I purchased a new vehicle a couple of weeks ago. Since then, I’m seeing Nissan Versa Notes everywhere (and they are not terribly common). We’ve all experienced this sensation before: we learn a new word, for example, and suddenly we hear it spoken frequently, when before it went unheard.
That’s the phenomenon I’m experiencing this morning: no sooner did I write about Big Tech’s crippling control over our freedom of speech, e-mail service Mailchimp unceremoniously dumped Internet philosopher and YouTube personality Stefan Molyneux. Molyneux hosts Freedomain Radio, which bills itself as “the world’s number one philosophy show.”
I’ve listened to a lot of Molyneux’s videos. He’s not my favorite commentator, and he can be a bit rambling (not that I can judge him too harshly for that), but his demeanor and style are endearing, and his output is insanely prolific. Within hours of a major news event, he’ll have a detailed, lengthy video breaking down the relevant information. On top of all that, he hosts a live call-in show, from which he’ll derive videos that often ninety minutes in length. It helps that his callers often have entertainingly tragic problems.
After consuming probably 50+ hours of Molyneux’s commentary, I can safely say he is not a white nationalist, “Alt-Right,” or whatever moniker the Left is throwing at our side these days. Yet that’s precisely the allegation against him from a handful of Twitter trolls and activists.
My brother and I were discussing Molyneux’s lurid Wikipedia entry last night. Read it yourself; it’s a hit-job masquerading as facts. The message is clear, at least to us: if you’re anywhere to the right of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Joseph Stalin (but I repeat myself), you’re painted as a racist and a bigot in the most salacious of terms.
The Wikipedia entry also alleges that Molyneux’s online community is “a cult”—a patently ludicrous claim. Yes, yes—no one who is in a cult knows they’re in a cult. But I can confidently state that, from the content I’ve consumed, there is precious little cult-like about Molyneux’s videos. One of the sources Wikipedia cites is from The Times, in which a young man left his family based on Molyneux’s advice. That seems like a cherry-picked outlier.
Indeed, most of the sources are from Left-leaning publications that are merely repeating unsubstantiated claims. It’s a maddening progressive tactic: Leftists make wild allegations about a conservative personality, then other Leftist publications pick up the unfounded claims and print them as “evidence” of their truth. It’s the laziest form of journalism possible, but also the most destructive.
The genial Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin) has a great, short YouTube video about the Molyneux deplatforming that is quite good:
We should always vet modern-day e-Sophists carefully. There are many folks out there selling snake oil. I don’t agree with everything Molyneux puts out there, but he’s built a successful program and offers a great deal of practical advice. Sure, he’s interested in the effects of IQ on people’s outcomes. That’s a really interesting question. Pondering and researching it doesn’t make you a bigot or a “white nationalist.”
Baseless accusations and mudslinging are destroying our body politic. Big Tech is hastening that destruction with their whinging cowardice. The Twitter mobs are full of empty rhetoric and Leftist bromides—poison for our nation and our liberty.