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Rachel Malone – Constitutional Carry Texas and Speaker Bonnen

Rachel Malone

Friends, we began the 86th legislative session excited to advance constitutional carry.

In light of what we now know, it appears obvious that Speaker Bonnen, Chairman Nevarez, and others in House leadership were looking for a scapegoat on which to pin failure of constitutional carry from the start of the legislative session.

Let’s be clear: no actions of this past week killed HB 357. It was already being stalled to death due to inaction. Although the session isn’t over, with looming deadlines, the only paths to passage were (1) leadership (particularly Speaker Bonnen) prioritizing it and wanting it to pass or (2) the majority of the representatives vocally jumping on board and pushing for its passage. We’d already seen the failure of (2). Now we’ve seen the failure of (1).

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THE BONNEN FACTOR

Speaker Bonnen’s strong statements this week in opposition to Constitutional Carry reflect a gross misunderstanding of what it even is — and blow out of proportion the activism that is actually occurring.

In a statement relayed by the Austin-American Statesman, he said:

— “I could no longer watch as legislators and their families are incessantly harassed by fanatical gun-rights activists who think laws preventing criminals from carrying a gun should be repealed.”

— “Their goal is to eradicate sensible gun policies by allowing anyone to carry a gun without a license and proper training — making it impossible for law enforcement to distinguish between law-abiding gun owners and criminals.”

— “The fear and terror used to push this agenda has made it clear this is bad public policy.”

Mr. Speaker, if you’re calling this bad policy, are you saying that it doesn’t work in the 16 states that have already passed it — some years ago? Name the 16 most dangerous states that come to you off the top of your head. I’d bet that none of them are Constitutional Carry states. What about the 31 most dangerous states off the top of your head? I bet it’s not going to line up with the list of 31 states that currently allow open carry of guns without a permit.

Bad policy is not determined by subjectively-determined “fear and terror” used to push it. Although there are many emotional issues with passionate activism on both sides, policy should be determined on its actual merits. But if you’re going to try to prove policy’s soundness based on its activism, you do Texans a great disservice by ignoring the thousands who showed up to district and state conventions, eloquently presented their cases, lobbied their legislators, spoke to their neighbors, and presented a reasonable and rational case for constitutional carry in so many ways.

Mr. Speaker, you do our entire state’s law enforcement a great disservice by claiming that they can’t distinguish between a law-abiding citizen and a criminal or that the passage of constitutional carry legislation would somehow create this problem. Do you think the 31 states that allow permitless carry have smarter and better law enforcement than Texas does? Because I have never heard them complaining that they don’t know who’s the criminal and who’s not.

Mr. Speaker, your statements reflect a misunderstanding of the purpose of a gun. In previous statements you’ve mentioned being a gun owner. That’s great — but being a gun person is different from respecting liberty and understanding the purpose of an armed citizenry. Using guns for sporting purposes is not the same as understanding their use as defensive tools.

I am saddened that you do not realize that the purpose of upholding the right to keep and bear arms is ultimately to be a defense against a tyrannical government and that the license requirement and other restrictions defeat this purpose and are repugnant examples of holding us guilty until proven innocent — contrary to our standards of justice. I am disheartened that you believe “sound policy” means keeping current restrictions and infringements on Texans carrying their guns. A license and state-mandated training do not make one law-abiding and should never be required in order to prove one’s worthiness to carry a legally-owned handgun.

Mr. Speaker, your statement echoes several actual police departments and law enforcement organizations that have come out erroneously referring Constitutional Carry as “criminal carry.” This is bizarre, ridiculous, and reflects a terrible understanding of law and criminals. First, to the extent that any law can make it harder for a criminal to carry, HB 357 actually makes it harder for a criminal to carry: it specifically says you may not carry under its provisions if you are engaged in criminal activity other than a class C traffic misdemeanor or if you are prohibited from possessing a gun. If you think that criminals don’t obey the law — you’re right; which is why this doesn’t actually make this easier or harder for criminals to carry. They can and do already break the laws in order to carry. It does reduce barriers for law-abiding citizens to carry guns and be able to defend themselves to mitigate harm and save lives when criminals attack.

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ACTIVISM

In any movement — life, school choice, gun rights, desegregation — there are a few advocates who act in a way that the rest wouldn’t. That’s expected. It’s normal. The legislature and the media need to stop acting like gun rights is the only arena in which this happens.

