Freedom Ain’t Free

Philosophy, science, and religious knowledge are mechanisms for a researcher or for thinkers to facilitate an arrival to the truth. But personal experiences are perhaps the conduit through which these mechanisms can be used effectively for the pursuit and the unveiling of truth. From my personal experiences – and after having traveled to many places – the impulse to repress and suppress truth is greatest amongst those within the mainstream in American society, especially as it pertains to viewpoints expressed about Zionism and Islam. The American mainstream succeeded deliberately and by design in alienating regular Americans from knowing about Islam over the course of the last two decades, all while imposing sympathy for Zionism. In a book titled “How the West Stole Democracy from The Arabs,” Elizabeth Thompson demonstrates how there has long been a concerted effort on the part of Western powers to undermine democracy and freedom in Muslim countries, in order to make themselves look better.

Moreover, schools and universities in America are paid to convey a certain narrative of Islam, rather than bringing in voices and viewpoints who have a lived experience and rich theoretical understanding of Islam. Thus, there is a key difference between American “democracy” and “freedom” compared to the democracies and civilizations of antiquity such as Greece, Rome, Arabia and Persia, in the sense that American democracy and freedom is a poor imitation and mimicry of authentic and sincere forms of democracy and freedom that were found in antiquity.

In the United States, books are banned, and certain people – including myself – are obscured by search engines, among other things. Tech companies will attempt to control or influence what you publish on a blog or who you communicate with through social media in subtle ways, such as blurring the panel by which you publish a blog post or by placing a malfunction on the blue check mark in a direct message with an influential friend on Twitter.

Also, over the course of the last two decades, eccentric and pivotal sources of information such as Al-Jazeera have gradually been weeded out of cable and satellite providers in the United States. Without the internet and social media, everyone in America would be forced to conform and pander to wonder bread and matzo balls. The question is why consumers of information in the United States are not allowed to freely receive the information and then left to decide on their own whether they agree with the information being provided or not.

Why do authorities have to streamline or control the information that reaches the consumer? Why are providers of information restricted from freely placing information on the market and then allowing consumers to decide what information they want to buy into? Why is information treated differently than any other product in the United States? These are questions that have to be asked in the face of a disingenuous espousal of “free markets” and “democracy” by the American establishment, in addition to the literal bombardment of press agencies such as Al-Jazeera by entities that are supported by the American establishment. As Confucius said: “The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”

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