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Gay Jewish Former Dem Dave Rubin’s Event Gets 86’d by Antifa Threats and Accusations that He’s Neo-Nazi Recruiter

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It seems the world’s gone crazy, and we’ve hopped an ark, pushing off from the mainland of words that mean things and reaching the shores of Nonsense Island.

Therefore, now “immigrant” is the political and media word for “someone who chooses to enter the U.S. through means other than immigration” (here), “inclusive” means “an exclusive point of view” (here), and “anti-fascism” means “fascism” (here and here).

And often, it seems, “conservative” just means “Nazi psycho.”

Maybe it’s time to shake the English Etch-a-Sketch and start all over.

Let’s come up with words that actually mean the thing the words actually mean; that’d be nice.

Until then, a pro-fascism group which bafflingly calls itself Antifa(scism) continues its fascistic terrorism.

Hence, gay former Democrat (and great guy to check out) Dave Rubin has announced that his upcoming September 29th event with People’s Party of Canada leader and Canadian Prime Minister candidate Maxime Bernier at Hamilton, Canada’s Mohawk College has been canceled.

The decision was made due to threats by Antifa. That would be, the decision was made due to threats by blackmaskedviolent fascists.

Another reason for the cancellation: an article in The Hamilton Spectator labeling Dave a “far-right YouTube personality.”

Rubin called the piece nuts:

The evolving “classic liberal” host blasted the article’s author, Evan Balgord, who’s also the Executive Director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network.

More backward word usage?

The normally strikingly civil Dave had some interesting usage himself, such as “sniveling” and “weasel.”

I’d say that isn’t hard to understand, given this incredible statement in the article:

Dave Rubin is a far-right YouTube personality and a significant part of a radicalization process ushering people into the neo-Nazi movement, according to a recently published study out of Cornell University which analyzed 79 million comments and over 330,000 videos to track the effect.

I have a response: Nah-ah.

Here’s Dave’s:

Speaking to the Post Millennial, Rubin said he doesn’t know what happened:

“I don’t know where these threats came from, nor who the ‘journalist’ who wrote this ridiculous piece of fiction is. I was looking forward to talking to Maxime about freedom and liberty in front of hundreds of good people. I intend to be at the event as expected.”

Here’s another bit from the goofy write-up:

Hamilton is a front-line of hate group vs. anti-racist and anti-Fascist action in Canada, and the PPC’s decision to have the event at Mohawk during the election is deliberate. Many in their base hate anti-racists and anti-fascists and share fantasies of fighting them and watching them be arrested. By inviting a demonstration against their event the PPC is feeding red meat to their base.

The Daily Wire describes more about the article, which doth hath dumbness:

Balgord limned PPC as racist, writing, “So many PPC supporters and organizers have been exposed as bigots, members or supporters of hate groups, radical conspiracy theorists, or full-blown neo-Nazis that it’s hard to keep count.” Then he segued to Rubin, who is gay and Jewish, sniping that he is “a significant part of a radicalization process ushering people into the neo-Nazi movement, according to a recently published study out of Cornell University …” He continued, “Either would be counter-demonstrated in Hamilton, and with the current environment it promises to be tense. Mohawk can expect anti-racists to show up and their own students to demonstrate.”

The editorial encouraged the college to cancel despite the country’s Freedom of Speech policy, due to safety and security issues.

There used to be a phrase: “the American conversation.” It seems we’re losing that, as opponents of ideas — including ones of which they’re actually unaware — appear to increasingly want to place duct tape over mouths that might speak them. On Twitter, users block contrary voices, and Google takes what you look at on the web and feeds it right back to you the next time you search.

The above story, of course, takes place in Canada; but it mirrors the trajectory of our land to the south.

In my opinion, we’d all be a lot better off if less time was spent trying to prevent speech and more investment was made in listening.

-ALEX

 

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Amid Absolute Absurdity, Thursday’s Debate Spotlighted America as a Shining City Upon a Hill

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During Thursday night’s Democratic debate — due to which Dave Rubin lamented he picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue — there was, as expected, mucho goofiness.

Our rich Uncle Bernie called Trump the most dangerous president in history:

And Beto O’Rourke — who seems absolutely hellbent on losing as steeply as is mathematically possible — taped what BlazeTV called a campaign ad for Donald Trump. The anti-privileged millionaire privileged millionaire vowed to take away your hunting rifles because, prior to now, “they’ve” been allowing you to shoot each other:

But there was at least one great thing offered during Thursday night’s showout blowout: Andrew Yang’s truly American story, about an actual immigrant participating in actual immigration — that would be, rather than what many Democrats and media figures have been inaccurately calling “immigration,” which is in fact its opposite.

In a bizarre move, the term has of late been employed to mean “choosing to not take part in our immigration system.”

