I won’t be long. But for those of you cheering that conservatives are being banned from social media, and that Parler is being taken out of the application stores for Apple and Google, you should remember this:
When they silence the powerful, the average and low have no voice at all.
History is replete with examples where free speech is restricted by governments. It inevitably means people die under the thumb of the authoritarian powers that rise in that silence.
When tech monopolies have the power to control the public square, by dint of federal law exceptions carved out for them, they are truly an extension of the government.
If you value your rights, and I hope you do, you need to fight this every way you can. Because, whether you like it or not, acknowledge it or not, you are next.