Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he does not understand the 1st Amendment. Or what “political speech” actually is.
Now, within the context of his creation, Facebook, he is free to promote or suppress speech as he sees fit. The problem is that he doesn’t want to do it. I mean, he does want to do it, but he doesn’t want to be blamed for it. Instead, he wants the government to do it for him.
The problem is, of course, that like many in the entertainment and governmental industries, he doesn’t seem to grasp that the Government cannot do that… well… in fairness, there aren’t very many people who grasp that.
It all makes my annual question to 129 men who died this day in 1963 more poignant.
Do you know why I don’t worry about Global warming or volcanoes or recycling? Because we are all going to die. Evolution is as certain as a sunrise (for the next few billion years, anyway). Nobody gets out alive and humanity will come to an end someday, regardless of how many taxes we raise or plastic water bottles we bury. NASA reminded us of this fact this week. with a 107 kiloton calling card from nature…
I am continually amazed at people who tell me that they believe in the Constitution and the rights that it guarantees are the first people in line to do the opposite when it suits them. Take @DevinCow, ahem, Congressman Devin Nunes. He once wrote a book filled with platitudes and promises about how much he loves liberty and the rights we have protected by the Constitution.
Until those rights start offending him personally. Then it’s off to the court to file a $250 Million lawsuit against Twitter…
A passion for Free Speech is a hazard of the job, I suppose. From my high School daze in Utah right down to today, freedom of speech and religion are two things about which I am both passionate and obsessive. In all likelihood, we could do a show every day about the benefits and the dangers to Free Speech. On Friday we talked about President Franklin Pierce and his willingness to allow people in Kansas to be executed for speaking out against slavery.
Every bit as disturbing as Franklin Pierce allowing the death penalty for free speech against slavery, is that today, there is a growing concept that “odious ideas” shouldn’t just be held in disdain, but outright silenced.
Let me be clear, I am not a Flat-Earther, I am not an Anti-Vaxxer, I am not a conspiracy guy at all. I was most definitely not a Birther. I once held a conspiracy theory of my own. Passionately. Those days are long behind me because I learned along my life’s journey that the conspiracies are less about the truth being out there than they are about the proponents needed to be stage center.
Now, however, we live in an era where those with odd or unusual beliefs, even beliefs that are “odious,” are seen as a threat. And threats, as you know, have to be eliminated.
The Freedom to Speak and worship have always been in danger. Sometimes gravely, sometimes surreptitiously. Still, those who want you to be silenced are rarely secret about their desire to silence you…