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There Is A Solution To Big Tech Censorship – But No Politician Will Touch It

Brandon Smith
October 28th, 2020
Alt-Market.us
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This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt-Market.us. 

The issue of censorship by major tech companies is a precarious one, and I’m becoming increasingly suspicious of the nature of the debate. There are some complexities, but it can all be boiled down to this:

Big tech social media conglomerates argue that their websites are like any other private business and that they are protected from overt government interference by the US constitution. In other words, they have a right to platform or de-platform anyone they choose. Of course, this is the exact OPPOSITE of what most leftist groups have argued in the past when it comes to private businesses refusing to cooperate with people they disagree with on basic principle, such as LGBT activists, but let’s set that hypocrisy aside for now.

Social media companies have decided that the people they want to de-platform most are conservatives, along with anyone else who disagrees with hard-left ideologies such as social justice or the handling of the pandemic situation. Statements or content that run contrary to leftist philosophies are simply labeled “hate speech” or “conspiracy theory” and are erased.

Conservatives argue that big tech is a monopoly with far too much power, that social media should be treated more like a public resource or “town square” and that these companies are violating the free speech rights of conservatives by specifically targeting them for censorship. Many conservatives are also demanding that Donald Trump and the government step in to regulate or punish such companies for these actions.

The truth is that both sides are right, and both sides are wrong. The real solution to the problem requires a radical change in how we view the institution of corporations and how they interact with government, and it’s a solution I doubt ANY political official will consider, and that includes Trump.

Let me explain…

Social media and big tech do in fact represent a monopoly, but not in terms most people are familiar with. Instead of acting only as an economic monopoly controlling market share, big tech is also a political monopoly controlling the majority of communication platforms. If only one political and social ideological group dominates every major social media and digital information outlet, this in my view represents a completely unbalanced power dynamic that does indeed threaten the free speech rights of the populace.

Rabid censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, a scandal that is supported by facts and evidence that big tech has chosen to bury because it’s inconvenient to them rather than a violation of their community guidelines, is just one more example of the incredible danger that social media monopolies present.

Obviously, there is the issue of private property rights to consider. I fully support and defend private property rights and I do believe that a business has the freedom to refuse service to anyone for any reason. Just because you open your doors to the public does not mean the public now owns your labor. You should have the right to refuse labor whenever you wish.

If a business refuses a customer based merely on personal bias, then word is going to get around quickly and that business may lose a large number of potential buyers in the future (this is happening right now with multiple alternative social media companies on the rise). The free market should determine the fate of that business, not state or federal governments.

Government itself is an untrustworthy entity that craves a monopoly of power, and by handing government the authority to micromanage the policies and internal practices of web companies we might be trading the big tech monster for an even more dangerous governmental monster.

Who is to say that the government will stop with sites like Facebook or Twitter or Google? Maybe they will exploit their newfound powers to go after smaller websites as well. Maybe they will attempt to micromanage the entire internet. Maybe they will start dominating and restricting conservative websites instead of the leftist conglomerates we intended, and then we will be doubly screwed.

If you value freedom and the Bill of Rights, then this debate leaves us at an impasse. Both sides (perhaps conveniently) lead to a totalitarian outcome. The thing is, the publicly presented argument is a contrived one, a manipulated discussion that only presents two sides when there are more options to consider. The narrative is fixed, it is a farce.

The public has been led to believe that government and corporations are separate tools that can be used to keep each side in check. This is a lie. Big government and big corporations have always worked together while pretending to be disconnected, and this needs to stop if we are to ever defuse the political time bomb we now face.

To solve the social media censorship debacle we need to examine the very roots of corporations as entities. First, corporations as we know them today are a relatively new phenomenon. Adam Smith described the concept of a corporation as a “joint-stock company” in his treatise ‘The Wealth Of Nations’, and stood against them as a threat to free-market economics. He specifically outlined their history of monopoly and failure, and criticized their habit of avoiding responsibility for mistakes and crimes.

