This article was originally published by Philip M. Giraldi at Strategic Culture Foundation
There is a saying attributed to the French banker Nathan Rothschild that “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes its laws.” Conservative opinion in the United States has long suspected that Rothschild was right and there have been frequent calls to audit the Federal Reserve Bank based on the presumption that it has not always acted in support of the actual interests of the American people. That such an assessment is almost certainly correct might be presumed based on the 2008 economic crash in which the government bailed out the banks, which had through their malfeasance caused the disaster, and left individual Americans who had lost everything to face the consequences.
Be that as it may, if there were a modern version of the Rothschild comment it might go something like this: “Give me control of the internet and no one will ever more know what is true.” The internet, which was originally conceived of as a platform for the free interchange of information and opinions, is instead inexorably becoming a managed medium that is increasingly controlled by corporate and government interests. Those interests are in no way answerable to the vast majority of the consumers who actually use the sites in a reasonable and non-threatening fashion to communicate and share different points of view.
The United States Congress started the regulation ball rolling when it summoned the chief executives of the leading social media sites in the wake of the 2016 election. It sought explanations regarding why and how the Russians had allegedly been able to interfere in the election through the use of fraudulent accounts to spread information that might have influenced some voters. In spite of the sound and fury, however, all Congress succeeded in doing was demonstrating that the case against Moscow was flimsy at best while at the same creating a rationale for an increased role in censoring the internet backed by the threat of government regulation.
Given that background, the recent shootings at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and at mosques in Christchurch New Zealand have inevitably produced strident demands that something must be done about the internet, with the presumption that the media both encouraged and enabled the attacks by the gunmen, demented individuals who were immediately labeled as “white supremacists.” One critic puts it this way, “Let’s be clear, social media is the lifeblood of the far-right. The fact that a terror attack was livestreamed should tell us that this is a unique form for violence made for the digital era. The infrastructure of social media giants is not merely ancillary to the operations of terrorists — it is central to it [and] social media giants assume a huge responsibility to prevent and stop hate speech proliferating on the internet. It’s clear the internet giants cannot manage this alone; we urgently need a renewed conversation on internet regulation… It is time for counter-terrorism specialists to move into the offices of social media giants.”
It’s the wrong thing to do, in part because intelligence and police services already spend a great deal of time monitoring chat on the internet. And the premise that most terrorists who use the social media can be characterized as the enemy du jour “white supremacists” is also patently untrue. Using the national security argument to place knuckle dragging “counter-terrorism specialists” in private sector offices would be the last thing that anyone would reasonably want to do. If one were to turn the internet into a government regulated service it would mean that what comes out at the other end would be something like propaganda intended to make the public think in ways that do not challenge the authority of the bureaucrats and politicians. In the US, it might amount to nothing less than exposure to commentary approved by Mike Pompeo and John Bolton if one wished to learn what is going on in the world.
Currently I and many other internet users appreciate and rely on the alternative media to provide viewpoints that are either suppressed by government or corporate interests or even contrary to prevailing fraudulent news accounts. And the fact is that the internet is already subject to heavy handed censorship by the service providers, which one friend has described as “Soviet era” in its intensity, who are themselves implementing their increasingly disruptive actions to find false personas and to ban as “hate speech” anything that is objected to by influential constituencies.
Blocking information is also already implemented by various countries through a cooperative arrangement whereby governments can ask search engines to remove material. Google actually documents the practice in an annual Transparency Report which reveals that government requests to remove information have increased from less than 1,000 per year in 2010 to nearly 30,000 per year currently. Not surprisingly, Israel and the United States lead the pack when it comes to requests for deletions. Since 2009 the US has asked for 7,964 deletions totaling 109,936 items while Israel has sought 1,436 deletions totally 10,648 items. Roughly two thirds of Israeli and US requests were granted.
And there is more happening behind the scenes. Since 2016, Facebook representatives have also been regularly meeting with the Israeli government to delete Facebook accounts of Palestinians that the Israelis claim constitute “incitement.” Israel had threatened Facebook that non-compliance with Israeli deletion orders would “result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.” Facebook chose compliance and, since that time, Israeli officials have been “publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders.” It should be noted that Facebook postings calling for the murder of Palestinians have not been censored.
