Ben Norton speaks with journalist Yasha Levine about how Silicon Valley has its origins in the US national security state and its Cold War on communism. We discuss the links between the United States government and Google, Facebook, and Tor; the far-right anti-China cult Falun Gong; and how Washington rapidly shifted from promoting “internet freedom” to censorship of alternative information.

We also talk about Adam Curtis’ documentary series Can’t Get You Out of My Head, and respond to questions from our patrons on Patreon.