Silicon Valley De-Platforming: Freedom & Censorship

I want to discuss some of the sillier hot takes on the “De-Platforming Trump” actions already occurring (Lots of companies have dropped Trump as a client or user).

The debate needs to be reframed in terms of Freedom & Censorship.

First, a quick note about the cries of First Amendment violations. Try this: Break the seal on the plastic wrapping on that little US Constitution you carry as a prop, and then read it. You will then learn that the First Amendment states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Congress. Not private citizens, not companies. The constitution does not require you to turn over your home or businesses or any other property to allow anyone to communicate about anything.

Especially businesses. (There are very specific, very narrow exceptions, such as company towns. See Marsh v. Alabama). But the general principle is that companies are free to do whatever they want to pursue their business, so long as it does not violate other laws. If you are a baker, you don’t have to sell a wedding cake to someone you dislike. However, your decision cannot violate other people’s fundamental rights. If you decide not to sell to people who because they are black or Jewish, then your decision is discriminatory and therefor illegal.

Said differently, while no one

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