And censorship also operates as well at other levels unseen, to include deletion of millions of old postings and videos to change the historical record and rewrite the past. To alter the current narrative, Microsoft, Google, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook all have been pressured to cooperate with pro-Israel private groups in the United States, to include the powerful Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL is working with social media “to engineer new solutions to stop cyberhate” by blocking “hate language,” which includes any criticism of Israel that might be construed as anti-Semitism by the new expanded definition that is being widely promoted by the US Congress and the Trump Administration.
Censorship of information also increasingly operates in the publishing world. With the demise of actual bookstores, most readers buy their books from media online giant Amazon, which had a policy of offering every book in print. On February 19, 2019, it was revealed that Amazon would no longer sell books that it considered too controversial.
Government regulation combined with corporate social media self-censorship means that the user of the service will not know what he or she is missing because it will not be there. And once the freedom to share information without restraint is gone it will never return. On balance, free speech is intrinsically far more important than any satisfaction that might come from government intrusion to make the internet less an enabler of violence. If history teaches us anything, it is that the diminishment of one basic right will rapidly lead to the loss of others and there is no freedom more fundamental than the ability to say or write whatever one chooses, wherever and whenever one seeks to do so.
Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.
Corporations and governments are banning material and use at an astounding rate. We’ll probably see it big time here after 2020 elections. Its already nasty in Europe,Russia, China and other places. We’ll be next,thank you new world order…
Jim, I have always said that censorship would immediately precede the SHTF because they will tightly control the narrative. The amount of censorship tells me are close!
You know what? Who gives a shit? This is the greatest information age in the history of the world right now and everyone chooses to be as ignorant and uninformed and STUPID as fuckin possible! What a waste of time all the info out there is (for most people). It’s like living on the planet of the knuckledragging apes! Fook em’ I know what I need to do and it aint get on farcebook. Humanity is going to eat a huge shit sandwich and theres nothing you can do to stop it. So just sit back and watch the show and lock n load.
Wow Genius, you actually something intelligent.
However, a wise man preps for the worst but he certainly doesn’t welcome it.
Loads of ignorant people in my area, Just give them a free video and they will be happy as pie for a few days.
Wanna really control your life, stop whining and do this for about $30 cost:
Want to stop being a Tax Slave? Contact the BLM Bureau of Land Management in Washington DC, and request your “LAND PATENT”. For about $30 you can get your Land Patent, then go record this land patent at your county recorders office and send a certified copy to your County Property Appraiser Office along with a friendly F-U Forever declaration notice and you will never have to pay property taxes again. Also with a Land Patent, the Government can no longer place any tax liens on your property or confiscate your property nor can any other 3rd party file a lien against your property. A Land Patent is the Ultimate Title to your land. NO 3rs part can ever place a lien against this property either with a Land Patent.
Every property in the US has a Land Patent sitting on the shelf at this office, but the banks and legislatures replaced your land patent over 3 generations ago using trickery, with phony Warrantee Deeds which are just color of ownership. Which allows your property to be taxed.. Not real Ownership. Once you file this Land Patent at the County Recorders office, that property parcel is free from any future taxing into perpetuity / forever.
Read this: Please see the information at the following link: ht tps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_patent
Federal Land Patent: See below all the info.
• Summa Corporation v. California established that ownership through a land patent could not be superseded by the State or anyone else.
• While you wait, create an official declaration of acceptance to convey your acceptance of the restrictions the land patent imposes. You are reaffirming your respect for federal law, and ensuring you adhere to any restrictions the land patent places on your use of the land.
• The Land Patent is the only form of perfect title to land available in the United States. Wilcox v. Jackson, 38 PET (U.S.) 498; 10 L.Ed. 264.
• The “Warranty Deed” is merely a “color of title”. Color of Title means: “That which is a semblance or appearance of title, but not title in fact or in law.” Howth v. Farrar, C.C.A. Tex.; 94 F.2d 654, 658; McCoy v. Lowrie, 42 Wash. 2d 24, Black’s Law Sixth Ed.
