The Free Expression Institute just handed out awards meant to honor – well, free expression – but the awards ended up going to people in social media and Big Tech who have been instrumental in censoring conservatives. Joining us today from Massachusetts is G. Tod Slone (theamericandissident.org), Founder of the American Dissident. He looks at the numerous violations of free speech occurring in society today and how, even though we have the First Amendment, many people feel the need to self-censor in order to steer clear of hassle. And if we don't self-censor, then the tech overlords will do it for us.
Does history really repeat itself? Can we learn from it? David Satter (davidsatter.com), Editorial Author at the Wall Street Journal, joins us to report on his experiences as a journalist in Soviet Russia in the 1970s and 1980s – and compare it to America today. In the Soviet Union, media perpetuated the government narrative so much so that the people knew that news stories weren't true. Today in the U.S., we read or hear a story and immediately think, based on the media outlet, that an ideology is being pushed instead of facts. Also, in totalitarian societies, there is such a threat to disrupt your future, through cancel culture or force, that people self-censor and fall in line. It happened in the Soviet Union. We're seeing it begin to happen here. Can we learn from this in time to stop it?
There are rules for thee, but not for me. Seems to be the woke battle cry today. In this week’s premium boralogue, John looks at the outrage against people and companies for thoughts and policies that were completely reasonable five minutes ago. Your words and deeds will be targeted, but eventually, even your silence will be labeled racism. John breaks down several logical fallacies wrapped up in progressive narratives. When words are weaponized in pursuit of those narratives, truth becomes a casualty.