Since early August, the Alex Jones YouTube channel has been displaying a single line of text:
This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
It’s a bit surreal. A bit like living in East Germany in the Ulbricht era. You may only listen to Authorised State Broadcasters. And you need to keep your radio set hidden under the floorboards.
One result is that I’ve been watching and listening to people who haven’t been banned yet. For example Lionel Nation, who hasn’t been banned on YouTube yet:
“We are in – America is in – the midst of what is a civil war.”
And yesterday I was listening to Ann Coulter on Breitbart News, saying things like:
“He [Trump] is a representative of what they hate about America, which is Americans.”
“the tiny little area where there is still free speech and you can get an alternative point of view is on the internet”
“I feel like we’re living in Orwell’s 1984”
“I used to be able to go on the Today show, Good Morning America, Leno, Ferguson… Now I can’t even get on Fox News.”
So Ann Coulter is getting banned too. Or she’s no longer being invited on US mainstream TV shows. So she shows up on Breitbart instead, for a half hour conversation.
The same applies to lots of other people.. Michael Savage is probably banned as well. He’s banned from even entering the UK
I suppose the idea is that every dissenting voice is to be silenced. And you won’t ever hear Alex Jones or Michael Savage or Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or Jordan Peterson or Marc Morano again. And you’ll only be able to watch CNN or MSNBC or BBC, because there’ll be nothing else to watch. And that’s the way the Democrats are going to win the upcoming mid-term elections in November: Just keep all the conservatives off the air. That way they’ll create a Blue Wave, capture the House and Senate, and impeach Donald Trump, which is the only thing they want to do, because nothing else matters.
Will it work? Maybe it will.
But there are a lot of voices out there on the internet. It’s not actually “a tiny little area” like Ann Coulter said. It’s a huge area, and it’s expanding daily. And as soon as one person is banned, two more people – or ten more people – will replace them. And in some ways getting banned is the best thing that can happen to anyone. It draws attention to them.
It’s the same with banning books. It only makes people want to read them.
It’s the same with banning smoking. It just draws attention to it. It makes people want to try it. What’s so terrible about it? I must find out. Mmmm, that was nice.
Anyway, now I need to put my radio set back in its hiding place under the third step on the stairs, before the Thought Police arrive.