• A Warranty Deed cannot stand against a Land Patent. “A grant of land (Land Patent) is a public law standing on the statue books of the State, and is notice to every subsequent purchaser under any conflicting sale made afterward.” Wineman v. Gastrell, 53 FED 697, 2 U.S. App. 581.
A Land Patent is permanent and cannot be changed by the government after its issuance. “Where the United States has parted with title by a patent legally issued and upon surveys made by itself and approved by the proper department, the title so granted cannot be impaired by any subsequent survey made by the government for its own purposes.” Cage v. Danks, 13 La.Ann 128. In the history of this county, no Land Patent has ever lost an appellate review in the courts. As a matter of fact, in Summa Corp. v California, 466 US 198, the Supreme Court ruled forever that the Land Patent would always win over any other form of title. In that case, the land in question was tidewater land and California’s claim was based on California’s constitutional right to all tidewater lands. The patent stood supreme even against California’s Constitution.
• Want to keep bureaucrats and others from snooping around your property to search for code violations? Tired of endlessly paying fees for permits to build on your own property? How many times have you heard, “You can’t do that without permission” or “You need a permit to do that which will cost you X-amount of dollars.” It seems harder and harder to do things on your own land, and too much time, energy, and money is usually expended in the process.
With a Land Patent, YOU DO NOT NEED PERMISSION FROM ANYONE TO DO ANYTHING ON YOUR PROPERTY and YOU DO NOT NEED TO GIVE ANY GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL PERMISSION TO COME ONTO YOUR PROPERTY (be it an official from your town, county or state).
Neither a town nor its officers have any right to appropriate or interfere with private property. Mitchell v. City of Rockland, 15 Me. 496.
Advantages of a Land Patent
• The land cannot undergo foreclosure.
• The land cannot be taxed.
• No third party claim can be brought against it.
• The government may not encumber the land through legislation. Like in a Regulatory Taking of Property, unless you agree in a contract.
• Ownership of land through a land patent also confers ownership of the water rights to any water or minerals originating on or under the property. Nobody can regulate or monitor the use of that water.
Disadvantages of a Land Patent
• A land patent could make it difficult to obtain financing or a loan on the land.
• Removal of the land from the tax rolls cancels any obligation to emergency services paid for by taxes.
• The land patent owner may enter into a private contract with each branch of emergency services to be served.
• A land patent is the only form of proof of absolute title to land in the United States. It protects the landowner from claimants of co-ownership as well as the United States government.
• A land patent is granted to the named party and his, her, or their heirs and assigns forever. Without a land patent, there is the potential to lose ownership of your property in a land contest. With a land patent, the property is no longer subject to any third party challenge.
• Filing for a land patent is not difficult however you must be thorough in gathering your documentation to render proof of ownership. Land patents need not be filed publicly, however many landowners protect their land interests with a public filing.
I will try to post ore info on this. A request to get your land patent takes about 2 weeks. Cost about $30 with some recording fees. Got too read the rules on this to it is executed properly.
Stop feeding the beast, Stop paying your wealth to tax authorities.
Every Man for themselves. And Women like smart men, who are steps ahead of the mass morons out there dilly dally around doing nothing.
This sounds too good to be true?
Where is the gotcha?
Anty lawyers here?
Land patent sounds too good to be true.
Any lawyers here?
Looks like Trouble.
I avoid trouble.
TharSheBlows, I looked up the State law in Florida… where I live. Yes, one can apply for a patent; however, it does not exonerate any tax liability in this State. Others? Perhaps. But all thinking of pursuing this need to check what laws are in place that prevent any gain using this idea. Sure would be nice if applicable nationwide, in that I sure agree with you.
