As the Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama cycle started: America, lead by the United States, had to regress towards the mean (the average). To accomplish that, the manufacturing base of the Northeast, Midwest, and the south had to be broken. But the question is: How do you get everyone behind reducing our wealth out of our own volition? The pied piper was required, and lower cost manufacturing became the tool, and the lower cost of goods sold the way to sell it.
Social Media. Either allows information, or it does not and thus must shut down. The flow of information cannot be constricted and still be called "open". The right to free speech only applies to the government, private companies like Google, et al, can infringe upon the right to free speech because they are companies, and not government. That is their right.
Now, let me put it a different way - for contrast - if, say a wedding cake store makes the choice not to serve white frosted cakes, are they allowed to do so? What if an Indian couple wants a cake with white frosting; is that still okay? What if a Native American wants a cake with white frosting; is that still okay? What if an alternate lifestyle couple wants a cake with white frosting; is that still okay? What if an LGBT couple wishes a white frosting cake; is not having it (censoring the frosting available) acceptable?
It is not a simple thing, and the article is not going to answer it; but, it certainly poses the right questions.
Most of today’s adult Americans grew up in a society whose citizens dreamed of perpetually improving outcomes: better jobs, fatter wallets, stronger government, finer culture, nicer families, smarter kids, all the usual fruits of progress.
HR 6393 Section 501 (e) says the duties of this special interagency committee shall be as follows:
(1) To counter active measures by Russia to exert covert influence, including by exposing falsehoods, agents of influence, corruption, human rights abuses, terrorism, and assassinations carried out by the security services or political elites of the Russian Federation or their proxies.
(2) Such other duties as the President may designate for purposes of this section.
I'm a simple person. I don't believe in 99.9973% of the conspiracy theories; and I use an old friends comment to justify my position. He said "... never underestimate the power of stupidity! And, it's far worse when the Government tries to help..."
I do believe; because it has bitten me more than once, in the power of "Unintended Consequences." This article truly speaks at its best of the caution oft spoke in the realm of Science Fiction: Just because you "can" do a thing, it does not mean you "should" do the thing.