Technocensorship: The Government’s War on So-Called Dangerous Ideas

John Whitehead

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
Ray Bradbury

What we are witnessing is the modern-day equivalent of book burning which involves doing away with dangerous ideas—legitimate or not—and the people who espouse them.Seventy years after Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 depicted a fictional world in which books are burned in order to suppress dissenting ideas, while televised entertainment is used to anesthetize the populace and render them easily pacified, distracted and controlled, we find ourselves navigating an eerily similar reality.

Welcome to the age of technocensorship.

On paper—under the First Amendment, at least—we are technically free to speak.

In reality, however, we are now only as free to speak as a government official—or corporate entities such as Facebook, Google or YouTube—may allow.

Case in point: internal documents released by the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government confirmed what we have long suspected: that the government has been working in tandem with social media companies to censor speech.

By “censor,” we’re referring to concerted efforts by the government to muzzle, silence and altogether eradicate any speech that runs afoul of the government’s own approved narrative.

This is political correctness taken to its most chilling and oppressive extreme.

The revelations that Facebook worked in concert with the Biden administration to censor content related to COVID-19, including humorous jokes, credible information and so-called disinformation, followed on the heels of a ruling by a federal court in Louisiana that prohibits executive branch officials from communicating with social media companies about controversial content in their online forums.

Likening the government’s heavy-handed attempts to pressure social media companies to suppress content critical of COVID vaccines or the election to “an almost dystopian scenario,” Judge Terry Doughty warned that “the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’

This is the very definition of technofascism.

Clothed in tyrannical self-righteousness, technofascism is powered by technological behemoths (both corporate and governmental) working in tandem to achieve a common goal.

The government is not protecting us from “dangerous” disinformation campaigns. It is laying the groundwork to insulate us from “dangerous” ideas that might cause us to think for ourselves and, in so doing, challenge the power elite’s stranglehold over our lives.

Thus far, the tech giants have been able to sidestep the First Amendment by virtue of their non-governmental status, but it’s a dubious distinction at best when they are marching in lockstep with the government’s dictates.

As Philip Hamburger and Jenin Younes write for The Wall Street Journal: “The First Amendment prohibits the government from ‘abridging the freedom of speech.’ Supreme Court doctrine makes clear that government can’t constitutionally evade the amendment by working through private companies.”

Nothing good can come from allowing the government to sidestep the Constitution.

The steady, pervasive censorship creep that is being inflicted on us by corporate tech giants with the blessing of the powers-that-be threatens to bring about a restructuring of reality straight out of Orwell’s 1984, where the Ministry of Truth polices speech and ensures that facts conform to whatever version of reality the government propagandists embrace.

Orwell intended 1984 as a warning. Instead, it is being used as a dystopian instruction manual for socially engineering a populace that is compliant, conformist and obedient to Big Brother.

This is the slippery slope that leads to the end of free speech as we once knew it.

In a world increasingly automated and filtered through the lens of artificial intelligence, we are finding ourselves at the mercy of inflexible algorithms that dictate the boundaries of our liberties.

Once artificial intelligence becomes a fully integrated part of the government bureaucracy, there will be little recourse: we will all be subject to the intransigent judgments of techno-rulers.

This is how it starts.

First, the censors went after so-called extremists spouting so-called “hate speech.”

Then they went after so-called extremists spouting so-called “disinformation” about stolen elections, the Holocaust, and Hunter Biden.

By the time so-called extremists found themselves in the crosshairs for spouting so-called “misinformation” about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines, the censors had developed a system and strategy for silencing the nonconformists.

Eventually, depending on how the government and its corporate allies define what constitutes “extremism, “we the people” might all be considered guilty of some thought crime or other.

Whatever we tolerate now—whatever we turn a blind eye to—whatever we rationalize when it is inflicted on others, whether in the name of securing racial justice or defending democracy or combatting fascism, will eventually come back to imprison us, one and all.

Watch and learn.

We should all be alarmed when any individual or group—prominent or not—is censored, silenced and made to disappear from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram for voicing ideas that are deemed politically incorrect, hateful, dangerous or conspiratorial.

Given what we know about the government’s tendency to define its own reality and attach its own labels to behavior and speech that challenges its authority, this should be cause for alarm across the entire political spectrum.

