Gab.com operates on one rule: if political speech is legal in the United States, that speech is allowed on Gab.com.
Companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix, Patreon, Square, and Stripe disagree with this proposition, and believe not only that it is morally correct to dictate to Internet users what opinions we are and are not allowed to hold, but that it is morally correct to deplatform any company that disagrees with the California consensus, and actively suppress opinions, as well as the people who express them, where their users’ beliefs don’t accord with corporate interests.
As a result, Netflix now pulls comedy shows that offend Saudi monarchs, Twitter removes content of journalists and human rights activists in Pakistan, and Patreon kicks off conservatives and libertarians in the United States.
Human beings hold, and in America they have the freedom to express, a very wide range of incompatible opinions. At Gab we believe, as former President Obama put it, that “the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression, it is more speech.” The only thing censorship accomplishes is the elimination of reasoned argument and self-sorting into filter bubbles.
People everywhere are waking up to the significant danger of allowing banks and large technology companies to police their opinions and what they are and are not allowed to see.
Who would have thought the Internet is turning certain corners of itself into speakeasies in the western world? In China or Saudi Arabia, it’s expected. But in our corner of the freedom-loving world?
Bottom line is that our freedoms have been eroded over the last few decades. This is mostly related to Identity Politics.
This is the idea that if you are (not-white / not-male) you should have more rights because you have been unfairly born into a group of people that have disadvantages.
I used to joke that we needed a lesbian, black, disabled, female prime minister just tick all the boxes. Comedy often portends the future without intending to do so.
This too will pass, of course. But I hope it will be implemented in a generation or two by people who feel they have been given a really unfair start in life.
What I fear is that it will change by a serious collapse in western culture. This may bring a void where non-western cultures will, perhaps forcefully, fill the gap.
Freedom is not free.
We’re heading for a lot of bloodshed.
Living in New Zealand, and at my age, by the time this manifests, I can probably just lock the fence, draw the blinds and live my remaining days mostly oblivious of what’s happening in the real world.
I hope my white male children find a solution that doesn’t require them to die to protect the lives of people who wish they didn’t really exist in the first place.