Infrastructure decisions in the time of censorship and tyranny

The  Mises Institute has a nice description of some ideas for protecting one’s ability to converse in the time of Democrat/Antifa/MSM/Big Tech blacklisting, censorship, doxxing, and attack.


It’s difficult to be as independent of those who will silence you as one would like.  For instance, for me, even though the National Association of Medical Examiners has decided to cancel and silence me, it is difficult to be active in the profession without being a member.  And be aware that this censorship in the professional realm is just the beginning.  Consider the American Realtor’s Association, which now has the policy of policing *all* expression of *all* members 24/7., at leat on social media.

I have no doubt NAME will start considering this soon, and that posts like this will get you kicked out of the organization altogether.

So, there is now a limited window in the US where “freedom of speech” has any meaning or value at all, and speech will join property, assembly, privacy, bearing of arms, and all other things as activities to be controlled by our elites.

We need to learn from the victims of this kind of transition in Hong Kong.  While it’s very difficult to do this all at once, there are things that people can do incrementally.  We can’t be like Gab and set up all our infrastructure, we (or at least I) don’t have the money or infrastructure for that.  But we don’t want to be Parler, who made the mistake of believing the tyrants that they were opposing still retained some minimum belief in the liberties that make up the American ethos.  Now it is dead.  The Mises plan makes sense.

For those of us who host our blogs on VPS boxes, we can move to the many sites that provide uncensored, anonymous, bitcoin-based services.  There are many, though it’s necessary to be careful and make sure you do your research; I was looking at a vendor a few days ago, and happened to find a bug that directed me to its mother ship — a government maching in Bejing.  And, these anonymous vendors have their problems, too.  Since they are often used by spammers, the ip addresses are often blacklisted on that basis.  Worse, they are often targeted heavily.  An anonymous VPS I have on a different server has been under constant attack since day one — primarily from Iran, China, and (oddly) New Jersey.  For small groups of people who are willing to do the (marginally) greater work of using Tor and the onion network, it might be useful to look at a server there — though of course it can’t be a commonly visible blog.

I used to maintain a physical server, as Mises suggests, in my home, but now I live far enough back in the woods that I don’t have cable, and I can’t afford the 4G bandwidth to run it of my phone wifi.  I’m not sure how realistic it is on a small scale, since I’ve never tried it, but it may be useeful to look into distributed services such as IPFS.

In the upcoming months, once the Socialists/Democrats, Antifa, and the major media cement their control over speech, it will be important to have some alternatives to allow at least some modicum of free speech in the United States.

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