WSWS: Why sites like theirs, and ours, are targeted for censorship.
Most of you have heard how progressive and leftist websites are being targeted by algorithms used by search engines such as Google in order to prevent people from easily finding them on the internet. This article on the World Socialist Web Site explains the real reason why, and uses Federal Reserve data to back up their conclusion, which is:
Fearful that the technological advances of the Internet and social media platforms can increase access to alternative political viewpoints, the oligarchy has initiated a campaign to censor left-wing websites and crack down on social media platforms in the name of blocking “Russian interference” in the US political system. Without a shred of credible evidence to back their claims, newspaper editors, TV talking heads, Senate and House committee members, corporate executives, trade union leaders and academics are engaged in a mad rush to censor the Internet and protect the population from “fake news.”
The anti-fake news censorship and blacklisting initiative is an escalation of a years-long campaign by the ruling class to create the framework for police state methods of rule. At the same time, the growth of social inequality revealed in the Federal Reserve figures points to the inexorable intensification of social and class conflict in the United States, the objective foundation for socialist revolution.
I highly recommend this one, and it would be a good one to bookmark, because it is loaded with government charts and graphs that show the gigantic and growing inequality of wealth in this country in the most in-your-face manner I have yet seen. They would be very useful to political candidates like Bernie Sanders as well.
Edit to add some more of my own thoughts per request.
I asked myself just who the likely Americans are who are likely to be interested in non-corporate news and opinion outlets, and I didn’t have to look very far. It’s most of you who are reading this. We come from all walks of life, have incomes from the bottom 10% through 80% or higher in a few cases, tend to have a good education even if it was largely self-taught, and we consider practicing and advocating good public policy to be more important than being focused on our widely varying spiritual beliefs or lack thereof. IOW, most of us are agnostic enough not to pretend to know Everything About How The Universe Works.
Or you could say we are simply capable of critical thinking and know enough that we don’t know everything, and that’s just part of being human.
We are also not benefiting from the rule of the financial aristocracy, the oligarchy, the MIC+, or whatever you want to call our ruling classes. We question more. Yes, that’s an RT slogan, but isn’t questioning more what journalism is supposed to do? Families that have seen their standards of living steadily if slowly decline over 3 generations have every right to ask why this is happening to them, and the answer to that question lies in government policies and the motivations behind those policies. We know that this is important stuff.
So we explore for answers, and for a number of years now, have been helped in our quest by alternative news sources such as RT America, TYT, the reader’s news, the Intercept, WSWS, BAR, consortium news and many more. Internet forums such as SV in the early 2000’s and JPR today provide like-minded people the ability to share knowledge at minimal cost.
Only a real republic governed by true participatory democracy has a vested interest in maintaining and increasing a well-educated population. The more educated people are, the more capable of critical thinking that they are, the better the representative system of government can be. It just makes for a much cooler and fun and just society.
We Americans don’t live in a real republic like that, and a lot of us want to. Maybe that is the real American Dream that has yet to be achieved. It’s possible, it’s doable, but the ruling classes have a vested interest in avoiding that scenario, so they will do their best to prevent us from sharing knowledge, learning, networking, and cooperating in order to accomplish even our most fundamental common goals.
Our ruling classes like the direction of those charts and graphs produced by the Federal Reserve. Hell, the Board members are using them to brag to their Wall Street masters about what a wonderful job they are doing for them! The last thing they want is for the bottom 90% to understand that financial capitalism has directly caused those living standard trends, and so they try to suppress sources of information on that subject. You don’t see them going after Breitbart or Fox or Limbaugh, now do you?
Ignorance is the foundation of tyranny.
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