We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's increasingly clear that the clerisy has decided that they are done pretending to tolerate independent voices.
They've put up with the enlightenment and it's openness for long enough, biting their tongues as they paid lip-service to the ideas of freedom and equality both in the realm of legal rights and the free exchange of ideas. Now that they've discovered that they can harness the miracle of private corporate monopoly power, they are impatient to put humanity back on a pre-enlightenment footing – one where the masses don't pretend to be equal to their betters.
The erasure of SSC is the loss of an incredible forum where rigorous thinkers traded in ideas for no other reason than love of the pursuit of understanding (and, with any luck, some measure of truth).
But the free exchange of ideas offends the clerisy. People ought to Know. Their. Place. (the filthy peons). And they certainly ought to know better than to go around thinking about things on their own, without the proper sort of direction and approval.
So now these new inquisitors (and a nasty pack of schoolmarms and suck-up hall monitors they are turning out to be) are loose among us, hunting out every last corner of uncontrolled discourse. Whatever they cannot have silenced by their accomplices in the BigTech monopoligarchies, they will pursue by other means – doxxing, cancelling, deplatforming, or demonetizing; and, as Scott mentioned in his farewell note, through more overt violence (like swatting), when the opportunity presents itself.