By Arnold Ahlert
“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed — if all records told the same tale — then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” —George Orwell, 1984
Last Wednesday, YouTube announced it would begin removing all new video uploads that question the outcome of the 2020 election. “Our policies prohibit misleading viewers about where and how to vote,” YouTube stated in a blog post. “We also disallow content alleging widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of a historical U.S. Presidential election. However in some cases, that has meant allowing controversial views on the outcome or process of counting votes of a current election as election officials have worked to finalize counts.”
The video platform’s rationale? “Yesterday [December 7] was the safe harbor deadline for the U.S. Presidential election and enough states have certified their election results to determine a President-elect,” the blog continued. “Given that, we will start removing any piece of content uploaded today (or anytime after) that misleads people by alleging that widespread fraud or errors changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, in line with our approach towards historical U.S. Presidential elections.”
How effective are YouTube’s censorship efforts? In the same blog, the platform boasted that “over 8000 channels and thousands of harmful and misleading elections-related video” have been eliminated since September, and that 77% of them were removed before they had 100 views — even as it characterized itself an “important source of election news.”
A highly selective source is more like it — one where anything inimical to the agenda of our progressive, ruling-class oligarchs will be digitally incinerated.
The hypocrisy is blinding. YouTube has no problem publishing reams of content about the disputes surrounding the 2000 election, the 2016 election, or the avalanche of baseless accusations of Russian collusion. Nor did it enforce the same policy with regard to the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race, and losing Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams’s baseless allegations that voter fraud and suppression tilted the election to GOP Governor Brian Kemp. There are even a number of still-accessible videos alleging the terrorist attacks precipitated on September 11, 2001, were a false-flag operation, with at least one asserting that former Republican VP Dick Cheney was in charge of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
What is the ultimate goal of YouTube and other Big Tech corporations? 1984 provides the answer. “Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. A large part of the political literature of five years was now completely obsolete. Reports and records of all kinds, newspapers, books, pamphlets, films, sound tracks, photographs — all had to be rectified at lightning speed. Although no directive was ever issued, it was known that the chiefs of the Department intended that within one week no reference to the war with Eurasia, or the alliance with Eastasia, should remain in existence anywhere.”
In one sense, Orwell is out of date. Our Big Tech overlords don’t need a week to reconfigure reality, nor do they need human data “processors” like 1984’s Winston Smith working to the point of exhaustion to carry out their authoritarian ambitions. These days it’s all about algorithms created by social justice-imbued, useful-idiot techs who can expunge three-quarters of all unapproved videos before they reach more than 100 views. In short, as far as these totalitarian wannabes are concerned, Orwell’s masterwork isn’t the cautionary tale it was intended to be.
It’s a how-to manual.
Moreover, as far as their supporters in the Democrat Party are concerned, YouTube and the rest of our Big Tech overlords aren’t censorious enough. During a hearing conducted in November by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein wanted to know what Facebook had done to stop “the spread of misinformation” regarding the election results. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) urged Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to step up his platform’s efforts to fight “misinformation” and clamp down on posts linked to “climate denialism.” Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) also blasted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allowing conservative news outlets to be part of its group of “third-party fact-checkers.” Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) thanked Facebook for censoring a group called Stop the Steal, which is contesting the election results.
YouTube is owned by Google. As of last August, Google was used for 92% of all Internet search queries in the entire world. Microsoft’s Bing is second with a 2.78% market share, and Yahoo! is third with a 1.6% market share. In the video-sharing world, YouTube’s market share is 73.7%, with second-place Vimeo at 18.6%. As FinancesOnline reveals, Google and YouTube are the one and two most-visited websites, respectively, on the entire planet. And in a chilling boast, it notes that “when you don’t know how to do something you either Google it or find out more about it on YouTube.”
Or, as it is now abundantly clear, you don’t — not when there’s a de facto monopoly to prevent it.
How much power do these tech titans have? In conjunction with a wholly corrupted mainstream media — and quite possibly our equally corrupted Deep State — they have the power to literally decide who runs the nation. The power to completely black out a story about Hunter Biden’s dubious associations with Chinese communists and Joe Biden’s connections to them before the election, and then suddenly put them front and center after the election. Stories that also reveal Biden’s brother, James, also under a criminal investigation. Stories once collectively dismissed as “Russian disinformation” or, as NPR’s Managing Editor for News Terence Samuel put it, “stories that are not really stories” but rather “just pure distractions” that are suddenly credible and damning.
In short, “records of all kinds, newspapers, books, pamphlets, films, sound tracks, photographs” have indeed been “rectified at lightning speed.”
Why the coordinated about-face? With Trump effectively out of the picture, who needs a 78-year-old middle-of-the-road political retread with mentation problems when there’s a radical leftist vice president waiting in the wings? “The combination of this investigation and health considerations will lead to the resignation of Joe Biden from office,” asserts columnist Shipwreckedcrew. “Health reasons will be the public explanation, but there is no way for Joe Biden to escape the web of criminal entanglements that Hunter Biden was involved in with the Chinese and others based on the information that became public prior to the election.”
Is the American electorate prepared for a scenario where neither Biden nor Trump is inaugurated in January? Curious minds want to know. But curiosity per se that doesn’t accrue to ruling class interests is on the verge of being completely eliminated.
“A mighty deed, which could never be mentioned, had been achieved. It was now impossible for any human being to prove by documentary evidence that the war with Eurasia had ever happened.” —George Orwell, 1984
Or that the 2020 election was about anything other than what America’s rapidly emerging Ministry of Truth says it is.