Throughout history, we have seen examples of zealous activism that was first repudiated but eventually found success at the hands of those in power. Consider the actual breaking of laws by those in the civil rights movement, or Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the door of the church. Activists have used atypical behavior to bring about changes in policy. Today we praise those who stood out from the crowd and championed for basic human rights affirmed in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights.

Our founding fathers pushed the limits a lot more than anyone is doing right now. Even before it came to actual war, they were writing pamphlets and drawing caricatures that would surpass some of the most edgy and shocking memes out there today. They were staging protest demonstrations that would raise the eyebrows of some of today’s most forward activists. And in doing so, they were standing up for what they believed in: the principles that would become foundation of our country.

If a piece of legislation could be killed by one activist going to a legislator’s door, I think we would see a lot more of that being done, and a lot more bills dying because of it. Don’t fall for this rhetoric. It’s a lie.

I cannot condone going specifically to a legislator’s door when it was known that only his family was there. However, the media has blown reality far out of proportion in the way they have portrayed this activism. I fail to see evidence of actual threats.

If you’re in politics you’d better have thick skin. If you’re an elected official, you should NEVER complain publicly that some activist stepped over the line because your feelings are hurt or because you got called out on bad actions. Be convinced that you’re doing the right thing and own up to it. Don’t cry “unfair” and put the blame on someone else.

To allow one’s decisions on matters of policy affecting millions of people to be influenced by feelings is a sign of weakness. True leadership casts aside temptations that would allow emotional, ego-driven impulse to affect matters of law, particularly those at the heart of personal liberty.

Politics is dirty and revolting and gross and disgusting. Backroom deals are made all the time. Legislators are forced to water down their bills or pull their bills and mostly they do it because they’re afraid of retribution if they don’t comply. I find this repulsive and I would honestly just like to see ideas discussed on their merits. If HB 357 had gotten to the floor, perhaps it would have failed. But it should have had the opportunity to get there, be debated, and die honestly if it was going to die, instead of getting stalled and the blame pinned elsewhere.

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SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

Although we can correctly pin a lot of blame on Speaker Bonnen for the blockage of HB 357, let’s not forget the 130 or so representatives and 31 Senators who also failed to take action. The Senate could have filed a bill — they didn’t. The House members could have at least signed onto HB 357 (a very easy, simple, and effective way to show early support) — over 130 didn’t.

I’ve been told repeatedly that Republican legislators want cover and don’t want to have to take “hard” votes. First, that’s not acceptable; second, it shouldn’t be a “hard” vote to vote for your party’s legislative priority. Providing cover by opposing this legislation and keeping it from being brought to the floor is not an appropriate thing for the Speaker to do. We will not forget to hold accountable all of those who failed to show support.

Let’s also not forget to thank those who DID sign on, who did stand up because they know this is good policy. I sincerely appreciate them. I wish more of their colleagues had been as brave.

Mr. Speaker, you said on January 26, “I’ll bet my critics an AR-15 that their gun rights won’t be infringed” this session. Based on the caving I’m seeing this session I think we’re going to need some AR-15’s.

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MOVING FORWARD

We may now see some legislators trying to say that they actually do support Constitutional Carry (now that they feel sure they won’t have to take a vote on HB 357). We may see some say, “Oh, it would have gotten a committee hearing.” I’ll need more evidence than words.

Friends, don’t stop engaging in good activism. Good activism means we’re standing up for what we believe in. We’re speaking the truth — like I’m doing here, and like many of you do every day. We’re not reacting out of anger, we’re acting out of love for the truth and passion for liberty. We’re not acting out of vengeance against individuals — even those who have gravely wronged us — we’re acting out of an indomitable spirit because we’re never going to give in, because this fight is worth it. We love our enemies — which includes calling out bad actions but ultimately hoping and working toward bringing them in to work with us in the fight for liberty.

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ACTION ITEMS

So what can you do now?

1.) Be vocal about holding the correct people responsible for the death of HB 357. Don’t forget that this is a Republican-controlled legislature and if they had collectively wanted to pass constitutional carry they could have and would have. The responsibility goes not only to leadership which failed to prioritize the issue but also to every single one of the legislators who failed to take action. Don’t let them point the finger elsewhere.

