We know the Salem Witch trials finally stopped when they accused the colonial governor’s wife. It had gone too far. No longer was it just some random slave from Barbados put through the ringer, but a member of the ruling class. What does this lesson hold for the modern digital age?
Should we flag and report every video from those on social media who demand bannings and digital burnings? Should Oliver Darcy have every single tweet, post, and any video’s he’s ever been on flagged? Perhaps its at that point. Perhaps we should fight bannings by demanding the banning of those who called for it.
Yes it will be a nasty cycle of endless gang retaliation, but it’s not like there’s any implicit rules anymore which actually will be followed. Any moral high ground seems pointless to those without morals such as “free speech”. Conservatives may have had free speech problems in the 90s, but it’s seems like child’s play compared to socially woke tech giants and their enablers.
We all know that Alex Jones was banhammered off virtually every social media platform as well as some financial and commentary platforms with Apple starting the domino like ban that other woke companies would follow and collude Russian style together. Last but not least Twitter with it’s very clear and fairly enforced terms of service would finally cave, though they were already determined to ban Jones. Oops.
Their reason of choice would be for egregious “repeated” violations of that vague category of vehement disagreement and wrong opinions known as hate speech – whatever the hell that even means anymore. One man’s social justice leveling of the system is another man’s hate speech, right? Right? Of course not in the eyes of our overlord arbiters.
Let’s peak back a decade or so ago into the internet and social media and generously summarize it.
The early social media adapters of the mid to late 2000s originally thought it was just going to be them and their fellow like minded friends at the party. Leaving the door unlocked, they expected any newcomers to be exactly like them. Ideas would spread – ones that they approve of!
These new guests would and should eventually take up their worldviews and vision for what the future should be – one where social media would become the primary platform for political, cultural, and every other discussion of note to the consuming masses. They would be it’s cultivators, landlords, and controllers.
Then came “radicals” of all different stripes, plenty who weren’t advertiser friendly. Their established friends cried foul when their opinions – once held high beyond question – were publicly questioned. A new and ever expanding group of ists, isms and phobes were suddenly in their midst! Something had to be done.
A few years ago they finally realized that it wasn’t just going to be them and their friends espousing politically correct and polite opinions confirming their hegemony. Trump’s election would kick them into action as they strove to ensure that “fake news” couldn’t be used to deliver election results they didn’t like.
Now they must rule with an iron fist for public safety, cordial conversation, and to prevent “hate”. They do their part to stoke up mobs on the right side of history demanding the bannings of the “right” people. To help them in their bidding, they’ve got plenty of noteworthy woke actors, celebs, elites, etc. to issue calls for help which they of course must respond.
The First Amendment Doesn’t Apply to Corporations.
Yea we hear this a lot these days, often by people who demand insane amounts of regulations for every company under the sun. “But it’s their platform!” That good ole 1st amendment doesn’t apply to corporations and private businesses, only to government. Free speech doesn’t apply here!
Yet somehow Masterpiece Cakeshop doesn’t have a platform and has to bake that cake for that ONE specific wedding occasion, but Big Tech doesn’t have to allow “bigots” who tweet
controversy and unpopular opinions hate speech on their platforms. They can simply obfuscate their standards, how they apply them, and pretend that they and their employees have no bias.
“Start your own!” is what both progressives and neo-conservatives will say to the ever increased swath and field of “bigots” we are told when we complain about the double standard because it’s their platform.
Well numerous growing problems exist with that conclusion, namely that pretty much all dialogue and discussion of political issues in the modern digital age IS on social media – arguably this became the intent and purpose of Big Tech. They argue they aren’t a publishing platform, but they make determinations on what will and won’t be published. Essentially they want all the power, but none of the responsibilities.
It is now an established monopoly in which Big Tech destroys and hinders any startups through borderline illegal methods. Startups can’t even make headway now. 86% of web traffic goes through just google. Obviously we should break those up right, just as we did ?
