Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! 

It’s March 23, 1775.  Patrick Henry just spoke his historic call to arms before the Virginia House of Burgesses.  His words spread through the Colonies like wildfire.  Men take up their muskets.  An ocean away, a tyrant trembles.

This is the essential freedom of speech America’s founders guaranteed to all.

It’s March 23, 2019, Americans bypass the establishment media (followers of the king) and share Henry’s words on social media.  They go viral, or would have, had algorithms written by 25-year-olds, indoctrinated in college to defend the prevailing orthodoxy, not kicked in and throttled Henry down.  His words pass not with a bang, but a whimper.  The tyrant rests easy.  Maybe retaliates.

President Trump held a “social media summit” to discuss the critical importance of keeping today’s high tech public square free and open to all.

Trump praised organizations like CFACT which “challenge the media gatekeepers and the corporate censors to bring the facts straight to the American people…You communicate directly with our citizens without having to go through the fake news filter.”

If you check in at CFACT’s Climate Depot you’ll see a perfect example.

The big-tech sponsored Ted Talks emailed a group in Holland after a forum featuring climate skeptic Marcel Crok, “the ultimate consequence could be that they would lose their TEDx license.”

Here’s what they posted on YouTube:

We’ve flagged this talk, which was filmed at a TEDx event, because it appears to fall outside TEDx’s curatorial guidelines. The sweeping claims and assertions made in this talk regarding climate change only represent the views of the speaker and are not corroborated by scientific evidence.

Do you think wild exaggerations by climate campaigners and Socialist activists get the same treatment?

The closer America comes to our next national election, the stronger the pressure will be to block Americans from using social media to bypass the prevailing P.C. left-wing orthodoxy.

Facts are powerful.  They must sink or swim challenged by an ocean of free speech and thought.

Orwellian attempts to ensure only one side be allowed to speak must not be permitted to succeed.

If big tech could have censored Patrick Henry, we’d still have a king.

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CFACT recently sent out a call to arms to help us fight back against efforts by big tech companies to throttle speech by those of us who correct the facts on issues like climate and Socialism.  Will you join the fight?  Please make the most generous gift you can right now. Together, let’s keep free speech free for all.

 

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  • Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.