Greenwald on the threat to freedom of speech

During the previous four years, Democratic leaders and pro-Democratic newspapers and broadcasters aligned with U.S. intelligence agencies to undermine the Trump administration. 

Now that Democrats are in power, the alliance continues.  It’s highly improbable that the Biden administration will dial down any of the covert wars now being waged by the United States.

As usual, Glenn Greenwald, who got his start as a civil liberties lawyer, has the facts.

I’m not a supporter of Donald Trump.  As one who believes in historic American ideals of freedom and democracy, I’m concerned about the large fraction of the 74 million Trump voters who endorse mob violence or believe in the crazy Q-Anon conspiracy theory.

But trying to suppress people’s basic rights is not a good way to refute their belief that there is a conspiracy to suppress their basic rights.

Also, progressives and left-wingers are naive if they think the social media crackdown is going to be limited to their enemies. 

Donald Trump was a very bad President.  I’m glad he’s no longer in office.  But I don’t believe in attacking historic constitutional liberties in the name of preventing Trump supporters from destroying historic constitutional liberties.

LINKS

Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment by Glenn Greenwald.  “In their zeal for control of on-line speech, House Democrats are getting closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.”

The Left-Wing Case Against Censorship of Social Media by Alexander Blum for Aeon.

Facebook purges left-wing pages and individuals by Andre Damon for the World Socialist Web Site.  Censorship is a two-edged sword, but I’d still be against it even if it was a single-edged sword directed exclusively at Trump supporters and right-wingers.

Google Bans theAnalysis.news From Advertising on YouTube by Paul Jay for theAnalysis.news.  The ironies of censorship by algorithm.

House Democrats, Targeting Right-Wing Cable Outlets, Are Assaulting Core Press Freedoms by Glenn Greenwald [Added 2/24/2021]

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One Response to “Greenwald on the threat to freedom of speech”

  1. Fred (Au Natural) Says:

    Never been any doubt in my mind that the left is just as dangerous to freedom as the right. This does not conflict with me belief that Trump was a more immediate threat to freedom. The response to one form of tyranny as as likely to be a different tyranny.

    “Free speech for me but not for thee” is a fundamental principle of all ideologues.

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