Last night Peter Thiel suggested President Donald Trump and his administration look into possible collusion between communist China and Google, echoing Alex Jones’s sentiments from 2018.
Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Thiel made the case that the Chinese military is directly benefiting from Google while the big tech giant refuses to cooperate with the United States military.
However, according to Thiel, another explanation is the far-left political environment that dominates Silicon Valley.
“There’s probably a broad base of Google employees that are ideologically super left wing, sort of woke, and think that China’s better than the U.S. or that the U.S. is worse than China – it’s more anti-American than anything,” said Thiel.
Thiel’s comments are eerily reminiscent of Jones’s from last year. In the days after Jones was first banned from YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, Facebook, Apple, Spotify, Twitter, and countless other platforms, Jones called out Google for cooperating with the Chinese government and military while snubbing the United States.
In the halls of Congress, as Google’s Sundar Pichai left the building, Jones ambushed him and made the same accusations as Thiel.
“They tell Congress that they’re not censoring anybody, even though we have all the Google documents, we have the Google videos,” said Jones. “Sundar, you know Google is helping China with Dragonfly, and you know they’re helping censor. You know you’ve sold this country out. And you won’t even help defend us against the Chicomms, you bet on the wrong country!”
“Sundar is arresting dissidents in China, Apple is working with China to supress their people. Sundar, you’re engaged in treason. You’ve had Google executives lie to Congress that you’re not censoring conservatives. Sundar, you will not silence the people!” Jones continued, “Your censorship will not work anymore, Sundar! We’re aware of your activities, trying to muzzle the American people, and gaming your search results.”
Jones then repeatedly shouted “Google is evil!” until he was threatened with arrest by security.
Remember when #AlexJones confronted #SundarPichai for working with the Chinese. Now @peterthiel is making same warninghttps://t.co/nfetMLHJYx#TomorrowsNewsToday#CensoredInformation #NewsWars pic.twitter.com/Di9K6GgswN
— Rob Dew (@DewsNewz) July 16, 2019
It appears mainstream conservatives are becoming aware of the unprecedented situation of Google and other big tech companies working directly, and in some cases partnering, with the Chinese government to censor its people, and using the same mechanisms to erase conservatives from public discourse in the United States.
Does the Arizona Constitution Provide Means for Lawmakers to Crack Down on Big Tech Censorship?
Does the Arizona Constitution provide protections from Big Tech?
The Arizona Constitution provides stronger protections for freedom of speech than the First Amendment does, potentially providing legislative solutions to Big Tech censorship in the state at a moment where political censorship is more pervasive than ever.
Article 2 Section 6, Arizona Constitution states that “Every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right. “
This differs greatly from the federal constitution in that it doesn’t limit the powers of a legislature to restrict freedom of speech. The US Constitution identifies “Congress” as the body it’s restricting from making a law abridging the freedom of speech.
The speech rights established by the Arizona Constitution are thus expressed positively; recognizing a right belonging to the people, as opposed to negating an infringement of said right.
Quite obviously, the Arizona Constitution was written in an 1910, an era in which the internet would’ve been just as inconceivable as it was in 1789.
In a 2019 Arizona Supreme Court case, the state’s highest court recognized in a 4-3 judgement that the Arizona Constitution provided greater protections than the federal constitution. The case recognized that violations of the First Amendment would represent de facto violations of the
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that the Arizona Attorney General, or state legislature, could hold Big Tech oligarchs to account for violating the Article 2 Section 6 rights of Arizona citizens- especially in a context the major platforms are collectively adjudicated to be acting as a trust in order to suppress competition and silence lawful speech.
Three Arizona legislators called upon Attorney General Mark Brnovich to begin an antitrust investigation into Big Tech oligarchs following the coordinated deplatforming operation against Parler, in which both Amazon and Apple colluded to restrict the free speech platform from the internet.
In an era where the overwhelming majority of free speech is communicated online, the censorious actions of Big Tech very plausibly represent an assault of the right of free expression guaranteed in the Arizona Constitution. Both chambers of Arizona’s legislature remain Republican, even as the state has become purple, and action against Big Tech censorship on the state level could become a real possibility in the coming years.
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