Matt Kibbe is joined by Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor-in-chief of Reason, to discuss how government and tech companies form an unholy alliance to restrict our speech online. In this libertarian nerd-fest, they also talk sex work, the War on Drugs, and capitalism, and as a bonus, you’ll get an answer to the burning question of whether Mark Zuckerberg is a lizard person.
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I lean libertarian, but am not a purist. I think the “private corporation” argument is fallacious for three reasons. 1) the current platforms are monopolies (and false monopolies because they are receiving false government protections under Section 230, which they are abusing) , and 2) essential services are being denied in the current public square (now “owned” by about 5 corporations). So privately owned public spaces cannot limit speech, and 3) no one owns the internet, but any competition to these handful of companies has been systematically de-platformed by these technocrats, whether it be by domain registrars or payment processors, forming a protectionist trust. I don’t know what the answer is, but to rule out an “internet bill of rights” of types is short sighted. The purist libertarians are going to make us all lose our liberties, and that is why I am no longer a libertarian. Oh-and Big Tech and Big Government are already collaborating. Let’s see if we can get rights protected for the average person.