The Role of Alternative Media In order to understand what's at stake in the 2040 Election, we must understand the historic and present role of the Alternative Media. Mainstream Media has played a strong role in the shift of American Society toward Leftism between 1980s and 2016 and again between 2023 and early 2030s. For a long time, the Left owned almost all of Mainstream Media. They own newspapers like New York Times and Washington Post. They own most of Hollywood. The Left controls CNN, ABC News, BBC, PBS, CBS, MSNBC. Fox News is a mildly Conservative channel -- sort of controlled opposition. The rise of the Internet gave rise to true Opposition. The Opposition contains many fractions opposing the Left. The strongest and most numerous group is Strong Conservatives. Another group is Libertarian. Still another group is Classical Liberals -- we oppose Leftist Censorship and Identity Politics, yet we support Gun Control and helping all people in need. Classical Liberals are hated by the Left as a part of Opposition. Classical Liberals are begrudgingly tolerated by most Opposition -- to them caring for poor people and victims of guns seems Leftist. Some groups in Opposition are legitimately Hate Groups, but they make up a small minority. Nationalists of all sorts, Sovereign Citizens, and those believing in Social Darwinism are examples of such groups. Conservative resources such as InfoWars, Breitbart and figures such as PJW and Milo Yiannapolous gained big popularity. Since at least 2012, Leftists exerted strong pressure on all Social Media Platforms to ban all users and channels which Leftists find offensive. At first, Leftists attempts to censor the Internet were futile. For some time, Social Media Giants remained the Free Speech Fringe of the Free Speech Party and stood up to Leftist pressure. Most of Opposition believed that Social Media Giants are committed to Online Freedom and would not fold under pressure. Leftists doubled down in their demands for censorship. By 2015 the first few bans appeared. In 2016, censorship escalated. Nevertheless, very strong presence of Opposition was still online. In 2016, the Opposition attained a huge victory -- the election of President Trump Senior. For Conservatives, he was the Hero and King. For Classical Liberals he was the Lesser Evil. Classical Liberals would never agree with Conservative love of guns and opposition to helping people in need. Following President Trump Senior's victory in 2016, the Leftists understood the dangers of continued Free Speech. Their pressure on Social Media Giants escalated beyond any previous level. By 2020, all Social Media Giants came under Leftists' control and by 2023, their hegemony was enforced with great rigour. At first, the Opposition escaped to Alternative Social Media. YouTube refugees came to BitChute, Facebook refugees came to Minds.com, Reddit refugees came to Voat. All Alternative Social Media was destroyed during the Great Domain Name Purge of the early 2020s. Free Speech became a mere formality rather then Reality. Anyone who offended Leftists was certain to be fired from job, blacklisted and banned by all Social Media. The climate of fear was greater then ever before. Many Leftists claimed that complete censorship and the atmosphere of fear is not really censorship, but freedom for private companies. In reality, it was a new kind of Totalitarianism enforced by mobs and Media Giants rather then the State. Of course, any private company could ban anyone in 2014. In 2014, no one opposing the Left could expound his/her views on DemocraticUnderground. But America was still a Free Society -- a member of Opposition could express his/her views on any Social Media Giant and most of Internet. By 2024, there was no platform or domain name where anyone who disagrees with Leftists could express their views. Most people understood that Freedom is no more, although Leftists denied it. It is impossible to give an exact date or year when Freedom disappeared. It was a gradual process. Even though many of those opposing the Left claimed that Censorship demonstrates the weakness of Leftist positions, in reality the imposition of Censorship has been a major strategic victory for the Left. Censorship has been the greatest strength of any Totalitarian Hegemony from ancient slave-owners to some XXth Century Regimes to XXIst Century Leftists. In other words, the Leftist Hegemony was stronger then ever. As those banned by Leftist lost access to all platforms, they started working on developing Alternative Media. The new media consists of files send and shared by email, and sometimes by physical storage devices such as USBs. Censoring the exchange of emails over billions of real and anonymous accounts is an impossible task. The only drawback of Alternative Media is that real-time conversation is difficult. The files circulating in Alternative Media are .pdf text and meme files, .mp4 video files, and .mp3 audio files. Music videos are a popular genre. Another popular genre consists of video games in which Leftists are represented as monsters. Political groups persecuted by Leftists found an unexpected ally -- cyberpirates. Cyberpirates specialise in distribution and sale of copyrighted material ranging from songs and movies to software packages. Robotic Revolution and autonomous cars brought a huge boost to cyberpirates business. Even though most cyberpirates are either apolitical or mildly Liberal, many parties in opposition to the Left came into contact with them by sharing their channels of distribution. One feature separating the new Alternative Media from Opposition channels of 2010s is a much greater radicalisation of the new media. First, Alternative Media is bounded only by the First Amendment. American courts have interpreted Freedom of Speech much more broadly then the most permissive Social Media (YouTube) during it's most permissible time, like 2014. Second, many media creators became angrier after being unpersoned by Social Media giants. Third, the very format of the new media was conductive to radicalization -- in video games in which Leftists are represented as monsters they are defeated not by debate. Does Censorship work? Can the new media be censored like the old Social Media channels? Yes and No. Since early 2030s, Alternative Media is almost absent in UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Many materials distributed by Alternative Media fall within Hate Speech Laws. Very few people are willing to risk imprisonment in order to get Politically Incorrect Media. In USA, the growing exchange of Politically Incorrect material can not be stopped as long as it falls within the limits set by the First Amendment. Even material which would have been banned by the most permissive Social Media in 2014. As long as Alternative Media exists, Leftists keep losing in the Free Market of Ideas. As long as Alternative Media exists, more and more people view Leftists not just as opponents or someone who has different ideas, but as The Enemy. The new Alternative Media can not be destroyed by back-handed tricks used to destroy original Dissent in late 2010s and early 2020s. There is only one way to destroy Alternative Media -- by repealing the First Amendment. 2040 -- what's at stake? The Leftists understand that if Alternative Media is allowed to exist up to 2044, let alone 2048, then it will not ever be defeated. The Free Market of Ideas will win and Leftists will suffer defeat after defeat. There is only one way to stop Alternative Media -- by repealing the First Amendment. The task is difficult but not impossible. Two generations of Americans have been taught about the horrors of Hate Speech. Not one but two generations of College Students strongly oppose any speech offensive to Leftists -- including Microaggressions. If AOC wins in 2040, then the Left wins. If DTJ wins in 2040, then the Left loses. Only time will tell.