All factions, at certain points, succumb to the impulse to censor. But for the Democratic Party's liberal adherents, silencing their adversaries has become their primary project.
I'm grateful to you, Glenn. I would never recognize my own party now. I was a faithful Democrat in 2016 and I can't believe what has become of it. I can't believe we're living through this. What in the hell could they possibly be thinking? They're going to pressure Spotify to "cancel" Joe Rogan? They're completely insane.
Well, one thing's for sure...we know that Chelsea is, without doubt, Bill and Hillary's offspring. Just like her parents, she lacks the same gene that allows them/her to detect and feel irony, hypocrisy, and shame.
Censorship is always about caste, not content. Everything said by Correct People is correct by definition. Everything said by Incorrect People is incorrect by definition. Even when both castes are saying exactly the same words, it's still censorable when it's said by Incorrect People.
The majority of censorship shifted from R to D because the majority of the upper CASTE shifted from R to D in the '80s and '90s.
They need to censor, because their shitty ideas cannot survive open debate
Will someone please show me where in history, going back to whatever date one wishes, where the side which employed widespread censorship ended up being on the right side of history?
Neil Young made his living singing anti-government songs. Now he is against anyone who doesn’t spout the government narrative. Anyone think he perceives the irony. No, me neither.
I mentioned a Joe Rogan podcast to my liberal sister and brother-in-law at dinner one night and they both recoiled in horror that I would even mention his name. They shutdown the conversation immediately and would not listen for a second. Funniest part...they've never watched or listened to his show!
I am homeless. I am what I consider a social liberal and fiscal conservative. I seriously do not know where I belong. I am not pro- abortion, however I am on the same page as the old Hilary.. Safe, Legal and Rare. I believe that all people should be able to live their life as they please as long as their is not a victim at the end. People should be able to get married even if they are same sex. I am totally against biological men competing in sports against biological women. I am a mother.. not a birthing person or person who menstrurates. I am a woman. I am not down with pronouns. I would never deliberately offend someone. If they look like a woman I will probably say she, her.. If they look like a man.. I will probably say he, him.. If I am not sure I will probably say they, them.. This CRT stuff is beyond me. I am LEO so I am pro police. In 25 years as a police officer I have NEVER met a white supremacist. I have met skinheads etc... but they do not target people of color.. they just don't believe in mixing races. Are they POS's.. yes.. but they do not push Asian women in front of the subway or attack black men or women. I am vaxed and I think everyone should get the vax... but I am not unsafe because someone else chooses not to vax... I am totally anti-war.. Stay the eff out of other countries. The only reason for war these days is for people to make money and young men and women to die for no good reason. I am pro- immigration and against illegal immigration. I believe in secure borders. If we want open borders then we cannot be a welfare state. When the heck did the democrats become the elitist Wall Street folks and the Republicans become the party of the working person. When is it ever a good reason to vilify half the country because of political beliefs? When did the media become the cover for corruption in government? I hated Trump, but jeez... out of the last 5 Presidents he was the least corrupt? What the eff happened to free speech? Why does the loudest 7 % of the voices decide policy? Thank you Glenn, Bari and Matt and (I can't believe I am saying this) Bill Maher? Please keep speaking the truth. Maybe it will stick.
Great article Glenn! Keep up the good work. You are one of the few REAL journalists out there!
It's hilarious to see the reaction of my (many) liberal friends when I share content from Glenn or Joe Rogan. They reflexively assume that both are "alt-right conservatives" akin to Alex Jones. When I inform them that they are not, and in fact Rogan is a Bernie Sanders supporter, they can't process that information. It doesn't fit their small-minded world view, and their confusion is funny to watch. Sadly, they still want to silence those with whom they disagree--as Glenn notes, it's a religion with them.
Please put "liberals" in quotes. These are commie-fascists. *Everything* they say is Orwellian doubletalk and projection.
Well I hope Neil Young will remember
Spotify don't need him around anyhow...
Spotify makes exponentially more on Joe Rogan than they do on Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and all the hippies that once hated censorship but now live by it combined
Years ago, I warned anyone who would listen that the greatest threat to freedom in America was coming from the left, not the right. Most were incredulous, as leftist long purported themselves to be champions of tolerance and enlightened thinking. Now, anything that doesn't align itself with their dogma is "hate speech" and must be censored.
In short, leftists have become everything they ostensibly used to hate. i say ostensibly because I believe they've been this way for a long time, but were far better at concealing it.
With the advent of social media and the election of Donald Trump, they could no longer contain themselves.
When reality is against you, censorship is the only way you can keep the people from learning the truth. As the narrative has become so obviously frayed, the censors have to censor even harder.
Joe Biden's Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, during an interview with MSNBC, suggested that censoring Joe Rogan would help curb the flow of misinformation surrounding covid. This is akin to the mob stopping by your Italian restaurant to admire the décor, then proclaiming it would be a shame if something happened to it.
When corporations take their direction from government, there’s a word for that. It’s fascism. Not fake “Oh no Trump is a dictator” fascism, but honest-to-goodness fascism that says if you don’t hand over a wad of cash, something just might happen to your lovely little restaurant.
Your writing offers me hope in the midst of all darkness that has taken over virtually all our institutions.
All one hears on social media is that when Big Tech censors a post, it is fine because that is a “choice” a private company can make. It follows that it should be equally fine for other private companies such as Rumble or Substack to make a different choice. But for progressives, there is only one choice that is allowed. Hundreds of times I have heard these progressives say “if you dont like it, start your own”, but apparently it never occurred to them that this is exactly what would happen. There is a market in a free society for ideas skeptical of or contrary to official narratives, and they will find a place to be expressed, and, in a capitalist society, private companies will profit by providing a platform for them. That demand, and the financial incentives of our free market society ultimately ensures that the censors will be defeated. The progressive censors are a reactionary force that will be forever chasing the next thing that pops up - and the next thing will keep popping up - to platform ideas they oppose.