The social media giants, Facebook and Google, do indeed pose threat to our democracy, though not in the way that the pundits and politicians have been saying.
“To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” — Frederick Douglass
Discrimination comes in many forms. One of which is the modern social media giants such as Facebook and Google prohibiting reasonable voices — not hateful, not exploitive, not violent — from having fair and necessary access to their platforms due to deviation from the “politically correct” agenda of Silicon Valley and the Progressive Left.
If you doubt that the media giants are abusing their power and posing a threat to our democracy, consider the case of Google’s restrictions on Prager University (PragerU), an organization that produces engaging five-minute videos on ideas that are libertarian, classical liberal, and conservative.
“Our American society is far from perfect. Yet it is a society that works, and which ensures a tolerable measure of order and justice and freedom to men and women; as human societies go, it is a very high achievement.” — Russell Kirk
Devised explicitly and shamelessly to protect established parties and politicians from competition, the gerrymander disenfranchises regular voters and polarizes national politics. The Maryland 3rd Congressional district, with a contorted and splayed shape drawn to keep Rep. John Sarbanes safe from competition, may be the worst gerrymander in the entire country. The district proves from its sprawl, its intent, and its effect that the gerrymander has become a scourge. As such, it must be slain. Only a constitutional amendment will do. No excuses, no delay.
“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” — P.J. O’Rourke
“A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.” — Friedrich August von Hayek
“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” — Edmund Burke