Internet Speech Will Never Go Back to Normal

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The Atlantic, by Professor Jack Goldsmith – Harvard Law; Andrew Keane Woods – Professor of law at the University of Arizona College of Law

Excerpts: Covid-19 has emboldened American tech platforms to emerge from their defensive crouch. Before the pandemic, they were targets of public outrage over life under their dominion.

As surprising as it may sound, digital surveillance and speech control in the United States already show many similarities to what one finds in authoritarian states such as China. Constitutional and cultural differences mean that the private sector, rather than the federal and state governments, currently takes the lead in these practices, which further values and address threats different from those in China.

But the trend toward greater surveillance and speech control here, and toward the growing involvement of government, is undeniable and likely inexorable.

In the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong. Significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with a society’s norms and values. Read More …

Opinion: The far left Atlantic magazine and two college professors lauding China’s authoritarian government and encouraging its practices is a grim warning that even when the world comes out from government tyranny, it will not go back to the way it was just 60 days ago.

Surveillance has taken on a whole new meaning. In a conversation with my friend, Vason, yesterday morning, about how an incriminating Joe Biden/Larry King video has mysteriously disappeared from Google Play, he commented that every prediction made in the book 1984 has come true. The Google caper is the 21st century version of the 1984 memory hole.

(In the book “1984” the memory hole is a small chute leading to a large incinerator used for censorship)

It would be satisfying to say these secular professors will be proven wrong. That the tech giants will embrace freedom of speech, and that a good ol’ fashioned Christian revival is around the corner. But that’s not what the Book says.

The bad news is that the Bible says these secular people will get their way. The good news is not one single person needs to be here and live under Godless tyranny.

A pardon has been issued (Isaiah  53:5; Acts 16:31). Our sin debt has been paid in full (Ps. 22:26; John 10:28). All anyone has to do is accept it (Ps. 22:27-28; John 3:16), and one day very soon we will fly outta-here:

I have proof:

  • Romans 5:9
  • 1 Thess. 1:10
  • 1 Thess. 4:16-17
  • 1 Thess 5:9
  • Rev. 3:10

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

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