In a broad general sense, all politics is evil. That is, I’ve not seen anyone doing it God’s way in so long, I’d be shocked if it somehow appeared. Having written often and at length here about doing things the right way, I wanted to point out what I believe is a prime example of the wrong way we should come to expect.
Censorship as is commonly understood isn’t censorship; it’s silencing critics. The term “censorship” refers to the practice of removing information before it gets published. Someone in the chain of publication takes the step to block certain information coming through the system, originally for the purpose of preventing critical intelligence from leaking out where enemies of the state can see it. Naturally, this rather common-sense practice was abused, as there is no such thing as government restraint. So I’m not going to abuse the term “censorship” in connection to what is more about silencing valid complaints, which is correctly called simply “tyranny.” Among the Old Testament prophets, it was typically called “evil” because it reflected an in-your-face arrogance toward God.
I’ve tried to make it clear in my “Readers Note” page I hold myself accountable, not to let anyone just rattle on about anything they please, but to keep things on topic. I actually encourage people to talk about me anywhere else they like on the Net, and I’ll even help set things up. Do a decent job and I’d be willing to link it in my blogroll. My flaws are hardly a secret. The issue is not silencing critics, but keeping this blog honest to its purpose.
When I first ran across this little item on Cryptome a couple weeks ago, I filed it mentally under the same category as the Delphi Technique, as methods of manipulation. The whole purpose is removing, not merely freedom of choice, but the very capacity for thinking which leads to free choice. This is the whole bag of sinister efforts to make people afraid to look into truth. It’s just a step away from torture, in that it seeks to dig into the very process of a person’s brain, something Scripture regards as the sacred ground for God alone to tread. In other words, it’s all typical of Satan himself.
Little did I know it might become an issue on Slashdot. Indeed, it simply would not occur to me. Yes, this story might be a lie, and the fellow complaining may be making it all up. On the other hand, I have to wonder just how many places the hand of government infiltration has touched. Given how Slashdot’s editors have positioned themselves publicly, this business is most certainly on-topic with the audience, and wholly appropriate for Slashdot. So if this is complaint isn’t a hoax, it shows a serious compromise, and marks the forum as untrustworthy.
You’ve no doubt seen the popular canard: “If you have nothing to hide, what’s the problem?” The problem is we have a paranoid bureaucratic government which takes almost everything out of context, and has been known to abuse, torture and murder people on the flimsiest pretexts that they used the wrong word or sentence. Let me give you an example:
The only way to end tyranny is to assassinate tyrants. Ending tyranny in America today would call for such a huge bloodbath, you can’t imagine it.
If you know anything at all about me, you know that is a warning to “underground patriot” types to forget their plans for fighting back against an unconstitutional government. The statement implies it’s too late for that. Normal people would know that, but I guarantee you a huge number of bureaucrats are stupid enough to suggest I’m promoting anti-government assassinations. Some of them are government law enforcement agents. Yes, the FBI is loaded with people who are just that stupid, as is the Secret Service and others.
So when someone comes up with a typical sarcastic comment on Slashdot about standard government stupidity, you can be sure those agents assigned to watch Slashdot will most definitely mark the commenter as someone needing watching. It could easily lead to bogus arrests, beatings and all sorts of unconscionable evil because government people are typically brain dead idiots. Smart people usually avoid government jobs. But these brain dead idiots have lots of guns and an eagerness to kill folks that annoy them. So while I normally would not bother to post on this subject, it demonstrates an alarming shift which came long ago, such that the wide open crazy Linux loonies and Open Sorcerers are now shot through with government spies looking for one more excuse to make harmless people miserable. I could hardly dare to guess when this happened, but I suspect it was way back when Slashdot was borged and moved their servers to a commercial publishing operation.
The sin lies with the government idiots. You see, the truth of these things is available to them. It’s not above their intellectual capability, but it is beyond their moral willingness. They chose to be stupid and evil.