… seems to be the new norm.
Censorship is something we in the western-type democracies used to think only existed in other parts of the
world, but now it is so normal everywhere that even the Norwegian primeminister have uttered that there
is nothing wrong with censoring.
Clear signs of lack of understanding within, and far from limited to, our national government … no wonder my country is going downhill fast.
Censorship is always counterproductive … everywhere. Silencing people don't solve any problems. Silenced people are unpredictable. Let them speak in public, so we get to know where they stand on issues that matter to us, and can prepare and act accordingly.
Difficult to understand how those in charge, and in support, of the various de facto censorship schemes can really
be so shortsighted. Knowledge about human minds and history can not be their strongest sides the way they handle the present
situations – in the US and elsewhere.
Are we entering the “Animal farm”, again, or is “1984” being enacted, again? Nobody asked for “reruns” of either AFAIK, but we risk getting an awful mix of both.
why do some favor censoring?
Why is it that some think that censoring is a good idea? Why won't they let the public hear, see and read what others have on their minds,
and make up their own minds about it? Why don't they trust the common man and woman and their ability to think and decide for
Or is it rather that the most eager supporters of censoring fear those of us who choose to think and decide for ourselves regardless of what we are being told?
What makes the censors more trustworthy than the censored? Hasn't history proven over and over again that it is always the least trustworthy who impose and support censorship, so why is it any different now? Are there any reasons to believe that censoring will only be imposed upon “the few that deserve it”?
Soon any and all requests for free speech in our s.c. “democracies” will be put down, and even the thought of free speech will be interpreted and presented as a sign of mental illness by the leading individuals in our “most civilized” societies.
At least some of us can imagine how the story will expand and roll on forward until there is no going back, and it most likely won't be a pretty sight when the weakly braced floodgates they try to erect break down under pressure from the masses that simply won't accept being shut out and silenced.
don't shout “FIRE” in crowded spaces…
We all know that some utterings and actions can be dangerous in particular situations, and therefore illegal. Nobody in
their right mind would challenge censoring of and other reactions to such stupidities and those behind them.
It is however not up to any individual to add whatever they personally do not like themselves or anybody else to hear, to that short list as they see fit. That would be disastrous in the long run, as we would end up with all these long and often conflicting lists that nobody would be able to make heads or tails of – least of all those who wrote any of them.
Problem is that there already are a number of such non-valid but powerful lists of “non-mentionables” in circulation, made up by official and “less
official” figures, and too many in all walks of life abide by them and apply censoring and self-censoring
for no good reasons but plenty of bad ones.
No wonder truth is so hard to come by these days, as few professionals in any field dare to utter anything that isn't already “officially sanctioned”, for fear of negative consequences to their careers and private lives.
Really sad to see the most thruth-loving among us being bundled up with the most truth-fearing, and all because of aggressive and nondiscriminatory censoring being applied at the orders of people that are given no rights to define or order them.
I want the right to free speech to be universal (or at least global), and I want the right to evaluate what is true and what is false of what anyone says after having been able to listen to them when and as I please. With censorships in place everywhere, all rights I have as an individual human being will be eradicated, and I won't accept that outcome no matter the reasons anyone can manage to come up with.
As with all freedom; I am personally responsible for what I do and say, same as all others whether they like it or not. Further along those lines; we all should apply the degree of self-censorship necessary to avoid and/or prevent dangerous situations of our making to occur.
Common sense and personal responsibility, beat all forms for censorship applied by big brother
et al. That is how it has always been, and nobody can convince me that more censoring and restrictions will lead to
improvements, locally or globally.
Thus, I have to conclude that “improvements” are not on their lists of reasons for what they do, and take it from there…
last rev: 16.jan.2021