2.) Continue to call leadership (see below) and express your disappointment in their failure to prioritize Constitutional Carry. Please maintain the utmost integrity. Be respectful but firm. I encourage you to not speculate as to someone’s motives if they haven’t stated them. Simply state the facts — and we have plenty of incriminating facts.

Speaker Bonnen (512-463-1000)
Lt. Governor Patrick (512-463-0001)
Gov. Abbott (512-463-2000)

3.) Call your state rep and your state senator’s office. If you live close to Austin (or can travel for a meeting) call their Capitol Office. If you can’t travel to Austin, call their District Office. If you don’t know the number, google “who represents me” or go to https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov

Tell the person who answers the phone that you are a constituent and you’d like a meeting with your legislator. If they absolutely won’t give you a meeting with the legislator, ask for a meeting with the chief of staff or the legislative director.

At the meeting, let them know that you support Constitutional Carry. Explain what it is. Tell them why it’s important to you. Be rational and professional, but do not accept excuses.

If your state rep is on this list, please simply call them and tell them thank you for their support of Constitutional Carry. These are the representatives who signed on to HB 357 (constitutional carry) before the end of March.

Biedermann 02/06/2019
Burns 03/13/2019
Cain 02/19/2019
Hefner 02/19/2019
Krause 02/19/2019
Lang 02/06/2019
Metcalf 02/19/2019
Middleton 02/06/2019
Oliverson 02/19/2019
Patterson 02/19/2019
Schaefer 02/19/2019
Stickland 11/14/2018
Swanson 03/19/2019
Tinderholt 02/19/2019
Toth 02/19/2019
White 02/19/2019
Zedler 02/19/2019

Protect Your Vote, Texas!

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Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 1 pm – 4 pm

Location: https://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-garden-inn-houston-clear-lake-nasa-HOUWNGI/index.html

Tickets: $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/operation-protect-your-vote-texas-tickets-57950317961?internal_ref=login&fbclid=IwAR3ckZSvVSiaRPPwrQXQjYaR7OoDQC85afSGTpPVxRODsIv8hxbT6Tp2HnU

Voter fraud is real: false registrations, duplicate voting, mail-in ballot harvesting, voting of non-citizens, hackable voting machines, violation of TX Constitutional mandates for ballots, inability to perform documented recounts.

Hear subject matter experts & grassroots leaders from around the state.

Your vote is meaningless if the system is corrupt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Bongino on “… the Biggest Scam in American History”

Once you hear this presentation you will want to check out Bongino’s Podcasts on YouTube.

 

TX Lawmakers Move to Save Red Light Cameras

http://thenewspaper.com/news/65/6591.asp?fbclid=IwAR3OIc66P40rqxgdGMLTwr_8014AZkr1BdUnQa3Cpuz9OJc8ofs7PfIpYvo

Texas Lawmakers Move To Save Red Light Cameras
Newly filed legislation would protect Texas red light cameras in defiance of the campaign promises of Governor Greg Abbott.
 

Ed Thompson and Bob Hall

Texas lawmakers are taking steps to keep newly re-elected Governor Greg Abbott (R) from fulfilling a major campaign promise. Abbott, formerly the state’s attorney general, made outlawing red light cameras a priority — even going so far as to specify that the contracts used by local jurisdictions must be legislatively preempted (view pledge). Two of the state legislature’s leaders last week prefiled legislation that would protect the ability of local jurisdictions to continue using red light cameras for as long as they wish.

State Representative Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) and Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) came up with their own approaches to legislation that uses the language of “banning” cameras while at the same time giving cities plenty of time to lock in long-term contracts with private photo ticketing companies. Byron Schirmbeck, the Texas coordinator for Campaign for Liberty, pointed out that this is not the first time that lawmakers like Hall have moved to increase the use of cameras while styling the effort as a prohibition on camera use.

“Once again we see the same tricks and games coming from Austin,” Schirmbeck told TheNewspaper. “Representative Thompson and Senator Hall’s bills give the photo radar industry everything they want and saddles Texans with red light cameras for decades and an increase in photo enforcement. Texans won’t stand for another attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.”