Joint-stock companies were chartered by governments and given special protections from risk, as well as protection from civil litigation (lawsuits). But, they were supposed to be temporary business entities, not perpetual business entities. The point was to allow for the creation of a joint-stock company to finish a particular job, such as building a railroad, and once the job was finished the company was dissolved and the government protections were no longer needed. Smith knew that if corporations were ever allowed to become permanent fixtures in an economy, they would result in disaster.

This is exactly what happened in 1886 when the Supreme Court allowed companies like Southern Pacific Railroad to use the 14th Amendment, which was supposed to protect the constitutional rights of newly freed slaves, as a loophole to declare corporations as “legal persons” with all the protections of an individual citizen. Not only that, but with limited liability, corporations actually became super-citizens with protections far beyond normal individuals. Corporations became the preeminent force in the world and it was their relationship with governments that made this possible.

This fact completely debunks today’s notion of what constitutes free markets. Corporations ARE NOT free market structures. They are, in fact, government-chartered and government-protected monopolies. They are SOCIALIST creations, not free-market creations, and therefore they should not exist in a free market society at all.

The alternative option to corporations was for businesses to form “partnerships”, which did not enjoy protection from government, limited liability or the ability to form monopolies. When the owners of a partnership committed a crime, they could be personally held liable for that crime. When a corporation commits a crime, only the company as a vaporous faceless entity can be punished. This is why it is very rare to see company CEOs face prosecution no matter how egregious and catastrophic their actions.

Today, certain corporations continue to enjoy government protections while also enjoying government welfare. Meaning, these companies get a legal shield while also basking in the advantage of tax incentives and taxpayer dollars.

For example, Google (Alphabet and YouTube) has long received huge tax breaks and is rarely if ever forced to pay in full for the massive bandwidth the company uses. In fact, YouTube was facing bandwidth affordability issues until it was purchased by Alphabet and Google, then it no longer had to worry about it – Google gets over 21 times more bandwidth than it actually pays for because of government intervention.

The same rules apply to companies like Twitter, Facebook, Netflix, Apple, etc. All of them enjoy extensive tax breaks as well as cheap bandwidth that makes it impossible for small and medium-sized businesses to compete, even if they operate on a superior model or have superior ideas. Many times the corporations pay no taxes whatsoever while smaller businesses are crippled by overt payments.

A truly free market requires competition as a rule, but the current system deliberately crushes the competition. Again, we live in a socialist framework, not a free market framework.

Now that we understand the nature of big tech and what these companies actually are (creations of government), the debate on social media censorship changes.

How? Take for example the fact that public universities in the US are not legally allowed to interfere with free speech rights because many of them survive by consuming taxpayer dollars. They are PUBLIC institutions, not private. Why then are we treating major corporations that survive on endless taxpayer infusions and incentives as if they are private businesses? They are not – They are publicly funded structures chartered by the government and therefore they should be subject to the same rules on free speech that universities are required to follow.

Said corporations will surely argue against this and will attempt to use legal chicanery to maintain their monopolies. Trying to dismantle them could take decades, and there are no guarantees that government officials will even make the attempt? Why would they? The relationship between government and corporations has been an advantageous one for establishment elites for decades.

Instead of challenging the corporate model in the Supreme Court, an easier option would be to simply take away all welfare and tax incentives for any big tech companies that refuse to allow free speech on their platforms. If Google had to pay normal price for the bandwidth it uses, the corporation would either implode or it would be forced to break apart into multiple smaller companies that would then compete with each other. More competition means lower prices for consumers along with better products. The threat of losing tax incentives would mean more large companies would refrain from censorship.

Donald Trump as president could conceivably make this happen, but he will not, and neither will any other political official. The partnership between government and corporations will continue, I believe because there are other agendas at play here. The establishment WANTS the public to argue in favor of tech totalitarianism on one side and in favor of government totalitarianism on the other side. They aren’t going to allow any other solutions to enter the discussion.