Wait, no we shouldn’t? I guess the same people who oppose monopolies and demand they be broken oddly don’t apply that consistent logic here when they or those they support are exactly those said monopolies, but that’s not the subject matter for this insightful post; it’s the precedent itself that banks, corporations, and key cogs and companies that control how business is done or allowed to be.
Of course we all know it’s THEIR platforms.
So we try to start our own various platforms with new ideas and standards and run full steam into today’s version of hired union busting thugs. In fact when various “conservatives” and populists of various stripes have tried to start alternatives, the Big Tech monopoly uses its financial might and influence to crush and deplatform it – ensuring that competitors and a “free market” are slogans in obscure subreddits rather than actual possibilities in our day and age.
Remember what happened with Freestartr?
Freestartr has effectively been destroyed as a company because they cannot get funds processed because Big Tech monopolies have decided to punish them over not policing their content creators’ politics.
Read that again. Because they have free speech, their company is being destroyed. There is no free speech in America. This is exactly, in a nutshell, why libertarianism doesn’t work and there needs to be regulation. Discrimination on a scale like this hasn’t happened since the Jim Crow era. People’s livelihoods are now being taken away in the name of left wing politics by financial institutions. At what point are we going to seriously fight this?
Surprisingly and shockingly a number of these cantankerous titans of moral righteousness have voiced their support and encouragement of Jones’ banning. They’ve also encouraged and given a loud microphone to banning him on any the platforms he still resides. In the end their wishes came true.
Notice that our opponents aren’t just content to win this fight and specific battle. They are pushing fully ahead in this war and eyeing more scalps. It didn’t and won’t just stop with credit card companies and banks stopping services and refusing business with places tolerant progressives rant about on Twitter.
If you have an app, use amazon to sell books, or even use a kind of credit card, they are coming for you. No longer is it just about boycotts, but actually preventing us and other dissidents from paying the bills. If they could prevent Walmart from selling you groceries, soap, etc, Amazon which sells 83% of E-books, or the ComEd from selling you electric, they will and justify it by labeling you a bigot, ist, ism, and phobe.
Predictably they haven’t stopped with Jones. On their radar now appears to be other “conservative” fellows saying abominable offensive things that weren’t considered a radical opinion 15 years ago. Well that was then and this is now. So what the hell are we going to do?
New speech guidelines means that we need to implement new strategies to ensure that if our speech is determined by these overlords to be
dissenting “hateful”, disagreement “bigoted”, criticism “harassment”, or any other vague terms that change every few months, then every single word of their is too.
#MeToo? Then #YouToo as well. The Joker in The Dark Knight wanted to burn down Gotham because nothing mattered. If we burn social media down through it’s own “safety measures” via mutually ensured flagging destruction, there’s an actual end goal in mind; to show that progressives and conservatives must be allowed coexistence together or banned all together.
Perhaps Mike Cernovich is correct in his strategy to dig up dirt out there – and there’s alot of it – on the various grave diggers, muckrakers, and bottom feeders who talk about how bad sexual abuse, rape, ist, isms, and phobes but are all guilty of it themselves. For these types of people, it’s all about power. Our tactics must accommodate and adapt in light of this.
They don’t care about any moral high ground, so neither should you when dealing with them. That mean’s using #MeToo, passing awkwardness off as sexual harassment, and anything else that can be wielded against them. Skeletons abound among these virtue signaling kackistocrats. Dig them up and find them. We know they’ve been amassing them while #MeToo’ing the rest of us.
Now to be clear this means utilizing this tactic against those actively exploiting and using it, not against normal people living their lives who might have the wrong ideas on things. We don’t want to turn into monsters, we just need to be able to effectively fight the monsters instead of being eaten day-in-and-day-out.
It may be time to show these woke types on the right side of history and their tech giant backers that false flagging and calls for bans work both ways. What would happen if YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter were overwhelmed with reports and flags? What ensuing events would occur?
I’m not sure, but perhaps it’s time we found out. Hopefully at some point they, the grave diggers, hypocritical virtue signalers, and the mobs inhabiting their swamps realize that forgiveness and second chances are something that’s GOOD and necessary for a function society.