Welcome, welcome, welcome. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. I hope you had a great weekend. Time to catch up on things. There’s a lot to cover. We’ll get to much of it.
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But okay, we could cover a lot. And there is some to cover. I think I’ll wait till the latter part of the show to talk about Afghanistan a little bit more. But instead, I want to talk to you about something we’ve talked about a lot in the last six months, maybe to a year.
And that is the power of the narrative machine to make people in America, especially, self-censor. So here’s what I wanted to bring up – I watched over the weekend a video by Glenn Greenwald, who was a journalist at The Intercept, which was an online Journal started, an online website. And he’s the guy that was influential in the Snowden releases.
And Glenn Greenwald, since gone on, he has a SubStack and is on Rumble and is kind of an independent journalist. He lives in Brazil now, but in 2014, he spoke about the question of privacy and the overwhelming movement to get rid of privacy.
So it’s six or seven years ago that he’s talking about this. And one of the things he says, which is really, I think, insightful, is he draws attention to the idea that when people say they want privacy, a lot of the debate is divided into people who do bad stuff and people who do good stuff because people who say, “oh, don’t worry about privacy.”
They often say, “Well, if you’re not doing something wrong, what do you care?” And Glenn Greenwald’s point is that’s the wrong division, right? That’s the wrong place to divide the population. That privacy actually is a kind of space that allows you to have your viewpoints and have them in ways that aren’t embarrassing and therefore aren’t shaped by any kind of pressure. And it’s a kind of freedom.
Now, he did make a dig, I have to say, in the middle of it, he said, you know, the Abrahamic religions believe that there’s an omniscient God that sees everything, which I happen to subscribe to, and many of you probably do. And he was kind of dismissive of that. I’ll come back to that.
But I do think his point was insightful as to the notion that people say, “Oh, well, what’s privacy? You don’t have to worry about it. I mean, if you be a good person.” But instead, his point again, was the framework that having the ability to dissent and take positions, excuse me, that go against those in power.
And again, I’m reminded so forcefully of the essay from the 1970s, late 1970, I believe, 1979, that’s called The Power of the Powerless. And it’s by Vaclav Havel, who was then a dissident in the Soviet occupied, what later became the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia at the time the Soviets dominated, and Havel later became President of the Czech Republic.
But Havel was writing about the unbelievable pressure for social, excuse me for a self censorship. And Havel was saying that they didn’t actually have to make you, be, taking their position proclaiming support for the regime. They could just get you to self censor. And they didn’t even have to beat you into it, physically into self censorship. They could just allow all the characteristics of the society to work in that direction, and people would choose it, let me say a little better.
And Greenwald was drawing this conclusion, too, and Havel talked about it. They didn’t have to beat you or physically intimidate you or stop you or force you to speak. They could set up all the dynamics in the community you’re in. So that that became the choice of least resistance.
And what we’re seeing in America right now is an epidemic of self censorship. Say it more clearly. It’s an epidemic – pandemic – of factors that are used, are being used to selfcensor. Over the weekend, you might have seen Chase, the Chase Bank. Chase bank, credit card company. And Chase Bank cancelled the credit card of General Mike Flynn because they were concerned that it would have an impact on their reputation to be associated to have someone have their credit card.
Now, that may sound a little silly, and it kind of is. I mean, I don’t even now how much money General Flynn spends on a credit card. But the idea is over time, what’s happening, they put me on a list last week – Pelosi did.
And I can tell you that 90% of the people who subscribe to to my newsletter, you know it’s about 50,000 people every morning (go to ProAmericaReport.com you can sign up). About 90% of the people that saw that news about me were like, oh, yeah, of course, and no big deal.
But 10% were actually worried or wondered why or said, what happens next. And a few of them thought, oh, my gosh, you’re going to jail. And the point here is that’s what Pelosi was doing with their enemies list. That’s what Chase Bank is doing with the cancellation of credit cards.
That is what the culture and what the message becomes clearer and clearer, is don’t have an opinion that is outside of the lines of the conventional wisdom as defined by the others.
You see it with the transgender issue. Remember that Abigail, is Abigail Shrier? Might be getting her first name wrong. Shrier, the author of the book on transgenderism. They didn’t actually tell her she couldn’t publish it. They just wouldn’t sell it. They made sure it was blocked on Amazon. Over time, the dominance, just like the Communists in the Czechoslovakia and it became the Czech Republic, they don’t have to tell you what to do.
They can simply make it clear that if you want to succeed, you want to be left alone, you want to be able to have existence and prosper and raise your family or anything. Stay quiet, self censor.
So what do you do? I mean, one of the things that you’re seeing is, I saw Glenn Greenwald say this in the question and answer of his Ted Talk. The Ted Talk was in 2014. I couldn’t tell where – I think it was an international one to overseas somewhere.
But he said courage is contagious. Do you know that the roots of courage, the roots of the word courage, come from running? Carere… course…courage. It means running. The ability to run towards. Think of it as running.
And courage, Glenn Greenwald said, is contagious. That’s what you have to see when you see a guy like Donald Trump speak out. General Flynn, speak out. Tucker Carlson, speak out. Me speak out. You speak out. In whatever world you’re in, and you don’t have to speak out from Fox News, you can speak out from your perch.
You know, I tell people, go local, get local, because if you can get local, you can impact national. Trust me, it’s happening more and more frequently that you could do that. But we are seeing an absolute, a pandemic of self censorship. And the only thing you can do is consciously break out of it and change the dynamic and look for models and make it contagious and spread the word because it’s happening over and over again.
And by the way, let me be clear. I don’t even know who is right or wrong on some of these debates, but I can tell you when they shut down Donald Trump because they say it was an insurrection… Oh, and they shut down Alex Berenson.
When they say he’s wrong, I don’t think he’s been proven right. He certainly hasn’t been proven wrong. But they shut him down. When they give one side, Fauci, all the credibility and they give the other side, they make them seem like they’re bad guys – when they actually say.
And I think the judge reversed himself when they actually say that a mother will lose her child, her custody of her child because she decided not to vaccinate him. I mean, and what the message is – is moderating behavior. And by the way, self censorship doesn’t only have, doesn’t always have to be just speech. It can be action.
And so you know what? People aren’t going to speak up much. They’re also going to move in the direction of the conduct, the conduct that gives them the best chance to succeed. The epidemic of self censorship that is being perpetrated on this nation, by the government, by the media, and by big tech. It should terrify everyone.
And again, the only things we can do is we could stand up, speak out, and then courage is contagious. And look for courage. Look for heroes. Look for those that inspire you to encourage you.
Now, for me, I return to scripture. And there’s lots of encouragement there: be not afraid. Fear not. Peace be with you. My peace I give to you – lots of inspiration, lots of ways to say I believe, I’ll be fearless. I won’t worry about it.
But it is a challenge right now. And, you know, it’s funny people that you didn’t expect to be communicators of things that make sense to you. Glenn Greenwald is pretty Liberal on lots of stuff, but on this issue, he’s speaking right to the heart of the matter. And it’s worth going back to watch that.
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