On the heels of the breach of the U.S. Capitol, Big Tech companies have swiftly censored the President, the emerging social media platform Parler was effectively shut down, and there are growing calls for no-fly lists.
Does the assault on the Capitol warrant such a response?
“We’re living in a gigantic lie that is reminiscent of the Reichstag fire,” argues talk show host Dennis Prager, founder of Prager University. “The parallels are fightingly accurate.” He also says:
“Everywhere the left takes power, it suppresses free speech.”
“The left always does harm.”
“The left is vicious.”
“If they had the power, they would send people like you and me to reeducation camps.” “They cannot tolerate alternate voices […] because everything they say is a lie, and when we speak, that is made apparent.”
“[The left] cannot withstand an intellectual argument. [Theirs] is an intellectual balloon, just air or helium inside.”
“If they don’t allow civil dissent, you will get un-civil dissent.”
The move, which could see Navalny jailed for 3.5 years for allegedly flouting the terms of a suspended prison sentence, is likely to spark a wave of Western criticism of President Vladimir Putin.
In a case that drew wide international attention, Navalny was poisoned last summer by what German military tests showed was a Novichok nerve agent, a version of events the Kremlin rejects.
Navalny’s plane from Berlin was diverted to another Moscow airport at the last minute in an apparent effort by authorities to thwart journalists and supporters greeting him.