Facebook gets its marching orders and carries them out

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The Congressional jawboning of the social media chiefs is designed to force harsh implementation of the ruling class blueprint for a truly Orwellian machine.

All this noise, all this frenzy as if the sky were falling, and the calling of Zuckerberg to the Congressional shed, so to speak, is just a smokescreen, a bum steer, plain and simple political BS, deployed by a united establishment led by the Democrats to force the hitherto largely apolitical social media industry to toe the imperial line and enforce ever more draconian measures to patrol and suppress all forms of actual free speech and political dissent. It should be noted here that some entities, like the Google octopus, are already there, way ahead of the pack, virtually embedded with the Pentagon and the intel crowd, merrily collaborating in all sorts of criminal skullduggery, something that even employees have now begun to protest.

The Democrats, a party defined by its repugnant hypocrisy and irrepressible cowardice and opportunism, have led the charge since Trump came to power, creating in tacit alliance with the CIA and other sinister players a veritable witch-hunt against dissenting bloggers, and laying, through their equally hypocritical and baseless Russiagate and Fake News scare, the groundwork for a criminalisation of political dissidence behind the pretext of neutralising bloggers who supposedly “create national divisions,” serve Russia’s ends, or disseminate “fake news,” a term much in vogue today with truly Orwellian reverberations. All of this would be laughable if it were not so dangerous to the future of this republic. Indeed, such priggish posturing ignores, as we might expect, the irrefutable fact that the main engines of fake news creation and distribution are and have long been the very “respectable” mass media, owned lock, stock and barrel by a handful of plutocrats whose social, economic, and political interests are at sharp variance with 99.99% of humanity.



If you think that the Democrats with their new-fangled McCarthyite tactics are threatening free speech now (well, they’ll never admit it, of course) only because of their malignant and hopefully temporary obsession with Trump (superficially plausible considering how odious and unprincipled Trump usually is) you’d be dead wrong. The suppression of free speech in the US and the rest of the “capitalist democracies” (a glorious oxymoron) is a systemic bipartisan plot that long precedes Trump, the result of the establishment’s realisation —brought to a boil with the upset election of Trump—that they are losing control of the main narrative. The truth is getting through, so to speak— and the holes must be plugged.

As could be expected given the low lights running Facebook and similar social media platforms, and the strong convergence of class interest (they’re all billionaires), Zuckerbeg, acting properly contrite, duly proffered his mea culpas before the Congressional inquisitors, while his executive hacks promptly set to work enacting a new set of guidelines, clearly the down payment on a garroting process of the first amendment almost certain to become tighter as time goes by.

Fake News and a supposed Russian menace are the excuses du jour, but the former is a wilfull missaplication of the lens when judging public speech, and the latter a total fabrication. What gives the claim of “protection from fake news” a very thin veneer of credibility is the old and well-known fact that the Internet—and certainly Facebook, with its 1.9 billion users—is virtually crawling with examples of inarticulate opinion, not to mention a fair dose at any time of plain nuttiness. This, however, is to be expected, and cannot be transmogrified into a fake news threat, except by some intentional act of bad faith aiming to deceive the politicaly gullible. “Inarticulate opinion” is almost the birthright of most Americans, a nation that prides itself on an allergy to intellectualism, and whose inhabitants have long grown accustomed to a regime of deliberately created confusion. In this crowd, the idea that opinion and facts do not have equal validity has not entered very far, and the prospects of this happening any time soon continue to look dim. Yet the First Amendment makes no exclusionary provision for the disinformed or willfully obtuse. As for the nutjobs that do legitimately exist and who also clog the Internet’s arteries with their rantings, same applies. Their incoherence is also protected, as if it were some religious concept over which no governmental argument is allowed. But I repeat, both of these forms of dubious thinking are not “fake news”, which, in fact, occurs in a relatively small percentage of cases, usually in transparent ways intended (and often failing) to provoke laughter.

As stated earlier, the real problem—an old problem—lies elsewhere, with the gargantuan echo chamber dedicated to lies 24/7 that is the mainstream media and supporting institutions. It is this system that must be kept safe from further erosion in legitimacy, and eventual dismantlement by that pesky little thing some people still quaintly call, “just the facts.”

In the short term, the Big Lie rules. But in the middle and long term, all truth favors the left, because objective truth aligns with reality, and reality cannot be denied forever. What scares the ruling class is that they fully realise that in an ambit of great social injustice reality is inherently subversive.

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