by Tom Luongo,
Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
First Amendment protects your right to say whatever you want free
from government prosecution. It
does not protect you from saying hateful things on private
properties or privately-owned forums without fear of
is the very definition of freedom of association.
attack by an unhinged, vile piece of human excrement on a
Synagogue in Pittsburgh wasn’t
hours old before real world agendas pushed to the top of the
alternative Gab was immediately dropped by PayPal without
immediately, Gab’s latest hosting service unilaterally gave the
company a 48-hour termination notice of its contract.
is the second time Gab has had to switch providers this
year. They have been denied an app in the iOS store.
Google will not allow their Android app to be in the Play Store.
is Gab targeted?
Gab is a true alternative to Twitter which exists outside of
the control of the financial and political oligarchy.
the recent passing of the EU’s “Link Law” which is designed to
shut down opposition voices, the merged corporate/political
oligarchy are moving to ensure that all speech is criminalized.
to do that they first have to square the circle around that pesky
First Amendment in the U.S.
that means outsourcing the censorship to the companies who own
the internet access points – the app platforms, the social media
giants, the hosting firms and payment processors.
you can’t build and maintain a business then you can’t oppose
apologies to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “Free
Speech isn’t Free… it costs a buck o’ five.”
is classic barrier-to-entry stuff that the government engages in
to protect the market share of the favored companies over their
despite the roadblocks put up in front of Gab it has continued
platform has improved. I know. I’ve been a member
since 2016 when it was only a haven for the vilest of people.
That early culture drove me away along with its limitations,
but then again, I’m pretty bad at this whole social media thing.
today that is not the case. Gab
simply doesn’t censor you. If you want to be a jackass
in public, that’s your business.
doesn’t seem to stop Elizabeth
Warren after all.
content you consume and produce is your responsibility and CEO
Andrew Torba has given you those tools to speak freely and
freely be ignored.
fact, the censorship tools are stronger than they are on Twitter.
is more stringent in enforcing its policy to remove speech
which is a clear incitement to violence than Twitter is.
that’s the irony of this.
Synagogue shooter was a member of Gab. He also had a
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account. They did this
to Gab because they could and because they were told to.
statement about the shooting is public for the world to
see. And they assisted the police in identifying the person
yet, Gab will again be off the air, this time for weeks, while it
migrates to a new platform, because its existence is a threat to
the powerful who are rightly scared of losing their shiny new
shouldn’t matter whether you like Gab’s platform or not.
Are there terrible people on Gab? Yes.
there terrible people posting horrific things on
Twitter? Oh, you betcha.
which are paying their bills should be welcomed by service
providers. Hosting a platform is not an endorsement of the
content of that platform. A 48 hour shutdown notice was
designed to destroy Gab’s business.
companies terminating these contracts are doing so because of the
pressure from those that want Gab shut down, case closed.
And they are hiding behind their vaguely worded Terms of Service
to act unilaterally.
none of these companies believe in Free Speech.
the hand of The
Davos Crowd is behind this move to shut down
alternative speech platforms is chilling.
they are willing to deprive a peaceable man, in this case Gab’s
CEO, his right to associate with all who are willing to support
him is despicable.
Speech is cheap, defending it costs money. It’s
also messy and chaotic. It means building new systems
that prevent this from happening again.
only people who want to see free speech curtailed are those scared
by what people say about them. Everyone else should be happy
vile men like the shooter let everyone know who they are.
help us define the limits of our associations.
that spend their money supporting platforms like Gab, news outlets
like InfoWars or even people like myself are the means by which we
break their control.
like Dave Rubin, Joe Rogan and even Sargon of Akkad have larger
audiences now than CNN. Their credibility gap with the
public is massive.
it will never be crossed.
like this are desperation. They still think the old rules
still rule – that these power brokers still control transmission
will find a new home. Within hours of their
pending de-platforming, another service offered them a home,
apparently looking to build a business hosting the unwanted, the
maligned and the persecuted.
putting them in my bookmark folder for future reference.
are like generals, always fighting the last war. Humans are too
smart to be kept down for too long. Someone will always find
a way to offer a work-around to an existing problem.
if the problem is censorship, then the solution is technology.
what the division of labor is all about. Gab was a reaction
to Silicon Valley’s hatred of free speech. Eventually all of
this will be put on a blockchain and paid for outside of the
normal banking system if Soros, Zuckerberg, Merkel and the rest of
these corporatists continue pushing for total control over speech.
Gab had its best couple of days in terms of new accounts ever.
like Alex Jones saw interest in InfoWars spike after his
un-personing in August. So, I have no doubt that Gab
will survive because as Ron Paul so brilliantly said during his
runs for the Presidency, “Freedom is Popular.”
that freedom is what Twitter and Facebook have forgotten.
They were popular because of their lack of filter.
if there is one thing the government hates is competition.
is the antithesis to government? Lack of it.
great in the world was created through voluntary exchange.
Through functional anarchy.
if you disagree with this article, you are doing so freely,
without any coercion. All I can do is offer up my best ideas
and see if you like them. I can’t make you read this.
I don’t do it for free. I do it because I feel what I have
to say is worth not only your time but your direct support.
And so far more than 210 of you have chosen freely to do just
like I supported Gab at the outset, sending in donations because
I saw this coming. And I knew that money spent today was a
down payment on a world without speech controls tomorrow.
that’s something we should all shout about at the tops of our