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    YouTube attempts to silence the Mises Institute

    Here are links to the presentation "The Covid Cult" by Tom Woods, which has been banned by YouTube:


    YouTube Attempts to Silence the Mises Institute
    https://mises.org/power-market/youtu...ises-institute
    Jeff Deist (25 November 2020)

    YouTube, the dominant video platform owned by Google, decided yesterday to remove a Mises Institute video. This decision apparently lasts for all eternity, cannot be appealed to an actual human, and comes with this friendly admonition: "Because it’s the first time, this is just a warning. If it happens again, your channel will get a strike and you won’t be able to do things like upload, post, or live stream for 1 week."

    The video, a talk by Tom Woods titled "The Covid Cult" with more than 1.5 million views, was recorded at our live event in Texas two weeks ago. It offered challenges to the official narrative surrounding the coronavirus, particularly with respect to mask mandates. Woods's talk featured several charts showing rises in Covid "cases" across multiple cities and countries not long after imposing mask rules, demonstrating how such rules apparently have little effect on slowing transmission of the virus.



    The speech was nothing less than a heartfelt tour de force against the terrible lockdowns and pseudoscience plaguing the debate over Covid, and a call to reexamine tradeoffs and priorities. It was, as you might imagine, a mix of unassailable data combined with our friend Tom's strong prescription for liberty and personal choice rather than centralized state edicts.

    In other words, YouTube had no earthly business removing it. This kind of discourse seems to me the best and highest use for YouTube, it's most important function.

    "Big Digital," as Professor Michael Rectenwald terms tech companies, have become "governmentalities": supposedly private enterprises turned into instruments of state power and state narratives. This sordid process is different for each company, (some are more complicit than others, a few are heroically non-compliant) but it involves a mix of early start-up funding; connections and contracts with state agencies, particularly relating to defense and surveillance; and propaganda campaigns in service of state narratives. Rectenwald explains this phenomenon in his own recent talk titled "The Google Election":

    In short, Google, Facebook and others are not strictly private sector entities; they are governmentalities in the sense that I have given to the term. They are extensions and apparatuses of the state. Furthermore, these platforms are governmentalities with a particular interest in the growth and extension of governmentality itself. This includes championing every kind of “subordinated” and newly created identity class that they can find or create, because such “endangered” categories require state acknowledgement and protection. Thus, the state’s circumference continues to expand. Big Digital is partial to the interests and growth of the state. It not only does business with statists but also shares their values. This helps makes sense of its leftist bent and their preference for the deep state Democrats. Leftism is statism.

    We encourage readers to consider the entirety of Rectenwald's talk, and his sobering book Google Archipelago for his thorough treatment of the facts and realities behind tech companies and the US state. This is not alarmism or conspiracies, but documented examples of how Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and others actively participate—including financially—in a melding of corporate and state power.

    This, then, is real fascism. Big Digital—what writer Ilana Mercer calls "Deep Tech"— is not a collection of private companies in the sense we think of such. They are partners of the federal government, committed to ideological service as part and parcel of their own bottom line.

    Thankfully, the sneering call to "build your own platforms" is being answered. Companies like Bitchute and LBRY (its video platform is Odysee) continue to host Mises Institute content, and promise to continue doing so. In fact, you can view Dr. Woods's forbidden talk at those respective source here and here.

    Truth tellers matter more than ever. It's time for our own institutions and platforms, which is precisely why the Mises Institute exists.


    Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850)

    • "When law and morality are in contradiction to each other, the citizen finds himself in the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense, or of losing his respect for the law." - The Law (p. 54)
    • "Government is that great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." - Government (p. 99)
    • "[W]ar is always begun in the interest of the few, and at the expense of the many."
      - Economic Sophisms - Second Series (p. 312)
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    Private company...blarg...they can do whatever they want...blarg blarg blarg
    We must picture Hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment. - C. S. Lewis

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    This better not happen to the Ron Paul Liberty Report.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Globalist View Post
    This better not happen to the Ron Paul Liberty Report.
    Just about anyone and everyone influential on the conservative and libertarian spectrum is getting hit from all sides. I do believe Ron and Daniel said Youtube/Google recently hit them with some silly crap in one of their video titles but they were able to work around it, or something.

    And yea, private company, blah blah blah as AF said above. But I think we all know we're beyond that at this point. This is private/public partnerships ala UN Agendas and they have the full power to do these things without recourse. It's different than 5-10-15-20 years ago. Completely different.
    Welcome to the R3VOLUTION!

