A recent article, “Our Authoritarian Moment” in US News & World Report discusses the rise of censorship and the weakening of libel laws to, in essence, establish fascism in the US led by the liberal youth in America’s universities. It is a culture of, “whoever disagrees with me is wrong and should be censored”
The left made it’s name with dissent and now that they are the establishment, they want to close that door so they can’t be overthrown and want to create a totalitarian state much like fascist Germany of WWI or the communist Soviet Union where only the “elite” know what is best for you.
This is not what Karl Marx was proposing; he wanted an end to authority, not an unlimited expansion.
It is also, not a slippery slope, but a precipice for liberty because there is even disagreement within those about who to censor even when pushing the same overall agenda. The “movement” as did the French Revolution will eat it’s own because they are not radical enough, like what happened to Robespierre and even now that begins.
In the beginning of President Obama’s first term, we saw how he tried to silence and eliminate FoxNews because they would report on the “king’s new clothes” and he wanted to put a stop to that. Now we have a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who wants to loosen the libel laws, in spite of a rare unanimous SCOTUS ruling to the contrary, so that media can be more easily censored.
To make an informed decision requires information and those that have power want to deny you that to remain in power.
The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant – Maximilien Robespierre
All those years of worrying about a right-wing conspiracy . . . . turns out it was the left-wing conspiracy that was the problem
Totalitarianism is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible.
Fascists sought to unify their nation through a totalitarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having a vanguard party that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology.