Community Standards and the Dictatorship of Consent

 It happened to me recently for the twelfth and thirteenth times and, if you’re in the habit of truth-telling, I’d wager it has or soon will happen to you. Facebook again restricted one of my pages for sixty days, threatening to “unpublish” it, and, shortly thereafter, blocked a private group I operate for ninety days. The two excuses they most frequently use to censor content they disagree with are “hate speech” and alleged “community standards” violations. This time, they went with the latter. The incidents inspired me to again raise my voice against the dictatorial cyberbullying tactics of big tech and the very grave threat they pose to Freedom. 

Before we dive into our analysis of digital censorship, let’s address a common rebuttal. Many people, when they hear of censorship on social media platforms, shrug and say, “Well, they’re private companies; they can censor anyone they want.” This rebuttal is based on a truth, but is incorrect in our context. 

First, let’s address the truthful part of the equation. The right of discrimination, or association, is indeed constitutionally protected – though modern laws of Marxist origin have severely chipped away at that right. “Discrimination” in this sense does not mean what people today think it means. It simply means “to choose.” That is, a private company, business, church, property owner, home owner, etc., has a right to choose who may enter their property and to set the terms of use while they’re there. 

A private property owner or church or theater, for instance, can require you to wear a mask on their premises – as absolutely idiotic as that policy is. A private store may also prohibit certain peoples or groups from entering or receiving service – blacks, whites, gays, straights, hunchbacks, hippies, or whomever. As in the former case, this would be an unsound business practice. Yet, it is a right. It’s the old “no shirt, no shoes, no service” principle in action. 

Former generations took this right for granted. If a shop posted a sign asking them to put on their shoes, they respectfully obliged. Today, this basic understanding of, and respect for, property rights has fallen by the wayside. It is under attack by rebellious people wanting to flout the rules they don’t like as well as governments attempting to force businesses to comply with their whims. 

Most rational people can agree that governments have no right to dictate policy to a private business. Yet, many of these same people believe it’s ok for an individual to trample that same private business’s rights. Those who dislike the policies that the privately-owned store on the corner sets have a right, too. They may “vote with their feet” and take their business elsewhere. They may also stand on public property and protest. They can peaceably encourage and persuade and cajole. But they do not have the right to go onto someone else’s property, or in their store, or in their church, or into their home, and deliberately defy their rules. We must not allow that to happen as a society, regardless of whether Big Brother or Ben from down the block is the offender. 

I repeat: As foolish and unsound as banning groups of people from your store or requiring masks may be, and as trampled as property rights have been in recent years by activist courts, scheming politicians, and rebellious individuals, we must hold these rights sacrosanct. I emphatically support and endorse the God-given right of discrimination, or, if you prefer the nicer sounding version, the right of association. Without property rights, there is no Liberty

With the right of association for private entities acknowledged, I move my second point. Despite their claims, I seriously challenge whether Facebook and the other tech giants actually are private institutions. Is a company truly private if it receives billions of dollars from tax payers? Facebook receives billions in tax subsidies annually! Did you know that your tax money is going to Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow Marxists at Facebook? All the big social media platforms and search engines – Twitter, YouTube, Google, etc. – receive huge tax breaks and subsidies, which they then use to silence your voice and censor pro-America information. 

It’s my firm position that an organization which receives tax payer money cannot claim the right of discrimination/association. Rather, such publicly-subsidized corporations ought to be required to uphold public law, such as the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. If their funds come from us, they ought to be accountable to us. It is on these grounds that I contend Facebook, Twitter, and all the rest, are engaged in mass violations of our rights and need to be brought to heel. 

Make no mistake, Facebook’s and Twitter’s and YouTube’s actions are not noble or well-intentioned. They’re not honestly trying to rid the web of legitimate “hate speech,” uphold high “community standards,” or clean up their platforms of filth and cultural degeneracy. They’re not trying to curb disinformation, construct bridges of understanding between groups, create forums for dialogue, combat prejudice, root out domestic terrorists, or any of the usual talking points. In actual fact, they are engaged in blatant censorship that impacts livelihoods, reputations, careers, relationships, and, yes, the general health of our nation. 

We would do well to ask, who and what are being censored? The response is self-evident: Conservatives, constitutionalists, conspiracy researchers, and Christians are being silenced along with the philosophies of Americanism, constitutionalism, traditionalism, and Christianity. Anyone who promotes individual rights, limited government, rule of law, nationalism, America-first politics, traditional family values, marriage between a man and a woman, the sanctity of life, Biblical sexual norms, or the pristine Gospel of Jesus Christ, is on the chopping block. Anyone who exposes conspiracy and corruption, informs others about the Satanic cabal that seeks to dominate the world, details false-flag attacks against our People such as the 9/11 attacks or the Coronavirus psyop, decries unconstitutional wars of aggression, fights against harmful technologies and substances from vaccines to 5G to drugs, and so forth, is considered the enemy. In short, anyone who opposes the global communist agenda with its assault on Faith, Families, and Freedom, is harassed, bullied, restricted, censored, and ultimately silenced by big tech. 

I can get banned from Facebook for quoting a John Hopkins psychiatrist who said that transgenderism is a mental illness, but leftist radicals don’t get penalized for calling for the assassination of the president, the overthrow of our Republic, or the extermination of whites. I can have my pages restricted for quoting a Winston Churchill statement that showed Adolf Hitler in a favorable light, but people can issue death threats and the most horrid streams of profanity and hate against me with impunity. I can find myself in Facebook’s virtual GULAG for calling for a united front against Bolshevism, but feminists can call for the mass infanticide of babies. I can be censored for “hate speech” for saying “It’s Ok to Be White,” but Black Lives Matter can spew their anti-white hate and racial division all day, every day. 

Evidently, Marxist hate against Christians, whites, constitutionalists, and the like, doesn’t constitute “hate speech,” but literally anything said by anyone in one of the above classes is fair game for censorship. Facebook’s “community standards” are designed with the purpose of compelling dissenters into compliance with their ideological whims. The bias is so obvious that no honest person can deny it. Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Democrats, communists, LGBT lunatics, mentally ill transgenders, feminists, baby-killers, cultural degenerates, drag queens, pedophiles, and others of their ilk, have free reign. These people are allowed to spew profanity, share nudity, and hurl threats in every direction. Their destructive dogmas and ideas aren’t considered inflammatory to the Facebook “community,” but healthy pro-life, pro-Christ, and pro-America statements are. 

A massive, deliberate double standard exists in the social media world. People like me who love America, our Founding Fathers and national heroes, our Heaven-inspired Constitution, and our nation’s noble heritage of Freedom, are singled out, bullied, and kicked into the corner. Alex Jones and his InfoWars operation have been permanently banned, as have numerous other activists, journalists, and dissenters. Why? Because they share truths that, if grasped by the People at large, would undermine and destroy the power of the rootless, international clique of gangsters which Facebook serves. 

To reiterate, people’s livelihoods and God-given rights are being impacted by this censorship perpetrated in the name of “community standards” and eliminating “hate speech.” Almost as if they were trying to imitate the oppressive Beast system described in John’s Apocalypse, big tech is trying to penalize you for not going along with their Bolshevik ideology. Those whose livelihoods rely on their viewership and followers on a given platform are having their ability to “buy and sell” restricted – unless they bend the knee and pledge obeisance to the Establishment’s throne. 

For those who tragically dismiss scripture as a valid source of information, let’s use a more concrete example of what big tech in America is attempting to do. In Red China, the communist state has employed technology – cameras, credit systems, social media, etc. – to monitor, control, and even criminalize its subjects. This has been called their “social credit system.” Chinese subjects score points for going along with Communist Party policies. They lose points for myriad forms of dissent, whether ideological, political, spiritual, or economic. With the loss of points comes the loss of “privileges,” such as riding on public transport, acquiring bank loans, importing goods from abroad, emigrating, and so forth. It’s nothing more than high-tech tyranny – a digital GULAG for the Twenty First Century. 

A privately-backed social credit system has already been built here in the United States. It is being gradually rolled out on social media. Whether it’s YouTube demonetizing your channel because you shared a point of view they dislike, Twitter censoring your voice for siding with the wrong political group, or Facebook penalizing you for violating alleged “community standards,” the social credit system is here in an unofficial capacity. These subtle censorship shenanigans are pushing everyone towards a collectivist “go along to get along” mentality. People don’t want to be ostracized, banned, or lose their friends or followings, so they join the Black Lives Matter crowd, jump on the Trump-hate bandwagon, and gush support for perverse pedophile films like “Cuties.” It is nothing short of a dictatorship of consent. 

In April, Italian politician Vittorio Sgarbi delivered a powerful and fiery speech, excoriating his government for lying to the public about alleged the Coronavirus death toll and grossly exaggerating the numbers. He said the deliberate twisting of the numbers was designed to “terrorize Italians and impose a dictatorship of consent.” The term “dictatorship of consent,” or “dictatorship by consent,” is not new. Yet, it applies perfectly to the way big tech attempts to bully people into compliance online. Terms like “community standards” do nothing but brainwash people into going along with what the “community” (i.e. the high-tech Marxist dictatorship) wants. It’s Pavlovian training on a global scale.

The sort of sheepish acquiescence to tyranny we so often see is flagrantly unAmerican. Collectivism is unAmerican. Every form of socialism-communism is unAmerican. Big tech’s censorship of patriotic voices is unAmerican. Giving consent by lending compliance to an oppressive system is unAmerican.

We have to make a choice as free Americans. Will we allow ourselves to be tyrannized by a self-appointed dictatorship that wants to control our minds and force us into compliant slavery or will we reject the dictatorship of consent and instead repeat Benjamin Franklin’s motto, “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God”? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the rest, think they can terrorize us into compliance. They think we will walk willingly into the digital GULAG they’ve built for us. Surely, some will. Some value so-called security over real Liberty. Those who do are cowards. Their destiny is shame and regret. Ignore them. 

As for the rest of us, the modern Sons of Liberty, we will not trade Freedom for security, America for a global Marxist superstate, or Freedom of thought and expression under the Constitution for high-tech oppression with its false comfort of “community standards.” Those who comply with Facebook’s tyrannical efforts to censor Christians, conservatives, and anti-communists, don’t speak for the rest of us. Millions of us will never go along with the big tech version of communist China’s social credit system. 

And, so, as we square off against the dictatorship of consent both online and in the real world, in the form of Facebook censorship or in the shape of Black Lives Matter savages screaming at you to kneel before them, remember that Freedom never comes easily. The Marxist big tech gurus have gained a foothold in the American mind. They must be rooted out of the mind and heart first before they can be cleared out of our society. The “swamp” will never be drained until the realm of ideas is free from hostile outposts of the dictatorship. Refuse to give your consent to this corrupt communist cabal. If you refuse to let this parasitical entity feast on you, it will eventually lose power and die.

Stand up against the digital terror and take back your mind. Make your mind a fortress. Reject the urge to go along to get along. Don’t empower the dictatorship of consent; withdraw your consent and let it wither. Fight the communist cancer eating through our blessed nation and replace it with the unique American Freedom philosophy. History and truth are on our side, fellow freeman. So, hold the line against our vicious attackers and their big tech henchmen and defend our Faith, Families, and Freedom. 

Zack Strong, 

September 25, 2020 

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