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Elite's "Global Risks Report" Sounds Alarm Bells on Free Speech

In a recent twist of irony, the World Economic Forum, gathering the world's most influential experts, has crowned "misinformation and disinformation" as the paramount threat to humanity in its 2024 "Global Risks Report."

It's like declaring that the cure for a disease is more illness. The question that looms larger than ever: Are these experts genuinely concerned about protecting the truth and the people, or is this just another tool in their arsenal to safeguard their own interests and agenda?



The report boldly proclaims that this nebulous specter of misinformation is more menacing than terrorism, pandemics, or even climate change (which, for perspective, takes second place). It's a chilling declaration that the only salvation for our species is to embrace censorship and speech control. This shocking revelation reflects the deep-seated anti-free speech sentiment that now permeates the global elite, spanning media, business, and politics.


The audacity of this finding is consistent with a broader trend of international figures and groups advocating for greater censorship. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for instance, has been a staunch advocate of censorship to combat what he refers to as the "infodemic." It's a troubling sign when leaders entrusted with public health endorse measures that restrict the flow of information.



So, who are these 1,490 experts from academia, business, government, the international community, and civil society, and why do they perceive free speech as the world's ultimate menace? These so-called "experts" conducted a comprehensive evaluation of global threats encompassing military, economic, and environmental perils. Their conclusion? The greatest peril of all is an excess of free speech.


This misguided notion resonates with the censorship and blacklisting we witnessed during the COVID-19 crisis. Those who dared to challenge the dominant narrative found themselves silenced and cast aside. Take, for example, the debate over mask efficacy. Initially, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rejected the idea of a mask mandate.



However, when this issue became politically weaponized, anyone questioning masks was branded as anti-science. The CDC's stance eventually flipped, leading to mandates even for 2-year-olds. The consequences of such decisions are now evident in the emotional and developmental struggles faced by our children.


Similarly, the closure of schools and businesses sparked heated debates, with some critics deeming these measures unnecessary. Yet, those who voiced these concerns faced censorship. Ironically, some countries that chose not to close schools experienced minimal COVID-19 impacts. However, we are now grappling with alarming drops in educational achievement and rising health issues among young people.


Throughout this period, scientists who dared to raise the lab theory as a possible explanation for the virus faced censorship and reputational damage. Media outlets and experts swiftly labeled the theory as debunked, even calling it a "conspiracy theory." When Chinese researchers spoke out, they were met with criticism and accusations of racism.



Now, many of these same experts are sounding the alarm on what they deem "disinformation" as the world's paramount threat. The solution, they argue, is to entrust these experts with the power to control or regulate what the public can access and believe, all in the name of eradicating harmful disinformation.


The critical question we must ask ourselves is whether we are willing to relinquish our fundamental right to free speech based on the word of the global elite. Are these measures truly meant to protect us, or are they another step toward consolidating power in the hands of a select few? The battle for free speech is far from over, and the stakes have never been higher.


And Remember:

Trust no Single Source

Trust Your Gut

and Stay Curious


Jesse


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