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The Problem Isn’t People Being Racist On Facebook



Well, OK, people being racists is a problem but it’s not a society destroying one. It’s the usual fringe of any liberal society, if we are to have freedom of conscience, speech, action, then there will be people who end up believing in nonsense and woo. That there are some out there saying racist things is the same problem that there are people out there shouting about reiki or insisting upon the coming end days because we’ll run out of minerals. People having freedom includes that freedom to be howlingly wrong or it ain’t freedom.

But that there are groups out there in Facebook being racist isn’t the problem. We’re told that:

Facebook groups – like any social capital – can just as easily be used for ill as good. And social capital is not an unalloyed good. A 2013 study by New York University political scientist Shanker Satyanath, Bowling for Fascism, found that dense networks of social organizations and clubs in Germany helped promote the spread of nazism.

No, that’s not the causality, Instead, the Nazis took over the extant social groupings and forced them to conform. As did the Soviets when they steamed into central Europe. Anne Applebaum has written extensively on the point. The Scouts, for example, were subsumed into the Young Pioneers and then anyone who tried to be a non-Young Pioneer Scout was locked up. This happened to every portion, sub-sect and miniscule of society, every social grouping, from chess clubs to famine relief systems.

This is where fascism and communism meet in totalitarianism:

Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato.

Any grouping of people must be subservient to that central order.

Which is a much more accurate thing to say about today:

While we do not take down content simply for being untruthful, many posts that deny the Holocaust often violate our policies against hate speech and are removed. From Facebook

And many posts that deny the Holocaust do not violate Facebook’s policies and are not removed. I’ve seen this myself: I’ve given up reporting Facebook hate speech, including posts containing Holocaust denial videos, because every time I did Facebook came back and said that the content did not violate their community guidelines.

When historians write about our era, they will conclude that Mark Zuckerberg was one of the bad guys.

D’ye see? The insistence is that only those things that are approved of may be said. That all social groupings must conform to the new powers in society. We don’t call them the Woken SS for nothing.

Yes, of course holocaust denial is the preserve of pinheads but if we’re not free to be pinheads then what is freedom for?



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VERB (transitive)
1. to delete or erase; blot out; obliterate
2. to wipe out or destroy

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