The only available strategy left for fighting back against big tech is to continue leaving their platforms and building our own. This will take many years to accomplish. The point is, there is a more permanent option, but it requires a complete deconstruction of the socialist government/corporate framework now in place. To confront the power dynamic between governments and major conglomerates is to confront one of the fundamental sources of corruption within our society, which is why it won’t be allowed. And when the system refuses to police itself, public upheaval becomes inevitable.

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    1. donfitness says:

      Excellent piece. 👍👍👍

    2. David Lawn says:

      I was on Twitter for 3 days before I was banned a few days ago.

      I discussed politics and found that after 3 days I had 40 followers.

      I was banned by having my posts only visible to me myself, no-one else could see them.

      Thus I have evidence that free, political discussion is prevented by Twitter.

    3. PapaBear says:

      speaking of bandwidth
      what ever happened to the $7.2 billion for complete broadband and wireless Internet access that Obummer designsted as part of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act?

      follow the money trail on that.

    4. PapaBear says:

      speaking of bandwidth
      what ever happened to the $7.2 billion for complete broadband and wireless Internet access that Obummer designated as part of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act?

      follow the money trail on that.

    5. Larry Pierson says:

      The obvious answer: The law was meant to be used as a shield, not a spear. You can’t engage in one-sided censorship and expect to be protected from your actions. The law protecting them can be nullified on the grounds they abused it in a class action lawsuit.

    6. Darth Skippy says:

      I think that the privatization of an ordinary product is ultimately a lie; it has gained primacy via govt market controls.

      theepochtimes.com/nypd-spying-case-a-wake-up-call-about-chinese-infiltration-in-us-local-tibetans-say_3514581.html

      My late relatives were forever looking over their shoulders, after emigrating, and, when I sought formal documentation, my Email address got shut down.

      People, with something valuable to say, might expect no more safety, here, than in the Old World.

      As best I can tell, the commentators, in every comment section, everywhere, are self-reporting their whereabouts and all of their business, several times a week.

    7. Andrea.Iravani. says:

      The Psychopathic Mutants Want To Own Our Thoughts and DNA

      Psychotronic Weapons 

      I believe that the power structure is trying to evade responsibility for their crimes of 9/11 inside job with full cooperation of all government, large corporations, financial institutions, media, and universities, and now for the Health Scare Scamdemic by attempting to persuade people that people are remotely controlling them with MKUltra techniques. Everyone knows how weird Hillary acted with Secret Service agents reaching in their pockets and pressing buttons on a device, how strange Pelosi, Schiff, Trump, Fauci, Biden, and Gates are acting, like circus freak show acts.

      Illegal surgery and MKUltra techniques have been performed on me and have tortured me and resulted in sleep deprivation and an inability to cry, as well as reduced concentration from the obvious fact that I am being terrorized with DEWs and EMF radiation. It produces extremely horrible sensations, as if my brain gets magnetized, it actually has been with the EMFs. Despite the fact that these DEWs have been used on me, they have been incapable of controlling deciscions that I make, asking me to give things up, or move out of the neighborhood, This has been done to approximately 300,000 people according to anesthesiologist Dr. John R. Hall on his website International Center Against Abuse of Covert Technologies:
      http://www.ICAACT.org/

      Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee which is also managed by James Brunnquell who is also the Village president of the village that I live in Grafton, Wisconsin even though he does not work any hours at all at the village and he does not have voice mail at the village, and Brunnquell keeps running for office and has been in the village government since I moved here in 2000 is coincidently involved in such a project.:

      http://neurosurgery.mcw.edu/blog/news/froedtert-mcw-deep-brain-stimulation-program-2/

      They want to mine our brains and own our thoughts and intellectual property and creations as their own:

      http://slavery.org.uk/ThoughtReadingCapacity.htm

      Others have stated over and over again that a person under hypnosis cannot be compelled to do things that they are morally opposed to doing. :

      https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Document:Mind_Control_and_the_US_Government