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    Not surprised by this, I forgot which MSM outlet it was, but I saw a nasty hit piece talking about how the gold standard is useless and a defunct way of dealing with money, in relation to an article about how Trump's Fed pick of Judy Shelton (who believes in gold standard) was shut down
    A savage barbaric tribal society where thugs parade the streets and illegally assault and murder innocent civilians, yeah that is the alternative to having police. Oh wait, that is the police

    We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
    - Edward R. Murrow

    ...I think we have moral obligations to disobey unjust laws, because non-cooperation with evil is as much as a moral obligation as cooperation with good. - MLK Jr.

    How to trigger a liberal: "I didn't get vaccinated."

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    What the Covid Vaccine Hype Fails to Mention

    https://mises.org/wire/what-covid-va...-fails-mention
    Pfizer Macht Frei!

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    By the way, that Tom Woods speech was great!

    https://odysee.com/@mises:1/the-covi...s-e-woods-jr:e
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

    "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire



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    Quote Originally Posted by Anti Federalist View Post
    Private company...blarg...they can do whatever they want...blarg blarg blarg
    They play the role of Platform when someone accuses them of not censoring their users.

    They then play the role of Publisher when they DO censor their own users.

    They have their cake and are eating it too. No cake for you. Or ANYONE who is not fond of the idea of living in a GOOGLAG.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    medical misinformation policy? lmfao
    A savage barbaric tribal society where thugs parade the streets and illegally assault and murder innocent civilians, yeah that is the alternative to having police. Oh wait, that is the police

    We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
    - Edward R. Murrow

    ...I think we have moral obligations to disobey unjust laws, because non-cooperation with evil is as much as a moral obligation as cooperation with good. - MLK Jr.

    How to trigger a liberal: "I didn't get vaccinated."

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    "Covid vaccine may require two shots every three to six months to be protective. The more shots required, the greater the risk of side effects from sensitization to the vaccine."

    Ok? This is starting to sound like BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrior_of_Freedom View Post
    medical misinformation policy? lmfao
    They now consider themselves to be "the authority" of ALL information.

    You think this is bad NOW? Try waiting 100 years. Thomas Jefferson and every other Antifederalist will be DELETED from history. Control the future by controlling the populations PERCEPTION of the past.

    Belief, Money, Violence.
    1776 > 1984

    The FAILURE of the United States Government to operate and maintain an
    Honest Money System , which frees the ordinary man from the clutches of the money manipulators, is the single largest contributing factor to the World's current Economic Crisis.

    The Elimination of Privacy is the Architecture of Genocide

    Belief, Money, and Violence are the three ways all people are controlled

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Our central bank is not privately owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classtaco View Post
    "Covid vaccine may require two shots every three to six months to be protective. The more shots required, the greater the risk of side effects from sensitization to the vaccine."

    Ok? This is starting to sound like BS.
    If it don't kill you the first time, you may need another shot.
    A savage barbaric tribal society where thugs parade the streets and illegally assault and murder innocent civilians, yeah that is the alternative to having police. Oh wait, that is the police

    We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
    - Edward R. Murrow

    ...I think we have moral obligations to disobey unjust laws, because non-cooperation with evil is as much as a moral obligation as cooperation with good. - MLK Jr.

    How to trigger a liberal: "I didn't get vaccinated."

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    Supporting YouTube's right to band and censor right wing and libertarian beliefs is a win for libertarianism. Somehow.
    NeoReactionary. American High Tory.

    The counter-revolution will not be televised.

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    Libertarian Law Debate on Social Media Bans with Kinsella Knight and Smith
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgOpGZRfPp8

    Are the social media bans a violation of the agreement between them and their users? Keith Knight thinks so. Patrick Smith thinks not. Lets talk through it with one of the foremost thinkers on libertarian law, Stephan Kinsella!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePaleoLibertarian View Post
    Supporting YouTube's right to band and censor right wing and libertarian beliefs is a win for libertarianism. Somehow.
    If it OK for RPF to ban longstanding members without warning for not breaking one single rule, then it should be OK for Youtube to restrict speech that violates their TOS agreement.

    What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePaleoLibertarian View Post
    Supporting YouTube's right to band and censor right wing and libertarian beliefs is a win for libertarianism. Somehow.
    I can remember a time that if a media outlet tried to pull this crap to silence the voice of liberty, the Ron Paul community would leap into action and would bombard that outlet with a barrage of complaints and would make a big show of it to grab attention.

    But now, this kind of speech restriction is just par for the course. Did we get tired?
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

    "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire

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    Brand new one. Not taken down yet. Let's see how long it takes.

    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

    "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire



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