YES THIS IS REALLY HUGE!!! RE: LAND PATENTS
This is all absolutely True. Here is the deal. Ever piece of land in the USA has a land patent. Your property’s patent is sitting on the shelf at the BLM Bureau of Land Management in Washington DC. All of these hidden patents were sort of done away with when the Bankers took over our financial system and then just had Warrantee Deeds issued instead of Land Patents. Commercial property is ineligible. You see a warrantee deed is just a color of appearance that you really own your property. However a “LAND PATENT” is absolute ownership of your property. This no one can infringe on a patent, there fore your property can never be taxed, can never be confiscated, can never have any tax liens or 3rd party liens. A lot of Atty’s and Judges have no idea about the power of a Land Patent. Just go pick it up you fools, go get it. BLM in Washington DC. Call and Say “I want information to get my land patent”, and you fill out a short form with your property legal description, send it in and within about 2-3 weeks they will call you back with the total you owe for the 3 copies of certified land patent and parcel map if there is on the record. A certified land boundary area survey is required. I sent all of this in and am waiting for my Land Patent.
And the down side is you may have a hard time trying to finance a Land Patent Property because Banks can’t place any liens on the property. It is illegal. So pay off your property and file this Patent. Or get your patent even if you have a mortgage and send them a copy. They may call your entire Note Due on demand which they have a right to do, but They may not be able to file a lien on your property unless it says that in your loan papers. Just read the case study info I posted above. YOu see this absolute ownership was lost over 3 generations ago, and I found this info for you to go claim your Land Patent for your Property. Cost only about $30 for 3 certified copies. You can hold on to these documents, or you can have them officially recorded and advertised in a news paper for so many consecutive dates for a public posting. But if you like you can keep paying taxes for sh!t public services or you can save a ton of money annually and send in a Declaration of Notice to the Property Appraiser office and tell them your land is patented and they need to stop sending you annual Tax Bills, which no will no longer owe. Trying to tax a land patent is an infringement. No law case has ever been lost to a Land Patent which is absolute ownership of your property that you can pass down to generation after \generation and there will never be any property tax charged on that land again for ever into perpetuity.
I have the County here trying to take over my man made canal and try to claim this canal as County Property. Once I file my Land Patent, I can sue them for trespassing as I will own all the special area within my boundary areas, which means I own the land the submerged land the water all the mineral rights to the center core of the earth and above up to 500 Ft. That’s Absolute Ownership and Title. You fail to get this and your land assets will be stripped away from you over time and be taxed into bankruptcy. You can always contract with your local ambulance service or fire service if you want in a separate contract for certain services. Half my property taxes not go for schools and I never had any ever. Sccrew that BS!!
What you are going to get is a “Federal Land Patent” for your property, that’s sitting on the shelf for you at the BLM in Washington DC for you to claim absolute owner of your property. They will do the research and you want 3 certified copies.
It appears that the basis upon which the exemption from taxation for Common Law Pure Trust property is asserted is Article I, section 10 of the United States Constitution. 25 This provision states that “No State shall … pass any … Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts[.]” I understand the premise of the “Common Law Pure Trust” to be that this federal constitutional provision should be read to provide that any contract is absolutely unassailable and that these contracts (trusts) cannot be challenged in any state or federal court or regulated by the laws of any state because the trust is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. No contract contrary to public policy, however, is protected by Article I, section 10 of the United States Constitution.
Including this site. I cannot post anything. Is there a sign in? I don’t understand it for 5 or 6 years.
Do yoy want to know why the USA has fallen:
here is info
go to: YouTube.com
search for video. “Fluoride in concentration camps!”
We are being attacked. Now!. “Quite weapons for quite wars.” (Please look up this term.)
mass media brainwashing
Schools indoctrination of AntiAmerican values
(these mass media corps. owned by foriegn governments)
Where is the freedom of press, freedom of speech etc??
Even here, the walls have ears.
Well good! They can hear my new Marshall amp with built in effects then lol. The best buy for the money IMO. 230 bux and has 30 watts, 10 inch speaker, effects (flanger, delay, chorus, phaser) and that great marshall sound. Just need a morley wah and you have zeppelin and floyd at your fingers!
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS website– he says there are options we can go to where the government cannot spy on you or censor websites– forgot name of it — will get back with you. But basically, we don’t have to play by the governments rules…
Go to PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS website and click under “Newsletter Issues”.. it will tell you how to avoid government’s interference.
I’m guessing there is a huge portrait of John D. Rockefeller hanging on the wall of Googles’ corporate boardroom.
