In addition to killing thousands of Americans, COVID-19 has also destroyed the openness of our society and the free exchange and diversity of ideas.
Blame a virus.
The Google monolith is one of many heads belonging to the Tech Tyranny whose role is to uphold the ordained truths bestowed by the governmental-medical complex. These truths are a kit of mainstream scientific fetishes engaging COVID-19 and its prevention, its spread, its physiological effects, its treatment; immutable “facts” dispersed obediently by the Tech Tyranny whose role is to parrot and perpetuate the party line as ordered by health and government authorities. There is no acceptance of contrarian viewpoints.
This applies equally to American Senators. They too run afoul of the party commands.
Such as Rand Paul, for simply questioning the necessity of face masks in preventing pandemic spread, an apparently very dangerous question that dares to buck the steadfast narrative. This simple assertion of doubt got him shunned by the Tech Tyranny’s subcontracted enforcement arm. Senator Paul questioned ordained truth and his voice was “suspended.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been suspended from YouTube for a week over a video claiming that masks are ineffective against COVID-19.
Paul said in a statement that YouTube suspended his ability to upload to his official Senate account for seven days.
In 2021 you can say anything and be lauded for it as long as your words confine themselves to, and broadcast, the narrow path which Fauci, et al, deem righteous. The Left never tires of condemning Donald Trump but they don’t seem to appreciate the gift that Trump handed them. He offered up his vocal symbols which they bleed endlessly to fuel their tyranny. Trump’s Kung Flu and quasi mask-resistance are the nooses with which today’s pandemic despots strangle our freedom of expression.
YouTube told CNN that the video in question “resulted in a first strike on the channel, which means it can’t upload content for a week, per our longstanding three strikes policy.”
“We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities,” a company spokesperson told CNN.
YouTube’s role as overarching instrument in the perpetuation of the conforming narrative is not new, but the pandemic has handed even greater control to the Tech Tyranny by offering more levers by which to manipulate the charade that is the Truth. For only they can define it within the narrow strictures of today’s dialogue.
I don’t agree with most anti-vaccine and anti-mask histrionics, but if they raise serious questions with sincere citations, they deserve to be heard. That is what happens in a fair and just society that calls itself “free.”
YouTube said at the time that it removed the video for falsely claiming that masks were ineffective against COVID-19.
But the video that led to the suspension was Paul’s response to the YouTube removing the earlier video, his office said.
In that second video, Paul claimed that two different studies showed that surgical masks and cloth masks didn’t protect against the coronavirus.
Paul made his response video available on Rumble.
Earlier this week, Twitter took similar action against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), suspending her for seven days after she tweeted that vaccines are “failing.”
Thank you, YouTube, for this grand epidemiological expertise and for saving the world. And here I thought you just did videos.
The polarization of the pandemic narrative leaves people like me in the cold. On one hand I believe and accept that COVID-19 is a novel SARS virus which is very contagious and that it is responsible for a massive death toll due to the sheer numbers involved in its transmissibility. I don’t buy that it’s influenza and I believe masks, worn correctly, work very well to mitigate its spread. I have no problem with private businesses mandating use, or non-use even. I am leery of the vaccines, and I’m vaccinated. I don’t believe there are ulterior motives involved in their introduction (insofar as conspicuous corporate greed is not my idea of “ulterior”) – mRNA vaccines don’t have a long-term track record and the act of finagling our genetic system scares me. Despite all this, I’m an extreme right-winger, so I am odds with many people who are on the same political spectrum as I. But I have much less in common with that part of the political spectrum that celebrates vaccines and scolds about masks.
Rand Paul, consistently, contends:
“As a libertarian leaning Senator, I think private companies have the right to ban me if they want to, so in this case I’ll just channel that frustration into ensuring the public knows YouTube is acting as an arm of government and censoring their users for contradicting the government,” Paul added.
The Tech Tyranny has a right to run the business model as they wish, but in the free market of ideas, we should have the right to refute and argue their conclusions, but freedom does not apply to dissent in the pandemic game.