The Left’s “Misinformation” Subterfuge
By now LewRockwell.com readers are aware of how Google ended the site’s ability to generate advertising revenue to support its functions. They are hoping that this will kill of LewRockwell.com once and for all. One of the accusations by the anonymous Google totalitarians was that the site spreads “misinformation” about COVID, vaccine mandates, etc. This is a familiar Leninist censorship tactic to those of us who have experienced or observed the smears, lies, and libel campaigns of the campus Left over the past several decades. The following is a brief example from my own experience.
About twelve years ago Walter Block gave a fabulous speech, at my invitation, to a group of students at Loyola University Maryland. His topic was the economics of discrimination, and he presented a state-of-the-art rendition of a topic that is in all the economics textbooks. Two Nobel laureates in economics – Gary Becker and Kenneth Arrow — wrote books with the title, “The Economics of Discrimination.”
Walter provided voluminous examples, statistics, and studies explaining how, if an employer discriminated by race or gender (paying equally-qualified minorities and women less than whites), then competition would punish them for it by creating a profit opportunity for their competitors. For example, a woman who can produce say, $100,000/year in sales but is paid $50,000 as opposed to her equally productive male counterpart who is paid $80,000 will gladly accept a job offer from a rival who offers to pay her $70,000 (and still make $30,000 on the deal). Then another competitor may offer her $80,000, etc., because there’s money to be made in doing so.
Walter Block did not say that discrimination does not exist, only the very mainstream argument, first articulated by his old Columbia University dissertation chairman Gary Becker, that free-market competition tends to diminish it. The same logic applies to racial discrimination in wages.
Walter committed two “sins” in the eyes of the campus Left: 1) He insinuated that all black people are not in a hopeless situation that can only be solved by more quotas, set-asides, and treatment of them like helpless infants under the protection of their white saviors, the campus and political Left. And 2) The free market, or capitalism, can solve the problem.
The “social justice” mob on campus (aka, the Marxist, lunatic Left) had their heads explode. The university president, one Brian Linnane, sent an email to all faculty, staff, students, alumni, janitors, and everyone else, essentially calling Walter Block a racist and apologizing for his “insensitive” speech. He never said what it was that was “insensitive,” cowardly refusing to even respond to an inquiry from the Baltimore Sun about it.
Then when I met with the academic vice president to discuss his boss’s act of libel, one Timothy Law Snyder told me that in addition to these “sins,” Walter had spread “misinformation.”
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