UK’s porn filters set to block “Esoteric Material”. Freemasonry set to be censored.

Hello readers. Livingstone here.

I’ll save you the set up and get right to the meat today.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-07/27/pornwall

And here are some choice quotes.

As well as pornography, users may automatically be opted in to blocks on “violent material”, “extremist related content”, “anorexia and eating disorder websites” and “suicide related websites”, “alcohol” and “smoking”. But the list doesn’t stop there. It even extends to blocking “web forums” and “esoteric material”, whatever that is. “Web blocking circumvention tools” is also included, of course.

Wait for it…

The ORG’s Jim Killock says: “What’s clear here is that David Cameron wants people to sleepwalk into censorship. We know that people stick with defaults: this is part of the idea behind ‘nudge theory’ and ‘choice architecture’ that is popular with Cameron.”

And that is choice quote #2.

This landed on Reddit (does the biggest news aggregator on the internet need any introduction at this point?) like a cluster bomb.

http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/1j7m4a/onbydefault_uk_internet_porn_filters_will_also/

While here in America we lament about the weekly stripping of our “Creator” endowed natural rights and civil liberties, the civil liberties problems we face many times pale in comparison to what is going on in the UK. London is laced with camera on every block. Web monitoring is condoned by the government. And now they plan to walk their entire country into de facto censorship. The UK is worse off then America is when it comes to privacy laws and free speech and there isn’t much that can be debated about this.

Some choice Reddit quotes.

[–]anonymosh 419 points 3 days ago

These descriptions are so vague, ANYTHING could be categorised as esoteric, extremist, or whatever.

This is a big step backwards in online freedoms. A sad day for the UK, and I’m vy afraid for the future of the free web in Europe too.

And another.

[–]IronSkyPost 285 points 3 days ago*

‘Esoteric’ – Conspiracy theories (which when you look at r/conspiracy actually seems to mainly involve links to non MSM articles reporting corruption, discussing the real motives behind wars and also concerns about privacy). Plus the other stuff you mentioned – Flagged as ‘trouble maker’ and ‘not happy to live on diet of propaganda’.

‘Web forums’ – Flagged as ‘likes to have and voice an opinion or argument and raise questions rather than just consume what is presented’

‘Extremist related material’ – Kind of obvious.

‘Web blocking circumvention tools’ – Flagged as ‘criminal’ and ‘won’t accept censorship’

‘Pornography, alcohol, smoking and anorexia’ – The fluff thrown in there to pad it out and make it look like it’s actually being done out of good intentions. So ludicrously unrealistic if it actually was anyway – You simply couldn’t even watch Eastenders or any movies if you were avoiding smoking or alcohol. Or football considering the companies sponsoring things like the Carling Cup.

Nope, this is about making it easier to find out who to snoop on IMO.

And the final one, to cap us off.

[–]amedeus 2619 points 3 days ago

So, basically, the Internet.

It’s genius in how insidious it is. Make sure the media, which needs your contacts and relationship to survive, only gives this story a token glance to keep people from getting riled up. Then quietly implement these policies in the name of a false morality. And finally secure the chains around a population that sees technology the same way we see homological algebra. In short, most people don’t know what the UK government is doing to them. It’s a deceptive consent that is legal in law but wildly illegal in spirit. It’s the same principles these Latin American dictatorships have followed in the post WWII era. A law that is twisted for power and not for civil structure. And with all my breathless hyperventilating, I haven’t even touched what is actually getting censored. In a moment.

http://www.reddit.com/r/freemasonry/comments/1j7wfy/uk_internet_censorship_esoteric_material_blocked/

Of course, the Reddit Freemason community lost their minds. And why wouldn’t they. Our Masonic community lives in secrecy. It’s part of our DNA. Many of course denounce our secrecy at antiquated. They say the world is safe now. They say we need transparency. I say they are knowingly or unintentionally working for the very power structure that wants to know our every thought. Because they’re scared. They know that a day will happen that we realize the system is an illusion. That everything is a power structure and that the preservation of it is Rule #1.

I’m a generally self aware individual. I’m sure many of you are reading this and going “A Freemason is bitching about a power structure that is controlled by the few for their own benefit?” Or “Doesn’t he realize that it will probably be Freemasons running it.” One last one “Why are people searching for these weird things? Mason and non-Mason alike”.

Well I hate to break it to you but there is nothing Masonic about this. The super structure of Freemasonry is built on the search for truth. And by creating walls around those that are searching for things that those in power don’t feel are “appropriate”, they are standing against the very foundation Masonry was built on. Those in power only want you to know what they feel will keep you in line and productive. Anything else is a threat to them. Esoteric material? Democracy and religious tolerance could have been considered esoteric during the time before the American and French revolutions. Humanity and the access to knowledge are fundamental rights, that shall never be infringed.

So as a Mason I’m not only suspicious, but many of my brothers fear this will soon be used to target us. Just look at how the Masons on /r/freemasonry are responding. In a long line of Masonic suppression by governments (search anti-Masonry on wikipedia for an introduction), this is a predictable move to target Freemasons. Esoteric material? You might as well write it in red and post it on a huge billboard. “We’re going after the Freemasons. They do things in secret and are scary! You can trust us!”. Using the fear of Masonry to push forward laws to suppress citizens was one of the key elements of Hitler’s rise to power. Goodwin’s Law be damned. Fear of the unknown and those in power, two things Masonry represents, is an effective tool to scare people into walking into their own noose.

Masonry is wildly influential in England and I wouldn’t be surprised if they put up a heavy fight against this. I’m sure a few Masonic brothers might be supporting this but I have no evidence of that. What I do know is our community believes wholly in a right to truth that allows the individual to make their own decisions instead of predetermined “options” of two choices that are really one and the same. The Enlightenment thinkers of the 18th centuries made sure the protection of speech was the first thing they addressed. The right to knowledge isn’t listed specifically, but the right to free speech and our ability to hear that speech goes hand in hand with it. None of this is reasonable and no man or woman of conscious would ever support a measure like  what Cameron is proposing.

So that is the Masonic opinion about all of this. Masonry across the world, contrary to popular perception, is strongly against this. We’re against it from a moral perspective as we have the right to think and speak to each other without constriction, fear of reprisal. Esoteric Material? It is notoriously hard to define and a disturbing addition to the UK’s porn filter. I apologize for repeating myself but we have the right, that natural right given to us by God, to speak freely and to hear freely. No man shall infringe on that right. And it is my hope that Cameron and the citizens of the UK feel the same and act accordingly to stand against this.

Livingstone

 

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