No, that’s Vladimir Lenin. On the opposite wall is Joseph Goebbels.
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You only get the news that big brother wants you to see. No reflection on you MAC.
repr sleepr, if we see something it is because “they want us to see it!” We all know that there are news worthy stories that never see the light of day (e.g. the living/social conditions in collapsing economies like Venezuela, Syria, Ukraine or Libia).
We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.
Reagans campaign manager that was appointed to be CIA director.
Makes sense that everything you have ever typed is stored somewhere. Call it willfull memo.
see videos of little shy, 16 year old girl, Greta Hunberg, from Sweden, confront the a..holes at Davos– billionaires club and the UN and the united nations economic forums…
MILLIONS PROTESTING!!! kids!!
Greta Thunberg speech to UN secretary general António …
Footage: UNFCCC, Videographer Justin K. Davey For 25 years countless of people have stood in front of the United Nations climate conferences,
And what did they accomplish?
With the exception of national defense(if it was up to me the Moslem and socialist religions would be obliterated), I’m pretty Libertarian, almost anarchist really, but nothing should be censored by a government. “Data will set you free”.
Very well written article. Most here are already aware of what the writer says, but I disagree that once lost, freedom of speech on the internet is forever gone. A changing of the guard would re-establish freedom of speech in written, spoken, internet communication, T.V., movie, radio, and internet.
Your such an optimist and thats good. But all throughout history man has done the same crap over and over and over and over. In fact I would bet man is one of the stupidest species in the universe. Self destructive, suicidal, environment destroying, kills its own, promotes expansion of the worst of the species, kills for fun, uses resources way beyond what is needed, doesn’t store food, is very greedy, etc. The list is long. Name any animal as bad as humans….
Seems all these devout Cristian’s won’t believe Revelation 2:9 , 3:9 John 8:44?
I knew the Internet was in trouble when Al Gore said he invented it. Politicians!
People don’t give up your weapons. All this stuff will finally come to a head. And Old Remus says stay away from crowds. If the internet is gone we are blind.
Has anyone noticed half midwest farmland flooded?
Food prices going up. Is your food pantry topped off?
Now that sheep are well trained to be groped.
You allow high school drop outs and dykes to grope your women and children, Fags grope your crotch, just to get on airplane. The blue shirts mad dog you, smirk, go through your wifes underwear in lugage.
You allowed full body x-ray scanners to mutate your dna just to get on plane.
Now there is facial recognition in all airports on the way.
You go through all that make believe security circus theater, to travel. While illegals flood border by hundreds of thousands. Illegals Carrying drugs, disease, and anti American Pro Communist viewpoints. MS-13 and other cartels coming to once nice areas of USA. China and Russian foriegn nationals with military training.
Tech Matrix and 5g kill weapon nearing completion.
DNA sniffers already here.
* * * Flourided -Vaccinated -Flu Shotted -Public educated Indoctrinated -University 4year debt slaved and NWO indoctrinated.
VISA required for EU travel soon. Don’t let sheep wonder about freely.
5g will track trace target then terminate your life.
5g is a weapon of genocide.
“Welcome to the beast system sheep.”
The clueless distracted entertained political correct masses. They embrace and welcome beast system.
ALL Fundamental humam freedom being stolen:
ALL THESE ARE NOW VERBOTTEN:
Free to Travel
Freedom to discuss and disagree
Right to bear arms for protection of Family and Country.
Right to your own blood,Finger prints,DNA, Privacy.
New World Order controlled by tech monopoly mafia and the rich:
YOU WILL HAVE YOUR PAPERS.
YOU WILL COMPLY AND BE VACCINATED.
YOU WILL GIVE UP FIREARMS.
AI will be your Master.
Robots will take your job. Then battle bots controlled by the rich will kill you.
What will you do? Hell is at your doorstep.
Do you comply and follow the Beast.
Do you embrace Beast System?
Do you follow Jesus?
Your choice. But fence sitters will now be forced to choose. Who do you serve.
The distracted entertained masses/FaceBook generation, will comply and embrace the beast.
What is your choice? Jesus your only hope.
Positive Actions For You:
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Loose that weight get in shape
Things are getting real.
