“So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.” – George Orwell
George Orwell had incredible insight into the mindset of the political class. Not only is Orwell’s work a penetrating examination of past political oppression, his work transcends time, giving us a window through which we can see the potential for corruption in our own country today. Orwell understood human nature in a way that most do not. He understood that the desire to seek power has never weakened, even in societies in which democracy reigns. More than anything, however, George Orwell understood that the man in charge makes the rules.
We are living in an increasingly oppressed state, regardless of the claims made by the left. We live in a nation in which a preacher can be chastised and intimidated for speaking the truth. We live in a nation in which business owners must submit, defy their faith, or pay the price. We live in a nation in which hate speech is defined by those who are in power.
According to Fox News:
“The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track ‘misinformation’ and hate speech on Twitter…The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor ‘suspicious memes’ and what it considers ‘false and misleading ideas,’ with a major focus on political activity online…The ‘Truthy’ database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to ‘detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution’…The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.”
Hate speech, and misinformation. No, it’s not just you, those are possibly the most ambiguous terms one could come up with–and there is a reason for that. Ambiguity is the lifeblood of oppression. Ambiguity allows for breathing room so that whoever is in charge of defining hate speech, and misinformation can target those with whom they disagree. Ambiguous language is not dramatic, which allows it to be used surreptitiously, to abscond with your rights without you even knowing.
Given the dangers of ambiguity, it is imperative that the right questions be asked. First of all, who is determining the parameters of the definitions of hate speech, and misinformation? Second, how can hate speech, and misinformation be clearly defined in such a way as to be recognizable by a program? According to the Truthy team, the web service will monitor “false and misleading ideas,” but what is false, and misleading is often unable to be determined conclusively, and objectively.
Given the lack of objectivity in defining what is misleading, or misinformation, for something like Truthy to work, there must be an arbiter of truth. This arbiter would have the final say regarding what is true, and what is misinformation. This arbiter may even be a programmer. But there must be one. And as we know by studying human nature, this misinformation judge will invariably have biases which will inform his understanding of the world around him. These biases will infect his decisions regarding truth. And given that universities almost universally have a liberal bent, and because the government is the backer of this endeavor, the most likely scenario is one in which a very liberal person, or team of liberal people, will be defining for us what is misleading, and what is hate speech.
So, what we have here is a service that will be calling everything said by conservatives “misinformation,” and “hate speech.” This can only lead to further difficulties. This service—if made popular—will surely be hailed by the left wing media as the premier authority on identifying misleading ideas, and hate speech. This will then lead a majority of low-information voters to believe that everything defined by Truthy is the gospel truth–I mean, it’s called Truthy. How could it not be true?! As Megyn Kelly said regarding this service, this is coming from a government whose IRS targeted conservatives. The corruption in our government, not to mention this administration, is already egregious, and anyone who believes that it won’t get worse is a moron.
This type of idea can, and eventually will be used by very dangerous people to skew the grand argument in their favor. Once that is accomplished, and the people have been fooled, it’s a short road to oppression. Those in power make the rules, and when the power-hungry rig the game to their favor, they own the world, because they own the hearts, and minds of the people.