This is where we are now.
A handful of internet monopolies have been empowered to banish conservative views from their platforms. The trigger was Trump’s victory, combined with internal pushes for safe spaces by leftist employees, and pressure from Democrat officials. They may not necessarily suppress all conservatives, but ultimately they will suppress conservative views.
That is what’s at stake here.
We wanted to advertise our 40th Anniversary Gala on May 11, at which we’re honoring Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to readers of our own online publication,.. But Google refuses to allow us to do so.”
Google, either its algorithm or some individual, had a look at my essay launching our new campaign for a unifying Americanism, “Defend America—Defeat Multiculturalism.” They decided it to be in violation of their policy on “race and ethnicity in personalized advertising” and shut down our advertising efforts to American Mind readers. We weren’t “advertising” anything in the essay, of course, but the relevant section of their policy lists “racially or ethnically oriented publications, racially or ethnically oriented universities, racial or ethnic dating” as examples of violations.
Somebody must have determined we were offering “racially or ethnically oriented publications.” This is news to us. The Claremont Institute has spent forty years teaching all who are willing to listen that the meaning of the proposition that all human beings are created equal is the central, animating principle of American political life.
One of my colleagues spent two hours on the phone with Google to determine whether we could appeal this ruling or determine which section of the essay was in violation. The response, in short? There is no appeal; we recommend you remove the content to bring yourself into compliance.
That is how Google functions.
The illegal monopoly bribes users with free services into trading away their personal data, but allows no appeal. It does not negotiate. It hands down ruthless judgments.
And the point that American Mind here makes is an important one. Google is indeed forcing conservatives out of the public square.
The question is what are we going to do about it?