Liberty and democracy on the other hand have been sustained in part by freedom of speech and access to information from a variety of diverse sources; these freedoms have been a basic human right in western democracies for centuries.
The last time these rights came under serious threat in the free world was during World War II when Germany's Third Reich overran Europe and imposed censorship to control all information combined with propaganda to misinform and control the people.
Propaganda on it's own can be countered and ridiculed but combined with rigidly controlled censorship it's an effective and deadly weapon that threatens the very existence of liberty and democracy.
Looking at recent and current totalitarian regimes, from the old Soviet Union and its European vassal states to China and North Korea, history also teaches us that censorship has to be rigidly enforced to be effective with severe penalties, including death, for anyone disseminating unapproved, unregulated information from outside official channels.
It's a measure of how far the western democracies have drifted into tyranny when censorship is being routinely used to control the information available to people and propaganda is being used to create mythical images which bear no resemblance to reality.
The leaders of the western democracies have embraced a regime of censorship and propaganda with extraordinary enthusiasm and routinely lie to the people with no shame or conscience whatsoever.
As mentioned earlier, censorship combined with propaganda was an effective tool for the authoritarian regimes from recent history but the modern tyrants of today have gone one step further. They have added one-way hate crimes into the mix to threaten and intimidate any individuals or organizations that dare to tell the truth.
Despite attempts to censor the truth, news of the New Years Eve mass sexual assaults and rapes perpetrated by Muslim immigrants across Germany made it into the public domain but the extent of the scandal did not. Horrific gang rapes by so called 'refugees' are happening all across Europe but they go unreported by the mainstream media. ( Read about the scandal here)
News that opposition to mass immigration is pushing Europe toward a full blown civil war as reported by a Swiss army chief is also censored. (See here)
Only days ago in an act of uncharacteristic candor, America's 'progressive' Secretary of State, John Kerry, put his authoritarian instincts on full display when he opined that the media should not report the truth about Muslim terrorism so that the people - that's you and I - 'wouldn't know whats going on'. (See here)
The Internet and social media pose the biggest threat to government control of public information and exposes the images created by their propaganda machinery as fraudulent and designed to deceive.
This relatively new cyber media has enlightened the masses to the fact that they are being systematically lied to and fed fabricated stories with the intention of creating an image that is at odds with reality.
The global ruling elite have responded to this threat by resorting to their inherent authoritarian instincts; they are using their power to pressure Internet and social media providers to censor news and unregulated opinion. Among others, the German government is piling the pressure on
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to censor more content. (See here)
The same pressure is being applied to the CEO's of Twitter, Google, Yahoo and all other alternative media providers.
Incidentally, in a move that would have disastrous repercussions for freedom of speech and liberty across the planet, it is being proposed that stewardship of the Internet should be surrendered by the United States to the United Nations at the end of September 2016. Global censorship would surely follow. (See here)
Free thinkers and dissenters beware, the moment in history has arrived whereby intimidation and persecution much loved by repressive regimes throughout history has finally arrived in the western democracies.
The invention of so called 'hate crimes' has empowered the ruling elite to crush freedom of speech and unregulated opinion by using law enforcement and the justice system to prosecute and punish dissenters. (Read about London's Muslim Mayor Introducing Thought Police here)
(British anti-trolling Twitter police here)
Things have taken a turn for the worse in the land of the free where the descent into totalitarianism and third world mediocrity continues apace. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is supposed to be an inalienable right but not in the new fundamentally transformed America.
In a display of utter contempt for the American people and their Constitution, the US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has admitted without shame that she has discussed with seventeen other Attorney's General prosecuting those insultingly referred to as 'climate change deniers'. (See here)
In one of the most totalitarian moves so far for a so called western democracy, Sweden has not only criminalized any criticism of immigration but also their politician's unwillingness to tackle the issue. (See here)
In conclusion, the famous quote from the British journalist and author, George Orwell's novel, 1984, about a future totalitarian socialist state highlights the brainwashing effect of censorship and propaganda perfectly: War is Peace, Slavery is Freedom, Ignorance is Strength.