‘Silicon Valley and world leaders are behaving like Spectre’

June 10, 2019

 

APPROVED SPEECH: “I said a few months ago that the way this is going we are going to go down to the last photocopier deep in the woods to get any alternative message out. I worry about Mr Zuckerberg and others (government officials) and that we are at the stage of the movie where they go from here to there and how we resist that is going to be a huge challenge in the years ahead.” – Author and conservative pundit Mark Steyn

MIND CONTROL: “When I see that they (Trudeau, Macron, May, Jacinda Arden) sitting across the table from the woke billionaires, oh isn’t that nice, they’re going to rid the world of all the hate, I believe it is like the Spectre board meeting in any James Bond movie anybody’s ever seen.” Representing this quote is Donald Pleasence as Bond’s nemesis and head of Spectre Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the 1967 Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Picture courtesy of Geocities.

 

POLITICAL heads of states and Silicon Valley “big tech” companies have been accused of behaving like “James Bond villains” after a censoring purge was triggered following a on-line spat between two virtual celebrities.

Conservative commentator and Canadian citizen Mark Steyn, who grew up in the UK was being interviewed by David Menzies of Rebel Media about the recent move by You Tube to demonetize Stephen Crowder’s channel in a dispute between him and Carlos Maza, a You Tuber on Vox Channel, over alleged remarks Crowder made about Maza’s sexuality and ethnicity.

‘State labeling people is deeply disturbing’

On the back of this dispute, a number of conservative channels were either completely removed or demonetized by You Tube.

Mr Steyn said: “I have super first principles on this. I’m not interested in saying ‘can we all agree that that guy is a hater’ because I don’t actually believe it’s government’s business to label people beyond the pale and once you go down that road, it’s deeply disturbing.”

‘Isn’t that nice? They’re going to rid the world of hate’

“Basically it is a choice between hate speech and approved speech. Who approves the speech – well it’s powerful people.

“Today one thing that is different from 10 years ago it is an alliance between a cartel of publishers – I describe them as five or six woke billionaires who basically control access to information for all seven billion people on this planet and when I see that picture of Justin (Trudeau), Theresa May, Jacinda Arden, Monsieur Macron, sitting across the table from the woke billionaires, oh isn’t that nice, they’re going to rid the world of all the hate, I believe it is like the Spectre board meeting in any James Bond movie anybody’s ever seen. These are guys controlling the planet and making plans for the rest of you – it’s control by the powerful.”

David Menzies asks Steyn about the “unholy alliance” between big-tech companies and Governments and he was asked about a phrase he coined which goes “hate speech is free speech and free speech is hate speech”.

‘I’ll keep this fax machine in case I need it’

“I’m very worried about it. About a year ago I started joking that if I see an old fax machine I always take it away and put it in the cupboard in case I need it. I said a few months ago that the way this is going we are going to go down to the last photocopier deep in the woods to get any alternative message out.

“I’m always bored by science fiction where you see the glassy-eyed drones in the polyester cat suit, walking around dehumanized, all conforming – I’m bored by that. I’m more interested in how you get from here to there.

“I worry about Mr Zuckerberg and others (government officials) and that we are at the stage of the movie where they go from here to there and how we resist that is going to be a huge challenge in the years ahead.”

‘Censorship calls originate from Press’

In an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, Glenn Greenwald, the gay co-founding editor of The Intercept, claims that the platforms themselves didn’t want the censorship, but parts of the mainstream media do.

“You Tube was originally just a platform for people to use – that was what Silicon Valley companies were supposed to be and got immunity for it.

“In reality to censor was not something they wanted, it was something foisted upon them, amazingly and largely by journalists who were demanding that they remove voices from the Internet.

“Imagine going into journalism and then begging corporations to silence and censor people, that’s the real reason they ended up in this position.”

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