It is impossible to define “white nationalism.” It is also impossible to define “hate speech,” that is unless you’re a Democrat senator or a CNN talking head.
One person’s hate speech is another person’s right to practice the First Amendment. I am free to say whatever ridiculous thing crosses my mind, according to the Bill of Rights. It’s up to you, the listener or reader, to decide if I’m a racist or sexist idiot. It’s not up to Congress, members of which swore to uphold rights enumerated in that document. It’s up to you, the individual.
If you are offended—and so many are these days—it is your prerogative to not listen, watch, or read.
Enter Senator Mark Warner. The Democrat from Virginia recently pounced on a favored scapegoat—YouTube.
“Congress has focused a great deal on the ways in which Russian operatives exploited Twitter and Facebook in 2016, but an underdeveloped area has been the extent to which YouTube has been used by a range of bad actors, including far-right groups, to facilitate targeted harassment, spread extremist content, and radicalize an entire generation of young users,” Warner told The Hill.
Forget the idiocy of pushing the widely debunked and frankly absurd conspiracy theory about Russia and US elections. Instead, let’s concentrate on Warner’s use of the term “far-right.” Beyond stereotypical Nazis marching and guys in white bedsheets burning crosses, this term is open for interpretation depending on your political beliefs.
Anyone to the right of Main Street Republicans may be considered “far-right”—and, depending on your particular indoctrination, they may even be white nationalists and closet Nazis. It is all quite subjective.
If you hold political ideas in contrast to those of the state, you’re naturally an extremist. As a “bad actor,” you will instinctively “facilitate targeted harassment, spread extremist content, and radicalize an entire generation of young users.”
I had a good chuckle at this last part. Democrats and their colleagues on the other side of the aisle believe most Americans have the cognitive ability of a Down syndrome victim. Chromosome 21 is missing, therefore the state must tell you what to think and how to emote against designated enemies. For the average American, simply logging on the internet or perusing social media will result in “radicalization,” according to our public servants.
So, who engages in hate speech?
According to The Hill, Steven Crowder does. He said something un-nice about Vox Media journalist Carlos Maza. If you want details on this pointless and excessively ridiculous go-around, read The Hill story linked above.
Crowder is hardly out there in the twilight on the fringe. He’s a former contributor at Fox News, a former voice actor on the PBS Kids children’s cartoon, Arthur, and is frequently featured on The Glenn Beck Program and The Dana Show.
Let’s call Mr. Crowder what he is—merely another talking (or babbling) head placed between adverts for medical prescriptions you probably don’t need (but you should ask your government-regulated doctor about regardless).
Warner and the Dems are pissed that YouTube has not dumped Crowder and others of his kind for the crime of saying less than pleasant things about their political foes.
Of course, the corporate media does this every day—especially in regard to Donald Trump—but that’s different. A Bernie supporter shooting up Republicans during baseball practice is a natural response to Trump’s tweets. Like the work of Antifa, this crime is nothing more than a response to fascism and Nazis.
Crowder might be a clown—am I engaging in hate speech?—but that’s beside the point. Some of us know the real purpose for attaching the hate speech denotation to targeted individuals.
The state is now faux left. It exploits the collectivist idiocy of identity politics to control the speech and political activism of “bad actors,” that is to say those of us criticizing a crony capitalist state that serves the interests of corporations and international banks.
But then that makes me a bad actor and even an antisemite because everybody knows criticizing bankers is shorthand for hatred of Jews.