Here’s the point: you don’t have to like or agree with anyone who has been muzzled or made to disappear online because of their views, but to ignore the long-term ramifications of such censorship is dangerously naïve, because whatever powers you allow the government and its corporate operatives to claim now will eventually be used against you by tyrants of your own making.

As Glenn Greenwald writes for The Intercept:

The glaring fallacy that always lies at the heart of pro-censorship sentiments is the gullible, delusional belief that censorship powers will be deployed only to suppress views one dislikes, but never one’s own views… Facebook is not some benevolent, kind, compassionate parent or a subversive, radical actor who is going to police our discourse in order to protect the weak and marginalized or serve as a noble check on mischief by the powerful. They are almost always going to do exactly the opposite: protect the powerful from those who seek to undermine elite institutions and reject their orthodoxies. Tech giants, like all corporations, are required by law to have one overriding objective: maximizing shareholder value. They are always going to use their power to appease those they perceive wield the greatest political and economic power.

Be warned: it’s a slippery slope from censoring so-called illegitimate ideas to silencing truth.

Eventually, as George Orwell predicted, telling the truth will become a revolutionary act.

If the government can control speech, it can control thought and, in turn, it can control the minds of the citizenry.

It’s happening already.

With every passing day, we’re being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called “government speech.”

Little by little, Americans are being conditioned to accept routine incursions on their freedoms.

This is how oppression becomes systemic, what is referred to as creeping normality, or a death by a thousand cuts.

It’s a concept invoked by Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist Jared Diamond to describe how major changes, if implemented slowly in small stages over time, can be accepted as normal without the shock and resistance that might greet a sudden upheaval.

Diamond’s concerns related to Easter Island’s now-vanished civilization and the societal decline and environmental degradation that contributed to it, but it’s a powerful analogy for the steady erosion of our freedoms and decline of our country right under our noses.

As Diamond explains, “In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism… Why didn’t they look around, realize what they were doing, and stop before it was too late? What were they thinking when they cut down the last palm tree?”

His answer: “I suspect that the disaster happened not with a bang but with a whimper.”

Much like America’s own colonists, Easter Island’s early colonists discovered a new world—“a pristine paradise”—teeming with life. Yet almost 2000 years after its first settlers arrived, Easter Island was reduced to a barren graveyard by a populace so focused on their immediate needs that they failed to preserve paradise for future generations.

The same could be said of the America today: it, too, is being reduced to a barren graveyard by a populace so focused on their immediate needs that they are failing to preserve freedom for future generations.

In Easter Island’s case, as Diamond speculates:

The forest…vanished slowly, over decades. Perhaps war interrupted the moving teams; perhaps by the time the carvers had finished their work, the last rope snapped. In the meantime, any islander who tried to warn about the dangers of progressive deforestation would have been overridden by vested interests of carvers, bureaucrats, and chiefs, whose jobs depended on continued deforestation… The changes in forest cover from year to year would have been hard to detect… Only older people, recollecting their childhoods decades earlier, could have recognized a difference. Gradually trees became fewer, smaller, and less important. By the time the last fruit-bearing adult palm tree was cut, palms had long since ceased to be of economic significance. That left only smaller and smaller palm saplings to clear each year, along with other bushes and treelets. No one would have noticed the felling of the last small palm.

Sound painfully familiar yet?

We’ve already torn down the rich forest of liberties established by our founders. It has vanished slowly, over the decades. The erosion of our freedoms has happened so incrementally, no one seems to have noticed. Only the older generations, remembering what true freedom was like, recognize the difference. Gradually, the freedoms enjoyed by the citizenry have become fewer, smaller and less important. By the time the last freedom falls, no one will know the difference.

This is how tyranny rises and freedom falls: with a thousand cuts, each one justified or ignored or shrugged over as inconsequential enough by itself to bother, but they add up.

Each cut, each attempt to undermine our freedoms, each loss of some critical right—to think freely, to assemble, to speak without fear of being shamed or censored, to raise our children as we see fit, to worship or not worship as our conscience dictates, to eat what we want and love who we want, to live as we want—they add up to an immeasurable failure on the part of each and every one of us to stop the descent down that slippery slope.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People and in its fictional counterpart The Erik Blair Diaries, we are on that downward slope now.

