Facebook has messed with the wrong guy… Big Tech steps up its attack on personal liberty… How to beat “slavery by algorithm”… In the mailbag: “Sorry I crashed the silver price, people”…
When we left off yesterday, we were telling you about one of the highest conviction calls from our first annual Legacy Investment Summit in Bermuda.
In short, you’re going to want to prepare for a coming boom in gold and other commodities.
Today, we’re turning our attention to another of the big ideas we discussed with subscribers and special guests in Bermuda – the assault on ideas and the stifling of free speech by Big Tech.
As we’ve been telling you, we’re living in an age of increasing online censorship. And it’s only getting worse.
Brian Kolfage is a triple amputee veteran of the Iraq War.
In 2004, Airman Kolfage lost both his legs and his right hand in a rocket attack on Balad Air Base.
He’s the most severely injured U.S. airman to survive his wounds. But he didn’t spiral into depression.
He became a motivational speaker. He started a coffee company, Military Grade Coffee, that donates 10% of its profits to veterans. And he became the administrator of a site called Right Wing News, which built a following of more than 3 million people.
Life was going well for Kolfage and his family. Until earlier this month…
As part of its recent purge of independent voices, Facebook shut down the accounts of his coffee company and Right Wing News – without warning.
Here’s what he told reporters after Facebook blacklisted him…
This isn’t about me. This is about free speech. Everyone should be rallying around this. Everyone should be pissed off about this. Regardless of my politics, they came after my primary source of income because of my politics, and that’s what’s wrong.
Kolfage is suing Facebook over the ban. He says he’s always complied with the company’s rules… that he’s not “fake news”… and that his site doesn’t spread “misinformation.”
He also says he depends on his coffee business – which has more than 200,000 customers – to support his family. And that it’s dead without the reach that his Facebook page gave it. (As a reminder, Facebook has more than 2 billion users. Many of them don’t use the internet much outside of Facebook.)
We know all about online censorship here at Legacy Research from personal experience.
Earlier this year, Google threatened to stop running all ads from us unless we changed our ideas and how we express them. (Our response: Thanks, but no thanks.)
Legacy Research managing partner Amber Mason kicked off our Summit last week by explaining that to a packed house of freethinkers.
She laid out, in no uncertain terms, why it would be the kiss of death for us – an independent publishing business – to play ball with Silicon Valley censors. Amber…
Right now, we are facing – all of us – what I see as a really serious threat. Google, Facebook, and the other tech gatekeepers do not like the ideas that we all think are important.
This year, reps from Google came to us and said this thing you have on your website… this thing you’re sharing with readers through their email (which Google has nothing to do with)… we don’t like it. And unless you change it, we’re going to stop doing business with you.
Google doesn’t want us talking about politicians. It doesn’t want us talking about threats to the economy – it’s too scary. And for a while there, we couldn’t say anything about cryptocurrencies. That’s a disturbing trend.
You can’t be free if you’re being watched all the time.
That’s what Dan Denning – Bill Bonner’s coauthor on The Bill Bonner Letter – has been telling readers.
But that hasn’t stopped folks sleepwalking into an era of what Dan and Bill call “slavery by algorithm.”
As Dan showed in the July issue (signed-up Bill Bonner Letter readers can catch up here), Silicon Valley has become a tool for the Deep State to manage, modify, and manipulate the public. Dan…
Tech companies – companies whose very origins are rooted in the ambitions of the Deep State to control American society – now monitor your phone records, your financial records, your medical records, your online conversations, where you go to church, who you have sex with, whether you’re cheating on your wife, who your friends are, the books you’re reading, the movies you see, and the bad jokes you make.
They’re coming together with the Deep State at a philosophical level to restrict the flow of information you receive about what’s really going on in the world (especially the stock market), to manipulate your opinions by determining what you see and hear, and to control your money.
We first mentioned Dan’s plan to counter the threat from Big Tech back in the September 19 Daily Cut.
It got a ton of positive feedback in our mailbag… and at our Summit.
So we figured we’d make it official and give you something you could print out and sign… and get your friends and family to print and sign, too. Here’s how Dan explained it…
The American Framers didn’t have to get past Facebook or Google when writing the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. They couldn’t have predicted the rise of an algorithm-driven police state we’ve been warning you about.
That’s where the Digital Bill of Rights comes in. It’s an effort to restate and reclaim your essential rights to life, liberty, privacy, and property in an age when all of them are under assault by a collection of institutions in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.
After he wrote the first draft, he passed it on to Bill to finalize it. Then Dan rushed it to a local printer in Bermuda to make a large copy.
During the breaks between presentations, the leaders of Legacy Research Group, conservative pundit Glenn Beck (who was a guest speaker at the Summit), and numerous other concerned Americans like you added their signatures.
Dan Denning’s Digital Bill of Rights, signed by concerned Americans at the inaugural Legacy Investment Summit.
We’ve posted a copy of Dan’s declaration here.
Pass it along to your friends and family. Post it on social media. Send it to your local paper. Or forward it to your state candidate for political office. We want to raise as much awareness about what’s going on as possible.
This is an issue that’s already triggered a ton of feedback in the mailbag. Now, we’re taking it to a new level. We’d love to get your feedback on your progress on getting the message out. Write us at [email protected].
I bought silver years ago when it was $42 an ounce. It then crashed. I’m sorry I crashed the price, people, but every time I invest it happens. So I recently sold off a couple 1,000 oz. silver bars for somewhere around $18 an ounce, taking a loss on the investment.
As it happens, gold is also in the dump. So I used the money to buy gold and diversify my holdings, thereby moving my money sideways. By doing this I can now claim a tax loss but keep the value, waiting for the price to rise.
– Robert T.
I started buying gold in the 1960s as a hedge against future bad times and have not purchased any for 30 years or so. I figure I am well-positioned and, at a very healthy 78 years old, have enough should the world go to financial hell before I go.
– Doug H.
As long as JPMorgan tampers with the price of gold and silver they will go down and not up. I think that silver is a better investment. Why? Silver gets used up as a catalyst and most of the gold which has ever been mined is still here.
I realize a little gold is used in PCs, electric cars, and space stations. I have used most of what I had in gold to live. I kept a few coins as a souvenir. I was considered middle class at one time but not anymore. I will be nearly 76 years young in a few days.
– Bernard K.
Never applied, used, logged on, or had any interest in Facebook right from its beginnings. At that time, I saw it as an intrusion on my privacy and private information and lo and behold, all these years later, my suspicions have proved correct. It would not bother me in the least to die and leave this world as “Mr. Anonymous.” Keep up the great work.
– Phil U.
I must tell you, I never was a big fan of Facebook, nor will be. I just don’t need to be that connected. When I hear Facebook mentioned, I picture a 14-year-old, high school girl walking down a city sidewalk, tap tap tapping away on her device, oblivious to her surroundings. A van idles up, the door slides open, and she disappears without a trace… never to be seen again.
– Neil R.
Surveillance is essential to the maintenance of a police state. The contents of this email have been snooped by the National Security Agency. There is no expectation of privacy.
– Eric C.
Will you be signing Dan’s Digital Bill of Rights? Will you forward it on to friends and family? Remember to tell us how you’re getting on. Write us at [email protected].
October 23, 2018
P.S. I (Chris) got a lot of questions in Bermuda from Legacy subscribers about what The Daily Cut is all about. What I told folks is that, in one quick read, it brings you up to date with the latest insights and ideas from Bill Bonner, Doug Casey, Teeka Tiwari, Jeff Clark, and the rest of the Legacy team each day. For more on why you and our other paid-up subscribers are receiving this new premium e-letter, catch up here.