As I started these blogs, over ten years ago, I found social media a helpful adjunct, to promote posts, to meet other bloggers, to share. Freedom of expression was then key. We all accepted simple rules: fundamentally to communicate as sensible and decent human beings, irrespective of our beliefs. In a way the dereliction of the mainstream press helped: here we could express, contest, challenge, debate. Sadly this is no longer the case. Something changed, and the change can be dated to the outrageous campaign of villification that targetted opposition movements in Europe, and the presidency of Donald Trump in the USA.
Suffice to say that for any Internet platform to act intrusively, on behalf of vested interests, against the freedom of expression of its customers, is simply unacceptable to free-thinking people. This is a negation of the raison d’être of these platforms. Of course we have known from the start that we too were the product, even in those pages. By signing in, we accepted a degree of loss of privacy and property rights to the corporations that fund the technology. But today censorship in the old sense has reappeared, in all its ugly form. I do not need to be told that “this view is challenged by many”, or “that opinion is contested”: I can check this myself. I believe the US presidential elections of 2020 were fraudulent in the swing states. I believe the whole pandemic saga is another fraud, a plot by corrupt politicians and big pharma to divert once again public funds to private interests. I do not aim at convincing others of this, it’s up to them, but I intend to carry on debating these issues with people whose views I am interested in, without some idiots interfering. So out we go.
People who may want to know what I think, or wish to debate with me, can follow me on these pages, or on Parler. I wish you all a happy and safe 2021.
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