“Google/YouTube has not been throughout
this pandemic repositories of truth and scientific inquiry, but have
instead acted (as) enforcers of a narrative, a big tech council of
censors in service of the ruling elite,” DeSantis said during a
Tallahassee press conference with Atlas and other doctors who were on
his earlier panel.
Gov. Ron DeSantis attacked YouTube and its parent company Google on
Monday, accusing the tech giant of censorship for its decision last week
to remove from its platform video of a coronavirus discussion he
organized where his panel criticized lockdowns and some mask wearing as
DeSantis said YouTube's
contention that video of the March 18 panel violates its ban on the
posting of disinformation is an attempt to stifle dissent against the
federal government's pandemic response. That discussion included Dr.
Scott Atlas, a radiologist who was a coronavirus adviser to former
President Donald Trump, and other physicians who support DeSantis'
decision to open Florida's economy with few restrictions.
Monday’s attack is part of a bigger war
DeSantis and other Republicans are waging against social media giants,
including Facebook and Twitter, contending they discriminate against
BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors is facing a severe backlash
after news broke of a real estate “buying binge,” that saw the
high-profile racial justice activist “snagging four high-end homes for
$3.2 million in the US alone,” just as questions mount about how
national Black Lives Matter spent the tens of millions it collected in
As The Daily Wire reported earlier Sunday, Khan-Cullors splashed out millions on four homes “totalling upwards of $3.2 million.
The lesson of China's Cultural Revolution in my view is that once the lid blows off,
everything that was linear (predictable) goes non-linear (unpredictable).
There is a whiff of unease in the air as beneath the cheery veneer of free money for
almost everyone, inequality and polarization are rapidly consuming what's
left of common ground in America.
Though there are many systemic differences between China and the U.S., humans in every nation
are all still running Wetware 1.0 and so it is instructive to consider what can be learned
from China's Cultural Revolution 1966-1976.
China's Cultural Revolution was remarkably different from the Party's military-political victory
of 1949. Where the political revolution was managed by the centralized hierarchy of the
Communist Party (CCP), the Cultural Revolution quickly morphed from a movement launched by Mao
into a decentralized mass movement against all elites, including
Party and state elites which had been sacrosanct and untouchable.
The Cultural Revolution is not an approved topic in China today, and that alerts us to its importance.