link below, The New York Times

We Are Being Played (Caitlin Johnstone, Medium)

Saudi Arabia Threatens Prison Time for Satire ‘Disturbing Public Order’ (What an ally, Bloomberg)

Philadelphia-Bound American Airlines Passengers Quarantined After Showing Flu-Like Symptoms, Customs Officials Say (NBC Philadelphia)

The Rise of Post-Truth Liberalism (UnHerd)

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Amazon is Far More Dangerous and Powerful Than You Want to Admit

The sneaky thing about Amazon’s increased dominance in so many key aspects of our lives is that much of the perniciousness is hidden. No one’s going to tell you about all the retailers who have gotten pressured or destroyed via its tactics while you’re happily clicking “add to cart” and smiling about 2-day free shipping. In this sense, it can be best compared to the evils of factory farming. Most people just simply have no idea about the immense damage going on behind the scenes as they indulge in incredible convenience and what looks like a good deal.

– From my November 15, 2017 post: Amazon Poses a Serious Threat to Freedom and Free Markets

Today’s post should be seen as an update to last year’s article referenced above. In the months that have followed, I’ve been consistently frustrated by the lack of interest when it comes to the dangers presented by Amazon and its richest man in the world ($165 billion as of last count) CEO Jeff Bezos. The following Twitter exchange is a good example of what I mean:

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Liberty Links 9/1/18 – Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales

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Google and Mastercard Cut a Secret Ad Deal to Track Retail Sales (Bloomberg)

CIA and Saudi Arabia Conspired to Keep 9/11 Details Secret, New Book Says (Newsweek)

Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption (This is a big deal, Australian Government Department of Home Affairs)

CNN, Credibly Accused of Lying to Its Audience About a Key Claim in Its Blockbuster Cohen Story, Refuses to Comment (The Intercept)

CNN Analyst: Criticism of Antifa Is ‘Donald Trump’s Appeal to Racism’ (Unimaginable levels of stupidity, YouTube)

The Other Side of John McCain (Consortium News)

Researchers Find Way to Spy on Remote Screens—Through the Webcam Mic (This is nuts, ArsTechnica)

What Is Freedom? | J. Krishnamurti (Excellent, YouTube)

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The Tectonic Plates of Geopolitics Are Starting to Shift

The United States is currently waging economic warfare against one tenth of the world’s countries with cumulative population of nearly 2 billion people and combined gross domestic product (GDP) of more than $15 trillion.

These include Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, North Korea and others on which Washington has imposed sanctions over the years, but also countries like China, Pakistan and Turkey which are not under full sanctions but rather targets of other punitive economic measures.

In addition, thousands of individuals from scores of countries are included in the Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals who are effectively blocked from the U.S.-dominated global financial system. Many of those designated are either part of or closely linked to their countries’ leadership…

But in recent months it seems that America’s unwavering commitment to fight all of the world’s scourges has brought all those governments and the wealthy individuals who support them to a critical mass, joining forces to create a parallel financial system which would be out of reach of America’s long arm. Should they succeed, the impact on America’s global posture would be transformational.

– From the recent article: The Anti-Dollar Awakening Could Be Ruder and Sooner Than Most Economists Predict

The peak of American empire has already come and gone, but this reality is not yet widely understood due to the continued dominance of the global financial system by the U.S. dollar, still the world’s preeminent reserve currency. U.S. leaders have always used the USD as a weapon, but it’s only in recent years that geopolitical rivals and long-standing allies alike have started to come to an increasingly vocal understanding that the unipolar role played by the U.S. in the world’s centralized financial system is well past its expiration date.

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Liberty Links 8/25/18 – More in U.S. Favor Diplomacy Over Sanctions for Russia

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More in U.S. Favor Diplomacy Over Sanctions for Russia (Gallup)

Democratic Party Says It Thwarted Attempted Hack of Voter Database (Hysterical article which ended up being fake news, The New York Times)

Democrats Now Say Hacking Attempt Was Test From Within (The true story behind the fake news story above, Voice of America)

Meet the Most Insidious #Resistance Grifters (The Outline)

Facebook Is Rating the Trustworthiness of Its Users on a Scale from Zero to 1 (Please stop using this garbage platform, The Washington Post)

Facebook Removes ‘Multiple Pages’ Linked to ‘Inauthentic Behavior’ in Russia, Iran (ABC News)

Jeremy Hunt Silent as Saudi Arabia Plans Its First Execution of a Female Human Rights Activist (There’s nothing the Saudis can do that’ll get corrupt Western governments to care, The Canary)

China’s Xi Says Propaganda Work ‘Absolutely Correct’ Amid Trade Row Criticism (China continues to get increasingly aggressive with its clampdown, Reuters)

Google, Apple and 13 Other Companies That No Longer Require Employees to Have a College Degree (Wave of the future, CNBC)

Yemen School Bus Bombing ‘One of 50 Strikes on Civilian Vehicles This Year’ (Oh well, nobody cares since the Saudis buy lots and lots of bombs, The Guardian)

Society Is Made Of Narrative. Realizing This Is Awakening From The Matrix. (Caitlin Johnstone, Medium)

Looking Beyond the Millennials: A Brief Discussion with My Son Zev Weinstein at 13 (YouTube)

Shark Attack on Spear Fisherman for Yellowfin Tuna at Ascension Island (Amazing footage, YouTube)

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It’s Time to Focus on Localism, Decentralization and Community

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.

