The alarming emergence of a crypto-fascist alternative right has raised many concerns among PLAs (progressive liberal academics). PLAs have always adhered to a rigid standard of truth and integrity in their discourse of political ideas and how to further the betterment of the collective good. So it is with some dismay that they now find themselves in debate with people who let no truth or fact stand in the way of a good story. But even more worryingly, the alt right have literally usurped the meaning of words.
Take freedom for instance – a word they like to throw around plenteously but they have turned its meaning on its head. Where does freedom come from? Obviously the government. The government makes us safe (free from danger) the government provides roads and the TSA (free to travel safely) the government provides Obamacare (free from illness) and the list of freedoms that a beneficent government provides is endless.
The alt right have even taken the liberty to pervert the meaning of liberty. According to the Cambridge Dictionary the formal meaning of liberty is: the freedom to live as you wish or go where you want. How can anyone be able to live as they wish or go where they want without the government providing a comprehensive welfare safety net. What if someone runs out of money? Being homeless and starving is not how anyone wishes to live and you clearly can’t go anywhere when you’re broke. The alt right’s new meaning of liberty would actually be the end of liberty for many tens of millions of people. In this inversion of the meaning of words – the alt right’s fascism becomes palpable.
Even numbers aren’t safe from these lying little Nazis. Take 911 – a number that to sane people means a day of tragedy when nineteen hijackers turned against their religion of peace and committed the worst terrorist attack in the history of the United States. But to the warped and sick minds of the alt right 911 can mean anything in a litany of crazy anti-government conspiracy theories – which they cling to despite debunking by everyone from the 911 Commission to Popular Mechanics magazine.
Due to this very dangerous trend of the alt right subverting words and their ability to disseminate these lies through a completely unregulated internet – the growing consensus among PLAs is that something must urgently be done.
Following the rigging of the election (with Putin’s help) by the racist xenophobe Donald Trump – it seems unlikely that any action will be taken on this front by US authorities. This leaves the United Nations.
Fortunately the UN is not hamstrung by outdated notions like the first amendment. Clearly speech is not free; the cost of the alt right’s lies is enormous. With the positive development of the Domain Naming System being, rightfully so, handed to the UN there is a real opportunity of implementing sensible internet regulation on a global scale.
Here at the the Accredited Times we share the PLAs consensus view that these sensible internet regulations must be comprehensive and enforced rigorously. The UN must also establish a department for the protection and standardization of the meaning of words. Our freedom is at stake.