By Dylan Charles | Waking Times | August 13, 2018

“The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.” ~George Orwell

The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages who supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’

There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and our Facebook page has been throttled down to almost no reach), and there is never a reasonable way to appeal for the reinstitution of these pages.

The end result of this type of censorship, however, quite likely will not bring about the feared Soviet style clampdown on ideas that challenge the establishment. It’s more reasonable to expect that these companies have fallen pray to monopolistic hubris and will soon see massive declines in viewership, collapsing stock prices and the revolt of angry shareholders. In other words, these companies are shooting themselves in the feet.

That said, the current social/political/media climate in America today is likely to bring about the rise of a far more insidious and dangerous type of censorship: self-censorship.

The Cambridge dictionary defines self-censorship as:

“control of what you say or do in order to avoid annoying or offending others, but without being told officially that such control is necessary:”

Wikipedia defines it as:

“Self-censorship is the act of censoring or classifying one’s own discourse. This is done out of fear of, or deference to, the sensibilities or preferences (actual or perceived) of others and without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority.” ~Wikipedia

In other words, self-censorship is voluntarily silencing one’s self out of fear of inoffical reprisal. That reprisal can come in many forms, soft and hard, but at it’s most fundamental level it involves the fear of what others will think of you or say to you if they don’t like what they hear.

This form of censorship is already taking hold and is the result of the fear that individuals have of upsetting the mobs and virtue signaling hordes of self-righteous personalities. It is the fear that anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion and political correctness. That just by voicing your opinion on something you risk being attacked by black clad and megaphone wielding tyrants, physically removed from restaurants or harassed when conducting the ordinary affairs of life.

George Orwell wrote extensively of self-censorship at the conclusion of world war II. When he sought to publish his classic book Animal Farm, which he wrote during the war as a metaphorical critique of Soviet society, he was rejected by a number of publishers who were afraid to offend the prevailing sentiment of the time that the USSR should not be criticized for fear of instigating a diplomatic rift with the UK.

Publishers and editors were not ordered by law not to criticize the USSR, but they did so as not to offend the political establishment and popular sentiment. To this, Orwell penned an introduction to Animal Farm explaining the effects of self-censorship on a free society.

Entitled, ‘The Freedom of the Press,’ Orwell’s short letter aptly describes the situation we are faced with today.

“…the chief danger to freedom of thought and speech at this moment is not the direct interference of the MOI or any official body. If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion. In this country intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and that fact does not seem to me to have had the discussion it deserves.” ~George Orwell

Orwell continues in his critique:

“Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news — things which on their own merits would get the big headlines — being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that “it wouldn’t do” to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The British press is extremely centralized, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books and periodicals, as well as in plays, films and radio. At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is “not done” to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it was “not done” to mention trousers in the presence of a lady. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.” ~George Orwell

In this dynamic, the influences of peer pressure and commercial pressures do more to silence dissent than any official decree of censorship could possibly accomplish.

When speaking on the importance of press freedom, American writer E.B. White spoke of the cultural importance of having many independent viewpoints and fearless news organizations professing a wide range of ideas.

“The press in our free country is reliable and useful not because of its good character but because of its great diversity. As long as there are many owners, each pursuing his own brand of truth, we the people have the opportunity to arrive at the truth and to dwell in the light. The multiplicity of ownership is crucial. It’s only when there are a few owners, or, as in a government-controlled press, one owner, that the truth becomes elusive and the light fails. For a citizen in our free society, it is an enormous privilege and a wonderful protection to have access to hundreds of periodicals, each peddling its own belief. There is safety in numbers: the papers expose each other’s follies and peccadillos, correct each other’s mistakes, and cancel out each other’s biases. The reader is free to range around in the whole editorial bouillabaisse and explore it for the one clam that matters—the truth.”  ~E. B. White

Final Thoughts

Media censorship is a shift in the flow of information, while self-censorship is a shift in consciousness. It is the dangerous cornerstone of group-think.

We haven’t reached that point yet, not by a long shot, as is evident in the fact that both sides of the political spectrum are 100% engaged in bickering with the other side. But as social discourse continues to digress and corporations and other institutions feel more empowered to compel their employees and clients to unofficially comply with one political view or another, self-censorship will come creeping more so into our culture.

Will you have the courage to be yourself as the push towards internet censorship gains momentum?


Contributed by Dylan Charles of WakingTimes.com

Dylan Charles is the editor of Waking Times and co-host of Redesigning Reality, both dedicated to ideas of personal transformation, societal awakening, and planetary renewal. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong and Yoga. After seven years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and enjoys spending time with family. He has written hundreds of articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world.

This article (George Orwell Warned us of the Most Dangerous Type of Censorship) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to DylanCharles and WakingTimes.com.


