L. Neil Smith, a Libertarian Science Fiction author and activist, posted the following statement on his Facebook page yesterday. Smith was actively involved in the early Libertarian Party and unsuccessfully sought the party’s 2000 presidential nomination, though the Arizona Libertarian Party placed his name on the ballot that year as the party’s nominee.
It says here that I have 4,553 Facebook ”friends”. The system is so buggered up that I have no idea how many of those people this message will reach. But it’s an important message, and it’s important that you pass it on to as many individuals as you can reach.
There is a cure for Big Tech social network censorship, and it is simpler, cleaner, and much more more ethical than any other I’ve heard proposed.
What’s needed — now — is legislation (yeah, that’s what I the libertarian said) that recognizes the fact that corporations are, effectively, arms of the government. As such, they are obliged to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, in particular, the Bill of Rights, as surely as any agency of the State is _supposed_ to be. That means, no censorship of any kind for any reason.
Failure to abide by the highest law of the land must be punishable under U.S.C. Title 18, Sections 241 and 242 — one count for each individual whose rights have been violated — which will correct the error made by the Founding Fathers to give our liberties some teeth.
If you agree, it is important that you pass this on, not only to your friends, but to every Senator and Congresscreature across the land. Things can’t change unless you change them.