There is an old fable of a scorpion who desires to cross a river and persuaded a hesitant frog to carry him on its again. Following all, if he stung the frog in the river, they equally would die. That appeared reasonable so the frog agreed to do so only to have the scorpion provide a lethal sting halfway throughout. When the frog asked why the scorpion would doom them both equally, the scorpion replies: “I am sorry, but I could not resist the urge. It is in my character.”
The story came to intellect this 7 days when the new head of the Disinformation Governance Board, Nina Jankowicz, pledged to protect totally free speech even with a job dissing and dismissing the suitable. Right after withering criticism of her appointment, Jankowicz declared the new board at Homeland Safety will “maintain the Dept’s committment [sic] to protecting free of charge speech.” She has put in a profession denouncing “very first amendment zealots” like myself who think in a sturdy check out of absolutely free speech.
As previously mentioned, Jankowicz has manufactured a profession as an advocate for public and company censorship as properly as spreading disinformation. She has been a well-known figure on the remaining in assuring audiences that “the ‘free speech vs censorship’ framing is a untrue dichotomy.”
Not astonishingly, she was 1 of the initially to specific outrage at the notion that Elon Musk could possibly restore no cost speech legal rights to Twitter:
“I shudder to imagine about if free of charge speech absolutists have been using over a lot more platforms, what that would glimpse like for the marginalized communities … which are already shouldering … disproportionate quantities of this abuse.”
Jankowicz has declared disinformation to be “an American pathology” and reported that Joe Biden is the health care provider who can overcome that condition.
That pathology, on the other hand, seems to mostly manifest itself on the proper for Jankowicz who has been criticized for spreading disinformation on topics like the Hunter Biden laptop computer. She is also a substantial advocate of censorship, such as calls to ban conservative publications from social media.
In her write-up, “How to Defeat Disinformation: An Agenda for the Biden Administration” in Foreign Affairs in November of 2020, Jankowicz wrote that Biden necessary to get into the small business of regulating speech in a big way. In spite of the outcry of lots of of us more than the expansive censorship programs on social media, Jankowicz was not happy. She dismissed these applications as simply
“temporary, area-stage changes to curb the unfold of wrong promises, but [social media companies] carry on to profit from the pretty structures and imperatives that are now driving groups of Trump-supporting, actuality-denying vigilantes to rally at ballot counting facilities throughout the nation.”
That has led Jankowicz to connect with for good outdated-fashioned government controls in excess of speech if Biden is likely to consider the risk of disinformation “seriously.” She has pushed the identical European censorship endeavours that ended up not too long ago championed by Hillary Clinton soon after the Musk takeover.
Jankowicz desired Biden to “creat[e] a counter-disinformation czar within just the Nationwide Protection Council and location up a corresponding directorate.” That “directorate” was created in Homeland Safety rather.
Turns out, the Biden administration gave this new electric power to the Office of Homeland Security.
Jankowicz, having said that, is now assuring the public that it has absolutely nothing to dread with our new Disinformation Tsar on its back. In history, the shores of civil liberties are littered with dead frogs who acknowledged that “trust me, I’m the government” assurance.