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By Ethan Huff | Natural News | August 14, 2018

A social media alternative to Twitter that describes itself as being “dedicated to preserving individual liberty, the freedom of speech, and the free flow of information on the internet” has been served notice by tech giant Microsoft that it must remove content that the multinational corporation finds “offensive,” or else face a forced shutdown of its platform.

Microsoft Azure, which provides web hosting services for the Gab.ai, claims that some of the site’s users are posting “anti-Semitic” content that Microsoft finds unacceptable. Unless Gab.ai removes this content itself, Microsoft Azure has promised to shut the site down completely, taking its place as judge, jury, and executioner in the online censorship wars that have escalated in recent days.

Since part of Gab.ai’s claim to fame is it’s promise to never remove users from its platform for unpopular or politically-incorrect speech – unlike YouTube, Apple, and many others who’ve demonstrated that they’re more than willing to do just that – Microsoft’s demands fly in the face of Gab.ai’s commitment to free speech.

“Gab’s hosting provider, Microsoft Azure, has given us 48 hours to take action on two posts, or they will pull our service and Gab will go down for weeks/months,” “gabbed” Andrew Torba upon receiving the notice from Microsoft.

There’s no such thing as “hate speech,” and Microsoft has no authority to declare otherwise

Microsoft’s argument is that the two posts in question represent “hate speech,” and thus aren’t allow online. But there’s no legal definition for “hate speech,” at least according to the Supreme Court. In the 2017 case of Matal v. Tam, the Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito reiterated the following:

“Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate.’”

In other words, as much as some people don’t like to hear the opinions or statements of others, no matter how nasty they might be, the First Amendment clearly dictates that free speech is not to be infringed upon – not by the government, not by Microsoft, not by anyone.

But like Spotify, YouTube, Apple, Facebook, and many others, Microsoft has decided that its views override the Constitution. It even went so far to claim that the posts in question represented an “incitement to violence,” when in fact they were the mere ramblings of a man whom PJMedia.com‘s Megan Fox describes as a “stunted jackanape who stands out on the street corner with signs about how bad the Jooos hurt him or something.”

“It’s enough to say he has the right to have the opinions most of us don’t share and be done with it,” adds Fox. “Do we really have to analyze what he said to decide if he has the right to say it?”

“But Microsoft has decided that an entire website can be taken offline because their gatekeepers don’t like some posts a user made. How is this Microsoft’s business? Gab pays for the hosting service from Microsoft Azure. How Gab runs its business is not up for discussion by Microsoft (or it shouldn’t be). How do we know Big Tech isn’t colluding and conspiring to get rid of competition? Has Microsoft … ever threatened Twitter?”

Fox makes some really good points here about how it isn’t up to Microsoft to make this decision. It’s even worse than YouTube removing Alex Jones from it’s platform, because in this case Microsoft isn’t even the entity in charge of Gab. It’s merely the behind-the-scenes service provider that basically keeps the thing running.

For more news on the technocracy’s attempts to silence free speech and control what people say and do online, visit ThoughtPolice.news.


Contributed by Ethan Huff of NaturalNews.com


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By Jake Johnson | Common Dreams | August 13, 2018

During a closed-door and off-the-record meeting last week, top Facebook executive Campbell Brown reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth’s efforts to “revitalize journalism” will leave media outlets dying “like in a hospice.”

Reported first by The Australian under a headline which read “Work With Facebook or Die: Zuckerberg,” the social media giant has insisted the comments were taken out of context, even as five individuals who attended the four-hour meeting corroborated what Brown had stated.

“Mark doesn’t care about publishers but is giving me a lot of leeway and concessions to make these changes,” Brown reportedly said, referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “We will help you revitalize journalism… in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be holding hands with your dying business like in a hospice.”

As The Guardian reported on Monday, Facebook is “vehemently” denying the veracity of the comments as reported by The Australian, referring to its own transcript of the meeting. However, Facebook is refusing to release its transcript and tape of the gathering.

Brown’s warning about the dire prospects for news outlets that don’t get on board with a future in which corporate giants like Facebook are the arbiters of what is and isn’t trustworthy news comes as progressives are raising alarm that Facebook’s entrance into the world of journalism poses a major threat to non-corporate and left-wing news outlets.

As Common Dreams reported in July, progressives’ fears were partly confirmed after Facebook unveiled its first slate of news “segments” as part of its Facebook Watch initiative.

While Facebook claims its initiative is part of an effort to combat “misinformation,” its first series of segments were dominated by such corporate outlets as Fox News and CNN.

Reacting to Brown’s reported assertion that Zuckerberg “doesn’t care about publishers,” Judd Legum, who writes the Popular Information newsletter,argued, “Anyone who does care about news needs to understand Facebook as a fundamental threat.”

