The Cis-Mars program and the Cis-Lunar programs sound like endless prosperity and a future of exploration and expansion of the human race in space. I get that. I actually love that. The issue that we are facing now in stark reality is the Overton Window.
The Overton Window is an approach to identifying the ideas that define the spectrum of acceptability of governmental policies. Politicians can only act within the acceptable range. Shifting the Overton Window involves proponents of policies outside the window persuading the public to expand the window. Proponents of current policies, or similar ones within the window, seek to convince people that policies outside it should be deemed unacceptable. According to Lehman, who coined the term, “The most common misconception is that lawmakers themselves are in the business of shifting the Overton window. That is absolutely false. Lawmakers are actually in the business of detecting where the window is, and then moving to be in accordance with it.”
According to Lehman, the concept is just a description of how ideas work, not advocacy of extreme policy proposals. In an interview with the New York Times, he said, “It just explains how ideas come in and out of fashion, the same way that gravity explains why something falls to the earth. I can use gravity to drop an anvil on your head, but that would be wrong. I could also use gravity to throw you a life preserver; that would be good.”] But since its incorporation in political discourse, others have used the concept of shifting the window to promote ideas outside it, with the intention of making fringe ideas more acceptable. The “door-in-the-face” technique of persuasion is similar.
It has been said, and we are seeing this concrete setting firmly now:
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum—even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
Contemporary commentators have spun off the concept of “walking through the Overton door”, to convey the easier and more timely task of advocating ideas that are becoming popular but not yet codified into law or policy. It means that we think we have free speech and we have the freedom to explore and express. The reason we think that, is because we are doing this well within the limits of the Overton Window.
When we get close the walls or the edges of the window, we are warned. When we cross outside those limits, the powers that established those limits take action. That is what happened on Thursday of this week.
20 of the top podcasters on YouTube were terminated. Their families were plunged into poverty after millions of subscribers were sent scrambling and those brilliant podcasters, who in some cases had spent a decade building their audiences and their revenue structures, were executed. They had already been demonetized, but their audiences were top-chat donating, and their sponsors were paying for access to their loyal listeners. That was not enough.
Youtube saw that they had adapted. In their brilliance and their perseverance, they had delivered value to their listeners. So, YouTube deleted them. I mean their accounts, their content, and their subscriptions were deleted in one sudden act of Overton Censorship.
This is fascism at its finest. Like Roosevelt and Mussolini, the government used its power to crush competition with its ideas. The Global Syndicate wants Trump and the patriots out of power. The patriots who successfully operate podcasts were terminated 19 days before the 2020 election with the express purpose of preventing President Trump and his patriots from communication through YouTube.
We are already moving to other platforms, but the listeners are not moving with us; yet. It may take months or even years before the listeners find us, and that may be too late for the 2020 election. The Global Syndicate purged the major podcasters on Thursday. They will be coming for the rest of us soon. I know that. I just want you to make the switch to Dlive and Twitch before YouTube leaves you starving for truth, and you don’t know where to go for America Free Radio.
Go there, and look for Brooks Agnew