Free Speech or Slavery

The Billings Gazette published my letter to the editor on May 10th, 2021 but only in the print edition. Here is an on-line version with links to the quoted material.

As Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other internet companies have broken their promise to be content-neutral platforms, it is up to elected lawmakers to seize these companies and turn them into public utilities. As Dr. Kevin Barrett has written:

“This is a very simple issue. Internet companies were granted immunity from content-based lawsuits for one reason and one reason only: They promised to be 100% neutral platforms, NOT publishers. An example of a neutral platform is the phone system. The phone company isn’t responsible for what people say on the phone, since the phone is just a platform for everyone to exercise their right of free speech. The internet just a fancier telephone connecting everybody to everybody.”

Free speech is the foundation upon which society is built. Ask a librarian. This is from the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics:

“Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate, and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of work, and the viewpoints of both the author and the receiver of information.”

Those who support censorship are not acting in your interests. Exercise and protect your right to free speech at all costs, or accept the slavery you deserve.