New York Legislators Seek to Censor Online Debate; Plus: L. A. Marzulli Attacks Judges and Peter Levenda on Hitler's Legacy
Remember how a few weeks ago an Arkansas state legislator introduced a bill to ban books by Howard Zinn from the state’s schools? Well, Eugene Volokh reports that two New York state legislators have done her one better. Democratic assemblyman David I. Weprin and Democratic state senator Tony Avella introduced a bill that would require all online publishers, including me, to remove any and all content about any given individual upon that individual’s request if the individual feels that the discussion contains statements that are “‘inaccurate’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘inadequate’, or ‘excessive’” or when the individual feels that the discussion is “no longer material to current public debate.” The ostensible reason for this blatantly unconstitutional law is to promote the “right to be forgotten,” but as written the proposed law would give individuals carte blanche to censor any and all discussion about them online, forever, and to wipe clean the historical record as soon as a 24-hour news cycle has turned over and the “current” debate has moved on. The bill would also forbid those receiving takedown notices from indicating that material had been removed for that reason, on pain of a $250 fine per violation. The bill provides no mechanism other than the individual’s feelings to judge whether material is germane to the public discourse.
Essentially, it’s a scam artist protection act because the greatest beneficiary will be scammers, frauds, liars, and other slimy characters who will use the power of the law to hide their activities from their marks, thus facilitating more lying, cheating, and scamming. But it is also a danger to history because it would require encyclopedias, dictionaries, news archives, and even books to be censored, wiping the historical record in the form most people now use to access them.
Obviously, I oppose this law vigorously because of the vast power it would confer to suppress legitimate criticism and especially advocacy. I urge everyone who lives in New York State to contact your legislator to express your extreme displeasure with this unconstitutional attack on free speech.
Speaking of the continued breakdown of civil society, Nephilim theorist L. A. Marzulli announced that he no longer believes that the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government must honor the rulings of the judicial branch when they conflict with Trumpism. “As long as we accept and perpetuate the lie that judges are kings and that the executive and legislative branches must obey every court opinion no matter how wicked, immoral, illegal or unconstitutional we will NEVER have the Rule of Law in our nation.” Ah, yes… Let’s overturn 200 years of settled constitutional order out of pique. For Marzulli, the “rule of law” means authoritarian dictatorship, where one man’s unilateral decision has the force of law—no matter how wicked, immoral, illegal, or unconstitutional.
Meanwhile, Marzulli is busy promoting his new UFO-themed project, which is sort of a funhouse mirror version of Peter Levenda’s occult UFOs. Marzulli’s are demon-driven UFOs, but the conspiracy theories and feints toward government “disclosure” are mostly the same. In his latest YouTube video, Marzulli proclaims that “I’m giving people that didn’t have a voice a voice.” Because people who see UFOs have no possible way of sharing their experience across all the different UFO media in the world.
While I’m on the subject, I wanted to return to something that happened earlier this week. You will remember that Peter Levenda got mad at me for a large number of perceived sins. One of these was my description of him as having concluded that Nazism, especially in its occult form, is a secret force driving world politics, and that Islamic jihad is a result of Nazi manipulations. “You further state that I allege ‘that Islamic jihad is part of a Neo-Nazi scheme,’ another deliberate misstatement for effect,” he wrote. After reading a very lengthy and generally excellent critique of Levenda’s slippery efforts to be all things to all people (even if I don’t always agree with the author’s philosophical background), I thought I would revisit this comment because it bothered me. I don’t generally make things up, so having had the time to go back to my sources, I present to you part of the opening of Levenda’s book, The Hitler Legacy:
Since then I have seen documentation that proves beyond any doubt that networks existed after the war to assist Nazi war criminals in their escape and survival, and that these networks were far more pervasive than even the fantasies of Frederick Forsyth and Ira Levin would have us believe. More to the point, the evidence that there existed (and still exists) a strong relationship between underground Nazi organizations and underground “Islamist” organizations is strong, incontrovertible, and deeply troubling.
Postwar Nazi connections to Islamist activity are “incontrovertible” he said. Intelligence and terror operations around the world, and governments and intelligence agencies, are all infiltrated by Hitlerists or experiencing the blowback of plans fomented by Neo-Nazis carrying out Hitler’s plans in Islamic guise. In other words, Nazi schemes are driving world politics. Yeah, I just make shit up. Couple this with his other book, Unholy Alliance, which alleged that Hitler and the Nazis were motivated by and suffused with occultism, largely to the exclusion of more obvious motives—and which explicitly alleged that modern Neo-Nazi groups and supposed survivals of Nazism continue these occult beliefs—it is impossible to reach any other conclusion than Levenda sees esoteric Nazism as suffusing modern Neo-Nazi efforts to manipulate global politics for occult ends. Now, granted, my summary is a conclusion drawn from Levenda’s premises, a syllogism of sorts. Apparently we are not meant to read his books together, or apply any claims from them to the world beyond the book itself.
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