Originally published by the Rutherford Institute
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. Whitehead can be contacted at [email protected]


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peter mcloughlin
peter mcloughlin
Aug 8, 2023 1:20 PM

My ideas are no threat to anything, yet I have been banned by certain social media sites – I am an unknown. This is what I have said: everyone eventually gets the war they are trying to avoid, their own defeat; everyone wants to avoid WW III; so, logically, that is the fate that awaits mankind. And, paradoxically, unless we accept the logic of this simple syllogism we will perish. I am appealing for people to share the below link where they can – thank you.

Aug 8, 2023 7:21 AM

62 comments. Articles here used to get 10 times that. They got to you just like they got The Guardian. You need to get your site onto a unstoppable domain.

Sam - Admin2
Sam - Admin2
Aug 8, 2023 12:28 PM

Any tips for how to do this are always greatly appreciated. A2

Aug 8, 2023 6:15 PM
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Thomas Frey
Thomas Frey
Aug 7, 2023 9:45 PM

Inalienable rights can only be given up by compliance. They can be taken back with noncompliance.

There is a reason that history teaches us that tyrants do not return power back to the people peacefully.

If We the People are going to preserve freedom and liberty, it is now a renewed debt to be paid in blood. We the people failed at vigilance and now have to pay the price of complacency.

Be ready in a minute.

Aug 7, 2023 3:08 PM

Dangerous experiments done knowingly: Human Experimentation in the Radiological Weapons Group – Vital Dissent = The Truth about Oppenheimer

Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Aug 7, 2023 12:29 PM

I just watched The Jesus Revolution on Netflix, accounting the true story about Calvary Church in California and the spiritual explosion of the 1960’s. The threat to that prized cash cow, the defense budget, now up to nearly a trillion/yr, was the reason why the Powell Memo was written, as a clarion call to all capitalists to nip this in the bud. Thus began neoliberalism, aka economic fascism.

Why is the cultural shift toward peace and a more intelligent way to steward the planet viewed as such a threat? Wouldn’t everyone benefit ultimately if the human species expanded their consciousness toward a far more healthy vision of the future? One thing is obvious by now, and that is NOT allowing the natural growth of intelligence through suppression tactics like censorship is causing more damage than ever and intentional destruction is just mental inertia.

Aug 7, 2023 9:09 AM

The sixth and ninth of August 1945, can never be forgotten, these are the dates of unforgivable US war crimes.

Regardless of so-called UN human rights narratives, and all the democracy and the rule of law propaganda and lies, those fateful two days prove that civilization has still not happened to humanity.

When two atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two cities in Japan, for absolutely no military reason at all.

Over two hundred thousand people in both cities were instantly vaporized.

And these people were not war criminals, they were not soldiers, these were not in any way concerned with the war.

They were civilians, children, women, old people, unborn children.

What was their crime?

For what were they being punished?

American was trying to prove itself the greatest power in the world!

All the US generals who were involved in the war were surprised that the atomic bombs had been used, because it was only a question of just fifteen days more and the war would have ended, that was the longest period estimated.

So it had nothing to do with the war.

The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.

The reason was purely psychological, political.

 “Postwar Russia might be more manageable if impressed by American military might, and that a demonstration of the bomb might impress Russia.” – US Secretary of State, Byrnes – 1945

We should take the responsibility to see that nuclear events like Hiroshima and Nagasaki never happen again.

All politicians should be forced, “Either to stop all efforts for war immediately, or be legally removed from office and their comfortable seats of power.

We will find other presidents, other prime ministers with intelligence.”

We have to use the memory of these unforgivable US war crimes, as a day of declaration against all of the insane, warmongering politicians of today, who in their complete unconscious stupidity are leading humanity and all life on earth to total annihilation!

And still the globalist vested interests cannot allow this earth to become awake.

Before it can wake up, they are ready with all their nuclear weapons to destroy it.

It is such a calamity.

Man has not evolved as far as consciousness is concerned.

Thousands of years have passed, man’s stupidity remains the same.

We have to evolve our intelligence, our awareness, our consciousness.

What is intelligence?

Intelligence is the capacity to be in the present.

The more you are in the past or are in the future, the less intelligent you are.

Intelligence is the capacity to be here-now, to be fully aware in this moment and nowhere else.

Then you are awake.

You still don’t know yet who you are.

You have not looked into your own reality.

You are not awake.

A mind full of thoughts is not awake, cannot be awake. 

The work of intelligence – non thinking – is to help you to become aware of your being.

