Internet Free Speech Is Vanishing – Prepare For It
As I explained in detail here, I am a free speech absolutist. I believe you should be able to say literally anything you want without any government preventing you. People can certainly sue you for libel and slander, but that’s not the government. I also explained that both right-wingers and left-wingers hate free speech (though these days, left-wingers hate it more) even though they often pretend otherwise.
Last year I talked about how net neutrality will eventually limit the free speech of people on the internet who voice controversial opinions. This was just one small step in a larger direction that all of society is moving towards; that of cracking down on free speech.
A few months ago, Milo Yiannopoulos, messiah of the alt-right (yes, this man is worshipped like Jesus; alt-right pundits like Vox Day use his picture for their Twitter images, Gavin McInnes actually shaved his beard and dyed his hair blonde to look like him, etc) was famously banned from Twitter because he insulted a celebrity. Many other public figures were far more guilty of things than the ones Milo said on Twitter, but they weren’t banned, because Milo’s views are controversial.
A few weeks ago, Scott Adams discovered that Twitter had shadowbanned him, meaning that he could see his tweets but much of his followers could not. This happened because Twitter leans left and Scott talks about Donald Trump a lot. Note, he doesn’t even agree with Trump’s politics, and never endorsed Trump for president (until about a week or two ago; Scott is an erratic guy and changes his mind a lot).
Recently, YouTube created a huge uproar when they started demonetizing thousands of videos from content providers, then created a new program that actually rewards people for flagging videos they didn’t like. This program is parodied here:
YouTube will now not let you monetize (receive any money from advertising) if your video includes any of the following content:
Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor
Make a dick joke? NOT ALLOWED!
Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism
Comment on a scene from your favorite action movie? Discuss a historical war or tragedy? NOT ALLOWED!
Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language
Use any bad language? Say the word “shit?” NOT ALLOWED!
Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items
Talk about how you like to smoke weed? NOT ALLOWED!
Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown
Report on any news story in any way that YouTube doesn’t like? NOT ALLOWED!
Left-wing YouTube channels I like, like the Amazing Atheist, and right-wing channels I like, like Steven Crowder, have all been affected by this. As just one example, Crowder had many videos demonetized because he said the word “gun.”
This is creepy, insane shit is now becoming the norm.
I have always been planning on doing a regular series of YouTube videos, and I still will, but I will no longer plan on getting any actual income from YouTube advertising, which is unfortunate. Instead, I’ve been forced to revamp my entire video plan to ensure my videos make money by creating sales of my other products and services, since YouTube no longer allows you to make money on advertising unless you talk about…well, I don’t know. Unicorns and rainbows maybe?
Like all growing trends, this anti-free speech culture will get worse.
On October 1st, ICANN, the organization that handles domain names and internet DNS, was released from the control of the NTIA, a subset of the US Department of Commerce. This is a good thing, because free market control is always better than government control. However, in this case, it may not be a good thing, because the odds are now very high that ICANN may be put under the power of the United Nations which does not respect the free speech laws of the US Constitution. This means free speech-hating nations like Russia, China, and suicidal Europe may be placed in charge of what domains and web sites will be allowed to operate. Stephan Molyneux made some videos about this here and here.
If you hate free speech, then you’ll be very happy over the next few years as the free speech of the internet, including blogs, news sites, video sites, and social media, becomes more and more curtailed, turning the once free internet into a quasi-authoritarian happy-zone where no controversial ideas are ever discussed, where news is limited, and where education of the masses is stifled.
As I explain in my book, one of the reasons I own three businesses is that if laws change to make one or two of them impossible (or too difficult) to run, I’ll be covered. One of my three businesses is making money selling information via blogs like this, discussing highly controversial, and often unpopular topics.
It’s entirely possible, actually it’s likely, that 10-20 years from now, most of the topics I discuss on a regular basis on my blogs and in my books won’t be allowed on the internet at all. Nice. This is despite the fact that I have a readership of over a million men per year. I may have to either shut down this business, or move it do some quasi-illegal black market segment of the internet with a much smaller audience (like the dark web) which won’t help nearly as many people, and may not be worth my time and effort.
I’m not happy about this, but it’s in my long-term business plan. Such is the case when you live in a slowly collapsing society.
This is what happens when left-wingers take control of the narrative, and when you restrict free speech because your fragile, pussy ego can’t handle listening to opposing opinions.
I hope you’re going to be happy with the end result.