The Art of Defenselessness
Don’t believe the poets. A pen has never been a match for a conventional weapon, metaphorically or otherwise. Joe Pesci’s Casino victim was unarmed. In a pinch, who’d pick a manual writing utensil against a pocketknife or the nearest blunt object? The only pens mightier than swords were made for James Bond by agent Q. Any doubters can ask Elijah Lovejoy, Theo Van Gogh, Samuel Paty, Libero Grassi, Chauncey Bailey or Don Bolles in the unlikely event they find themselves anywhere near those six in the by and by.
Don’t get me wrong—rhetoric has been honed to do harm down through the ages. But it tends to be those in possession of superior firepower who scour literary output for words they find “weaponized.” There is absolutely nothing paranoid in being wary of all the clamor about “improving” on the 1st amendment. The assault is already well underway from Silicon Valley, on op-ed pages, in think tanks and somber elder statesmen orations. The full ends they have in mind can only be met by the means of jack-booted thugs. What they are afraid of is unlimited truth and never lies. When’s the last time any of the establishment stood up for Edward Snowden?
In the ongoing game of cyber whack-a-mole, who are the metaphorical rodents? It is way past any human capacity to keep up with the moving finish lines, flexible “community standards,” fictional fact checks, politically convenient site glitches, multiple standard cancelations and crude ideological strong-arming that prevails.
One Facebook blocking tactic is a rectangular box with a padlock image on the left and this caption on the right:
This content isn’t available right now
When this happens, it’s usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people, changed who can see it or it’s been deleted.
But “When this happens” that’s never what happened. The locked box is nearly always used to censor jokes that are too clearly kosher to pretend otherwise. Who goes around changing “who can see it”? Management is stopping anyone seeing because it is funny, true and they don’t like it. Apparatchiks at headq
Article from LewRockwell