To be intelligent needs effort, to be intelligent means you have to grow up, to become mature.

To drop all of your identification with the political, the religious and all of your laughable woke masks.

Growth is painful.

To be intelligent means you have to be continuously alert and aware; you cannot fall asleep, you cannot live life as a somnambulist.

To be intelligent is very difficult because you have to move away from the herd mentality and stupid crowds.

These people have been the greatest criminals.

They have divided humanity.

If you have any intelligence, think of yourself only as a simple human being.

And when your intelligence grows a little more you will drop even the adjective “human”; you will think of yourself only as a being.

Always Be Aware that to live amongst blind people with eyes is a very dangerous situation, if you are discovered they are bound to destroy your eyes.

They cannot tolerate you, you are an offense.

Stupid people can only be destructive, because true creativity is possible only when your intelligence is awakened.

Just watch as stupid people are preparing for more and more destruction.

Marxism is the latest such religion.

Intelligence is freedom from any ideology.

Can’t you simply live without any ideology?

Is an ideology needed?

Why is an ideology needed so much?

It is needed because it helps you to remain stupid, it is needed because it helps you to remain unintelligent.

It is needed because it supplies you ready made answers and you need not find them on your own.

Once you start believing in all the propaganda and lies, your intelligence stops growing.

Global boiling, global eugenics and psy-op pandemics, NATO proxy wars, Aliens are amongst us!

It is certainly very dangerous to have unintelligent people in powerful posts.

And it is becoming more and more dangerous, because they have more and more power and less and less intelligence.

But why does it happen?

There is a subtle logic in it.

People don’t want to change.

Change is arduous, change is difficult.

Wake up!

It is not impossible.

Seek, find and start to use your own intelligence.

Intelligence is not of the mind, intelligence is one of the qualities of your being.

But remember, mind is being used as a vehicle for it, hence the confusion.

People think intelligence is of the mind, it comes through the mind.

Mind is the instrument for its expression.

Mind itself is only a bio-computer.

It has a memory system just as any computer has, you feed the memory system and the mind keeps the memory.

But memory is not intelligence.

Know yourself.

Be yourself!

PS… A.I. can not be intelligence, as it can never become conscious, become alive.

Consciousness is life itself.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Aug 7, 2023 4:21 PM
Reply to  @lienChrist

You have one question to answer: ‘how do you remove a President if Congress and the Senate is just as corrupt as the President?’

99% of all Congressfolk and Senators are bunged by the US military industrial complex to vote for their boondoggles.

If you want an 80% cut in the US military budget, the only way you’ll achieve it is through mass civil disobedience and refusal to register- nor vote as either a Democrat or a Republican.

It will never happen with a one-party, two masks system.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Aug 8, 2023 5:55 PM
Reply to  @lienChrist

Sorry to be a pedant but the Atomic bombs where the kickings while on the floor for Japan.

Five months earlier Tokyo was hit by the largest bombing attack in history.

I00,000 people died in the incendiary attacks.

US used the legendary Japanese resistance to surrender to justify the two punches that finished the job.

Japan would have surrendered without the Atomic bombs had the onslaught of conventional weapons continued.

BUT, it did give an opportunity to test their new technology and maybe say to the rest of the world “Don’t mess with US”

if you look at the prosperity in the US for the following two decades at least, they seem to have understood their advantage well.

Aug 7, 2023 12:25 AM

The constitution is a masonic device used to reinforce the idea of Government and of “rights”. The concept of “rights” is a derivative of slavery and implies the existence of an authority above the people (slaves), that can either respect or ignore those rights.

In other words it is talking about something supposedly noble but what it’s really doing is establshing the de facto existence of such authority: either “God” as a ruler and/or Government.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Aug 6, 2023 7:31 PM

But the fact is there IS dangerous ideas on social media and in the media. The media is exploited to fake news and lies. We have MSM and controlled Alternative MSM.
How to combat all these false narratives?

In the old days you have “prohibited for under age 16 or 12”. You could sue someone who made false claims about you. Where are these tools today, gone.
The Media, the Court, the Law were corrupted.

So it makes little sense to cry out about “free speech” when 90% of it is bs.

