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March 22, 2022

The Babylon Bee's Editor In Chief Makes a Joke About Twitter Banning the Bee but Allowing China to Keep Its Accounts;
Twitter Then Suspends the Bee's Editor in Chief

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National Review continues supporting this. As I've pointed out before, National Review is careful never to utter the word "monopoly" -- they don't want to admit the tech monopolies are monopolies, because American law treats monopolies different from the usual "private corporation" they're always nattering on about.

Monopolies cannot use their monopoly power to squelch competition in other markets. If they do, they can be acted against.

National Review's pro-monopoly "libertarians" also don't want to be forced to admit their actual position on monopolies -- "Monopolies are good. They're more 'efficient' than non-monopoly companies. So shut up and accept all this wonderful 'efficiency' the monopolies have in silencing you."

So they just airbrush the concept of "monopoly" out of existence.

Oh -- and of course National Review is very, very careful to never mention that the government routinely dictates to the social media monopolies what they must censor.

If they admitted the government was actually dictating the censorship policy of these actually-illegal-but-currently-tolerated monopolies -- using their monopoly status as leverage to compel them to do as their government protectors demand -- they'd also have to admit that these are not "private companies" making perfectly private decisions, but are in fact companies compromised by their monopoly status being dictated who and what to censor by the government.

Making this, in effect, government censorship. Not "private companies making their own private decisions."

So they airbrush that out of existence, too.

They pretend away everything that might undermine their Monopolies Are Good, Peon position.

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