And the World Was Made Worse Through Dorsey's Actions
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
In a series of tweets, entrepreneur, muti-billionaire, Twitter CEO and self-prescribed purveyor of Truth, Jack Dorsey, explained his deranged decision to ban President Trump from his social media platform. "I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here," he wrote. "I believe this was the right decision for Twitter. We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all."
It seems based on his release of at least eleven tweets on the matter that Mr. Dorsey is reflecting on his company's actions. But no matter how much he tries, his defense still comes up short.
The issue of censorship for the purposes of society's protection has long been abandoned by all except the most tyrannical and self-aggrandizing of minds. In fact, in offering his explanation Mr. Dorsey sounds like one stuck in ancient Greece with all its misrepresentations and incomplete understandings of truth. Compare Mr. Dorsey's comments regarding public safety with Plato's words on the same topic in The Republic:
The utter offensiveness and destruction of censorship and the banning of certain political opinions at the expense of others has been demonstrated time and again by the actions of older, discarded systems of government. By the nineteenth century, the censor’s harm had been so well established that social philosopher and writer John Stuart Mill had dismissed the need of having to even explain it. In On Liberty, he wrote:
Except to Jack Dorsey. Even in the seventeenth century, Baruch Spinoza, another epic philosopher would have dismissed it:
Yes, Spinoza already recognized the futility in attempts to silence the people. But the evils of censorship go well beyond futility, as expressed by Benjamin Franklin in The New England Courant "Without Freedom of Thought," he wrote, "there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech."
Mills agreed when he expressed his view on the tragic consequences of silencing even the most seemingly isolated opinion:
In his arrogance and self-exaltation, Jack Dorsey has bitten of the censorship apple with the calamitous results. Since his misguided actions, Twitter's stock has dropped nearly 8% in value, at one time losing as much as 10%. His actions have made Twitter the face of oppression and elitism in the eyes of many. Millions have spoken by leaving Twitter, to which Dorsey has responded in true empyreal fashion by conspiring with Amazon and Apple to run alternative platforms out of existence.
And the world was made worse through Dorsey's actions.
The reality is that Dorsey will never stop violence by silencing the voices of others. He merely elevates the discussion's vitriol and serves as an unwitting catalyst for the violence he is hoping to suppress. If a deranged individual takes another's words and commits violence as a result of them, it is the violent actor who is to blame, not the opiner. But in silencing those who wish to opine, the censor merely pushes them closer to resorting to methods beyond those achievable through the use of the pen.
In expressing his opinion, President Trump and his followers are no more responsible for driving others into violence than Dorsey is at stopping them though his attempts at silencing them. This lesson was learned by mankind centuries ago, and it is one that Dorsey and his leftist sympathizers fail to heed, once again, with dangerous consequences.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at email@example.com