But Andrew conjured it correctly. His origins are inspiring:

“My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor. And now, his son is running for president. That is the immigration story that we have to be able to share with the American people.”

Andrew truly is proof that the American dream is alive and well for those who believe in a better life — in this greatest country on earth, what Ronald Reagan called “a shining city upon a hill”:

Being that — were he to receive the nomination — he would ultimately face the GOP incumbent, Andrew understandably tried to contrast himself with Trump. Unfortunately, he did so in a way that made absolutely no sense, given that the purpose of a border barrier is to prevent people from sneaking into the country, not keep people from actually immigrating:

“[I] am the opposite of Donald Trump in many ways. He says, ‘Build a wall;’ I’m going to say to immigrants, ‘Come to America, because if you come here, your son or daughter can run for president. The water’s great.’”

A wall doesn’t keep out immigrants; immigrants come in through immigration. Oh well, it was a Democratic debate; rightfulness could only last so long.

Nonetheless, his story is inspiring. And here’s a bonus: While some on the far Left — including the mayor of New York — have claimed America “was never great”…

…Andrew praised the U.S. and spoke of its “continued” success:

“This country has been a magnet for human capital for generations. If we lose that, we lose something integral to our continued success.”

America is indeed a nation of immigrants, and Andrew Yang is a reminder of that.

It’d be great to see more similar moments during the debates; lamentably, we’re more likely to hear Julián Castro champion taxpayer-funded abortions for men who would otherwise eject infants from their peeholes(?):

Goobers gonna goob.

-ALEX

 

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Rogue Democrat: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Tells Dave Rubin She Supports Third Trimester Abortion Restrictions

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, speaks during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Wednesday, July 31, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has made it clear during her run for president that she is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers and buck the Democratic establishment in order to shake things up in the race for the nomination for president.

As Brandon Morse noted yesterday, she’s come out against impeaching President Trump, a position that is at odds with a growing number of her Democratic colleagues in Congress. Impeachment, she noted in an interview with Greta Van Susteren, would “tear our country apart.”

Gabbard also sat down this week with Dave Rubin to talk about a wide range of issues. One topic of particular interest was the issue of abortion and how far left the Democratic party has gone:

…Gabbard agreed that abortion should not be legal during the third trimester unless a medical emergency necessitated it. Though she tends to think of abortion as a “libertarian” would, she disagrees with the Democratic Party’s mantra that there should be open, easy access to abortions any time and any place.

“I think that there should be some restrictions,” she said. When asked what her “cutoff point” would be, Gabbard replied, “I think the third trimester. Unless a woman’s life or severe health consequences is at risk, then there shouldn’t be an abortion in the third trimester.”

Gabbard also stated during the interview that abortion is not an option she would choose for herself:

“You know, for me personally, I would not make that choice for myself. But I don’t believe I should be telling anybody else the kinds of decisions they should make for themselves or for their family.”

Watch the abortion segment of the interview below:

Gabbard’s position on abortion restrictions in the third trimester, which is a view most Americans across the political spectrum share, will now make her even more of an outcast and extremist within her own party.

This in spite of the fact that she stands with them on the vast majority of issues related to abortion and so-called “abortion care.” This in spite of the fact that it is actually their position, which goes so far as to advocate for post-birth abortion, that is extreme.

“It’s sad that we’re at a point where we have to praise the sole Democratic candidate who’s willing to regulate some abortions late in pregnancy, but good for Tulsi,” tweeted pro-life writer Alexandra DeSanctis. “I hope she doesn’t back down when the pro-abortion mob comes for her.”

Indeed.

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We’re All Hitler Now

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If you believe in using reason and debate to arrive at sound conclusions, congrats, you are now basically Hitler.

That’s the the logic being applied by a series of recent spate of op-eds over at The Washington Post. The line of thinking goes something like this. Hitler ate steak. You eat steak. Therefore, you are obviously Hitler. Makes sense, right?

My colleague streiff covered one of these articles a few days ago, which sought to connect those who argue with logic and facts to the slave owners of the Antebellum South.

Here’s another excerpt from the article itself to give you an idea of how specious the reasoning is. Dang it, there I go citing reason again, which obviously makes me a fascist.

These are figures who typically dislike President Trump but often say they’re being pushed rightward — sometimes away from what they claim is their natural leftward bent — by intolerance and extremism on the left. The reasonable right includes people like Shapiro and the radio commentator Dave Rubin; legal scholar Amy Wax and Jordan Peterson, the Canadian academic who warns about identity politics; the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt; the New York Times columnist Bari Weiss and the American Enterprise Institute scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, self-described feminists who decry excesses in the feminist movement; the novelist Bret Easton Ellis and the podcaster Sam Harris, who believe that important subjects have needlessly been excluded from political discussions. They present their concerns as, principally, freedom of speech and diversity of thought. Weiss has called them “renegade” ideological explorers who venture into “dangerous” territory despite the “outrage and derision” directed their way by haughty social gatekeepers.

