If you look through history, the most successful, enduring nations have been built upon the freedoms contained in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitutions. Why? If you truly have free speech and flow of ideas, over time, good ideas will win out over bad ones. Human knowledge will accumulate. Society will build upon its successes and learn from its mistakes. This is mostly why America has been the most successful country in the history of the world. However, that success is slowly disintegrating largely because free speech and flow of information are being taken away. Think about all the major centers of influence in the country–The mainstream media, academia, Hollywood, and TV have almost entirely purged conservatives & libertarians from their ranks. That leaves only talk radio & the Internet as the remaining bastions of free speech. Talk radio has limited reach in today’s technological world, but liberal politicians have tried to destroy it in a number of ways, most prominently with the laughably named “fairness doctrine“. As for the internet, think about who governs and who writes the programs for all the largest tech companies — Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft. How many conservatives & libertarians do you think are employed by these far-left companies? Consequently, the censorship of alternative points of view has reached epidemic proportions, a modern-day “book burning” control on thought.
If we as a society don’t fight back, we are spiraling towards a one-party, totalitarian rule where all alternative thinking is stomped out. After that, it’s only a matter of time before the U.S. joins the ash heap of other historical nations that have crumbled from within.