Martin Avila, CEO of the tech company Right Forge, which provides digital services for right-leaning businesses and groups, recently published an op-ed arguing that there needs to be a second internet in order for there to be true digital freedom.
Right Force is “a full-service technology infrastructure company,” Avila said. It provides IT services to brands including Beteran, RE Factor Tactical, and Tier 1 Concealed.
In his op-ed, Avila says that in the last six months, major tech firms have censored newspapers, de-platformed Parler, and banned former President Trump from almost every major social media platform.
Avila notes how Big Tech companies differ from American companies in the past:
The multinational corporations that make up big tech do not at all resemble the great American companies of the past. Yes, those companies sought profit like any other private enterprise with a bottom line. But they were supportive of the American middle class and of advancing our national sovereignty. And along the way, they were unabashedly dedicated to—and successful in—defeating the twin tyrannies of fascism and communism.
Some will claim we’re exaggerating the situation by pointing out big tech’s monopolistic behavior. Those who possess only a cursory grasp of the past deny connections between yesteryear and the present because they’re looking for precisely the same actors. As Mark Twain advised, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does often rhyme.” Twain was implying that we won’t find exact mirror images—because they don’t exist. So we need to think more critically about the arc of history, to read between the lines to locate key trends and patterns.
Section 230 reform—or any other legislative proposal—is insufficient. Big government can’t fix big tech. The two phalanxes have become far too intertwined and too dependent upon each other’s power. All Americans committed to our sacred rights, namely freedom of expression, demand an internet that’s truly free and open. That’s why my colleagues and I started Right Forge. We’re creating an entirely self-reliant, self-contained vertical infrastructure. By controlling all the “means of production,” from the physical data centers to the hardware to the code, we are replatforming America and rededicating the internet—the greatest forum for debate and information exchange in human history—to the founding principles of our exceptional nation.
The op-ed concludes with Avila asking, “what institution in America is prepared to stand up to big tech?”
“We must create a second internet to begin restoring our great republic and our way of life,” Avila said. “American survival depends upon it.”