Big Tech censorship

If at first you don't succeed – at thwarting the Constitution – try end running it instead. Several examples on the show this week of globalists end running the law in order to continue fundamentally transforming this country. First up we welcome Stefano Gennarini (c-fam.org), Vice President for Legal Studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights. He looks at how the United Nations is considering making abortion a fundamental human right, poised to declare it an established customary right under international law. This could undo the overturn of Roe v Wade that is expected soon from the Supreme Court.

We had a successful economy in the U.S., largely due to a thriving energy industry. Somehow that was all quickly undone. Next up this week is Daniel Turner (powerthefuture.com), Founder and CEO of Power the Future. He discusses how the current administration is trying to gaslight the public with truly unbelievable mixed messages on energy. He reminds us how fossil fuels keep the world running and how renewables aren't yet ready for prime time. Ultimately, the misleading narratives and their related policies weakened a very prosperous economy.

A capitalist economy runs on competition and fair business practices – or at least it's supposed to. Big Tech companies are getting around that by unfairly undercutting the little guy. Here to chat about that is Christopher Bedford (rightforge.com), Chief Communications Officer at RightForge. There's a new act in Congress that aims to curtail these unethical practices, much like antitrust acts used to do. Big Tech, though, is fighting tooth and nail to defeat it.

Finally this week, we welcome Justin Butterfield (firstliberty.org), Deputy General Counsel at First Liberty Institute. He looks at the case of an Oakland University student who was evicted from campus housing. What did she do wrong? She shared online how to apply for a religious exemption to the covid vaccine. Once again, we see an example of elitists end running the Constitution and violating, in this case, religious freedom.

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act is a proposed piece of legislation that would theoretically prevent a monopoly by big tech giants online. Back with us today is Christopher Bedford (rightforge.com), Chief Communications Officer at RightForge. He examines the unfair business practices by big companies like Google and Amazon that undercut small businesses and drive them under. This new act in Congress should curtail that significantly – in the style of the old antitrust acts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He also looks at the full court press by big tech lobbyists to try and kill this bill.

The Biden administration announced that they are suspending the Disinformation Governance Board. But is the desire to control information really gone from our government? First up this week, we welcome writer and scientist Dr. Matt Briggs (wmbriggs.com) to the program. He shows that even though the disinformation board is on hiatus, other similar offices still exist, like the Office of Environment Justice. Government, in establishing what disinformation is supposed to be, is also establishing what truth is supposed to be.

The need to create a disinformation board in the first place is still prevalent and, according to our next guest, is more about being afraid of dissent rather than disinformation. Back with us today is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. The left has evolved from supporting all free speech no matter what to now demonizing free speech – especially if it goes against their narrative.

We finish up this week with a report out of Canada that the Trudeau administration may soon require journalists to obtain a license if they want to keep doing business. Joining us is freelance writer and software engineer Michael Tennant (thenewamerican.com). Journalists are not yet required to get a license in Canada, but subsidies and preferential treatment tend to go to those who have one. With freedom of speech under attack in the U.S., how long before we see a similar requirement for our press?

This Memorial Day, we take time to honor, reflect, and remember those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country so we can keep those freedoms we often talk about.

The disinformation board has been paused, but the need to create it in the first place is more about being afraid of dissent, not disinformation. Back with us today is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. He shows us how the natural evolution of the left seems to have gone from supporting all free speech no matter what to now demonizing free speech – especially if it goes against their narrative. He looks at what the endgame is for those on the left and on the right.

Facebook went down last week as a so-called whistleblower testified before Congress about the social media giant. That and a lot of other topics for today's show. Dr. Russ White (rule11.tech), expert on IT infrastructure and architecture, is back with us today for another spirited conversation. Was the whistleblower testimony a false flag? What do the powers that be want to ultimately do with censorship? John and Russ look at the Facebook outage as well as the security of Bitcoin. They also discuss deep learning programs and algorithms that make decisions in social media.

The Familiar Road to Socialism

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John Loeffler

July 31, 2021

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"History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme:" a quote attributed to author Mark Twain. We see today the seedlings of socialism beginning to burst through here in the U.S. and it looks awfully familiar. First up this week is Andrei Znamenski (notesonliberty.com), Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He grew up in the Soviet Union before coming here in 1991 and is an expert in the lead-up to the Bolshevik movement of 1917. He describes the beginning of communism in Russia where they would shut down intellectual debate, control the media, and institute a repressive cancel culture. Where have we heard that before?

The Christian Church has been affected by this change, with some leaders and pastors compromising the Church's doctrines to cater to the secularized culture. Back with us this week after a long hiatus is Ken Ham (answersingenesis.org), CEO and Founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter. He looks to help prepare Christians to take a bold stand, defend God's Word, and take on the worldly culture. The Church should cease compromising because in the troubled times ahead, with the enemies already inside the gates, the solid foundation of Truth will be a much needed weapon.

Finally this week, we take a look at censorship and the violation of the free speech rights of millions of Americans. Wrapping up the show is May Davis (iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She discusses President Trump's class action lawsuit against social media companies, the need to apply fair rules to everyone equally, and how the repercussions of Big Tech's censorship could help change the culture and founding principles of the country.

May Davis: Section 230 and Suing Big Tech

Broadcast Running Time: 17:20

John Loeffler

July 26, 2021

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A few weeks ago, former President Donald Trump filed a class action lawsuit against Google, Twitter, and Facebook for violating the free speech rights of millions of Americans. What's behind the lawsuit and what does it have to do with Section 230? Joining us today is May Davis (iwf.org), Visiting Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She discusses the publisher versus platform issue, how the lawsuit could succeed given precedent, and regardless of the outcome, the need to apply the rules evenly to everyone. The repercussions of Big Tech's censorship could reach farther than just who gets to speak on the internet – it could change the culture and founding principles of the country.

We have a double feature on today's podcast. First up is a brief interview with Brian Kelsey (libertyjusticecenter.org), Senior Attorney with the Liberty Justice Center. He alerts all private schools that there is money available for Covid relief – if you know where to look and ask for it. If you don't, it reverts back to the public schools.

We then transition to the debate over whether online platforms should be considered publishers or editors. Political writer and author Steven Hill (steven-hill.com) joins us to explain both sides of the issue and how policing what Big Tech companies are doing is far more complicated than it sounds. He looks at the differences between the internet in America versus the internet in Europe and the effects of the Facebook law in Germany and Section 230 here. He also discusses algorithms, psychographic profiles, manipulated searches, and surveillance capitalism. Is anyone working to solve these problems?

The state of Florida is becoming a magnet for technology companies, specifically crypto-currency firms, because of the state's business laws. To discuss this and more, Andrea O'Sullivan (jamesmadison.org), Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation at the James Madison Institute is with us today. She discusses the advantages of having a decentralized system of business over a centralized one, namely the ability to communicate directly with users and bypass the potential censorship of Big Tech. Blockchain crypto-currency is moving to decentralization and the powers that be are definitely worried.

Censorship seems to be a popular activity these days, but it has picked up a surprising champion – the mainstream media! Joining us today is John Tierney (city-journal.org), Contributor Editor to the City Journal, who points out that censorship had been ramping up, but since the Capitol violence, it has been unleashed virtually unabated. And as crazy as it sounds, woke leftist media outlets seem to be welcoming it. Conservatives are being banned, but when leftists called for violence during the Trump administration, nothing was done. It's a dangerous plan to ignore the freedoms found in the Constitution – when that happens, totalitarianism isn't far behind.