Culture Wars/Current Controversies

First They Came For the Douche-Bags

By Nicky Reid aka Comrade Hermit

Censorship has never been more hip. All the kids are doing it, all the cool ones anyway. Someone tweets something spicy and they go running to Big Brother to set things straight. And why not? The adults are doing it too, or at least the people who call themselves adults in the legacy media do. After centuries of covering civil wars, Red Scares, and Nixonian scandals, our gilded Fourth Estate has rendered themselves to the status of a bunch of snot-nosed, apple snitching kids crying foul whenever some pedestrian steps on their feelings or questions their inalienable right to zeitgeist supremacy. I speak of coarse of the latest Stalinist purges being undertaken on social media juggernauts like Facebook and Twitter in the name of protecting our precious bodily fluids from a dastardly Slavic midterm conspiracy that everyone is apparently too terrified to prove exists.

So far the victims of this purge have mostly been douche-bags like that rambling boil with teeth, Alex Jones. But that’s how it starts and we’ve already gotten a taste of how it ends. After verbally spanking one too many corporate news jackass (some chickenshit stringer from the New York Times), State Department whistle-blower and fifth degree black belt smart-ass, Peter Van Buren was given the Twitter death penalty and permanently removed from the sites recorded history, just as easy as clipping Yezhov from a photograph. In a rampant spree of crypto-fascist overkill a couple of other fine upstanding civil libertarians, Scott Horton who still refuses to publish me at (not that I’m pissed about it!) and Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute, where slapped in the purgatory penalty box just for coming to the poor bastards defense.

This all suites the virtue signalling martyrs of the “free” press just fine. Guys like Peter have devoted their lives to debunking their bullshit. At the time of his expulsion Peter was crashing the pity party being thrown by those self-fellating imbeciles in the wake of our techno-Tourette’s stricken president’s latest tweet lashing the mainstream media as the “enemy of the people” (Stalin’s wraith seems to be quite active these days). Peter was not-so-politely reminding these perpetual victims that our dear leader made one accurate point- that you motherfuckers start wars with your propaganda. The righteous indignation of these very war-whores, caught with their hand in the hypocrisy jar, was almost laughably absurd. As was their total stone-blindness to the fact that this kind of obnoxiously clueless behavior is precisely what allows morons like Donald Trump and Alex Jones to prosper from its blowback. I’d probably still be fucking laughing if a hadn’t read 1984 in 8th grade.


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  1. My main objection to Alex Jones, and the reason why I despise him despite simultaneously standing for his freedom of speech, is not his hatred and hostility as such. Hatred as such is a natural emotional response to being subjected to oppression. I think anyone here needs to read this text by Denis Rancourt, a Canadian academician and radical:

    Yet hatred became ugly when it is misguided, when it is directed not on the ones who do genuinely oppress others, but simply on the persons and groups who are perceived as “Other” in the eyes of the hating individual; when everything bad on the world is being blamed on imaginary boogeymen – and yet these products of imagination are simultaneously projected on the actual living people who has nothing to do with the imaginative individual’s oppresssion. I mean the cases when people become objects of someone’s hate because of their race or ethnicity. Or gender and sexual orientation. Or their age. Or their religious beliefs and spirtual practices (as long as these beliefs and practices do not involve genuinely oppressing others). Or their political, economic and social positions and affliations (as long, again, such positions and affiliations do not require genuinely oppressing others). Or their scientific and scholarly theories and experiments (as long as their experiments do not involve torture of humans – or living beings in general).

    And Alex Jones is the walking epitome of such badly misguided hatred. Effectively, he appears to hate anyone who diffres from him in some respect, be it views about the society, or preferences in culture, or country of origin, without any valid reason to. So, his job – seemingly, his self-willingly chosen life-mission! – is to unhinge his creative imagination so far and wild that he may find a “reason” to hate anyone around, to “prove” to himself – and, what is ugly, to his numerous followers – that the whole cathegories of people “deserve” to be hated. While, in fact, the only reason for Jones and his fans to hate them is their desire to find someone to blame for the misery they feel – and for the oppression to that they are genuinely subjected.

    And this is what is also important to understand: not everything Jones says is wrong, and not always his hatred is misguided. His furious attacks on the police state – the ones with that he once apparenly started his career – are genuinely justified and fully adequate. The problem is, they are mixed with such amount of ire that is utterly unjustified and inadequate – or, more precisely, justified by, and corellates with, only with the products of Jones’ creative imagination specifically produced to “justify” it – that his “InfoWars” became very much useless as an alternative news and analysis source. Its only use for the people is to find some “reason” to be hostile to the ones who done nothing to deserve it.

    Unfortunately, Jones is not the unique phenomenon. The misguided hatred is very common nowadays, across the whole political spectrum. Not only xenophobic and reactionary Right-wingers like Alex Jones, but the Centrists raging about “populsim” and “conspiracism” and demanding cernorship and repression, and – most sadly – supposedly “progressive” SJW-type Left-wingers too eager to brand a “fascist” (and physically attack) anyone who differs from them on anything are adding to the pool of mutual hostility. A pool that, in the end, are useful to no one but the real, genuine oppressors who are happy to see their subordinates hating and fighting each other, instead of organising to overthrow their oppressors with the rage that, in this case, would be truly adequate and useful.

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