First They Came for the Alt-Right Nut Jobs, and I Said Good Riddance
Medium recently closed the accounts of right wing Trumpists, Mike Cenovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer, and liberal were ecstatic, thrilled to be rid of those "Neo-Nazis crazies." Well, that's all fine and good, but now Mother Jones Senior Reporter, Shane Bauer (no relation to Jack Bauer), is calling for Medium to go farther, and expel from Medium Caitlyn Johnstone for posting "garbage on Syria."
This is good, but If @Medium is serious about cracking down on conspiracy theorists, it needs to go beyond the alt-right and reign in the garbage published on Syria by people like @caitoz. https://t.co/WWQfIG1CTd
— Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) February 22, 2018
Ms. Johnstone is not someone I with whom I always agree, but her views on Syria, and the US government's campaign for regime change there, in line with our own gjohnsit's essays here at c99, are valid and legitimate in my view. But even if I disagreed with her, I wouldn't call for banning her work from from social media platforms. However, that is exactly what many so-called faux leftists and liberals want: the elimination of all dissenting views from any online platform, so their centrist narrative can more easily prevail to brainwash the American public.
As you can imagine, Ms. Johnstone, has something to say about this dangerous call for censoring online progressive voices,such as hers and ours:
Bauer wasn’t the first to call on Medium to silence leftist writers like me for our skepticism of an empire with an extensive history of using lies, false flags and propaganda to manufacture support for regime change interventionism against noncompliant nations, and he will not be the last. They get you okay with silencing offensive right-wing voices (who contrary to Bauer’s claim are in this case not even “alt-right” by anyone’s standards, including the Anti-Defamation League), then they target the true left, who present the biggest threat to the US oligarchs.
Empire loyalists like Bauer will continue demanding that Medium delete writers like me who unapologetically promote skepticism of establishment narratives involving longtime imperialist targets like Russia and Syria, and they may well succeed, which will set me back a bit since I’ve spent nearly a year building up an audience there.
But that’s the least of our problems. Support for this broader trend of dissenting leftist voices being aggressively silenced has permitted Google algorithm changes to slash the viewership of leftist outlets like World Socialist Web Site, CounterPunch, and Alternet, as well as essential nonpartisan anti-establishment outlets like WikiLeaks, Consortiumnews, and Truthout. I myself have had my account suspended by Facebook for posting an article about known false flag operations around the world, and by Twitter for attacking the Democratic party and the establishment Russia narrative.
The endgame here is pretty clear - remove any threat to the corporate propaganda that is passed off on many unsuspecting Americans as the true and honest state of affairs in the world, rather than the position of wealthy elites who are just fine with maintaining the status quo, which benefits them to the detriment of everyone else.
This broader trend which we are undeniably seeing is extremely pernicious, however, and it should concern us all. The plutocracy which is driving our species toward extinction is far more afraid of the left than they are of the right, which is why they’ve poured unfathomable amounts of resources into sabotaging leftist and civil rights groups with psyops and infiltrations.
Many people in the fifties were no doubt thrilled when McCarthy had thousands of lives ruined by repeating the lie that our government, the military and even Hollywood, were deeply infiltrated by communists who had no right to voice their opinions or hold a job. The same people probably cheered when Martin Luther King Jr. was denounced as a communist and wiretapped by the FBI for advocating for economic equality and for denouncing the Vietnam War. And again, in the lead-up to the war on Iraq, Phil Donahue was fired from MsNBC from daring to suggest that maybe it wasn't such a good idea, the NY Times ginned up fear of "fifth columnists" in June 2002. Hell, as late as 2010 the FBI raided the homes of non-violent anti-war activists looking for "terrorist connections."
Well, today we are facing the same threat, only this time, its coming from the Democrats, the US intelligence community, wealthy donors, a myriad of "liberal" think tanks and lefty journals, and the compromised mainstream media outlets that give them a megaphone to call for killing off the progressive movement by any means necessary. And censorship has always been the first weapon of choice by the powers that be. Anyone who thinks it isn't happening now is deluding themselves.