      They obviously want to get away with criminal behavior by saying that they were remotely controlled to commit crimes. Well, the technology is being used on me, and I do not commit crimes, and I do not do what they tell me to do, in fact, I don’t even believe in the Lock Downs, distancing, masks, covid vaccines, social and travel restrictions, and I am not going to vote for any candidates, because they are all totally corrupt. Only a totally delusional person would take orders from an anonymous, cowardly, psychopath that is using DEWs on them. The DEW users have threatened me as well. I simply refuse to obey the DEW criminal psychopaths.

      Devices were illegally implanted in me while unconscious at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee on March 27th, 2014, I have barely been able to cry, despite intense feeling of sorrow resulting from a serious of personal tragedies and losses that few would be able to survive, all tragic events were a cascade of losses in such a rapid succession and of such grave consequences that to say that it is truly a series of horrors would be a gross understatement. I used to cry constantly. I am simply unable to express it as a result of psychotronic weaponry, it is not that I do not feel it. It started with immediate sleep deprivation and extremely loud tinnitus in my left ear, and the inability to cry. They turned my brain into a three way transistor radio with devices implanted in both ears and in my nasal cavity. I have written about this in the past and have told many people and informed law enforcement, politicians, and health care at all levels, and all notifications have been ignored, laughed at, and even resulted in threats against me by St. Mary’s staff. Immediately after my first phone was hacked in June of 2017, someone started using DEWs on me. The DEW users repeat non-sensical chants and sexually harrass me and ask me to give up things to them, none of which I have given up. I do not hear it if music is playing, or listening to the radio because the radio waves are larger than the microwaves and displaces them like ripples in a pool from a boulder would displace ripples from a pebble. It is the most offensive and grotesque personal invasion concievable and I have been raped by a stranger, prior to this, and this is much worse, because it never stops, it is an invisible, cowardly, brain-raping, parasitic, psychopath that will not stop. It is total rape by a total coward(s) and a total moster(s) that belongs in a federal pennitentiary for life. I do not know how many people are involved. Anything with a motor also repeats these chants, as well as anything with plumbing because the microwaves can jump to copper pipes. Since I have experienced it miles away from my home, with or without cell-phone, I have concluded that it is beamed from a satellite, and are frequency specific to the illegally implanted devices. My house is constantly broken into and things stolen and vandalized as well as neighbors that stalk and spy and gas-light and have even placed things in their windows that they stole from my home including curtains, and small round globe colored lights which the lights have been removed and placed back in their windows dozens of times. This terrorism has conicided with all of the tragic losses that I have endured since 2014. I have lived in this neighborhood since 2000 and never had a single problem with a neighbor until then. New neighbors have also moved in around me since then on three sides. Two of those neighbors have placed items stolen from me in their windows. 

      There is a terrorist network in my neighborhood. The people involved in this are not from a particular political party or religion. Some of the individuals involved that lived here prior to 2014 are Republicans, some are Democrats, some are Christian, some are Jews. The only common link that I am aware of is their criminal behavior. I have lived in this neighborhood for longer than all of but four other households. Many new neighbors have also moved into the neighborhood and the majority of the men and women do not have jobs, so how they can live here without jobs is unusual. This was all pre-lockdown.

      Vault7 tevhnology is also being used on me. My smart meter was hacked as well as appliances and people remotely control my lights, thermostat, and appliances at their whims. This could only happen to someone living in a shit-hole neighborhood, in a shit-hole village, in a shit-hole county, in a shit-hole state, in a shit-hole country, considering all that have been notified and refused to prosecute and imprison the psychopathic terrorists. Notifications have gone from the Grafton police, all the way up to Donald Trump. 

