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Aug 24, 2022Liked by Alan Flanagan

The pithy tweet/internet comment comes to mind, "If America saw what America is doing in America, America would invade America to liberate it from tyranny of America."

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A major concern I have is around the continued existence of this very sort of website. Once the regulation of mis/dis/malinformation starts moving in the direction of censorial banning/"content moderation"/"fact checking" etc, how long until the information ecosystem becomes like that in China? "Who watches the watcher" as the old saying goes. This conversation is unbelievably relevant in Europe here too where there will likely be mass famine and subsequent mass migration of 10s if not 100s of millions of people from developing countries in the coming year or two which will coincide with many of those weapons poured into Ukraine making their way to black markets in Berlin/Paris/etc.

How much longer does a free speech platform like Substack survive in such a scenario?

The Google whistleblower Tristan Harris (Center for Humane Technology and the Social Dillema documentary) and his friend Daniel Schmachtenberger (Consilience Project) speak to this issue brilliantly.

In short: if we optimise for centralised control of information technology and potential force multiplying tools of catastrophe, we lock ourselves into authoritarian dystopia. Conversely, if we optimise for decentralised democratisation of information technology and potential force multipliers of catastrophe, we drive ourselves off the cliff of civilizational collapse. We need a "3rd attractor", as Schmachenberger put it recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XCXvzQdcug&t=1873s

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Perhaps if www.Antifa.com didn’t redirect to the Whitehouse I could believe that. Imagine if a right wing militia redirected to the Trump Whitehouse?

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I appreciate the comment but I think the victims of Antifa and to some extent BLM would disagree.

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The left just raided the home of a former president after illegally spying on him and his family never mind the questions about the election so yeah. I’m surprised and disappointed at how restrained the right has been.

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