Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Attack on Gab Proves Speech Was Never Free – Gold Goats ‘n Guns

Posted by M. C. on October 30, 2018


The First Amendment protects your right to say whatever you want free from government prosecution.  It does not protect you from saying hateful things on private properties or privately-owned forums without fear of repercussion.

That is the very definition of freedom of association.

Friday’s attack by an unhinged, vile piece of human excrement on a Synagogue in Pittsburgh wasn’t hours old before real world agendas pushed to the top of the news.

Twitter alternative Gab was immediately dropped by PayPal without specific reasons.

Then immediately, Gab’s latest hosting service unilaterally gave the company a 48-hour termination notice of its contract.

This is the second time Gab has had to switch providers this year.  They have been denied an app in the iOS store.  Google will not allow their Android app to be in the Play Store.

Why is Gab targeted?

Because Gab is a true alternative to Twitter which exists outside of the control of the financial and political oligarchy.

But to do that they first have to square the circle around that pesky First Amendment in the U.S.

And that means outsourcing the censorship to the companies who own the internet access points – the app platforms, the social media giants, the hosting firms and payment processors.

If you can’t build and maintain a business then you can’t oppose their rule.

With apologies to Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “Free Speech isn’t Free… it costs a buck o’ five.”

This is classic barrier-to-entry stuff that the government engages in to protect the market share of the favored companies over their competition.

And despite the roadblocks put up in front of Gab it has continued to grow.

The platform has improved.  I know.  I’ve been a member since 2016 when it was only a haven for the vilest of people.  That early culture drove me away along with its limitations, but then again, I’m pretty bad at this whole social media thing.

But, today that is not the case.  Gab simply doesn’t censor you.  If you want to be a jackass in public, that’s your business.

It doesn’t seem to stop Elizabeth Warren after all...

Meanwhile, Gab had its best couple of days in terms of new accounts ever.

Just like Alex Jones saw interest in InfoWars spike after his un-personing in August.   So, I have no doubt that Gab will survive because as Ron Paul so brilliantly said during his runs for the Presidency, “Freedom is Popular.”

And that freedom is what Twitter and Facebook have forgotten.  They were popular because of their lack of filter.

Their anarchy.

And if there is one thing the government hates is competition.

What is the antithesis to government?  Lack of it.

Everything great in the world was created through voluntary exchange.  Through functional anarchy.

Even if you disagree with this article, you are doing so freely, without any coercion.  All I can do is offer up my best ideas and see if you like them.   I can’t make you read this.

And I don’t do it for free.  I do it because I feel what I have to say is worth not only your time but your direct support.  And so far more than 210 of you have chosen freely to do just that.

Just like I supported Gab at the outset, sending in donations because I saw this coming.  And I knew that money spent today was a down payment on a world without speech controls tomorrow.

And that’s something we should all shout about at the tops of our lungs.




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