The Atlantic, the increasingly progressive culture and politics magazine, has offered its readers an article by Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith and Arizona U. law professor Andrew Keane Woods called “Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal: In the debate over freedom versus control of the global network, China was largely correct, and the U.S. was wrong.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Two distinguished law professors are celebrating Communist China’s censorship of the web in contrast to the U.S.’s silly approach, that crazy First Amendment thingy. Here are some quotes to chill you to the marrow of your bones:
Covid-19 has emboldened American tech platforms to emerge from their defensive crouch. Before the pandemic, they were targets of public outrage over life under their dominion. Today, the platforms are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures. As Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg recently boasted, “The world has faced pandemics before, but this time we have a new superpower: the ability to gather and share data for good.”
Proudly working with each other and the government to censor the web!
“But the “extraordinary” measures we are seeing are not all that extraordinary. Powerful forces were pushing toward greater censorship and surveillance of digital networks long before the coronavirus jumped out of the wet markets in Wuhan, China, and they will continue to do so once the crisis passes. The practices that American tech platforms have undertaken during the pandemic represent not a break from prior developments, but an acceleration of them.”
You might think that the two authors are sounding an alarm over this development. Uh, no. They write,
“..Constitutional and cultural differences mean that the private sector, rather than the federal and state governments, currently takes the lead in these practices, which further values and address threats different from those in China. But the trend toward greater surveillance and speech control here, and toward the growing involvement of government, is undeniable and likely inexorable.
In the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong. Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values.”
As Ethics Alarms has been trying to chronicle, this is the direction the progressive alliance is openly pushing our society…proudly, and for the greater good, of course. (Ethics Alarms has been banned on Facebook during this same period, but I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.) Now those same sources are following through on the opportunity “not to let any crisis go to waste.”
I don’t know what kind of sick sense of humor led the architect of our fates to install the current President as what appears to be the sole bulwark against a relentless effort to remove our most important civil rights, but that certainly seems like the situation. If the citizens who understand and revere American values can’t generate as least as much determination to preserve them as “the resistance” can mount to remove a leader whose tweets offend them, then the United States deserves to lose its essence.