To the Left, "Ignorance IS Strength"

by EDWARD CLINE September 4, 2017

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On August 19th, Pamela Geller revealed the questions asked by Pro Publica’s Lauren Kirchner before Kirchner got Geller’s PayPal account terminated.
 
I am a reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in New York. I am contacting you to let you know that we are including your website in a list of sites that have been designated as hate or extremist by the American Defamation League or the Southern Poverty Law Center. We have identified all the tech platforms that are supporting websites on the ADL and SPLC lists.
 
We would like to ask you a few questions:
 
1) Do you disagree with the designation of your website as hate or extremist? Why?
2) We identified several tech companies on your website: PayPal, Revcontent, Disqus, and Newsmax. Can you confirm that you receive funds from your relationship with those tech companies? How would the loss of those funds affect your operations, and how would you be able to replace them?
3) Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being an alleged hate or extremist web site? Which companies?
4) Many people opposed to sites like yours are currently pressuring tech companies to cease their relationships with them – what is your view of this campaign? Why?
 
Our deadline is 5pm EST today.
Thank you,
Lauren Kirchner
 
“She had asked me, ‘Have you been shut down by other tech companies for being a hate site?’ I mean, you have to love the assumption that I’m a hate site because I cover jihad terror-related news and sharia. That’s the focus of the website,” Geller said.
 
And these were loaded questions. When did you stop beating your wife? A question no modern prosecutor would dare ask a witness, especially not a Muslim.
 
Is the campaign to shut down sites that purportedly express “hate speech,” or “racism,” or the alleged defamation of Islam and Muslims, censorship for the sake of wielding censoring power, or is it to keep the public in the dark, to enforce ignorance, to create and sustain a dead silence? “Ignorance is Strength”? Whose strength? Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four worked in Minitru producing “fake news.” In the film and in the novel, a Party superior compliments Smith for his “elegant” rewriting of news in Newspeak (although how one can lend “elegance” to Newspeak is beyond my ken).
 
Is their purpose to make the electronic ether as barren of information as Mars is as barren of boxwoods and roses?
 
Pro Publica can be likened to a person whose body has been “snatched” in the Body Snatchers. He’s now one of the alien collective, and when he’s sniffed out someone who hasn’t been absorbed into the collective, he points and screams the alert to other body snatchers to capture the non-conformist. This is with the help of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a misnomer if there ever was one, because it seems to have unlimited funds to compile fake lists of sites, individuals, and maps of those guilty of “hate speech,” “racism,” and other Marxist crimes.
 
Far from poor, SPLC raises tens of millions of dollars annually, and has grown an endowment of over $250 million. The group maintains offshore bank accounts in the West Indies.
 
A 1996 USA Today article called the Southern Poverty Law Center "the nation's richest civil rights organization" with $68 million in assets. According to a 2007 Harper's Magazine article, SPLC listed assets totaling $168 million, and pointed out that the sum was more than the annual GDP of the Marshall Islands at the time.  Line 20 on the 2008 IRS form 990 for the Southern Poverty Law Center lists total assets of $221,434,949.00.
 
   
To identify the SPLC as a “civil rights” organization is tantamount to calling Islam the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
 
Pro Publica is also funded by George Soros.
 
Pamela Geller reports on PayPal reinstating her account:
 
It is good to see Fox News reported on how PayPal has banned our organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Even though they restored it, this isn’t over. The left is working hard to shut us off from all means of communication. It’s coming down fast, while hate groups like CAIR and the SPLC are getting millions from left-wing corporate managers. The SPLC received a two million dollar pledge from Apple and MGM Resorts International will match employees’ donations to terror tied group CAIR.
 
   
The left is awash in funding. And they still mean to cut off everything from those working in defense of the free and the brave. But this time, they lost.
 
So, the purpose of quasi-government censorship via the giant tech companies such as Google and Apple, and financial systems like PayPal, is not just to silence “offensive” blog sites and to control personal emails, but to suffocate the public into soundless and voiceless silence.  And to create a permanent pall of ignorance. The Left has a long history of blanking out reality, and it wishes to force Americans to blank out as well. Ayn Rand wrote long ago, in Atlas Shrugged:
 
Dropping below the level of a savage, who believes that the magic words he utters have the power to alter reality, they believe that reality can be altered by the power of the words they do not utter—and their magic tool is the blank-out, the pretense that nothing can come into existence past the voodoo of their refusal to identify it.
 
And if Americans won’t blank out voluntarily or be terrorized into it, the Left has Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the other neo-Nazis and gangs are on standby with clubs and guns to make sure you do.
 
If you doubt that today’s demonstrators are engaged in voodoo and savagery, just observe them.
 
The Left, in alliance with Islam, is determined to sequester and imprison man’s mind. That is the long and short of it. “Were you ever there?” asks Ezra Levant of The Rebel Media. The Left doesn’t want you to know. It prefers you to somehow live and exist in a state of cluelessness.

Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.     


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