      Gang Stalking is a common problem in Wisconsin:

      https://researchorganizedgangstalking.wordpress.com/tag/milwaukee-wisconsin-and-gang-stalking/

      https://www.fightgangstalking.com/

      The only reason that I have not killed myself is because I want to expose them and have them permantly thrown in federal pennitntiaries where they can no longer harm people because they pose extreme dangers to society.

      Here is documention that Psychotronic Weapons do exist by written author Mojamir Babacek:

      https://www.globalresearch.ca/electromagnetic-and-informational-weapons-the-remote-manipulation-of-the-human-brain/688

      https://www.globalresearch.ca/author/mojmir-babacek

      This invasive brain technology is being implemented throughout countries around the world ranging from America, China, Iran, Sweden, you name it! There are numerous international collaborative human brain interfacing with technology projects, in addition to projects by the Medical Mafia, Militaries, Universities, and private corporations.

      https://en.mehrnews.com/news/130691/Iran-among-25-top-countries-in-brain-implants

      https://en.mehrnews.com/news/122084/Iran-builds-brain-stimulator-tDCS-device

      https://en.mehrnews.com/news/119830/Enigma-brings-Iran-major-international-project

      https://en.mehrnews.com/photo/141763/1st-specialized-brain-research-center-in-ME-opened-in-Iran

      Andrea Iravani

    8. Jesus says:

      WHY WHY are you people even signing up to go onto these sites of Satan? What is the purpose of exposing your underwear to the public. Why do you think this is social. I tell thee go to community events and become social. For that love is good. Thy must separate from Satan and his social minions fore they collect information against you and WHY would you want to put that on any site for others to destroy you with????? WHY WHY are any of you doing this?

      • Copenhagen says:

        An addiction to receiving Attention and Approval.
        The Lack of a REAL social life.
        Overcompensating for the lack of a REAL social life by spending umpteen hours every day on the Internet.
        Unemployed by choice and have nothing better to do than live on the Internet.

        Those are the reasons why.

    9. Bill says:

      The internet is compromised of a huge number of special interest groups and organizations (these groups are located both inside and outside the US) that rabidly scour the internet for any form of opinion, fact or belief that contradicts the subversive narrative they want the American people to believe. If one does not completely accept their narratives without question you will be labeled racist or anti-semitic, or some kind of “hater”. The deep State, neo-cons, many billionaires, etc. provide funding, support, and guidance.
      You may certainly assume these groups don’t care about our rights, rather they see them as an impediment to their efforts. They definitely plan to eliminate free speech, whether on the internet, your phone, mass-media, or in public. By the way, it’s not only they want to control you, they implacably despise you everything about you.

    10. Archivist says:

      Are posts being allowed now?

    11. Brockland A.T. says:

      Interesting article, but Donald Trump delivered no new wars when no-one was looking.

      It was only early this year that Robert gates pointed that out.

      COVID-19 shutdown resistance would not be effective had not Donald Trump refused to back lockdown madness with the weight of the Oval Office.

      Individual States have primary responsibility for health care, not the Feds. Therefore, state governments are the cause of any 3rd wave nonsense that happens. The COVID-19 True Believers never did a thing all summer to increase health care capacity.

      Donald Trump is like everyone else – he stands to lose a lot if the New World Order comes to be. It won’t be enough to be a billionaire, one would have to be a Deep State connected billionaire, something he never was before (and apart from a few white hats, after) being elected President.

      If you love America, vote Trump… and if you hate America as as you hate Trump… why not vote Trump? Woudn’t America deserve Trump – or are you afraid Trump is the real deal?

      Panic all you want, but vote Trump!

    12. Interesting. Some things here are news to me.
      I really like the solution of abolishing the public-private construct which few recognize as socialism. (I have seen Charlotte Iserbyt grow old trying to get the word to people about charter schools. )

      And until this happens we can continue working on this:
      “The only available strategy left for fighting back against big tech is to continue leaving their platforms and building our own.”
      Anyway, good information.

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