MailChimp goes full FASCIST; de-platforms Alex Jones but can’t cite a single violation of terms and conditions

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Tracey Watson
Monday, August 13, 2018

Like him or hate him, the tidal wave of censorship and opposition that Alex Jones of InfoWars is facing from multiple social media platforms – most recently MailChimp – certainly raises vital questions which every American citizen needs to ponder: What is free speech? Is it the ability to express beliefs and ideas that are mainstream, socially acceptable, “normal?” Or is it the freedom to express beliefs that may be difficult for some to accept, that challenge the mainstream, that uphold certain religious beliefs, or that may even be absolutely ridiculous?

Yes, some of Jones’ ideas are really far out there, and his conspiracy theories are just that: theories. Even some in the independent media do not agree with much of what he says. But does that mean that he deserves the treatment he has received from social media platforms which have essentially ganged up on him by attacking him at the same time to cover each other’s backs legally?

Where is the outcry from the mainstream media?

Why is the mainstream media taking this lying down? If we were to rewind 30 years in history to the time before the Internet, would the media have accepted the shutting down of a publication read by millions of people because it presented far-out ideas? Or go back a further 50 years, and think about how book burning was the beginning of the end for freedom of thought and expression in Nazi Germany. The whole world was shocked at the destruction of those books – even though many people did not agree with the sentiments expressed in some of them, including in books by Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. (Related: Health blogger threatened with jail time for advocating Paleo diet that cured his diabetes.)

In recent years, it seems that the understanding of what constitutes free speech has been changing slowly but surely, making it increasingly difficult for people outside of the straight-and-narrow to express their beliefs. For example, if a Christian speaks out against homosexuality – which is expressly condemned in the Bible – is that hate speech? Or is that person exercising their rights to both free speech and freedom of religion? If such speech is considered hateful, then why is it not labeled hate speech when members of other religions express views which are perhaps abhorrent to Christians, such as the concept that abortion should be acceptable? Or why are angry feminists allowed to express hatred against men without repercussions?

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