Wolf Warrior
Wolf Warrior
Aug 7, 2023 6:26 AM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Why do “we” have to “combat all these false alternatives”. Surely, it is the responsibility of the individual to cultivate their innate faculties of critical and discerning thought about these so-called “false alternatives”. If they don’t then there are potential consequences for them. Who decides they are false? Based on the same lack of evidential support I assert that 36.78% of “free speech” is bs. Who is right – you, me, or neither. Who decides?

Aug 6, 2023 4:57 PM

It’s instructive that here in the US, it was the lynchpin of all rights – the 4th Amendment – which went before any other Amendment.

Without the right to be secure in one’s home and one’s papers, freedom of speech is meaningless.

The 4th Amendment was struck down a couple decades ago. Now the ruling psychos can dismantle the other Amendments, then the Constitution itself.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Aug 6, 2023 9:49 PM
Reply to  Howard

Those pesky inalienable rights turn out to be not so inalienable.

Land of the free? My trousers!

Aug 7, 2023 3:12 AM
Reply to  Howard

The constitution did not include the Bill of rights when the so called founders who wrote it, and presented it to the same state officials who had appointed the founders to convene in Philadelphia in order for those same officials to approve by radification their version of government, to be radifiied. As near as I can tell, The Ariicle VII process of Radification avoided allowing the people who were to be governed by the constitution, a vote to decide if the old government should be replaced by the new government. It seems, the people who wrote the constitution never intended to include the bill of rights[first ten amendments]. these 10 amendments were forced on the founders, in order to get ratification under Article VII.”The Ratification of the Conventions of nine states shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so Ratifying it.”

Since its ratification many attempts have been made to destroy, weaken, change the first ten amendments [the Bill of Rights] by one means or other.

The first president of the United States of America was John Hanson, in 1781<=this was before the constitution was ever written. The First government independent of British rule to operate in America, did so under the Articles of Confederation, the Articles Government, was called the United States of America and the Articles of Confederation government is the government that defeated the British.
At least this is how I understand it.

Aug 6, 2023 4:56 PM

You will not find this story if you search Boogle or Ging. It should be the top story on Off-Guardian.

“US Intelligence Has Been Manipulating Wikipedia For Over A Decade: Wiki Co-Founder”

The site’s co-creator Larry Sanger: “the CIA Is running Wikipedia, Wow, what a shocker,” Sanger asserted during Glenn Greenwald’s show,

“We do have evidence that, as early as 2008, that CIA and FBI computers were used to edit Wikipedia,” before posing: “Do you think that they stopped doing that back then?”


Aug 6, 2023 5:22 PM
Reply to  moneycircus

The point is… what is this false narrative that is promoted on Wikipedia?

Which “alt media” sites challenge the narrative – and which support it, even by providing negative publicity?

You can strengthen a narrative, even by appearing to criticise it, if that narrative is invalid.

This is especially a problem for a site which was established to “counter” one of the leading neo-liberal (neoconservative) outlets.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Aug 7, 2023 4:24 PM
Reply to  moneycircus

Anyone who uses Wikipedia as an information source for anything political is stupid.

It’s solely useful for historical factual information on things like sporting fixtures….

Aug 6, 2023 4:08 PM

I may need to buy your book John.

Aug 6, 2023 4:00 PM

This sort of thing is always ended when the government finally starts to make war on itself and ultimately consumes itself.
Unfortunately, it takes a long time to get to that point, and corrupt governments usually drag multitudes of human beings down with them.

We must discover our own individual selves while we wait.
Or we will be simply absorbed into the subconscious sands of time, and leave nothing behind, just as Klaus Schwab and his like will leave nothing behind.

Their robotic Utopia will not even work for themselves.
After all, what does it signify if one robot services another robot?
Nothing but meaningless waste.

Seriously, we have reached an evolutionary crossroads.
We can either forge ahead and develop further, or we can throw away our own self-consciousness – a gift which admittedly comes with a great deal of responsibility, but who would want to live without it?

Only a robot.

Aug 6, 2023 5:03 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Great comment. Thank you. (Since I refuse to use the up/down voting system, I must offer my upvote verbally.)

Aug 6, 2023 10:22 PM
Reply to  Howard

Thank you H. 🙂

Bob the Hod
Bob the Hod
Aug 6, 2023 12:13 PM

Out in the real world, where I live most of my life (not on here, not on the internet, not on social media or behind any kind of screen) I can and do talk openly about what I think of world events and ideas and I have plenty of none mainstream opinions on things that would make me a “social” pariah were I to type them into facebook, but when I actually talk to people face to face, I find that they often share similar opinions and reservations about ideas that are accepted as the norm in the fake world of social media and the internet.

