YouTube censorship threatens our democracy. There are no two ways about it. If we allow YouTube to censor non-profane, non-obscene speech for political or social or any other reasons, we are allowing our democracy to slip away. And if you can’t stand up for another’s right to free speech despite not agreeing with that person’s speech, then you’re not for free speech. You’re a fascist, a stooge, a shill, or a fool. These are lean times for speech. Apparently they don’t teach civics to the young folks anymore. Be that as it may, all adults need to stand up and pay attention or our liberties will continue to slip away.
YouTube has now become one of the gravest threats to free speech that we’ve seen in our country in a long, long while. For just one egregious example, YouTube “disappeared” 1,700 Natural News videos, along with his 350,000 followers. The owner of the web site, Mike Adams, posts many stories which question our political landscape. He also writes a lot of pieces that uncover fake or misleading news in mainstream media, Monsanto’s poisoning of the world, Big Pharma’s deathgrip on the healthcare “industry,” the dangers of vaccination covered up entirely by all major media. Mr. Adams writes and makes video about natural cures, home remedies, gardening, the raising of goats, urban survival, and many other subject potentially relevant to us all.
Mr. Adams and his staff and guest writers often question the “official story” of various events. In short, he does all the things our mainstream media fail to do anymore (if they ever did). He asks questions and he looks for answers. He doesn’t believe the first thing he sees or the first soundbite released by a politician or an official government spokesman. You know. He does what used to be called “Journalism.” The kind we rarely see, except in so-called “alternative” web sites. Since every choice anyone makes for her news source is an alternative, it’s absurd and demeaning and misleading to call sites “alternative.” (This is just one more way language has been perverted and twisted to twist our minds into mush and manipulate us.)
There was no one left to speak for me
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a Protestant pastor who spoke against Hitler. He spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. He left us with a pretty good example of what happens when we put up with censorship and demonizing of the “other,” the person whom we imagine is not like us, so that we can imagine ourselves safe, insulated from the evils of silencing others. Mr. Niemöller is best remembered for his famous poem:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
It Can’t Happen Here? Don’t Kid Yourself. It’s happening now.
Millions of people were “disappeared” in old Russia when she was a communist dictatorship. Nazis also disappeared people by the millions. Both regimes began with heavy censorship programs. If YouTube is allowed to censor Mike Adams and Natural News and any other people or opinions it doesn’t like, where does that stop? Censorship’s intended goal is to get people to self censor, which begins by censoring one’s own thoughts. Orwell called that “thought control.” His dystopian nightmare novel, 1984, featured visits from the Thought Police when people were suspected of not thinking correctly. With YouTube’s actions, we are taking the first step down that terrifying road. There’s no sugarcoating it. You either get on board for freedom of speech and defend it with your words and your freedom of thought, or you write your ticket to fascism, or something even worse.
Good Americans would be wise to visit this link, read this story, and become part of a Twitter tweetstorm to stop YouTube from ushering in a nightmare society of frightened people who don’t have the guts to protect their democracy.
For convenience, I’m also pasting Mr. Adams announcement here below:
“Join the #RestoreTheHealthRanger tweetstorm to demand an end to YouTube censorship of intelligent speech
(Natural News) Today we’re announcing a tweetstorm activism effort to reach out to YouTube’s twitter accounts with demands to #RestoreTheHealthRanger channel.
Several weeks ago, YouTube terminated the entire Health Ranger video channel without warning, wiping out over 1,700 videos and 350,000+ subscribers. This was done as a politically motivated censorship action to silence intelligent voices that dare to question the power monopolies of the status quo.
All this week, join Health Ranger / Natural News fans in tweeting out the reasons why you enjoy Health Ranger video content and demand a restoration of “TheHealthRanger” channel. Direct your tweets to these YouTube accounts on Twitter:
Be polite, of course, but let YouTube know why you value Health Ranger videos and intelligent commentary. Watch my video for more details — or click here to view it on Vimeo — and read YouTubeCensorship.com to stay up to date on the latest censorship schemes by Google and YouTube.”