by James LaForest
As creator and editor of this community journal I have been faced many times with denying space to people who sought to use Voyageur Heritage to publish. Never have my decisions been based on whether or not I agreed with a particular point of view. While this publication, like all publications, has an editorially driven tone, denying people space here has never been ideologically driven. I have declined posts due to plagiarism, poor writing, spammy comments, being outside the scope of VH content, and other reasons. I have even offered space to people with views I disagreed with strongly.
What is happening today in the United States with the censoring of conservative views and the broad-brush painting of conservatives as extreme ideologues and even terrorists, is anathema to the fundamental value of free speech. Purging people from social media with little to no opportunity for appeal, destroying entire networks devoted to freedom of speech, imposing an ever-evolving set of standards as to what constitutes hateful or violent speech, all weaken actual constructive dialogue meant to control destructive forces.
As editor of Voyageur Heritage I stand against the censorship and ideological purging in social media, academia, entertainment, business, and politics that is happening today. It is a dangerous route that is being taken with seemingly little thought or deliberation evident. The belief that the so called progressives, socialists, and leftists hold that they are doing what is right, is so embedded in their thinking that they cannot see the ramifications or do not care. Dictators and Fascists do not get censored. They do the censoring. It is time to wake up and see what is happening and who are the perpetrators of this new McCarthyism.