So far, I haven’t been censored, or cancelled, or lost a job but I have got to know a lot of customers and other people who I interact with daily a lot better. Funny how that works isn’t it?

In other words: Stop bleating about being censored on platforms run by and for intelligence services and simply stop using them if you don’t like what they are. If you don’t like what a piece of technology is doing, then don’t use it. Simple. Wishing that the internet was the free for all that it was at the beginning is never going to make it so. As I tell my kids regularly: Deal with the World as it is, not as you wish it was, and you’ll find that life gets easier.

Aug 6, 2023 1:02 PM
Reply to  Bob the Hod

Folk find it easy to converse freely and exchange ideas & opinions in their day to day private dealings amongst friends & colleagues. Just as you do & as you’ve found.
However, how many will voice those exact same opinions & feelings openly, either verbally or in print ? Very few. Why ? They’ve become fearful of being reported, censorship, “cancellation” etc.
In other words, the State has gone a long way in exerting its will.
Just like Covid, a large number of people have now woken up to the fact that they were hoodwinked. But how many will openly admit it & accept they were initially wrong ? Very few.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Aug 6, 2023 1:27 PM
Reply to  Bob the Hod

Sorry. I’d rather strive for what it should be than accept a lie.

Aug 6, 2023 2:32 PM
Reply to  Bob the Hod

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world as it is.
The unreasonable man tries to adapt the world to what he thinks it ought to be.
Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man” — Bernard Shaw, The Revolutionists Handbook.

Aug 6, 2023 12:05 PM

The US is the largest penal colony, on earth & exists to exact the same on the global population.

Aug 6, 2023 11:50 AM

The war on “dangerous ideas” began in the 1990s when I saw friends in London throwing parties at which they hardly knew any of their acquaintances…. Prestige was all about how many people you knew.

Anyone who “privileges” their new, unknown acquaintance over those they have known for decades becomes a lier and a denier – but more nefariously, openly and cluelessly gullible.

They don’t just close themselves to friends rooted in their same experience, they expose themselves to unverified interlopers who influence them.

Heil the era of influencers!

A denier in the true sense that “you deny knowing me.”

And now you have the basis for the Op. People are led to trust a writer or media personality they do not know: think The G.

People are disposed to follow influencers. People are inclined to disbelieve their own kind. Even people whom they have known for decades.


It was “sexual liberation,” it was Cool Britannia, it was pull it down and shout about it… it was everything Britons and especially Londoners (which I was for 20 years) are urged to worship.

And opposition is so easy to demolish: just shout “square” or boomer.

Aug 6, 2023 12:11 PM
Reply to  moneycircus

Correction; Prestige was all about how many people you could attract.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Aug 6, 2023 7:47 PM
Reply to  moneycircus

seducing. Still is. How many followers do you have on faecesbook?

When I am on OffG I always get 25 thumbs up, thus I am a popular person everybody admire. I seduced 25 followers to follow in my arse.

If you can seduce someone on social media, you can also sell Eiffel Towers in Paris. You are a sales person. A sales manager. Marketing manager.
You are able to make money on these 25 followers who believed in your bs.

Aug 7, 2023 12:27 PM
Reply to  moneycircus

People are not only inclined to disbelieve their friends. They disbelieve themselves. I asked a waiter in an outdoor cafe if he thought the weather would hold. He answered that ‘rain possibility’ was 30%. I said he might have to look up to the clouds instead of down on his screen if he wanted to know. He didn’t even know what I meant.

Aug 6, 2023 11:00 AM

In da nooz:
– Paris cancels test event for Olympic swimming in Seine due to water quality
   Open-water event pulled to ‘safeguard swimmers’ health’ – Organisers insist new infrastructure will be delivered. Source The G.
Can anyone imagine that France cannot deliver clean water if it wants to….

– UK ranked last in Europe for bathing water quality in 2020,
They wanna fix it? It’s been like that for decades.

– Russia spreading false claims about Qur’an burnings to harm Nato bid, says Sweden
Sweden blames Koran burnings on Russia!

– The BBC’s Fergal Keane: ‘The breakdowns get harder to recover from each time’
Fearful Keane has lied for decades. Now he says he has PTSD.

