Do Big Tech, and David French Want Conservatives suppressed?

It wasn’t long ago that we spoke of Senator Josh Hawley‘s bill to disestablish the article 230 exemptions that the social media companies operate under. Jeremy CarlAdam Candeub adds to the literature, writing in The Federalist.

A majority of Americans now get their news from social media, and it is the primary source of news for young Americans. Such a marketplace of ideas, skewed by a discriminatory Internet, will further disadvantage conservative ideas in a media environment already hostile to them. Given this reality, conservatives have a clear and compelling interest in ensuring that our views can be seen on 21st-century news sources.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley realizes what is at stake. His recently introduced Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act will stop major internet firms from targeting conservatives.

Congress passed Section 230 in 1996 to protect nascent internet platforms, such as Prodigy or AOL, essentially eliminating the liability resulting from user-generated content. In other words, Section 230 freed AOL from liability for libel or illegal threats resulting from their users’ postings.

This immunity is extraordinary, going far beyond that granted to other content providers. After all, bookstores and newsstands are liable for the libelous or otherwise tortious or illegal speech for which they have notice, newspapers have liability for the advertisements they publish, and even cable systems have liability for statements made on their public access channels.

One would think all conservatives would rejoice at a policy that would ensure conservative voices can be heard. Social media has become the public square, the village green, the telegraph and telephone networks of our times. Yet a tiny clique control it—a clique hostile to conservative ideas. If they are to receive the benefits, monetary and otherwise, of Section 230 protection, then they should be obligated to treat users without regard to their political views.

Please, Sir, May I Have Another

Even though many conservatives are delighted that at last they have a champion on Internet issues, some, notably David French writing in National Review and former representative Christopher Cox writing in the Wall Street Journal, have decried the bill. French, who attacks the bill as an unwise unconstitutional “mess,” assures us that “conservative sites and posts do very well on Facebook,” failing to note that it is precisely that success that has caused the aggressive campaign for banning by our tech overlords.

French calls for “persuasion not coercion” and voluntary First Amendment standards of moderation, closing by saying “sometimes you have to convince people to change.” Nonsense. The Internet moguls know exactly what they are doing, and the only way they are going to change is if they feel sufficiently threatened by the alternatives to doing so.

They are not censoring conservatives because they fail to understand our viewpoints and their implications, but because they understand them all too well. Anyone who thinks otherwise is engaging in idle speculations of political philosophy, not politics. French holds a strange faith that his arguments will make the scales fall from the eyes of the Internet monopolists, who have evidenced nothing but contempt for conservatives. French had better argue quickly before he gets kicked off the internet and can no longer exercise his persuasive powers to transformative effect.

David French and his cohorts are more the problem than the left itself. They constitute a very visible Trojan Horse in the conservative camp. They so often argue points that sound either conservative or libertarian but work to the detriment of conservatives in the real world. It’s very nearly a masochistic outlook. They, and their thinking is why, until Donald Trump, we lost every battle, because they are excellent at cutting the ground from under their own feet and thus falling into the hole they dug.

It’s time to cut the crap. If we do not fight for conservatism, conservatism will not survive. It has always been plenty robust enough to survive its enemies but often has been defeated by its friends. We need to make sure it is different this time, we may not get another chance.

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6 Responses to Do Big Tech, and David French Want Conservatives suppressed?

  1. Nicholas says:

    Indeed we may not…then the end will come.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    Suppressed? Maybe but, pressed, folded, and stashed away in the bottom drawer of the chest of progressive drawers.
    More likely, tossed in the dirty clothes bin and left to rot, rather than any attendance to chores required for liberty.
    P.S. Glad to see that Coolidge quote back up. 🙂

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