By Jonathon Van Maren
What happens when the exchange of information is not controlled by the government, but by private companies? And what happens when those private companies sign on to a censorious ideology devoted to silencing its opponents? We are likely about to find out. The Big Five of Big Tech — Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft — hold enormous power. They intend to use it for cultural ends.
I had a conversation on my podcast with Rod Dreher on his book Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents about Big Tech and his view that a Chinese-style social credit system is coming to America some day soon. In the meantime, however, we’re getting a preview of the sort of speech that the information overlords would like to deep-six: anything critical of trans ideology.
The Wall Street Journal’s Abigail Shrier isn’t even opposed to sex change surgeries as such, but when she released a book titled Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, the rainbow mafia descended in force. Those who interviewed her were told she was an extremist and transphobe, and there was even a hilariously ineffective attempt to cancel Joe Rogan for talking to her. The ACLU wanted the book banned; Amazon banned advertising for it.