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.
Ron Paul's xenophobia was a hideous corruption of libertarian ideas and puts his movement in the Trumpism family tree
— Brink Lindsey (@lindsey_brink) April 19, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bypass Tech Censorship!
Facebook, Twitter and Google are actively restricting conservative content through biased algorithms. Silicon Valley doesn't want you to read our articles. Bypass the censorship, sign up for our newsletter now!
Join the conversation!
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.
Neocon David Frum: Trump one of the “Fattest Presidents Ever”
These guys are all substance, we’re told.
Neoconservative pundit and former Bush administration Iraq War architect David Frum made himself a target of mockery for a personal attack on President Trump’s physical fitness.
Frum claimed on CNN Sunday that “Donald Trump was the oldest president ever, one of the fattest presidents ever, the least physically capable president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in a wheelchair.”
The personal attack devolved into hyperbole when Frum claimed Trump “can’t pick up a ball, never mind throw it.”
Trump’s latest medical physical revealed him to be overweight, but claims that he’s the fattest President in history are categorically incorrect. William Taft had the highest BMI (body mass index) of any U.S President, famously being rumored for becoming trapped in a White House bathtub. Analysis of various Presidents shows that Trump’s BMI is generally on par with Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Zachary Taylor.
In any case, it’s probably not the most newsworthy of stories that a 73-year old man who works constantly is overweight. Trump’s medical documents have consistently painted a picture of a President in good health.
Frum tried to revise his own remarks in a tweet after being mocked on the schoolyard bullying, claiming that it was only fair to talk about Trump’s weight when conservative commentators questioned Hillary Clinton’s health in the 2016 election.
.@DailyCaller which did so much to spread fake news about Hillary Clinton's health https://t.co/wtuxBVE8i9 is offended that on @ReliableSources I referenced Donald Trump's obesity and physical incapacities pic.twitter.com/55HCCM7n4C
— David Frum (@davidfrum) February 23, 2020
But there’s little to no comparison between Trump’s weight and Hillary’s health concerns. The former Secretary of State was often befit with wheezing fits and had to leave campaign events early appearing extremely disoriented during the 2016 campaign.
The deposed class of neoconservative pundits such as Frum fancies themselves “principled” commentators, yet a mere scratch on the surface shows them to be no more shallow than the most vacuous of smug cultural liberals.
Trending on BLP
Hollywood4 days ago
Expert Witness Who Testified Against Harvey Weinstein in His Criminal Trial is Hit by Car
News3 days ago
Trouble in Paradise: Establishment Democrats Working to Eliminate AOC’s House Seat
Campaign 20204 days ago
LOL: Fake News Begins an Aggressive Tattling Campaign Against Bernie Bros for Mean Tweets
News2 days ago
Iranian Deputy Health Minister Infected by Coronavirus After Briefing Press on Response
News4 days ago
Sanders Defends Past Praise of Cuban Tyrant Fidel Castro
Violent Left3 days ago
ANTI-WHITE TERROR: Black Woman Allegedly Punches Stranger at Bus Stop Because She Hates ‘White People’
Campaign 20203 days ago
LISTEN: Mike Bloomberg Joked About Droning His Political Opponents in Leaked Audio
Big League Guns3 days ago
Biden at South Carolina Debate: 150 MILLION People Killed By Guns Since 2007
States2 days ago
Somali Migrant Walks Free After Allegedly Breaking the Nose of a Missouri Woman in Violent Struggle
Sex Crime3 days ago
SCANDAL: Inquiry Finds Pedophiles in the UK Government Were Allowed to Abuse Children for Decades
News2 days ago
ABC News Suspends Correspondent for Identifying Himself as a “Socialist” in Project Veritas Video
Big League Wellness3 days ago
Tucker Blasts Globalist Response to Coronavirus: ‘They’d Let You Die Before They Admitted That Diversity is Not our Strength’