When Pork Goes Rotten

Feds Spending $1,000,000 to Build Database to Track “False and Misleading Ideas” on the Internet

How times change.

“This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate,” the grant said.

Also note the Orwellian phraseology — the government’s monitoring of citizen political speech is supposed to “assist in the preservation of open debate.”


I always know I’m engaging in “open debate” when I feel the hot breath of a government censor on the back of my neck.

This is scary, and the government should not be funding this. The government should have no truck with efforts to monitor the political speech of its subjects, I mean, I guess we’re supposed to still call them “citizens.”

If the university wants to cook up yet another “Rightwingers are all crazy liars” fake study, that’s their business.

But the government should not be paying for this, and should not have an ownership interest in the fruits of monitoring citizen speech.

This is the sort of thing that politicians love to run on:  “I brought (x) dollars to our wonderful state university!”

This is pork, although malignant pork.  One of Indiana’s senators is Republican, and the representative for the district that contains IU’s main campus is also Republican.  So where are they on this abomination?

If you live in Indiana, you might want to let them know how you feel about this.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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