“The press is prepared, and striving to prepare the public, for American shooting in the Far East,” according to a November 1941 memo sent to Henry G. Morgenthau Jr., the Secretary of the Treasury. (from Countdown to Pearl Harbor)
If anyone thinks that the US press was truly free and without an agenda, they are incorrect. The vast majority of the US press has been on the side of authoritarians – whether fascist, socialist, or communist – for more than a century.
Liberty is not the byword of the press in the United States, power and influence is.
Pitbull rails against Castro and communism in Cuba and yet supports the authoritarian party in the US. Supporting the Bernie, Biden, Hillary side is supporting the same bankrupt philosophy that the democrat slave owners in the old South had and that they are attempting to impose on people today. A socialist dictatorship that AOC and that crowd advocate for is no better than that in Cuba.
Whether socialist, communist or fascist, the end goal is the same. No freedom and someone else controlling you and your life.
Socialism is the gateway drug to communism. The sooner that Pitbull realizes that, the better.
‘Everyone is in favour of free speech, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.’ – Winston Churchill
Regarding Gamestop, WSB etc. I strongly believe in the power of p2p/distributed groups and projects. You know the open source kind, the kind that started in January 2009 (I don’t want to run afoul of the mod bot, you know the one), the kind that since they are p2p are not subject to big tech control and censorship. Instead of having to entrust your money with some expensive third party running a hedge fund, you have a distributed hedge fund (or mutual fund or ETF) here.
Instead of one person saying “our fund is going to buy this” you have a group saying, “I like this because of X, buy it if you agree.” Hedge funds will often bet against each other, here the distributed hedge fund has more money and power to bet against the centralized hedge funds and can win.
This is one such p2p group. This isn’t necessarily a fight between Wall Street and Main Street, but a much wider fight that is being repeated in lots of other areas in the US and around the world. This is a power play between the so-called elites and so-called non elites in many fields from here in the market to politics to people (e.g. the CA gov) hiding information because he thinks people are too stupid to understand it. This is the same type of fight between those who want one set of rules for some people and a different set of rules for the powerful elites. Freedom depends on a single set of rules for everyone, and these so-called elites are fighting back. Put the screws to them. Market shorts are important in the market, but this is the counterbalance and should be used more often.
My concern is that like Discord, will Reddit allow WSB to continue there? If not, a purely distributed p2p option would be useful. Encrypted too.
The root of a free government is its respect for individual rights. Ayn Rand
Freedom is the fundamental requirement of man’s mind. Ayn Rand
“Since knowledge, thinking, and rational action are properties of the individual, since the choice to exercise his rational faculty or not depends on the individual, man’s survival requires that those who think be free of the interference of those who don’t. Since men are neither omniscient nor infallible, they must be free to agree or disagree, to cooperate or to pursue their own independent course, each according to his own rational judgment. Freedom is the fundamental requirement of man’s mind.
“A rational mind does not work under compulsion; it does not subordinate its grasp of reality to anyone’s orders, directives, or controls; it does not sacrifice its knowledge, its view of the truth, to anyone’s opinions, threats, wishes, plans, or ‘welfare.’ Such a mind may be hampered by others, it may be silenced, proscribed, imprisoned, or destroyed; it cannot be forced; a gun is not an argument. (An example and symbol of this attitude is Galileo.)
“It is from the work and the inviolate integrity of such minds — from the intransigent innovators — that all of mankind’s knowledge and achievements have come. (See The Fountainhead.) It is to such minds that mankind owes its survival. (See Atlas Shrugged.)” — Ayn Rand, “What Is Capitalism?,” Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
“[If] freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington
The democrats and tech giants took 1984 as an implementation manual, not a cautionary tale:
crimethink – To even consider any thought not in line with the principles of Ingsoc. Doubting any of the principles of Ingsoc. All crimes begin with a thought. So, if you control thought, you can control crime.
Newspeak – The official language of Oceania. Newspeak is “politically correct” speech taken to its maximum extent. Newspeak is based on standard English, but all words describing “unorthodox” political ideas have been removed. In addition, there was an attempt to remove the overall number of words in general, to limit the range of ideas that could be expressed.
ownlife – Individualism and eccentricity. A desire to do something for your own benefit. (i.e. hobbies, ownership of property, love, or any other thoughtcrime)
“[T]here can be no justification for a society in which a man is expected to manufacture the weapons for his own murderers.” Ayn Rand
The NORC OCTOBER ELECTION RESEARCH PROJECT is also unaware of some facts, biased or both about Chinese whistleblowers that are contradicting the official Chinese and WHO line about the origins of the Chinese/Wuhan Coronavirus.
During their survey they ask if the coronavirus was created in a lab. Right now the jury is out. Selecting anything except it being “false” results in a warning by NORC that it is false.
Who exactly did they consult? Are these the same experts at the WHO, CDC, Fauci et al who lied about the efficacy of masks for months? The ones who lied about the efficacy of travel bans until it was too late?
Most likely, but the NORC is doing a disservice to anyone who cares about the truth and facts by ignoring whistleblowers from China. Particularly ones like Li Wenliang who were severely punished in China for letting the world know about the virus in December. The “rumor mongers” as the Chinese called him.
Ones like Li-Meng Yan, a well respected Chinese virologist who attempted to spread the word back in December but was shut down by the Chinese government. Is the left in the US really going to shut down a whistleblower like the Chinese government does? Facebook and Twitter mark it as “false” regardless of the fact that it is still a subject of research.
Does anyone know if it was created in a lab? Yes, some scientists in China would know or not, but this is still an open question and NORC is again showing their partisan stripes and, charitably, their ignorance.
If I can decide I am going to count “2+2=4” as wrong, I can report all kinds of incorrect results.