A 2021 Hybrid Paul Revere?

A 2021 Hybrid Paul Revere?

A week ago, ‘liberal feministNaomi Wolf, a Yale graduate, Rhodes Scholar, and former political advisor to Al Gore and Bill Clinton, took to the Tucker Carlson show and sounded the alarm at the growing power of “autocratic tyrants” who are placing sustainable freedom in jeopardy in America.

Wolf’s message offers at least a modicum of hope that freedom still stands as the preeminent value in America, and political philosophy is ultimately bounded by that value.  Some of her words:

“The terrible crisis that we’re in under the guise of a real medical pandemic [is] really moving us into a coup situation, a police state. The state has now crushed businesses, kept us from gathering in free assembly to worship, as the First Amendment provides, is invading our bodies, … which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, is restricting movement. … The violations go on and on and on.

“Tens of thousands of small businesses have been crushed; why were they crushed? Not because the pandemic forced them to, there is no real science underlying a lot of these closures, it’s about autocratic tyrants at the state and national levels creating a kind of merger of corporate power and government power, which is really characteristic of Italian fascism from the ’20s.

“They’re using that to engage in a kind of emergency orders that simply strip us of our rights: rights to property, rights to assembly, rights to worship, and all of the rights that our Constitution guarantees.

“I know from history that [tyrannical decrees] always drag on and on and on. Every month I get an email that Governor Cuomo is extending emergency powers [and] emergency measures.

“Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that all of this [freedom] can be suspended if there is a bad disease. We have lived through typhus, cholera, smallpox, HIV, tuberculosis, polio, the Spanish Flu, we’ve lived through an attack on our soil, never have there been months and months and months of emergency powers when we weren’t actually fighting a war.

“This is completely unprecedented – lockdowns have never been done before in free societies – and we’re turning into a version of a totalitarian state before everyone’s eyes.”

Add Ms. Wolf’s observations about pandemic management to the thoughts of Allum Bokhari, the senior technology correspondent for Breitbart News (and a graduate of the University of Oxford), who spoke after the November 2020 election about Big Tech’s ongoing operations and influence (or maybe ‘influence operations’ is the better phrasing).  Bokhari spoke these words at Hillsdale College:

“Today, Big Tech doesn’t just mean control over online information. It means control over news. It means control over commerce. It means control over politics. And how are the corporate tech giants using their control? Judging by the three biggest moves they have made – the censoring of the New York Post in October when it published its blockbuster stories on Biden family corruption, the censorship and eventual banning from the Web of President Trump, and the coordinated takedown of the upstart social media site Parler – it is obvious that Big Tech’s priority today is to support the political Left and the Washington establishment.

“…without any oversight or checks and balances, we will never have another free and fair election… [Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, Amazon] don’t just want to control information or even voting behavior – they want to manipulate people’s worldview.”

So there you have it…from the left and the right…maybe not as simple as Paul Revere’s warning that “the British are coming!”, but a stark and straightforward framing of the bookends of America’s danger in 2021:

A totalitarian usurpation of democracy and constitutional rights in the name of a pandemic, and

Big Tech thought control that blocks anything that might awaken both left and right to the reality of what is happening to destroy freedom and constitutional rights across just about every aspect of American life

—most especially including destruction of the right to vote in free and fair elections as the peaceful means to fight back against tyranny

—and specifically as to Ms. Wolf and covid:  to the real possibility that the continued Big Tech-enforced labeling of present covid circumstances as a ‘pandemic’ deserving of totalitarian controls is not justified by science.

Time to wake up, Americans!  There is no one who can or will stop this…but Americans.