In 2012, I was described by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be “among the biggest spinners of conspiracy theories in the United States.”
So, what conspiracy theory did the SPLC call me out on? It’s a bit of forgotten and ignored history. The FBI infiltrated and controlled the Ku Klux Klan in the 1960s.
It is the SPLC’s job to conflate alternative news—that is to say news not covered by the establishment media—with hatred and bigotry. It has worked with the Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement to push its agenda. The rotted cherry on its putrid pile of lies, mischaracterizations, and defamation is the accusation—now taken as fact by the establishment media—that we’re somehow in cahoots with Putin and the Russians.
On June 20, a group of organizations announced they will sue the SPLC for defamation of character. “Editors, CEOs, shareholders and consumers alike are on notice: anyone relying upon and repeating its misrepresentations is complicit in the SPLC’s harmful defamation of large numbers of American citizens who, like the undersigned, have been vilified simply for working to protect our country and freedoms,” they wrote in a joint statement.
The elite will protect their prized assets and the SPLC is near the top of the list. Lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits will not put a stop to propaganda designed to denounce “conspiracy theorists.” The Russian political influence accusation—currently one of the largest conspiracy theories making the rounds—may have run out of steam, but this will not stop the state from targeting individuals and organizations.
I don’t believe in defamation lawsuits. The SPLC has the right to publish whatever nonsense it wants. It can’t control what people think and say about me. A person’s reputation, as Murray Rothbard pointed out, “is purely a function of the subjective attitudes and beliefs about him contained in the minds of other people.”
Leah Nelson, the person who wrote disparagingly of me at the Southern Poverty Law Center, didn’t punch me in the face, or steal my car. “I don’t own my reputation (it consists of the thoughts of others about me), thus there is no wrong committed against my property rights,” writes Walter E. Block. It’s not the same as somebody breaking into my house and stealing a television or computer.
This lawsuit will not shut down the state’s campaign to silence its critics. The SPLC will not be driven into bankruptcy. The corporate media will not cover this lawsuit or give much credence to the threat to hold “editors, CEOs, shareholders and consumers alike” responsible for telling lies. It’s an exercise in futility.
For now, we will continue to be allowed to exercise our right to free speech. It looks like those days, however, are drawing to a close. If Democrats take back in Congress later this year and a Democrat is elected president in 2020, the attack on journalism will escalate.
If you want to prevent this, change as many minds as possible. It will be a herculean task, but one worth the effort. The lies and defamation will not be stopped by lawsuits tied up in courts for years. It will only stop when you refuse to believe the lies and omissions of the state—and when you stop electing those who make the persecution of individuals speaking their minds possible.