Axios Calls For ‘Deprogramming’ And Censoring America’s Republican ‘Extremists’

Axios Calls For ‘Deprogramming’ And Censoring America’s Republican ‘Extremists’

Axios’s Feb. 9 newsletter includes an article titled “How to Deprogram America’s extremists,” in which the writer calls for “keeping extremists out of the institutions where they could do the greatest damage — like the military, police departments and legislatures,” and for “providing help for those who have embraced dangerous ideologies.”

Of course, it is entirely unclear as to who will determine what is a “dangerous” ideology and what will constitute such a defining term. That’s where Big Tech comes in.

“Online platforms,” the article continues, are “unwavering in their commitment to root out conspiracy theories and lies that undermine faith in democracy, according to experts interviewed by Axios.” Subsequently, the article says banning President Trump from Twitter “was a major asset in the fight to slow or reverse radicalization.”

Over the past few months, conservatives have been purged from Twitter and other platforms in an attempt to root out all orthodoxy that contradicts leftist groupthink. Parler, the free-speech platform, was removed from the internet and de-platformed entirely.

The Axios article calls for a “Marshall Plan,” which would be implemented through Facebook and Twitter censorship. It claims the United States requires “an all-out national effort to dismantle” all ideas that supposedly “undermine faith in democracy.” It seems the writer of today’s newsletter played hooky in fourth-grade social studies class, conflating “democracy” with a totalitarian regime.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was exposed in a secret recording on Jan. 8 obtained by Project Veritas that blatantly celebrated the censoring of President Trump and promised the silencing of more conservatives moving forward. “We know we are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, the next few weeks, going on beyond inauguration,” Dorsey said. “We have to expect that. We have to be ready for that.”

“The U.S. is extremely divided. Our platform is showing up every single day. And our role is to protect the integrity of that conversation and do what we can to make sure that no one is being harmed based off that,” Dorsey concluded in the obtained call.

After the Capitol breach in January, Twitter suspended Trump’s Twitter account. Subsequently, his account was made inactive for “violating” terms and conditions. As Dorsey alluded, the tech giant has not stopped there. After Twitter — and Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat — got away with banning the sitting U.S. president and leader of the free world, Dorsey’s company took subsequent extreme actions to silence objectors, such as a purge of 70,000 “QAnon-associated” accounts.

As Big Tech continues to become the arbiter of truth on their platforms, the line between “conservative” and “conspiracy theorist” is being clearly and purposefully conflated. Further, in today’s increasingly censorious American society, it is becoming less shocking when media outlets themselves, such as Axios, disband the idea of a free and fair press and freedom of speech entirely.

Gabe Kaminsky is an intern at The Federalist, and a student at the University of Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in The Daily Wire, Townhall.com, The Washington Times, The American Conservative, RealClearPolitics, The Washington Examiner, and other outlets. He is a participant in the Academy program at The Heritage Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @Gabe__Kaminsky
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