The media, universities, and tech companies are the new church, in the sense of being the institutions that determine, disseminate, and enforce the ideological superstructure of the ruling class and the dominant value paradigm of the wider society. The present “totalitarian humanist” paradigm regards as heresy, apostasy, blasphemy, or witchcraft anything that is outside the presently dominant paradigm. Positions that are acceptable to the ruling class are neoconservatism, neoliberalism, and moderate social democrats. The traditional right, far-right, radical center, and non-cooptable sectors of the left (those whose objectives threaten the survival of the ruling class, like actual Marxists, serious anarchists, anti-imperialists, Luddites, and minority nationalists) are outside the realm of acceptability.
The Trotskyists step up to the plate. Good to see.
By Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site
On Friday, Facebook carried out a purge of left-wing, antiwar, and progressive pages and accounts, including leading members of the Socialist Equality Party. Facebook gave no explanation why the accounts were disabled or even a public acknowledgment that the deletions had occurred.
At least a half dozen leading members of the Socialist Equality Party had their Facebook accounts permanently disabled. This included the public account of Genevieve Leigh, the national secretary of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, and the personal account of Niles Niemuth, the US managing editor of the World Socialist Web Site. In 2016, Niemuth was the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for US Vice President.
Facebook also disabled the London Bus Drivers Rank-and-File Committee Facebook page, which was set up with the support of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) to organize opposition among bus drivers. This follows a widely discussed call for a walkout by bus drivers to demand elementary protections against the COVID-19 pandemic.
None of the individuals whose accounts were disabled had violated Facebook’s policies. Upon attempting to appeal the deletion of their account, they received an error message stating, “We cannot review the decision to disable your account.”