The reasonable right’s rhetoric is exactly the same as the antebellum rhetoric I’d read so much of. The same exact words. The same exact arguments. Rhetoric, to be precise, in support of the slave-owning South.

The Washington Post wasn’t done though. Less than a day later, they pushed out another piece, this time asserting that those who seek honest debate are actually just doing what Nazi Germany did.

Excerpts via the Washington Examiner.

“A call to debate may seem intellectual, even civilized,” she continued. “In theory, well-structured and respectful debates are an ideal opportunity to reach an audience that isn’t fixed in its views. In reality, however, most ‘debate me’ types seem to view them mainly as a chance to attack their opponent’s credibility,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Their model is not Lincoln and Douglas, but rather Socrates: By needling their interlocutors with rapid-fire questions, they aim to reveal, as they see it, their opponents’ ignorance and stupidity, and their own superior intelligence and logic.”

Oh crap, Socrates is cancelled.

Keep in mind that the Socratic method forms a major cornerstone of Western civilization’s ability to think critically. Dang, I did again. Citing Western civilization also makes you a Nazi according to these people. Anyway, check out this passage.

“Platonic texts show Socrates pulling any number of Athenians into debates, and although some are eager to argue with him, others can hardly wait to escape him by the end of the dialogue. Plato’s ‘Euthyphro’ concludes with Euthyphro insisting that he has to leave, while Socrates calls after him, complaining that they haven’t yet figured out the nature of piety. Many of the dialogues end when the interlocutor has been bludgeoned into submission and seems to find it easier to agree with Socrates than continue further — every ‘debate me’ man’s dream.”

Wait, are you telling me that when facts, reason, and logic are on your side, you tend to win arguments? Shocking stuff. This author finds that reprehensible though and decides that those who use such methods are really just Nazis or something.

Zuckerberg later distilled her opinion, writing, “My actual, nuanced argument is that the long enmeshment of the classics and white supremacy, both in Nazi Germany and in the pre-Civil War American South, continues to inform how we understand the ancient Mediterranean, and that progressive classical scholars should discuss that legacy and confront it.”

I don’t find much nuance in that argument. I find it to be overly broad and connective of two things that aren’t actually connected at all.

As I stated at the beginning of the article, it’s the “Hitler did this, you do this, so you are Hitler” argument. Just because bad people sometimes do the same things good people do, it doesn’t make said things inherently negative or evil. Hitler also road in cars and peed in a toilet. Yet, those things aren’t connected to white supremacy. Neither are the classics and the open debate model we’ve learned from them, which themselves have nothing to do with pushing racial superiority.

In fact, such means of reasoning have led mankind to a much more humane, healthy place than previous centuries. It’s through reason (and religious principles) that we were able to move toward equality and away from discrimination in the first place. The ancient world, which was rife with brutality and slavery lacked the very things this author now decries. Socrates was not an evil bully. He was someone who valued critical thinking and mental stimulation, things that have undoubtedly made the world a better place. As we’ve learned through various failings throughout history, relying on emotion to set policy and dictate social norms has created disastrous results. It’s how you ended up with people arguing that other human beings weren’t actually human beings. Logic and reason is what destroys such arguments. It doesn’t propagate them.

But you can see the wider goal of this author’s ideology. It’s essentially to buttress her illiberal notions, painting the very things that allow us to debate logically as evil, thereby asserting that any disagreement at all with her worldview is itself evil.

This is ridiculous stuff, but it’s also dangerous stuff that’s gaining a following. It leads to a place where facts no longer matter and there’s no foundational consensus undergirding our society. When that’s gone, we are simply at the whim of whoever can convince enough people their way is the “right” way. Appeals to logic and reason are simply ignored.

I would think mainstream press outlets like the Post would choose not to push nonsense like this given it contradicts with their stated respect of fact. I guess not.

In the end, one would hope people like this author will simply alienate enough people so as to have no power to implement what they seek. Sometimes I wonder if we are really winning this battle though.

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Ayanna Pressley Goes On Racially Tinged, Homophobic Rant at Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation continues to not disappoint. We’ve seen all manner of crazy exhibit itself at the mainline progressive conference, from Ilhan Omar saying Palestinian opposition is “non-violent,” to an abortion being demonstrated on a watermelon.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley showed up as well to do the typical rah-rah liberal but this time it got a little out of hand.

Well, alright then.

Let’s game out some hypothetical. Imagine for a moment that this was a Republicans making such callous and dismissive remarks of minority groups. Let’s pretend it’s Ted Cruz at CPAC and he launches into a rant about how “we don’t need brown faces” and “we don’t need queers” who don’t ascribe to his exact political ideology. How would that be received? Would it be a major scandal? Would CNN’s Brian Stelter literally need smelling salts?