“In addition to disputed quote, there are also Facebook’s actions, which are fully consistent with the quote,” Legum added. “We desperately need to develop alternative delivery mechanisms to Facebook.”


Contributed by Jake Johnson of CommonDreams.org

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America Uncensored | August 14, 2018

While “Patriots” are busy celebrating the firing of Peter Strzok, Trump busy with his war on fake news, Alex Jones busy fighting censorship, and hopeless idiots busy jumping out of moving cars, liberals are out right declaring war. Doing everything to make their dream a reality, going as far as turning suspected terrorists loose.

New Mexico Liberal Judge Sarah Backus has set the five muslim extremists, running the N.M. compound, free. With only a signature bond! As being reported by KOB 4 Albuquerque.

Despite prosecutors evidence of a dead child, child abuse and training children to become school shooters, Judge Backus rules that these men are not a danger to society.

State prosecutors’ motion to detain five adults arrested after a raid in northern New Mexico earlier this month was denied by a judge on Monday.

Judge Sarah Backus made the determination, saying the state failed to meet the burder of showing the suspects were a danger to the community following several hours of testimony and evidence being presented by prosecutors. Siraj Wahhaj, Hujrah Wahhaj, Lucas Morton, Jany Leveille and Subhannah Wahhaj each face 11 counts of child abuse, after 11 children were found living in deplorable conditions at the site. –KOB4

In case you are wondering, YES, this just happened!




While everyone is cheering the FBI for firing one traitor, the rest of them are aiding in plots against America. With the help of judges and lawyers. The raid on this New Mexico compound was not supposed to happen, so it seems.

President Trump should be tweeting up a storm about this. Every last news agency should be all over it. This should be the reason for school walkouts, but we aren’t hearing much from David Hogg about it.

Meanwhile some are doing what they can, fighting through the censorship to get the word out.

And some are getting right to the point.

It’s a sad time in America when everyday tax paying American citizens could be detained for using straws, but radical jihadists are set free.


Contributed by LP of AmericaUncensored.net


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By Tim Brown | Freedom Outpost | August 13, 2018

With a growing number of Muslims running for political office every year and considering that the ideology of Islam is diametrically opposed to the foundations of the united States of America, any thinking person would be rightly concerned about any follower of Muhammad having any position of authority in our society.  This is the case with investigative journalist Laura Loomer, whose Facebook page was removed simply because she questioned a congressional candidate for Congress from Minnesota who just so happened to be a Muslim.

The unpublishing of her page took place less than 24 hours after Loomer posted a video of her being assaulted by Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian Muslim, a soon-to-be congresswoman as she was asking her questions at a political rally on Saturday for another Minnesota Muslim candidate, Ilhan Omar.  You may recall the report on Omar about her lying under oath in the divorce of her brother.

Here’s the video of the assault.

You can see Tlaib attempts to grab Loomer’s camera.  Both women are tied to terror organizations.  Both have expressed hatred for Jews and are campaigning alongside for profit, lying Linda Sarsour & designated terror group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Voice of Europe reported:

After she posted the video on her Facebook page she was alerted that Facebook had removed her video stating that it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards. Shortly after, and less than 24 hours from her posting the video, they Unpublished her Facebook page for as they said ‘repeatedly posting things that don’t comply with the Facebook Terms.’





We all know what that means, Facebook didn’t like Muslim supremacists being exposed for what they are.  It had nothing to do with their community standards or their terms of service.

On her main page, one of the admins posted, “admins are able to post on this page now. This page was also temporarily unpublished too. Censorship on Fb is alive and well!”

Laura's personal account has been banned for 30 days. Only her page admins are able to post on this page now. This page was also temporarily unpublished too. Censorship on Fb is alive and well!

Posted by Laura Loomer on Sunday, August 12, 2018

This isn’t the first time that Loomer has been assaulted by those in or seeking political office.

In June, Loomer was assaulted by Repl. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as she attempted to question her about inciting mobs to “push back” against Trump cabinet members in public.

She later filed a police report and said she would be seeking to press charges against Waters.

This is just more evidence of the judgment of God, not because of some bad theology in which some Christians have been misled about the geo-political state of Israel, but because those same Christians have failed to be salt and light here in our own country and expose the darkness for what it is, including Islam.  They have failed to repent and turn back to the true God and seek His mercy and heal our land.  Thus, God is bringing all the curses He promised to bring upon a disobedient people, and this is one of them.

“The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.  And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them,… But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you…. The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.” -Deuteronomy 28:12-13; 15; 43-44

It’s going to get a lot worse, if Americans don’t repent and don’t stand up against the enemies within.

Loomer is one that is taking the fight to the opposition.  Just take a look at some of her past work and support her if you are able.

Support Conservative Investigative Journalist Laura Loomer Today

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Posted by Laura Loomer on Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Contributed by Tim Brown of FreedomOutpost.com

Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit


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