Freedom Requires a Course Correction

Government and Tech are Simultaneously Taking Society in the Wrong Direction

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Freedom Tower, Photo credit: Andy Choinski

Recision of Personal Autonomy

The many problems with laws prohibiting abortion have been the subject of substantial commentary and analysis. Here are three of the many worthwhile articles on this topic: Anti-Abortion Laws Will Put Women in Jail by Jessica Valenti, Wish There Were Fewer Abortions? Blame Men. by Adam Carl, and I Am Not a Host Body, and They Are Not Pro-Life by Darcy Reeder.

Only in rare instances within a democratic society should there be a legal imperative for an ordinary citizen to actually risk one’s life or quality of life in order to protect others.

Censorship

So far, in 2019, organizations including Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter, Amazon, and Mailchimp have all taken steps to silence commentators that express vaccination-related concerns. Websites that question the safety or efficacy of vaccinations have proven a relatively easy target for censorship.

Efforts to Deny Access to Information

Generally, in the area of health advice, in addition to the effort to abrogate personal autonomy, steps have been taken to deny both freedom of speech and access to information.

Precluding knowledgeable commentators from disseminating information via search engines, social media and e-mail effectively limits access to knowledge that would enable individuals to question authority and make informed decisions.

Many medical studies are found behind paywalls or can only be found by those with some training in electronic research tools. Commentators who are able access to this information provide a valuable service in following the research, analyzing the studies, and communicating the key information in plain English for benefit of individuals who do not have the knowledge, inclination, or access that would enable them to effectively review each study.

Where the science related to a matter continues to evolve, broad publication of the results of new studies along with thoughtful analysis of such studies by both regulators and commentators must occur so that readers can draw their own conclusions based on the totality of the available information.

Google has redesigned its algorithms in a way that may cause the search engine to fail to return the most relevant and frequently viewed webpages for some queries.

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Journalist and lawyer with a keen interest in institutional integrity, health and nutrition.

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