In an apparent effort to protect the idea that collectivism is a viable economic policy proposal, Libertarian pundit John Stossel said that Google censored his video on the ills of Socialism.
“This morning Google told me that it would not allow my YouTube video “Socialism Leads to Violence” to be viewed by young people,” he said in a Townhall column. “It violates ‘community guidelines,’ said the company in a computer-generated email.”
Google is the owner of YouTube.
Stossel speculated that Google could be harboring anti-capitalist bias, and that it could be built into the very algorithms that dictate what internet users see when they run an internet search.
“Google’s power comes from its dominant search engine. We assume that whatever appears at the top of our searches is the ‘best’ or most popular result. But is it?” Stossel wondered.
Peter Schweizer, author of the book “Clinton Cash” which was also turned into a documentary film, recently released a new documentary on Google’s apparent effort to censor conservative ideas, called “The Creepy Line.”
“It is a company that has an agenda,” Schweizer told Stossel. “Their ability to manipulate the algorithm is something that they’ve demonstrated.
Schweizer cited the fact that Google prioritized positive stories about Hillary R. Clinton during her failed presidential run in 2016.
“Human ‘content monitors’ do some of that censoring, and some of them despise conservatives,” according to Stossel. “A former Facebook employee reported that the human censors sometimes ignored stories trending among Facebook users if the stories came from a conservative website.”
Stossel said that he started a TV channel, “Stossel TV” to educate young people about capitalism, but that it will be a huge “setback” if his YouTube videos are censored.
“My purpose in making the videos is to reach kids, to educate them about the benefits of free markets,” he said. “It’s why I started StosselInTheClassroom.org, a nonprofit that provides videos, plus teachers’ guides, free to teachers.”
“If Google and Facebook decide adults should be ‘protected’ from seeing those videos, too, then ‘Stossel TV’ will go dark.”
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Coronavirus Stock Market Tank is Biggest Since 2008
The plunge was fueled by new reports of the virus spreading globally.
The stock market has been sent reeling for a second straight day amidst reports of a growing Coronavirus pandemic, with the loss in stock value being the greatest two-day decline since the financial crash of 2008.
The S&P 500 index declined by more than 3% on Tuesday, closely followed by the Dow and NASDAQ. The decline in stock prices seems primarily fueled by new reports of the Chinese Coronavirus’ global spread. The disease is beginning to enter widespread circulation in countries such as Iran and Italy, the latter of which has been hardest hit by the viral disease in any country outside of Asia.
Trump administration officials are reassuring the public about the containment of the viral disease, hoping to shore up the decline in stock prices by encouraging discounted investment in the market.
The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
Markets plunged immediately when officials of the Center for Disease Control were quoted as saying a genuine spread of the pandemic to the United States was “inevitable.” The governmental agency then went on the walk back the claims.
The coronavirus has directly affected the American economy by putting an effective freeze on imports from China, shutting down trade and exchange of goods in the pandemic’s epicenter. The implications of the disease on the American economy have led some commentators to question the wisdom of closely linking American markets to the authoritarian Communist nation, where the response to the disease has been heavily criticized for a lack of transparency.
The coronavirus outbreak shows how important it is for us to keep our borders secure.
It's also why @realDonaldTrump is right to want a trade policy focused on increasing American manufacturing. He understands that it's dangerous for our economy to be beholden to China!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 25, 2020
As the virus appears to be picking up steam globally, it may seem that health officials are finally getting the better of the epidemic in China. New diagnoses of Coronavirus in China have decreased significantly over the past week.
The human suffering caused by the disease obviously remains the most pressing issue at hand. The economic implications will prove less lasting, and the decline in stock prices may present an opportunity for financial investment.
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