Why censorship is always a very bad thing.
COVID demonstrated the following principle perfectly:
If you have 1,000 people shouting SOMETHING REALLY STUPID!!! and a dozen people saying SOMETHING REALLY COMMONSENSICAL!!! the REALLY STUPID something will win every time.
If, moreover, the 1,000 use their numerical power to eliminate nearly entirely the really commonsensical from the bulk of all communications in the nation, then the really stupid can seem almost unanimous… almost as if it’s a… consensus.
Not only that, but people then will believe, with an almost religious fervor, the really stupid thing, and call the ones saying the really commonsensical thing: really stupid.
The implications are obvious: Any time anyone touts some belief because, he says, “it’s the consensus,” that belief should be immediately suspect.
People can be cantankerous sorts. It’s hard to get a significant majority to agree on anything — let alone unanimously, or in sufficient numbers to claim a “consensus.” On anything that’s not a hard and fast core belief or value, that is. So, if there’s a “consensus,” start looking around for censorship. And start doubting the conclusion being labeled: “consensus.”
During COVID, censorship stifled the really commonsensical, and gave the really stupid free rein to run amok across the land, tantalizing the Left, Democrats and the media — the owners of all the communications vehicles — with all manner of pretty little nitwitteries and intellectually lax jackasseries, causing prominent personages to intone codswallop ever so gravely into America’s microphones, on America’s televisions, in the halls of power and the powerful pages of Social Media, affixing purest bovine manure into the brains of normally more sensible people.
It cost lives. Lots and lots and lots and lots of lives. Censorship is the primary tool of the totalitarian, and the would-be totalitarian. It’s always a very bad thing.