Although House Bill 262, introduced by Thompson, does say that a local authority may not use red light cameras, it would only prevent new installation in cities that do not have them as of June 2019. Any city that would like to continue using existing red light cameras would be allowed to do so under Thompson’s grandfather clause.

“If before the effective date of this act a local authority enacted an ordinance under those provisions to implement an automated traffic control system and entered into a contract for the administration and enforcement of the [red light camera] system, the local authority may continue to operate the system under that ordinance and under the terms of that contract until the expiration date specified in the contract as the contract existed on the effective date of this act,” Thompson’s bill states.

Most of the localities using red light cameras signed twenty-year or thirty-year contracts in 2009 in response to a previous legislative attempt to ban cameras. Those that do not have a long-term deal, or those with easy termination clauses, would still have until June 1, 2019, to revise existing deals with private photo ticketing contractors. Senator Hall’s bill likewise sounds very tough.

“A governmental entity may not use information from traffic surveillance technology for any purpose, including the issuance of a civil or criminal charge or citation for an offense or violation based on a recorded image or reading produced by traffic surveillance technology,” Senate Bill 77 states.

Hall’s bill contains an identical grandfather clause allowing an unlimited continuation of existing red light camera programs, while adding a permanent exception allowing new cities to sign up to use school bus cameras.

“[The ban] does not apply to the use of information from traffic surveillance technology that captures images of vehicles that pass a school bus if… the person who is cited for the offense is authorized to contest the citation in court,” Senate Bill 77 states.

Prefiling is particularly important in Texas as the legislature is only in session for 140 days every two years, leaving lawmakers with little time to debate new ideas. The 2019 session begins January 8.

A copy of the prefiled legislation is available in a 130k PDF file at the source link below.

 

Source: PDF File Senate Bill 77 and House Bill 262 (Texas Legislature, 11/12/2018)

 

KY Gov Matt Bevin on Gun Control

Major Announcement Coming

by Dwayne Stovall dwayne@puttingtexasfirst.com

Major Announcement Coming
The time to begin putting Texas first has finally arrived.

On Saturday, November 17th, I will be making a “YUGE” announcement concerning my campaign for United States Senate.

Immediately after the announcement, I will call on Texans – ALL TEXANS – to help us protect this great State from the progressive Marxist rot that has found its way here. I will ask them to join me and you in finally, and firmly, rejecting those who are all talk when it comes to conservative principles of limited government and fidelity to the State and federal Constitutions.

We Texans are all about to be part of something that has never been done in the Lone Star State, so please share this message with everyone you know, mark your calendars, and follow the campaign’s emails and social media releases for further details.

Thank you for your support and God bless Texas.

In liberty,

Dwayne Stovall – Texan
Candidate for U.S. Senate (2020)
Website: www.DwayneStovall.com
www.LessDCMoreTX.com
Facebook:  www.Facebook.com/texansforstovall
Twitter:  @DwayneStovall

 

 

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TNM vs SBOE Recommendation re Travis Letter

By: Daniel Miller info@texasnationalist.com

One of the major issues about the State Board of Education’s discussion of the recommendation to sanitize the history of the Alamo deals specifically with de-emphasizing Colonel Travis’s famous “Victory or Death” letter. What most do not know is that Alamo history has already been the victim of a political scrub job.

The “Victory or Death” letter wasn’t the only letter that Travis wrote during the siege. In fact, it pales in comparison to another letter that he penned on March 3rd to his friend Jesse Grimes. In the letter Travis clearly explains what truly motivated the Alamo defenders to lay down their lives. Travis’s words and the real sacrifice of the Alamo defenders is politically inconvenient in this climate where all Texian victories and sacrifices are hijacked or suppressed in order to induce cultural amnesia and political compliance in current and future generations of Texans. Never forget that these Texians were the FIRST to give everything for #TEXIT.

“…Let the Convention go on and make a declaration of independence , and we will then understand, and the world will understand, what we are fighting for. If independence is not declared, I shall lay down my arms , and so will the men under my command. But under the flag of independence, we are ready to peril our lives a hundred times a day, and to drive away the monster who is fighting us under a blood-red flag, threatening to murder all prisoners and make Texas a waste desert…If my countrymen do no rally to my relief, I am determined to perish in the defense of this place, and my bones shall reproach my country for her neglect” – W.B. Travis, Commander of the Alamo, to Jesse Grimes, from Béxar, March 3, 1836.