– ‘Shameful loss’: wolves declared extinct in Andalucía
Wolves have been re-introduced to the Netherlands by the government.

Enough BS.

Or you can’t trust MC because you are addicted to BS.

Aug 6, 2023 4:27 PM
Reply to  moneycircus

“What did Arnold Bennett die of?”.
“Of drinking a glass of Paris water”
“Why did he drink it”.
“Because the Chief Medical Officer said it was safe”.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Aug 6, 2023 7:56 PM
Reply to  NickM

If we cant trust the Chief Medical Officer, then who can we trust?

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Aug 7, 2023 4:27 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

You can trust someone who wants you to live healthily rather than to get ill and then be prescribed pills.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Aug 6, 2023 7:53 PM
Reply to  moneycircus

Sweden are blaming everything on Russia. Everytime they see a duck in the water they cry submarine.
Sweden blamed Assange for rape of two girls because he refused to bed them.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Aug 6, 2023 10:52 AM

A very strange thing happened yesterday in London.

After months of all media slating the “much hated” ulez scheme there was a demonstration in Trafalgar Square.

But nobody turned up !

yes, there were a few hundred pensioners who still remember when citizens had a say in the way their lives were run (Or lip service played to same)

There were few young people.

A city of some 10M people, many of them will be seriously impacted and even the MSM berating the scheme yet nobody bothered to demonstrate !

I believe the covid protests worked.

Sure, they were planned as a barometer and they did their job. It got a bit too hot and “they” backed off.

So what happened yesterday?

The obvious conclusion is that this was another barometer. A guage to see how far they can push us.

And boy, did we fail !

I suspect that Mr Whitehead is correct and we haven’t so much had the fight kicked out of us but we’ve had the fight conditioned out of us.

Aug 6, 2023 4:18 PM

We have realized that fighting back is not a question of standing in Trafalgar Square with placards.

It’s been a long time since any government listened to that sort of thing.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Aug 6, 2023 4:35 PM
Reply to  wardropper

Hundreds of thousands WOULD make a difference. As I said, I believe the numbers marching over covid moved things in our favour.

Erik Nielsen
Erik Nielsen
Aug 6, 2023 7:59 PM

You are probably right. Just in the long run its not a specially pleasant life, eternal protesting.

Clutching at straws
Clutching at straws
Aug 6, 2023 9:21 PM
Reply to  Erik Nielsen

Better than the alternative – Surrender.

Aug 6, 2023 10:17 PM

Yet Matt Hancock, Antony Fauci and the rest are still at large…

It looks to me as if the “things in our favour” are simply a dramatic increase in the number of covid gatekeepers on YouTube.

That said, I hope you’re right, and I would also admit that there has also been quite an increase in the number of people speaking out convincingly on YouTube against the current treason among our ‘representatives’.

Aug 6, 2023 7:36 AM

Diamond’s concerns related to Easter Island’s now-vanished civilization and the societal decline and environmental degradation that contributed
Diamond was no scientist. He was trying to deflect from the enslavement by his kin of Easter Island people, taken to work on mines in South America.

Aug 7, 2023 12:40 AM
Reply to  mgeo

I mistrust the Easter Island story and believe it is much more likely the entire population was wiped out by European sub-human invaders.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson
Aug 6, 2023 6:43 AM

Boiling frog syndrome, guess it works on sheep as well…

Aug 6, 2023 4:30 AM

So well written:

The government is not protecting us from “dangerous” disinformation campaigns. It is laying the groundwork to insulate us from “dangerous” ideas that might cause us to think for ourselves and, in so doing, challenge the power elite’s stranglehold over our lives.

Aug 6, 2023 3:58 AM

It’s ok to censor locally now. Our community FB kicked me off for having a dissenting opinion about a homeless shelter being pushed on our tiny community. They said I was a hater. No I’m just concerned about locating something in a community with few resources, that requires 24/7 trained staff, needs to have a van for transportation, etc. The small problem of how to pay for it was the final straw!! “SHUT UP!!!” Lots of tyrants in training out here now!!

Aug 6, 2023 4:34 PM
Reply to  NikkiBop

“The small problem of how to pay for it was the final straw!!”

Is it true that one London borough spent half a Billion on the lavish lifestyle of a Green Con-man (yacht and all) without asking, Who is going to pay?.

