Roger Stone: “Censored Beyond Words” — How Twitter Transformed Itself from a Frivolous Online Message Board into the Leading Digital Innovator of 21st Century Techno-Fascism, Turbocharging Censorship from the Mere Deletion of Words Into Erasing Human Beings Entirely
How Twitter Transformed Itself from a Frivolous Online Message Board into the Leading Digital Innovator of 21st Century Techno-Fascism, Turbocharging Censorship from the Mere Deletion of Words Into Erasing Human Beings Entirely
“The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood; and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle; or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.” Samuel Adams, October 14, 1771
I always liked Twitter. It was lively, snarky and always challenging to get your bon mot into 140 characters. My feed was not for the faint-hearted. It was pungent, pugnacious and sometimes risqué. It was certainly nothing close to the over-the-top hordes of haters on Twitter who have threatened to kill me, my wife, my kids and even my dogs. But then Twitter doesn’t seem to care about this, nor has it acted to ban them, as it has attempted to do to me. The imbecile Keith Olbermann drops the F-bomb on President Trump, and even his family, almost daily but Twitter looks the other way. Twitter, it seems, holds me to a different standard, if there is any standard at all.
It is worth pointing out that only by the grace of the Lord God Almighty were Twitter’s murky star chamber of sneaky, faceless censors, and the craven, disingenuous corporate autocrats behind them, not around when the likes of Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams and many more brave rebels chose to publicly revolt against constant royal subjugation.
Given how boldly those men defied convention and correctness, rejecting sanitized platitudes in favor of incendiary, seditious, do-or-die rhetoric, it is a safe bet they would have been quickly and summarily silenced, suspended in secret by Twitter’s selective political minders and disappeared without a trace, had they found themselves at the mercy of the Twitter content police.
Harsh, insulting, profane, indelicate, over-the-top and even outright nasty public rhetoric in the heat of partisan combat is an inherent and arguably-healthy feature of our centuries-old American political tradition.