The big news this week is that the left in the US is resorting to blatant censorship, backed by the coercive power of the state. The Biden Administration has jumped the shark. The state asserts a monopoly on violence in every country, but now in the US it is also asserting a monopoly on “truth.”
In the last two decades the left has increasingly relied on fantasies to persuade people to support its policies. The gap with reality keeps widening. The left has all the main institutions on board promoting the PC fantasies, so truth and effective criticism of the fantasies are increasingly rare. Indeed, this blog was explicitly started to counter these PC fantasies.
The left has come to rely on these fantasies, and would appear ridiculous, corrupt, and stupid if the fantasies were revealed to be false.
But the fantasies are so increasingly ridiculous that they cannot withstand open debate. If there really was free speech, the fantasies — and the current left — would crumble.
The problem for the left is that the wall-to-wall institutional support for their fantasies sprang a leak this week — Elon Musk purchased Twitter. Even one platform that allows dissent and criticism of their PC fantasies is too dangerous for them.
So they are going all-in on censorship. No criticism allowed — on pain of violence, up to armed men throwing you in prison. Appearances be damned.
The parts of the right opposed to the deep state and the bureaucratic left — the Trump wing of the Republican Party — have gone ballistic. This is the hill they will die on — because if they lose this battle, it’s over for the United States of America. The only issue now is censorship and free speech.
Even Tucker can barely maintain a cheerful facade in his monologue last night — the anger and seriousness leaks through at many points:
Joe Biden cannot continue to control this country if you have free access to information. It’s that simple.
Biden certainly is not improving your life. He’s not even trying to improve your life. So, the best he can do is lie to you and demand that you believe it, but to do that, he needs to make certain that nobody else can talk because if you were to hear the truth, you might not obey. How is Biden going to pull that off? It’s not easy. Well, one option would be to get men with guns to tell you to shut up. …
So today, to herald the coming of the new Soviet America, the administration announced its own Ministry of Truth. This will be called the Disinformation Governance Board. Laugh if you want, but just to show you, they’re not kidding around here. This board is not part of the State Department or any other agency focused on foreign threats from abroad. No, the Disinformation Governance Board is part of the Department of Homeland Security. DHS is a law enforcement agency designed to police the United States and that, by the way, has a famously large stockpile of ammunition. So, it’s not a joke at all. …
Here’s DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:
We have just established a mis-and-disinformation governance board in the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively combat this threat, not only to election security, but to our homeland security. …
So here we have this new and terrifying thing that the Biden administration is so concerned about that it’s created a new agency to fight it, but Mayorkas never said or even hinted as to what it might be. So, the man in charge of the disinformation governing board never defined disinformation. It’s almost unbelievable when you think about it. Would you declare war on a country you couldn’t name? Would you sentence someone to death for a crime you couldn’t describe? Of course, you wouldn’t. Not if you were a sane and decent person because you can’t have justice without precise definitions. That’s why we have very large books of law that define what is allowed and what is not. But they’re not defining the core concept at the heart of what is effectively a new law enforcement agency. Maybe that’s because Mayorkas doesn’t want justice, and neither does the president he serves. They want power and to get power, they plan to control what you think.
Watch Mayorkas explain:
We have so many different efforts underway to equip local communities, to identify individuals who very well could be descending into violence by reason of ideologies, of hate, false narratives, or other disinformation and misinformation propagated on social media and other platforms.
Oh, did you know that? So, one of our biggest law enforcement agencies has men with guns around the country doing so many things to stop disinformation and false narratives. Those aren’t even lies. They’re just deviations from the approved script.
Mayorkas told us again that men with guns planned to “identify individuals who could be descending into violence.” Could be descending. Not people who’ve committed violence or even been accused of any crime at all. DHS is instead using law enforcement powers to identify and punish people who think the wrong things. That would be opponents of the Biden administration. Is this dystopian fiction? No. It’s happening right in front of us.
That means that Joe Biden’s partisan political enemies are now officially enemies of the state. How is this happening in America? Good question, but it is happening …
America’s censor is a highly partisan, woke midwit — and a woke women straight from her Glee club:
Biden’s new thought-cop-in-chief has been revealed. She’s a 33-year-old, highly self-confident young woman called Nina Jankowicz. …
What Nina Jankowicz can do, her one skill, the purpose for which she was hired, is level partisan attacks on the other side with maximum ferocity. That is her real job. …
Listen [to Jankowicz]:
Most of the disinformation that we’ve seen in this highly emotionally manipulative content is coming from the Right. If you look at the top-10 most engaged with posts on Facebook or Twitter on a given day, they are usually posts that are coming from the Right and that’s because the Right does deal on this highly emotional rhetoric. …
Now, it’s worth noting here, because we can’t resist that this very same Nina Jankowicz once wrote an entire book about how women can’t use the Internet because it’s just too upsetting for them. They’re too fragile to read words they disagree with. It makes them faint. Here’s a direct quote from Nina Jankowicz’s book: “To be a woman online is an inherently dangerous act.” … This is the same woman, Nina Jankowicz, telling you that it’s the right that uses emotional rhetoric. …
Nina Jankowicz, the disinformation hunter, once called the Hunter Biden laptop story, which is entirely true, a “Trump campaign product.” In October of 2020, she wrote “Voters deserve the context, not a fairy tale, about a laptop repair shop.” … Nina Jankowicz is repeating a lie that was, of course, widespread on the eve of the presidential election and when she repeated it, made it possible for Joe Biden to repeat it on the debate stage during a presidential debate. In case you’ve forgotten, here he is.
BIDEN: There are 50 former national intelligence folks who said that what this he’s accusing me of is a Russian plan. They have said that this has all the — four, five former heads of the CIA, both parties, say what he’s saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes it except them, his and his good friend, Rudy Giuliani.
TRUMP: You mean the laptop is now another Russia, Russia, Russia hoax?
BIDEN: That’s exactly what, that’s exactly what we’re told.
This is the hill to die on:
Just to be clear, this is a nightmare unfolding in slow motion, but this is the point where we’re just going to have to draw the line.
No, Joe Biden, you can’t have a federally funded Ministry of Truth and no, Nina Jankowicz can’t run it. Period. It’s not your country. You’re not even compos mentis and you don’t get to do this to a free people, period. …
Nina Jankowicz made it possible for a presidential candidate to lie from the debate stage about a story that may have changed the outcome of election, our election. Our presidential election, speaking of disinformation. She’s never apologized for that. That’s because a role has nothing to do with the truth or stopping disinformation. Her job is to restrict any speech that challenges Joe Biden or the Democratic Party. …
What you’re seeing is a full-scale attack on free speech in a country that has been free for nearly 250 years and it’s happening at the direction of the U.S. government through a law enforcement agency.
The future of western civilization is in the balance. This is the woke grab for permanent power. This is Stalin and Mao level.