The Social Media Crackdown Is Hitting Our People

You know the story: Alex Jones was just hit with an obviously coordinated attack, having most of his podcasts de-listed by Apple, his presence removed from YouTube, and various other social media strikes.

I know these are private companies. I also know I’m allowed to criticize what private companies do. (I’m further aware that some people argue that the companies aren’t quite private, but that’s a discussion for another day.)

Jones was punished for “hate speech.”

No examples were given.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) chimed in that we need more bans like this in order to save “our democracy.”

My reply on Twitter:

With the hysterical term “white supremacist” used to refer to virtually anyone the left dislikes, and with even some self-described libertarians deranged enough to insinuate that Ron Paul staffers may have been Nazi sympathizers, there really isn’t much of a limit to what might be demonized as “hate speech.”

And with senators like Chris Murphy, you have a sense of what life will be like the more power the left gets. Real Dissent: A Libert... Thomas E. Woods Jr. Best Price: $8.48 Buy New $7.93 (as of 03:10 EST - Details)

By the way:

Yesterday Scott Horton, the libertarian foreign-policy expert, was suspended from Twitter. So was Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Peter Van Buren, formerly of the State Department and a two-time guest on my show, seems to have been eliminated entirely.

I’ve talked to the creators of and Gab on my podcast, and it’s long past time to look into those.

I intend to stay on the major outlets, since my general principle is that I want to reach people.

But folks: remember those fashionable libertarians who tried to pretend that p.c. was no big deal, just a phony problem invented by the right wing?

Good thing you don’t subscribe to their newsletter.

Political Theatre

LRC Blog

LRC Podcasts