– From “The Drum Major Instinct”, a sermon by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968.

The following piece is based on a vision for the U.S., but I suspect the concepts apply equally to most nation-states encompassing large land masses and populations over a few million. Most of us have been conditioned to believe human life is best organized at scale. In other words, we’ve been convinced it’s best to have as many people as possible operating under a single overarching centralized government structure in charge of micromanaging society from the top down. I consider this paradigm outdated, unnatural and increasingly dangerous.

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Liberty Links 8/18/18 – Has Bezos Become More Powerful in D.C. Than Trump?

Before we get to links, I wanted to let everyone know that Tucker Carlson read an excerpt from my latest post at the very beginning  of his very popular Fox News show last evening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEZGaWaLe-Q&feature=youtu.be

Here’s the post he referenced in case you missed it the first time: Censorship Is What Happens When Powerful People Get Scared.

Thanks to Tucker and everyone who reads and shares my work, it seems to be reaching a wider audience.

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“Everybody Immediately Knew That It Was for Amazon”: Has Bezos Become More Powerful in D.C. Than Trump? (Must read and share, Vanity Fair)

AP Exclusive: Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not (AP)

Google Staff Tell Bosses China Censorship Is “Moral and Ethical” Crisis (The Intercept)

Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well (RollingStone)

U.S. Think Tank’s Tiny Lab Helps Facebook Battle Fake Social Media (This is the military-industrial-complex think tank censoring for Facebook, Reuters)

People Are Raising $650 Million On GoFundMe Each Year To Attack Rising Healthcare Costs (Totally normal, Forbes)

What If Banks Were Publicly Owned? In LA, This May Soon Be A Reality. (Localism is the future, Huffington Post)

Roundup Ingredient Found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, and Other Cereals (Fox32 Chicago)

Billionaires Reach for the Stars While World Suffers (CNN)

RBS Bankers Joked About Destroying the U.S. Housing Market (The Guardian)

Whistleblower Makes Shocking IRS, Insider Trading Allegations (If this is true, holy s…, The New York Post)

Meet Cody Wilson, the Austin Man Behind the Fight over 3D-Printed Guns (Austin American-Statesman)

Take Control of Your Learning at Work (Harvard Business Review)

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Censorship Is What Happens When Powerful People Get Scared

“Only the weak hit the fly with a hammer”

– Bangambiki Habyarimana

Anyone who tells you the recent escalation of censorship by U.S. tech giants is merely a reflection of private companies making independent decisions is either lying or dangerously ignorant.

In the case of Facebook, the road from pseudo-platform to willing and enthusiastic tool of establishment power players is fairly straightforward. It really got going earlier this year when issues surrounding egregious privacy violations in the case of Cambridge Analytica (stuff that had been going on for years) could finally be linked to the Trump campaign.  It was at this point that powerful and nefarious forces spotted an opportunity to leverage the company’s gigantic influence in distributing news and opinion for their own ends. Rather than actually hold executives to account and break up the company, the choice was made to commandeer and weaponize the platform. This is where we stand today.

Let’s not whitewash history though. These tech companies have been compliant, out of control government snitches for a long time. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we’re aware of the deep and longstanding cooperation between these lackeys and U.S. intelligence agencies in the realm of mass surveillance. As such, the most recent transformation of these companies into full fledged information gatekeepers should be seen in its proper context; merely as a dangerous continuation and expansion of an already entrenched reality.

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Liberty Links 8/11/18 – How to Permanently DELETE Your Facebook Account

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How to Permanently DELETE Your Facebook Account – 2018 Update (Just do it, VPN Mentor)

AP Investigation: Us Allies, Al-Qaida Battle Rebels in Yemen (Must read and share, U.S. foreign policy is a fraudulent nightmare, AP)

Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson (Really good window into why cultural imperialists are panicking to censor content, The Atlantic)

‘Terrifying’: Poll Shows 43% of Republicans Think Trump Should Have Power to Shutter News Outlets for ‘Bad Behavior’ (Common Dreams)

Tech Companies Banned Infowars. Now, Its App Is Trending. (Backfiring big time, The New York Times)

The No-Platforming of Infowars Is a Watershed Moment for the Information Age (Big Brother Watch, Medium)

Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users (Absolutely horrible idea, WSJ)

Inside Google’s Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China (This remains very concerning, The Intercept)

Behind The Scenes At The Twitter Purge – With Peter Van Buren and Scott Horton (Must watch if you haven’t seen, YouTube)

That Time Trump’s Iran Advisor Threatened To Murder An Official’s Children To Start The Iraq War (Caitlin Johnstone, Medium)

What is Mastodon? (A decentralized Twitter alternative for those interested, Github)

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