The Unz Review:ㅤThe Last Stand for Free Speech, by Gregory Hood

The Unz Review:ㅤThe Last Stand for Free Speech, by Gregory Hood

22-03-24 04:00:00,

Those who think the tide is about to turn on censorship may have to learn a hard lesson.

The Supreme Court can dismantle the censorship-industrial complex” read an editorial in The Hill this week. Author Harmeet Dhillon warned of a “disturbing and increasingly systematic trend of government actors forcing social media companies to censor constitutionally protected speech in the name of combating ‘misinformation.’” Yet in oral arguments in Murthy v. Missouri, the justices seemed wary of imposing new limits on the government’s right to free speech. Yes: the government’s right. You may recall that it was this supposed right of government free speech that justified destroying the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, despite laws protecting it.

The transcript suggests the Biden administration will win. Principal Deputy Solicitor General Brian Fletcher said that those opposed to the government’s policy are trying to “audit all of the executive branch’s communications with and about social media platforms.” Private citizens face government regulations and audits all the time, but our rulers must be above such petty concerns. The right of the government to talk to tech companies must not be considered coercion, he says. Such communication is innocent, with no threats or compulsion. Mr. Fletcher says that to “flag false information” for tech companies is part of the “legitimate and productive interactions between the government and the public.” The Supreme Court should not “chill” this.

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