Stay Frosty Friends
All of our future will be left in the hands of menials who are already non-thinking, do nothing, entertainment sponges of distraction. Have less than a 5 second attention span, less than a Gold fish. Can’t throw a ball or a hand grenade. Men throw like sissy women these days. And these chumps will be the dumbed down generation that will give away out freedoms, land and our future for a Netflix video.
When i was a kid my friends and I would sometimes fantasize about living in the era of the wild wild west.
That’s where it’s all headed for future generations …a foregone fantasy.imo
Off topic…but is it just me or do most of the massive food corporations involved in recalls lately have a (cough)largely hispanic work force?
So why do I give a ratass ? I don’t eat their hormone inflated fake food ..right?
Well somebody is going to compensate their losses and I fully expect product liability insurance premiums to go up across the board.
Oh yeah the big dogs can take the hit but it might be the proverbial straw that broke the gentleman farmers back. JS
“Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. A large part of the political literature of five years was nowcompletely obsolete. Reports and records of all kinds, newspapers, books,pamphlets, films, sound-tracks, photographs–all had to be rectified at lightning speed. Although no directive was ever issued, it was known that the chiefs of the Department intended that within one week no reference to the war with Eurasia, or the alliance with Eastasia, should remain in
existence anywhere.” – 1984, George Orwell
It’s not like all of the managed fake controlled news isn’t working to change minds as much of it works. The fakery moves along so smoothly that people don’t even realize that their thoughts are not their own but are a programmed herd mentality go along to get along pack of lies.
One of the sadder things of my time teaching in the public school system was watching an incoming librarian gut the library of REAL books because “they could find it all on the internet”. The next generation will never know our real history or what Twain’s books actually said. Everything is being (or has been) sanitized. I fear for our future and already question what I think I know.
You win, if both the hands are higher opposed to dealer’s give.
1) Practice before wagering a bet otherwise hybrid cars lose a lot of income.
What to do when important things have gone erroneous? http://[email protected]%2Findex.php%2Fother-games%2Fntc33/pages/privacy-policy.html
For everyone that wants to “hide” the truth on the internet, there are others that want the truth to be available. The problem is if people seeking the truth don’t do due diligence and check out both sides (or ALL sides) of a subject. For example, they said we can’t watch the body-cam video of the NZ shooting. Within two minutes I had the video playing. (At first I thought I was watching a shoot-em-up video game!)(this is horrible, don’t seek it out! It is real people screaming and huddling together as the bullets ripped through them!) Sometimes I wonder if the censorship is in order, after seeing that. But now I KNOW and can judge my thoughts on what has actually happened and not on rumor.
Censorship is not possible on the internet as it now stands. If the truth ACTUALLY MATTERS to you (it doesn’t to many people!) learn how to search the internet and you will find the truth, even if it is horrifying.
Don’t forget, comrade Obama had an “internet kill switch” created so everyone can be shut down at SHTF time.
The first paragraph, especially the first line is the most pertinent item in this article. C. H. Smith recently wrote a very astute article how the political system of the US has failed, it can no longer solve issues confronting the country, and it no longer represents the citizens of the nation. He says, “when the political system has delivered a steadily declining quality of life and standard of living for the bottom 80% of households, politics has failed.”
As the political system has failed, they pass their responsibilities on to the central bank, which in turn addresses failures by “printing” massive amounts of money, and then issuing it back to the state, the powerful and politically popular. This money is not really put to productive use, and it cannot substitute for the loss of representation, mainly for the continued dominance of parasitic elites. Wealth and income inequality are accelerated and further concentrated, even as the majority of working people are losing ground. The top 5 % control finance, gov’t, media, national defense cartels, healthcare cartels, think tanks, and higher education. This will continue only until debt is so massive, and unintended consequences so profound, it can no longer be sustained. The central banks are now failing. Smith says with each passing day we get closer to the shift of the tide of the self-serving elites, that change can occur rapidly. He cites for example, in 1766, just ten years before he Declaration of Independence virtually no one was thinking independence, and just five years before, voices for independence was far and few between. The shift for revolution took less than one year.