Friends, these days every kind of speech you can imagine is potentially offensive, and historical analysis is no exception. It came as only a minor surprise, therefore, to learn that a Jewish scholar was recently censored by Instagram for sharing completely objective and unprovocative historical observations about Adolf Hitler's accession to the leadership of the Nazi Party in 1921. As this article goes on to point out, it's not that Instagram bans all mention of Hitler. Seemingly, the post in question got caught up in the site's imperfect algorithms that are designed to intercept content that is "white supremacist" or otherwise undesirable. And that's an issue, because increasingly decisions about what views can and can't be expressed on social media will, inevitably, be made by computers, not people. And that leads us to an interesting question: who do we conservatives trust less to make such judgements: (leftist) people, or the computers that these (leftist) people program to do their bidding? It's a Sophie's choice situation, no?
In other news, the re-proliferation of mask mandates is making big news. The federal government is pushing masking and vaccination, and some stores are following suit, but Walmart, apparently, has decided not to mandate masking in any of its stores, including those in "high risk" areas for COVID. That's significant. Walmart apparently thinks it can push around its employees, but not necessarily its customers. That may not be a particularly moral distinction, but it probably is a realistic one. On the other hand, red states are being proactive about criminalizing mask mandates, which would essentially head the CDC off at the pass. We could soon see dueling state and federal mandates, therefore. It could be a real mess -- I mean, bigger even than the current mess!
There's no question that, in a fair, one-on-one fight, Liz Cheney is a no-hoper in 2022 to get the Republican nomination in order to retain her own seat in the House. The only danger is that the anti-Cheney opposition will be hopelessly divided. I agree with President Trump: we can and will unify to ensure that this doesn't happen. Maybe Liz will run as an independent anyway? Best of luck to her. I feel confident that her days are done in Wyoming, but her role on the national stage in 2024 is a big question mark.
There are several sharp turns that the "experts" took in early 2020, and then in the summer of 2021, regarding the origin story of COVID-19. First they were open to natural or lab-based explanations of the origin of the disease. Then they unified around the idea that the virus came from bats, and any suggestion to the contrary was a "conspiracy theory" -- and probably racist too! Then, just as suddenly, the scientific community became agnostic on the issue, and chose to admit that the lab origin theory might just be plausible, after all. These shifts are curious. Certainly they serve to reduce the credibility of "experts" in general. They also may be suggestive of behind-the-scenes coordination of the COVID narrative -- maybe even illicit coordination that eschews almighty SCIENCE in favor of political correctness.
Finally, conservatives are rightly focused on the violations of free speech perpetrated by Big Tech, but, as this article points out, they should also be concerned about efforts to "debank" the right -- meaning to deny conservatives access to banking and a wide array of financial transactions. It's all a part of the "Great Shunning" of right-wingers like you and me that is only in its infancy, and could therefore get a whole lot worse before it gets better.