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Social Media. We all use it, and its been both a blessing and a curse in many ways. However, sites like Twitter and YouTube have begun suspending accounts, banning users, and demonetizing videos. Are these sites a threat to free speech?

Freedom of the press does not grant every citizen the right to have their thoughts published by the New York Times. Freedom of speech does not grant a person the right to say whatever they want in someone else’s house. Having a Twitter account or a YouTube channel is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution.

Do these companies have a monopoly? No. In fact, most people complaining about social media censorship aren’t even customers of the companies. YouTube’s viewers are not its customers. People who publish content on YouTube are not its customer either. Its customers are the advertisers who PAY YouTube, and for them – social media certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on advertising.

In other news, Houston Texans’ owner Bob McNair is in hot water after saying “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.” Bad analogy, and he didn’t even get it right. Is it anything to be offended by though? Those tough NFL players sure have their panties in a bunch over this.

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I am the CEO of Preuss Media LLC as well as a 20-something political commentator, blogger, talker, musician, bookworm, and weight lifter. Although lacking a formal college degree (something I boast about), my strange brain contains a wealth of knowledge of economics, political science, and philosophy.

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  • All monopolies are State granted. Unless someone owns every bit of a specific resource and unless there are no other resources that can serve as substitutes (practically an impossibility, in other words) the competitive forces that exist in the market never permit the formation of a monopoly. It is only when the State – with its fascist nature – gets involved that a monopoly can ever manifest itself. The State then uses its near-monopolist position as the supplier of ‘education’ to propagandize the people into thinking that the State is needed to protect people from monopolies and to ‘equitably’ provide certain goods and services. What a myth! Such are the characteristics of living in the Dark Ages of economics!

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  • I have been paying attention to the craziness going on over on YouTube and I think it would be a good idea for all of us to post links to alternate social media sites. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are starting to try to shut down a lot of people so I think it is a good idea to start finding backups at the very least. I will list the few I am aware of I will add I have not yet used any of these… https://www.full30.com/ this is a firearms based site and it has come up a few times in conversation on other sites as the back up location for most of the major firearms content producers should YouTube and Facebook start shutting them out. https://www.minds.com/ this has been recommended by multiple YouTubers as a back up site should things get to bad. My understanding is it is still in beta however. If anyone is wondering what YouTubers they are Black Pigeon Speaks and Computing Forever but my understanding is a LOT of YouTubers have already moved there. https://becandid.com/ This one was mentioned by Black Pigeon Speaks and I think it is for mobile only but I am simply putting everything I am aware of on this list. If you are aware of any other sites please add to this list. Also goes without saying liberty.me

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  • Not too long ago I decided to ask a Scottish Socialist an economic question about the socialist system he advocates on his YouTube channel: “Due to the preclusion of exchange for goods of higher order, what is the basis for state officials directing the alternative applications of the factors of production towards thousands of different and changing consumer needs and wants of different urgencies in the least-cost manner for society at large?” The answer to my own question was basically going to be that state officials cannot have a basis for directing the factors of production due to the absence of the price mechanism, but as you can see in the comments section he didn’t really answer my question. As you can see above, he has now responded to my question with a new video, but after listening to it I cannot compile a sufficient answer to reply with in order to get him to understand where he is mistaken. http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=yN5_YWv–WA Can you tell me what point he is still missing?

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  • It seems to me like utilities are a sort of natural monopoly. Though you could move to another area if a utility company is charging too much for power for example, because of the way I understand the grid is configured, one is pretty much a captive of the utility company serving the area. There’s also a cap on how much a utility could abuse it’s monopoly with self-generation using solar cells or even using in-situ gas micro turbines (though it’s still a rather high cost) Has anyone ever defined a good system which could foster competition between utility companies, even in the same area? Dunno how it is in the US, but here in Quebec, there is an analogous situation with internet. The big telecom companies are obligated to allow “resellers” to use their cables for distributing internet service. But kilowatts don’t have IPs and such, so I’m not sure exactly how it could work with electricity. This always seemed to me like an “achiles heel” to anarcho-capitalism and an argument for at least minimal government to legislate against such “natural monopolies”. I was wondering if anyone had already put some serious thought into this conundrum.

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  • I am wanting to start a video series where I interview Liberty minded individuals where ever I travel. Currently I am working in Germany and would like suggestions or offers for me to interview. I would be asking general questions like: “How did you get involved in the Liberty movement?” “What are you doing to advance Liberty?” Etc.

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