Hell has a new resident.
Human piece-of-filth Sheldon Adelson finally died. Adelson was one of the richest men in the world, and owned casinos all over the planet. Casinos have ruined the lives of countless people, who gambled their life's savings away and as a result, have ended up as perpetual debt slaves. Not only that, but casinos end up attracting ancillary businesses - drugs and prostitution. What's not to like? Making billions off of human suffering?
Well, OK, that's free enterprise. And if people want to sink themselves in to perpetual poverty through gambling, drug use, car leases, or student loans, I guess in our libertarian society, we have to let them. But gee-whiz, do we have to then listen to their whiny complaints about how unfair life has been to them? Do we then have to bail them out of their own malfeasance? Maybe in addition to "forgiving" student loan debts, we should "forgive" gambling debts, lease payments, and credit card debt as well?
You laugh - it has happened in the past, with these government-sponsored "mortgage adjustments" where people got free money from Uncle Sam so they could have a nicer house than you or me. Far more were merely foreclosed upon and booted out onto the streets, however. Pining for social change to fix your personal problems is short-sighted. Maybe Goldman Sachs will get a bailout, you and I won't. So don't borrow too much money, and pay back what you did borrow. I did. $38,000 of student loans - ten grand more than the average amount students have today. Adjusted for inflation, three times that amount. Do I get a refund check from Ms. AOC? Of course not - life is unfair, and realizing that was the first step to getting ahead in an unfair world.
But I digress.
In 2015, Adelson acquired the Las Vegas Review-Journal in a secret bid, after the newspaper published exposés about his empire. Last November, the paper rejected Trump’s effort to deny his loss to Joe Biden in Nevada, urging Trump to accept the result.
Don't like it? Publish your own newspaper!
And therein lies the key. We have a consensus in our society as to what "norms" are. And living outside these norms - and seeing norms change over time - you become acutely aware of this. Until fairly recently, we had a lot of "gatekeepers" in our society - gatekeepers who denounced fringe thinking on the Left and Right and kept oddball conspiracy theories, lies, and other odious views off-the-air and off the front page.