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Texas Voter Rolls MUST be Cleaned Up!

The time for action is NOW. If you do not want our Nov. 6 General Election outcomes to be determined by illegal voters, then you must act now!

Time is running out. With Early Voting only 54 days away, state officials have known about thethousands of illegally registered voters for a long time, but have not acted. At least six elections (Primary, Primary Runoff, local municipal/school board/community college/bond elections and special elections) have come and gone and nothing has been done to remove illegally registered people from Texas voter rolls. There is no excuse for this inaction.

Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition letter to Governor Abbott:
https://gawtp.com/coalition-project-to-end-voting-by-illegal-aliens-in-progress/

 

Pearland Tea Party spoke with the Governor’s office this morning. He has not released a plan to deal with illegals voting in our coming election and hasn’t informed staff of his plan to release a plan 🙂 Very pleasant conversation, my opinion and name documented. Time for #Texans to call our Gov and AG. They alone can move on this in time for early voting in October. It appears we are the “push” needed.

Some tools to help you:

https://gawtp.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Illegals-Should-Not-Vote-Toolkit-2018.pdf

 

 

 

The Battle of Medina – Texas History

by Tom G Glass

I did not know about the Battle of Medina until just a few years ago. What is mind boggling about that is that it was the bloodiest battle in Texas history, and yet very few know about it. The battle occurred on August 18, 1813.

The battle was a fascinating confluence of the extended fight for independence of Mexico from Spain with early extension of American power under the Monroe Doctrine.

The other fascinating part of this story is that this was the first time that Texas was an independent republic. The first Republic of Texas only lasted for 4 months from April 6, 1813 until the battle on August 18.

The whole independence attempt was kicked off by Jose Bernardo Gutierrez when he was commissioned to seek aid for the Mexican war for independence in Washington, D.C. He met with then Secretary of State, James Monroe. In a move smacking of plausible deniability and Mission Impossible, a U.S. Army Lieutenant, Augustus Magee, third in his class at West Point, resigned his commission in the Army and joined up with Gutierrez to recruit an army of frontiersmen to help Texas win its independence from Spain.

This Gutierrez-Magee expedition kicked off on August 8, 1812. The force captured Nacogdoches, then Trinidad on the Trinity River, then Goliad and the fort there, La Bahia. There was a lot of fighting at Goliad, but finally the force captured San Antonio and Texas declared independence from Spain and became an independent Republic on April 6, 1813.

But then, the empire struck back. Joaquin de Arredondo, the Spanish government leader of the area raised an army around 1,800 men and marched on San Antonio to take on an army of 1,400 made up of militia from San Antonio and surrounding area, the American frontiersmen, some Indians, and deserters from the Spanish Army.

Magee had died of fever during the invasion, so the commander of the republicans was led by a new general, Jose Alvarez de Toledo. Toledo wanted to ambush Arredondo on the way to San Antonio, so the battle was fought in Atascosa County south of San Antonio close to the Medina River in land that was very sandy with intermittent scrub oak.

The battle was a close run thing. At one point the republicans captured several batteries of the royalists and were flanking them, too. Arredondo had issued orders to retreat until a republican defector told him that the republicans were very tired and thirsty from fighting through the sand on the hot August day. But finally, the republicans broke, and it became a slaughter. Only 100 of the 1,400 republicans who went into battle survived. The royalists lost only 55.

The treatment of the people of San Antonio by Arredondo was horrendous. The remains of the republican dead were left to rot on the battlefield and remained there until Mexico finally won its independence in 1821. When the royalists marched into San Antonio after the battle, they pulled 327 local San Antonio men into the streets and shot them. They turned out their children into the streets without parents because the widows were put into a prison where they were repeatedly raped and beaten. Arredondo sent a force to chase down native Tejanos running away and gave them similar treatment when caught. And then they repeated the drill to a lesser extent in Nacogdoches.

This memory must have been burned into the survivors in San Antonio. Knowing this history makes me admire even greater the heroism of Juan Seguin and his Tejano fighters from San Antonio in the 1835-36 revolution, just 22 years later.

And there is one other mind-blowing revelation about this battle. There was a young officer in Arredondo’s royalist army that learned the brutal methods of Arredondo very well. That officer’s name was Santa Anna.

