We discuss the importance of free speech a lot here. There is a reason it was the first amendment ratified. There has been a renewed effort to police, patrol, and prohibit free speech on the internet especially within the past few years. It is something most people take for granted, as if there was no possible way that it could be taken away.
It should give one pause when specific topics or people are verboten to public discourse. It is often said that “hate speech”, or the speech one disagrees with the most, needs to be vigorously protected the most in these battles. And that is largely true. Everyone should be open to the idea of seeing alternative viewpoints and hearing arguments s/he may have never considered before. Those that think they are doing some greater good (or those using these idealistic people as puppets to further their nefarious agendas) by censoring speech cannot possibly know what is “good” for someone or what should or should not be read. One’s opinions and ideas should speak for themselves and be subject to scrutiny. If the idea is founded on truth it should stand up to the weight of critique.
There can be a variety of reasons why one may want to censor particular topics or speech outright. The type of free speech censorship I want to talk about does not include obvious restrictions that should be put on children. There are many topics that children should only learn about once they are of appropriate age.
Your “spidey-sense” should go off when certain topics are restricted or punishable by law if they are discussed. It should raise one’s eyebrows when certain individuals or news outlets are banned or deplatformed en masse by the powers that be.
Ask yourself this: why would a specific topic or event be against the law if spoken out against? The most obvious example of this is Holocaust denial, which is against the law in 17 countries. You can literally go to jail if you deny the Holocaust. Why? The truth never needs to be covered up. It can speak for itself. YouTube has been particularly stringent on banning videos that question the exact details of the Holocaust as of late. The Greatest Story Never Told used to be available on YouTube in its full form as well as partitioned out. This is a movie about the life of Adolf Hitler and questions some of the events and the subsequent narrative of World War II and the Holocaust. Nearly all of those videos have been removed. Why? Again, whether you agree or disagree with any of these topics we should all realize they should still be allowed to be shared and viewed. Stupid ideas, ideas that are patently false, should be available for scrutiny. They will make themselves look like jackasses if what they are saying is patently false. That movie in particular does raise some very interesting questions and presents some compelling evidence that the official narrative may not be as true as we’re told (if at all). It is not the responsibility of YouTube or the government to decide what is and is not the truth or what is best for us. This level of censorship is on par with totalitarian regimes. Do we really want to go down this road?
I did a cursory search this past week of many conspiracy theories that one hears about. You used to be able to find countless videos on all of these topics. Videos about Holocaust denial, Sandy Hook, Vegas, and the Parkland shooting conspiracy theories are nearly impossible to find now on YouTube. Videos questioning the age of the pyramids and chem trails have been greatly reduced as well. Many of these theories are patently ridiculous (looking at you, flat-earthers). But you know what? They should still be put up. I’d be interested to hear their point of view and consider what they’re putting out there. If it’s absurd they subject themselves to ridicule. But maybe they’ll present different viewpoints or evidence not considered before. And again, it’s not YouTube’s place to decide what is and is not acceptable for our viewing consumption. The videos that were left on those topics were from YouTube approved sources like mainstream news outlets; hardly the institutions that will ever truly question the narrative. Somewhat surprisingly, you can still find a decent amount of moon landing hoax conspiracy theory videos on YouTube…for now. Not surprisingly, users exposing the pedophelia epidemic in DC and Hollywood like David Seaman and Jamie Dlux are banned outright or given strikes (and likely soon to be banned).
It gets worse. This isn’t restricted just to historical or current events. Questioning the validity of some scientific claims is now punishable too. In Australia, you can now be thrown in jail for up to 10 years for speaking about the dangers of vaccines. Why? Isn’t that mildly suspicious? If vaccines are so safe for us why should it be against the law to question their validity? Especially in light of the fact that more than 50% of scientific studies cannot be reproduced by their peers. We should be questioning scientific data and results more than ever now. How long will it be before it’s against the law to question our contribution to climate change?
Whatever dark forces are conspiring to keep these topics off limits are doing themselves a disservice in that they are showing their hand and creating smoke in areas they wanted to be ignored altogether. I, like most people, never really questioned the details of the Holocaust too much before hearing about those laws. Similarly, in my recent posts about vaccine skepticism it was more of a curiosity for me. Laws like this only make me more skeptical.
The truth does not need laws to protect it. It can speak for itself. Let people question the Holocaust or vaccines all they want. If the evidence is ironclad that the events went down as said, or that a particular vaccine is safe for public consumption, then they do not need laws to prohibit speaking against them. Prohibition only raises more questions.
Do not be afraid to pursue the truth. It will never lead you astray. Do not be afraid of what you will find. Often times it is very ugly or depressing. Often times the coverup is worse than the truth itself. It is when we willingly turn away or hide it completely that we end up lying to ourselves, and when you can lie to yourself you open the door to darker evils.