“How much is that yacht?”
“If you have to ask, you can’t afford it”.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Aug 7, 2023 5:01 PM
Reply to  NikkiBop

Local communities always attract the pettifogging ‘organisers’ who love to tell other people what to do. Nothing more amusing than a non-scientifically trained person hectoring someone with a PhD and seven years postdoctoral professional experience in molecular virology about Covid!!

‘Forgive them Father, for they know not what they say!!’ and all that….

les online
les online
Aug 6, 2023 2:59 AM

Today is 6 August in Sydney – Hiroshima Day…
Hiroshima & Nagasaki – towns of civilians murdered…
They are reminders that our 0verlords dont give a fuck about us –
if we’re in their way…
Beseech them, plead all you like, THEY dont give a fuck…
THEY dont care how many are killed or injured from the vaxxings…
THEY dont care how many Ukrainians are ground-up by The Russians…
THEY dont care if every one of us is a cynic…
THEIR philosophy is summed up in “Yes ! We Can.”

Aug 6, 2023 4:37 PM
Reply to  les online

“Yes ! We Can.

The election slogan of Obomba and his foreign secretary Killery. Yes they could, and yes they did.

Aug 6, 2023 8:18 PM
Reply to  NickM

This was actually my riposte to the ‘election’ of Obomber/Obummer. I’d wanted to write it when I saw the ‘Obama Deception’ video….see my comment on the song on YT.
Yes We Can – YouTube

Big Al
Big Al
Aug 6, 2023 1:00 AM

Some things never change:

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Aug 6, 2023 1:00 AM

But corporations are People too 😢.

How the 14th Amendment Made Corporations Into ‘People’
Under U.S. law, some essential rights of the 14th amendment belong not only to American citizens, but also corporations—thanks to a few key Supreme Court cases and a controversial legal concept known as corporate personhood.


Straight Talk
Straight Talk
Aug 7, 2023 1:17 PM
Reply to  jimbo

Corporations are people enjoying first amendment rights ( using their economic power to aggrandize and consolidate political influence ) UNTIL it becomes inconvenient for them, THEN they switch back to being private sector entities exempt from consideration of constitutional law, which is wrong to begin with.

underground poet
underground poet
Aug 6, 2023 12:51 AM

Over the hill, how do we know when we are over the hill?

You know you are over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill.

You know you are over the hill, when your neck won’t allow your teeth to be fixed. 

Two things that tells us, you are over the hill. 

James R
James R
Aug 6, 2023 1:45 PM

You know you are over the hill:

If your name is Jack, or possibly Jill.
Or a Duke of York with no military skill.
If it takes Viagra to engender a thrill.
Your offspring ask you if you’ve made a will.
You wonder when kids started joining the Bill.
You line up for a needle when you’re not even ill.

underground poet
underground poet
Aug 7, 2023 2:24 AM
Reply to  James R

Jack and Jill went up the hill,

each with a buck and a quarter.

Jill came back with two and a half,

you think they went for water?

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
Aug 7, 2023 5:04 PM

Wash Jill’s tongue from your mouth with soapy water!!

underground poet
underground poet
Aug 8, 2023 2:40 AM
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Tried that once, but her #’s are off the charts wild like, I think i’ll keep my distance but watch very closely until the timing is right.

Aug 6, 2023 8:21 PM

Ha, even I know that that’s another quote/song from the perfectly wonderful original ‘Little Feat.’
Such a shame about Lowell (among many others)

Aug 6, 2023 12:22 AM

‘Freedom’s just another word’
End of story.

Aug 6, 2023 4:33 PM
Reply to  Johnny

Well for the politicians it is.

For many of us, it’s an actual concept, made crystal-clear by comparing it with its opposite.

Aug 6, 2023 4:39 PM
Reply to  Johnny

“Freedom is just another word”.

Children learn the meaning of words by playing the game that the word means.

Play the Freedom game.

Aug 7, 2023 12:43 AM
Reply to  Johnny

No, it is not. The line goes: ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose

Aug 6, 2023 12:16 AM

Yeah, the government violated the first amendment…
But next time Twitter etc will do it and they’ll say it’s their right as a corporation to their right to censor.
Never mind that it contradicts the section 230 protection they enjoy.. to censor.
And the bullshit story is that the government threatened to remove section 230 protection, but um That’s not an easy process to execute.