Real Authoritarianism

BREAKING: Facebook suspends @RaheemKassam again over 11-year old post pic.twitter.com/vYrDnRKTiI

— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 23, 2019

In the post, Kassam said that men can’t be women. Which is what everybody believed until 11 seconds ago. And which is what 99% of the world’s population still believes now. The other 1% also believes it but is pretending not to out of kindness.

In any case, it is scary that FB is so aggressively imposing a very elitist, very minority belief common only among the richest, most pampered consumers on the planet. This is authoritarianism and not the meaningless news that Trump declassified the intel on the creators of the Russia hoax. The ban took place on election day in the UK, which is clearly an attempt on FB’s part to subvert democracy. Yet nobody gives a crap.

And yeah, I’m sure Kassam is not a nice person. But we are, so this will never happen to us.

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23 thoughts on “Real Authoritarianism”

  1. ” The other 1% also believes it but is pretending not to out of kindness”

    The parade of humiliations, making people publicly proclaim and celebrate that which they know to be false is a way of separating those willing to be accomplices… from those simply cowed into not protesting. Wasn’t it like that in the USSR?

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    1. And in the end, those who convinced themselves to embrace the dogma without reservation were the ones who suffered the most. They were exterminated almost entirely.

      In case anyone thinks that placating these forces is a good idea.

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            1. If facebook decides what views are valid, and if facebook becomes the place where a lot of political ideas are exchanged, then, yes, facebook can threaten democracy. Of course we can applaud when it is the racists who are expelled, but what if they define you as a racist tomorrow?

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              1. That’s their right in the pursuit of profit. If they find racism turns off their advertisers, what else are they suppose to do. There is little profitability in changing rules to suit one side and then another.

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              2. And this is the perfect example of how eagerly people hand themselves over into bondage because they can’t let go of a few antiquated mantras.

                God forbid we learn anything new about the world.

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              3. Yes, humans are a hierarchical species, whatever their political orientation. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg referred to Holocaust deniers as just people with another point of view. Now, if you want to make Facebook a common carrier so that short of indictment of a crime, people can say what they like. That, however, opens up a new can of worms. I got banned from Twitter unless I deleted a few offending tweets, so I screenshot them, deleted them, and posted the screenshots. You want Facebook to act like a virtuous person when they’re nothing but a money-making machine. Wake up and smell the coffee.

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              4. I don’t want anything from Facebook. I didn’t address this post to Zuckerberg. My intended audience is people who think that these technological giants are on their side because for now FB and Twitter are banning folks they dislike.

                The point I’m making is that this is an illusion. These people are getting banned to desensitize all of us to the idea that private entities should control democracy. We are being trained like obedient puppies to accept that democracy is whatever Zuckerberg decided it is.

                This isn’t about profit or private vs public or government controlling businesses. This is about how can you have a democracy in a very new reality where literally 3 people control what information anybody ever gets to access.

                But instead of noticing this very real threat, let’s keep battling the long-dead fascism.

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              5. For many Americans, this was a shocking thing to hear. But for Europeans, the idea that white Christian identity is being threatened by ethnic diversity and multiculturalism has become a common refrain on the far right.

                Indeed, Geert Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands’ far-right Freedom Party, tweeted on Sunday, “Our population is being replaced. No more.” And fear of “replacement” has long been a rallying cry of the European youth alt-right movement, Generation Identity.

                Just ignore it and it will go away.

                https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/world/2017/8/15/16141456/renaud-camus-the-great-replacement-you-will-not-replace-us-charlottesville-white

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              6. And what? Zuckerberg will come and protect you from Geert Wilders? Yes, he will. And then he’ll protect you from ever finding out about any political candidate that he personally doesn’t approve of.

                Is Wilders so scary that we need to renounce democracy for fear of him?

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              7. Zuckerberg gonna do what’s profitable. It won’t be profitable to ban people based on vague accusations of racism or sexism. I don’t trust the profit motive, I merely note that in a capitalist society there are few incentives to act otherwise.

                I’m not looking for a savior, are you?

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  2. Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.

    Karl Popper

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    1. Just as I was writing my comment about antiquated mantras…

      The fellow was born in 1902, for Pete’s sake. And you are seriously using him to guide you in your understanding of Facebook? Are there no fresher sources?

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  3. FYI: Raheem Kassam is the Global Editor-in-Chief of Human Events. Previously the Editor-in-Chief of Breitbart London, as well as the former senior advisor to Brexit leader Nigel Farage, Kassam is also the bestselling author of ‘No Go Zones: How Sharia Law is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You’ and ‘Enoch Was Right: Rivers of Blood 50 Years On’. Kassam is a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, a fellow at the Bow Group, and a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

    As the Marines say, is this the hill you want to die on?

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  4. The trans debate is baffling me. The more I read, the more I’m turning into a TERF.
    I thought people could identify however they wanted. It’s harsh for someone to say; You’re not really a feminist/bisexual/Christian/etc. Though I assume people don’t get Twitter banned for saying; Catholics aren’t Christian. And once you’re dead and gone forensics will find a female body, not a feminist body, so there’s something different about identifying as a woman.

    I thought Reddit was a cesspit of misogyny. Turns out there’s this thriving gender critical board full of feminist debate. Now I find radical feminists allow more debate than liberal feminism. Bizarre.

    Looked up ‘agender’ to find someone saying; “I tell friends I’m genderqueer because I have never felt “girly”. I just am. I certainly don’t fit the “gender norms” or whatever. I’m me.” So now being female requires being a walking stereotype.

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