By Tom Woods
Control freaks gonna control, I guess.
The European Union is threatening Elon Musk if he doesn’t ban more speech. They want him to ban “hate” (which in practice means opposition to leftism; the actual haters, as we know, are the censors and crazies themselves) and “disinformation.”
The Financial Times reported that the threat came two days ago from EU industry chief Thierry Breton, during a video meeting.
You don’t need me to tell you that most alleged “disinformation” turned out to be correct, and much of the official “guidance” was about as useful as urging us to do rain dances.
In recent congressional testimony, in fact, Stanford’s Jay Bhattacharya hit the nail on the head: the single greatest source of misinformation, he said, has been the U.S. government.
Not to mention, governments have lied about alleged provocations leading to war for as long as anyone can remember, but, curiously, Thierry Breton isn’t urging their speech to be restricted or shut down.
And although we’ve learned that the federal government leaned on the Big Tech platforms to silence certain individuals and points of view, it would be naive to think that much of that wouldn’t have occurred anyway, even without government urging.
I think we have reason to distrust the whole lot of them. (That’s the understatement of the year.)
As I mentioned yesterday, I have an Internet privacy expert in my School of Life program, and he’s going to do a live session open to the public (my newsletter subscribers specifically, so that means you, dear reader) in which he’ll lay out five things you can do to protect your privacy against creepy individuals and institutions, public or private, that you don’t have to be a techie to implement.
If you’re like me, you’ve been putting this off for a while. Now’s a good time to do it.
All you have to do is register; it costs nothing to attend: