Ahead of the Ugandan election, we're hearing reports that Internet service providers are being ordered to block social media and messaging apps.
We strongly condemn internet shutdowns – they are hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and the principles of the #OpenInternet.
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) January 12, 2021
The company once boasting about being the free speech wing of the free speech party is now so strongly associated with biasedly suppressing human expression it makes tin pot African dictators blush.
The biggest threats to human liberty no longer come from governments, they come from Woke Capital. The US government can’t get you kicked out of higher education for unorthodox opinions, but Woke Capital can. The US government won’t prevent you from opening a bank account for unorthodox opinions, but Woke Capital will. The US government can’t get you fired for unorthodox opinions, but Woke Capital can. The US government won’t provide your home address to nefarious actors interested in causing you bodily harm for unorthodox opinions, but Woke Capital will.
The oligarchs who own Woke Capital have the ability to extinguish the flames of madness they are stoking. The power the cancellers have to figuratively force hemlock down the throats of those who question the gods of the state is a power lent to them at the pleasure of Woke Capital. Hold the line against taking action unless the behavior is illegal and it all ends. There are still plenty of people who are happy to speak truth to power–so long as it doesn’t mean ending up emaciated and living under a bridge.
But Woke Capital doesn’t want to fix this. They view it as a feature rather than a bug. In the internet age there is always something to hang a worker with. McDonald’s loves being able to fire a cashier at will for liking the wrong tweet. Wokeism allows the neo-liberal establishment to destroy anyone at any time for anything. That kind of power will not be relinquished voluntarily. We live in a world of Saurons and Smeagols, not Frodos.