Internet to Protect People from ‘Disruptive Technological Forces’
Free-speech advocates, look out. Merkel of Germany is looking to reign in the internet. Of course, Mr. Obama is right by her side.
By the way, what ever became of the liberals’ fierce defense of freedom of speech, no matter how offensive or vulgar?
It seems to have gone the way of their former strong support for the anti-war movement.
It’s getting difficult to define what these people are for other than globalism fueled by open immigration in the hope of gaining voters for their political parties. So much for their claim of being “idealists.”
Chancellor Merkel of Germany is as much of a confirmed globalist as one can imagine. Perhaps Obama can exceed her zeal for uncontrolled immigration, but she has done a great job of destroying her country by allowing migrants to flood across Germany’s borders and wreak havoc on the life of ordinary Germans. Not to be outdone, Mr. Obama has pursued a similar strategy, but the push-back has been greater in the US, with the ultimate push-back against open borders being the election of Donald Trump.
Mr. Obama’s whirlwind tour of the world as he says goodbye has taken him to Germany where he has teamed up with Mrs. Merkel to launch an attack on internet freedom.
German Chancellor Merkel, who is presently deciding whether to run for a historic fourth term on the strength of her pro-migrant policies which have seen her lauded with praise by President Obama, moved to address populism in her joint address.
Calling the surge of interest in right-wing politics a “wave” that “engulfs us,” Ms. Merkel noted the sentiment “seems to come from the United States,” but in an oblique reference to President-Elect Donald Trump said it was an issue she was dealing with in Europe, too.Ms. Merkel goes on to discuss the danger she believes this populist movement presents.
Apparently blaming this rising populism — politics that are popular with voters — on the internet, the German chancellor implied the internet would have to be subject to restrictive censorship laws as were enacted by many European nations to stem the disruptive effect of the printing press. She said:
“Digitisation is a disruptive technological force that brings about deep-seated change and transformation in society. Look at the history of the printing press, when this was invented what kind of consequences it had. Or industrialisation, what consequences that had.
“Very often, it led to enormous transformational processes within individual societies and it took a while until societies learned to find the right kinds of policies to contain this, to manage and steer this. We live in a period of profound transformation.”Are you ready for politicians like Merkel or Obama to “manage” what you can read on the internet?
Ms. Merkel’s comments on web censorship may be welcomed by many in the traditional mainstream media, whose grip on news narratives has been weakened by digital news services like Breitbart.
This week Germany’s Zeit newspaper published a piece calling for controls to prevent “a German Donald Trump”, while Britain’s Independent former newspaper website published a list of “fake” news sites which they claimed may have “swayed votes towards Donald Trump”. One of those listed was Breitbart News.Time to cut to the chase. Merkel, Obama, Hillary, the mainstream media — and a whole bunch more like them — are not unhappy with the internet, per se. What they are unhappy about is that leftist politicians are losing elections, and the mainstream media is losing readers and viewers and therefore money, all as a result of people exercising their right to freedom of speech and of the press over the web.