The Crackdown Continues…

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-07/crackdown-continues-twitter-suspends-libertarian-accounts-including-ron-paul

One day after what appeared to be a coordinated attack by media giants Facebook, Apple, Spotify and Google on Alex Jones, whose various social media accounts were banned or suspended in a matter of hours, the crackdown against alternative media figures continued as several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director, found their Twitter accounts suspended.

Justin Raimondo@JustinRaimondo

Two more casualties of the Twitter purge of antiwar voices: @ScottHortonShow, the new editorial director of http://Antiwar.com , and @DanielLMcAdams, director of the Ron Paul Institute.

Are you next?

On Monday, Twitter suspended the editorial director of antiwar.com Scott Horton, former State Department employee Peter Van Buren, and Dan McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute.

Antiwar.com@Antiwarcom

Scott Horton, Peter Van Buren, and Dan McAdams have been suspended from Twitter.
If you go to their accounts, you will see their old tweets, but they are prohibited from making new tweets. They were reported by @KatzOnEarth for criticizing his posts. Please complain to Twitter.

Horton was reportedly disciplined for the use of “improper language” against journalist Jonathan M. Katz, he said in a brief statement, while McAdams was suspended for retweeting him, he said. Past tweets in both accounts were available to the public at the time of the writing, unlike the account of Van Buren, which was fully suspended.

According to TargetLiberty, Horton and McAdams fell victim of Twitter’s suspension algorithm after objecting to Katz’s quarrel with Van Buren over an earlier interview.

Phil Brown@philinexile

Hey @ThomasEWoods , @scotthortonshow can’t tweet out his interview of Peter Van Buren @wemeantwell from last week because Twitter suspended both of their accounts. Can you?https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/8-02-18-peter-van-buren-on-modern-mccarthyism/ 

8/02/18 Peter van Buren on Modern McCarthyism – The Libertarian Institute

Peter van Buren is interviewed on his new article for the American Conservative “Donald Trump is Not the ‘Manchurian Candidate’” and the modern McCarthyism of the neoconservative and establishment…

libertarianinstitute.org

Justin Raimondo@JustinRaimondo

Well, the fun has gone right out of @Twitter for me with the outrageous suspension of @WeMeantWell. @jack, your arbitrariness will be your undoing.

The suspensions come days after Twitter suspended black conservative Candace Owen from Twitter for highlighting the algorithmic hypocrisy of Twitter by replacing the word “white” with “Jewish” in a series of tweets modeled on those by New York Times editor Sarah Jeong.

just after controversial conservative Alex Jones, and his podcast InfoWars, were kicked out from most social media platforms, prompting conservative to accuse the social networks of collusion in a collective crackdown on non-mainstream voices. The Silicon Valley giants were criticized by the US political establishment for failing to prevent alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, critics now say the pressured media giants are engaging in political censorship, using their market dominance and lack of legislated neutrality requirements to target descent voices ahead of the midterm elections.

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In a scathing op-ed on Tuesday, Nigel Farage wrote that “while many on the libertarian right and within the conservative movement have their issues with Alex Jones and InfoWars, this week’s announcement by YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify represents a concerted effort of proscription and censorship that could just as soon see any of us confined to the dustbin of social media history.

These platforms that claim to be “open” and in favor of “free speech” are now routinely targeting — whether by human intervention or not — the views and expressions of conservatives and anti-globalists.

This is why they no longer even fit the bill of “platforms.” They are publishers in the same way we regard news outlets as publishers. They may use more machine learning and automation, but their systems clearly take editorial positions. We need to hold them to account in the same way we do any other publisher.

Farage then accused social media giants of being corporatist:

That they cannot profess to be neutral, open platforms while being illiberal, dictatorial, and hiding behind the visage of a private corporation (which are more often than not in bed with governments around the world at the very highest levels).

This isn’t capitalism. It’s corporatism.

He concludes that the real interference in “US democracy” comes not from Russia, but from some of its most powerful corporations which now yield more power in some cases than the government itself: “This isn’t “liberal democracy” as they keep pretending. It’s autocracy.”

“…for those that don’t take issue with the latest censorship of right-wingers by big social media — unless we take a stand now, who knows where it could end.