I am a bad man, apparently. A politically incorrect man, certainly. “Dangerous and derogatory,” specifically.
According to Goo-gul, the Internet panopticon that polices and punishes speech – especially speech critical of government fatwas, which are styled “dangerous and derogatory.” See the pic which accompanies this rant. It is a screen shot of my “violations” – the first a an article critical of Obamacare (Shared Responsibility Update) and another, which explains why almost every new car now sports a very small/highly turbocharged engine (The Turbo Tax).
The Alien and Sedition Acts come to mind – only the modern version is more sinister because instead of throwing you in jail or out of the country, the Internet (and social media) Panopticon – it’s all the same Panopticon – ostracizes the offender economically; destroys his ability to make a living – in order to get him to stop making waves.
The pressure brought to bear is – frankly – enormous.
It was not enough to shunt heterodoxy off the main vein conduits of popular news and entertainment; the last redoubts – podcasts and independent web sites such as the one you are reading now must also be given The Treatment.
If people insist on reading such dangerous and derogatory stuff – such as objecting to the insurance mafia using the government to forcibly extort premiums from people (“violation” number one) or to explain to them the reason why new cars are becoming so much more costly all of a sudden (“violation” number two) – the the spreaders of such heresies must be punished.
It is a development unique in the history of publishing.
Ordinarily, a publication that has readers gets advertisers – because the whole point of advertising is to get more people to see the ads and so (it is hoped) buy whatever is being advertised, or at least think about it.
But now, advertising is pulled precisely because the material is being read.
Because it offends the Panopticon, which characterizes any divergent opinion – and not just that but fact-based analysis that is critical of government-corporate shibboleths, such as Obamacare for instance – as dangerous and derogatory.
This is why it is so important to support heterodox media, unless you prefer the orthodox – and what will inevitably follow once it is no longer possible to speak (or write) your mind without incurring punishment for being dangerous and derogatory.
It is not only a practical way to stymie the Panopticon’s economic attack on anything its zampolits take issue with, it is a practical way for you to tell the Panopticon to go to Hell – while you still can.
Until supporting heterodox opinion becomes a crime – which is already the case in the UK and so just a leap across the pond from becoming a crime here, too.
Probably, that is going to happen. Because facts – as John Adams once said – are stubborn things. And the Panopticon can’t allow them to stand in the way of its agenda.
As for myself, I embrace being dangerous and derogatory. In the current context of deceit, demagoguery and suppression, it is an honorable title.
I will do my best to continue earning it – with the help of readers such as yourself.
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