- Is Alex Jones the Canary in the Coal Mine for Freedom of Speech? - November 3, 2022
The brilliant Benjamin Franklin once said, “In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call anything his own.”
In modern times, those words have scantly rung truer for anyone more than Alex Jones.
Whether you love him, hate him, or believe he’s actually CIA agent Bill Hicks; the man we know today as Alex Jones has grown from an obscure Austin cable-television host to an international symbol of free speech and independent journalism.
In November of last year, a Connecticut jury ordered Jones to pay the families of Sandy Hook victims a whopping $965 million. Despite a lack of overwhelming evidence and the questionable ethics of the presiding judge, Jones was found guilty of defamation and harassment. Yet, apparently unsatisfied with close to a billion dollars in punitive damages already, several of the families of the Sandy Hook victims are now clamoring for an unprecedented and completely farcical $2.75 trillion lawsuit.
Considering for a moment that this sum is larger than the GDP of India, it’s clear that the exorbitant amount of money has much less to do with accomplishing any sense of perceived justice for the families, and much more with the powers at be making an example out of Alex Jones.
This isn’t the first time the Texas native has been persecuted for espousing his opinion, albeit I can certainly understand how Jones’ bombastic style and tendency to make dubious claims is considered beyond the pale to many Americans.
In August of 2018, Big Tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and YouTube collectively removed all of Jones’ content from their platforms in a seemingly coordinated effort. Within less than 48 hours, social media companies had erased the man with more than double the YouTube subscribers than Fox News from their platforms entirely.
In essence, Big Tech not only muzzled, but “disappeared” Jones in what can be described as the modern-day equivalent of the Soviet Union’s penchant for disappearing wrong-thinkers (aka truthtellers) in the gulag.
Each company’s excuse as to why they erased his accounts varied, but the underlying motive quickly became clear: opinions dissenting from woke, leftist ideology would no longer be tolerated.
Make no mistake, the overlords running America’s social media giants de-platformed Alex Jones for a reason. As Marxists have known for generations, they knew by silencing the fringes first, it would only be a matter of time before it became a societal norm. Then, they could censor anyone they wanted to.
Like the allegorical frog sitting in a pot of water, best to keep the heat low and slowly bring it to a boil.
Now, millions of Americans, including members of Congress and a then-sitting U.S. president, have had their voices muzzled, censored, and silenced by the unelected arbitrators of speech.
With this most recent and absurd development in the court cases between Alex Jones and the families of Sandy Hook victims, we are again presented with a precedent-setting moment in time.
If Jones is damned by the courts to pay his accusers trillions of dollars in damages (as if that’s even possible), it would herald the termination of the First Amendment. No longer would we enjoy the freedom to espouse our opinions, no matter how wrong they may be, in public for fear of legal repercussions and financial ruin.
Will we sit idly by again, as the man who has for decades acted as the canary in the coal mine for free speech frantically chokes out his final song? We mustn’t. Even if you despise the man and everything he’s ever said, the persecution of Alex Jones is and will be the persecution of all of us if we don’t defend our fundamental right to freedom of speech.
All of us have stated things we thought were true but weren’t. All of us hold unpopular opinions that many would find extreme or distasteful. Do any of us want our opinions to be held against us in a court of law?
We the People have an unassailable right to state our opinions. What’s more, this still applies when we’re wrong or make controversial statements. The Founding Fathers were smart enough to realize that the only way humans are able to sort out what is true, what is not, and resolve political conflict, is through the free exchange of speech and ideas.
We must speak up for Alex Jones, while we still can.