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Cato Institute Attacks Ron Paul Supporters While Facebook Blocks Them From Posting

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On April 19, The Cato Institute vice president of research Brink Lindsey tweeted his dislike for former congressman Ron Paul for his “hideous corruption of libertarian ideas.” Accusing the most important member of the Libertarian movement of spreading ideas that “[put] his movement in the Trumpism family tree,” the Cato scholar accused both the president and the former presidential candidate of being xenophobic.

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But to Paul supporters who have been paying attention to the Texas obstetrician and his decades of anti-collectivist activism, the idea that one of the most peace-oriented free marketers in recent history is anything close to xenophobic didn’t sit well.

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It was with that sentiment in mind that author Alex Witoslawski wrote a piece denouncing Lindsey and highlighting his “long history of promoting views at odds with the grassroots libertarians.” Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, pointed to an October 2002 Reason piece by Lindsey entitled “No more 9/11s: The case for invading Iraq.”

But as soon as Witoslawski’s article went live on April 21st, something went incredibly wrong as countless Facebook users reported being momentarily blocked from making certain posts once they shared Witoslawski’s piece on the social media network.

Facebook screenshot, Alice Salles

Facebook screenshot, Alice Salles

Some of those who agreed to speak to Big League Politics about this ordeal were clearly upset. Was Lindsey or those who felt sympathetic to his complaints behind a campaign to stifle Witoslawski’s right to have his voice heard by reporting his article? Or was Facebook itself using its “fake news” witch hunt as a means to punish libertarian-leaning organizations?

Some of the most prominent figures to have their accounts temporarily flagged included Jeff Deist, the president of the Mises Institute, an educational organization focused in researching and teaching the Austrian School of economics and laissez-faire political economy.

In his post, Deist criticized Lindsey’s impulse to “impose a cultural component upon libertarianism.” Deist added that by attacking Paul’s supporters, all the Cato scholar proved was that he seems unwilling to have the humility to put himself in other people’s shoes.

Even the widely popular page Liberty Memes was temporarily flagged after sharing Witoslawski’s article.

In a conversation with Big League Politics, one of Liberty Memes’ administrators said that as soon as he noticed that particular link had been targeted, he “immediately thought of the way our page was treated last year.” He asked to remain anonymous.

In 2016, Liberty Memes saw images mocking then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton being suddenly deleted from its page. As administrators were suspended from Facebook, they were left with no way to appeal the company’s decision but to go to the media.

“Don’t get me wrong,” one of the administrators explained, “Facebook is a private company that has every right to treat its users any way that it wants.”  However, “a vital market function is consumer feedback, and if [Facebook] wants to please its users, it will listen when they complain about having their views silenced.”

Seeing Liberty Conservative as a publication that keeps “libertarians and conservatives intellectually honest,” the administrator added that it’s “an absolute shame to see them silenced with the threat of punishment on users who share their material.”

To Witoslawski, this issue must be cleared as soon as possible, as Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has “said he wants Facebook to be treated as a public utility.”

In a statement to Big League Politics, Witoslawski said that while Facebook has the right to censor what it sees fit, if that is the case, the company should refrain from spending “more than a million dollars each month on lobbying for favoritism and special deals from the government.”  After all, if they are “seeking to use the power of the state in order to monopolize the social media market,” then they “have no right to censor any news or opinion website based solely on its content, which is what Facebook is doing by blocking my latest article for the Liberty Conservative.”

Calling this targeted campaign an “out-of-control assault on our First Amendment rights,”  Witoslawski is concerned that leaving this issue unaddressed would lead to a “purge” of right-wing views from social media platforms.

Others who had their page temporarily flagged included authors who contribute to Liberty Conservative such as Rocco Lucente, Eduardo Rivero Puente, and Shane Trejo, all editors with the publication.

Big League Politics contacted Facebook’s conservative outreach team, providing them with links to pages that were punished for sharing Witoslawski’s story. While we have reason to believe they will get back to us soon with a statement or more information on why this particular link was targeted, we have yet to receive anything back.

This story will be updated.

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A Researcher at Brown University Claims that Trump Signs and American Flags Frighten Black People

America’s “Finest” Institutions Down the Insane Path of Wokeness

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Carycruz Bueno, a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University, tweeted about how Black Airbnb guests may actually receive trauma from looking at Trump signs.

A few weeks ago Bueno tweeted that the online vacation rental company “doesn’t understand the trauma” that Trump signs allegedly cause for Black people.

As Ben Zeisloft of Campus Reform noted, “Airbnb rentals are privately owned properties listed for short-term and long-term rental on Airbnb. Airbnb, unlike hotels, does not own the properties. It is the platform that connects private owners with renters and facilitates payments.”

Bueno claimed that when she and her husband arrived at a property they rented in Maine they saw “Trump signs and other white nationalist symbols” in the yard. Bueno recalled that she was “immediately scared” for her life and her family’s safety.

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According to Bueno’s account of the situation, Airbnb said they could do nothing to address the situation. The Brown University researcher said that this a “prime example [of] how White companies make a BLM statement,”and then proceed to “do nothing” when a Black person declares that she doesn’t “feel safe.”

Bueno is of the opinion that Airbnb is “only words no action,” and should “do better” to accommodate the grievances of so-called persecuted groups.

She also advocated for the establishment of a “greenbook version of AirBnB” in order for BIPOC (black indigenous people of color) not have “to pay to feel uncomfortable and scared.”

Bueno even went as far as to say that the American flag could serve as a symbol “used in many places to scare Black people,” on top of KKK and Confederate symbols.

Several conservative students on campus were not happy with Bueno’s remarks.

Brown University Students for Trump President Emma Rae Phillips said to Campus Reform that she is “disappointed by Bueno’s comments.”

Phillips is an economics major and observed that Bueno’s “tweets do not seem to show much understanding of how free markets work” given how people who use Airbnb can patronize other services instead.

Additionally, she noted that “American flags and Trump signs are not racist in any way, shape, or form.”

With how radically indoctrinated many students have become, you can only expect the most outlandish of behavior coming from these students. Late stage political correctness if you will.

Conservatives may have to social distance themselves from these institutions of higher learning. They’re more like indoctrination centers at this point.

 

 

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