The Constitutional Case Against Big Tech Censorship


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Even if the First Amendment of the Constitution is specifically a negative power of the federal government, it enshrines a larger “apple of gold” Lincoln described. The concept of free expression is inseparable from our inalienable right to liberty, one that we believe cannot be taken away by a government or any private actor. And it is well within the powers of the government to protect those rights.

The town square of modern America, where ideas are communicated and then debated, is online, whether we like it or not. Going into 2021, Democratic lawmakers sympathetic to corporations who effectively bar conservatives from the town square will control the whole edifice of our political branches of government. It will be self-defeating not to challenge the control these state-backed monopolies have on our discourse by means of law.

If tyrannical rules are imposed by the government, the people at least have means of legal recourse in the courts, or can lobby their lawmakers to repeal those rules. If we don’t like the rules imposed by private actors in the market space, the libertarian would argue that the only private recourse we have is to “build our own [insert institution here]”. Big Tech proved to us that even if conservatives have mild success in the market space, they can and will squash our efforts and any endeavors to protect their power.

It’s incumbent on us as conservatives to defend and promote the “apple of gold” from all actors who seek to take it away, beginning with the immediate threat of Big Tech.