What do you do when an internet oligarch destroys everything you’ve been working for, obliterates more than a decade of your hard work, and deprives you of the ability to make a living—all because that oligarch disapproves of your free political speech that is explicitly protected in all public places, including today’s digital town square, by the First Amendment?
Obviously that oligarch deserves to be executed for treason. The First Amendment is the heart of our Constitution, and traitors to the Bill of Rights are the worst treasonous scum imaginable.
But since I am a nonviolent person, and would never dream of prosecuting and executing a poor cuddly little internet oligarch, I have decided to forget about alternative journalism and instead open up a T-Shirt business. Below are just a few of the communications from YouTube that gave me this million-dollar idea, along with pictures of my latest merchandise.
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Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.
He is the host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard-driving weekly radio show funded by listener subscriptions at Substack and the weekly news roundup FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN).
He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS, and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.
Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.
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Your argument would only make sense if YouTube did not use any public communications infrastructure in its business.
Take notice that the way the First Amendment is worded does not enumerate freedom of speech, assembly, press or religion as positive rights that people possess, but rather as activities the national legislature may not infringe upon. Notice also that no such stricture applies to either the Executive or the Judicial branches, or to any state or local government, or to any non-governmental entity.
If Bill of Rights author James Madison had meant to stipulate them as positive “rights” all he had to do was write it that way, but he did not. Since anti-federalists flatly refused to ratify the Constitution unless it guaranteed something, Madison had to come up with something resembling guarantees. In fact Federalists did not believe a Bill of Rights was necessary, or even good idea, with Alexander Hamilton arguing a Bill of Rights would even be “dangerous.” Originally, 125 proposed amendments were presented to the First Congress to enumerate the rights of the new republic’s citizens; only the ten we are familiar with were passed on to the states to approve. The record of the contentious debates in Congress on these measures is recommended reading for an understanding of what ideas and ideals these men really held.
Where is the link to order my T shirt?
Are they also available in black?
A website is a publisher. It is morally and legally responsible for every word it publishes. It can publish or withhold anything it chooses. It doesn’t have to even allow readers to comment.
A platform like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. is not a publisher. It is a de facto monopoly and a digital town square, open to anyone. It exercises no publishers’ oversight over what users post. The users are the publishers, and they are the ones legally responsible for what they post. If they violate the law, sue or prosecute them. Otherwise leave them alone. Their political speech is protected under the First Amendment.
Censorship of the digital town square by internet oligarchs is the worst crime against the Constitution, the worst act of high treason, in all of American history.
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