Heck, the phrasing alone would have been enough to garner at least 48 hours of indignation from the media if this were a Republican. “We don’t need queers?” I thought the Q word was off-limits for straight people? I mean, we just learned that a few weeks ago when Ben Shapiro got hit for logically proclaiming that he doesn’t understand the rules surrounding the word. Why is it acceptable for a straight woman to yell at gay men and women that she doesn’t need them if they don’t think like her?

Worse, she doesn’t think these brown, black, Muslim, and queer people should even have a voice in the conversation of national politics. That sounds pretty racist and homophobic to me if we are using the contemporary standards set form by modern society.

None of this sat well with some, for obvious reasons.

This is all especially ironic given the current outrage over Donald Trump’s latest tweet storm. We are currently in the middle of a full blown freak out of his supposed racism for sloppily attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “squad.” Wall to wall coverage is ensuing with the media demanding reaction from every Republican office holder down to your local dog catcher.

Meanwhile, a Democrat Congresswomen can tell entire races, as well as gay people and Muslims that she wants them to shut up and go away if don’t agree with her and it’s all good. No coverage. No outrage. Not even a question of whether her phrasing was off. It’s like it never happened.

This is why the latest demands to condemn Donald Trump will fall on mostly deaf ears. The left and their media enablers have spent decades building ridiculous double standards. These are the same people who couldn’t even be bothered to push back on Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments. But now I’m supposed to respond with righteous indignation of Trump and proclaim he’s a racist for simply being the bull in a china shop he’s always been? Yeah, sorry, not playing that game.

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Jordan Peterson Touts New Free-Speech Social Media Platform – ‘We Won’t Take You Down Unless Ordered by a Court of Law’

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[Screenshot from Real Time with Maher, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wLCmDtCDAM&t=6s]

 

Personally, I’d consider it preferable if the realm of social media was more of an open forum than a thought police state.

Unfortunately for me, those who control social media have a different view entirely.

Man — isn’t that one of the most frustrating things in the world? “A different view entirely”?

“A different view entirely” is a jerk.

Yet, it’s what makes the world go ’round, and American discussion could, in my estimation, use more of it.

Brilliant Jordan Peterson (here and here) seems to hanker for more open conversation as well, hence his touting of a new free-speech forum on the web called Thinkspot.

The professor delivered news of the site — which is currently in beta testing — on the excellent Joe Rogan Experience podcast last week.

On Monday, he tweeted more:

A wait list? Sign me up.

The platform will allow for the monetization of original content, and thoughtful debate can be had without some stripe-shirted tech giant stepping in and blowing the whistle.

He vowed to good ol’ Joe:

“Once you’re on our platform, we wont take you down unless ordered to by a court of law.”

Fantastic!

Here’s more:

“We’re hoping we can really add dialogue to the podcast and YouTuber world. We’re also gonna do the same things with books, so if you buy an e-book on the platform, you’ll be able to annotate publicly. … We can do that with books that are in the public domain, too.”

Will the social media fun-for-all be comprised by just a bunch of dorks?

Heck no:

“We’re hoping that we’ll be able to pull people who are interested in intelligent conversation, specifically, into this platform, maybe start pulling them away from YouTube and some of the less specialized channels — that, plus our anti-censorship stance.”

Posts will have a 50-word minimum to help prevent trolling.

Interesting idea.

Jordan expounded:

“If minimum comment length is 50 words, you’re gonna have to put a little thought into it. Even if you’re being a troll, you’ll be a quasi-witty troll. If your ratio of upvotes to downvotes falls below 50/50 then your comments will be hidden, people will still be able to see them, if they click, but you’ll disappear … We don’t know if 50/50 is right.”

For now, the site’s invitation-only.

So who are some of the testers?

Why, it’s Skeptic magazine Editor-in-Chief Michael Shermer, YouTuber Sargon of Akkad, and one of my personal favorites, the great Dave Rubin (check out Dave’s show, The Rubin Report).

So get ready, tweeters and Tubers, we’re headed toward the Sizzlean of social media. No more heart-clogging censorship. If things go well in beta, you may soon be able to say, “Roll over, bacon, now there’s somethin’ meetier.”

-ALEX

 

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Chloe Westley: How the Intellectual Dark Web brings light to the mind

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“Think for yourselves, and allow others the privilege to do so, too.” Those words are attributed to Voltaire. As groupthink and call-out culture continues to dominate public discourse and academia – with the recent dismissal of Roger Scruton and Cambridges’ rescinded offer to Jordan Peterson – I wonder where Voltaire would find his voice in today’s society.

There is one place, albeit not a physical one, where those that still believe in freedom of thought are welcomed with open arms. It’s been dubbed as the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ (IDW) – a group of podcasts, websites and thought leaders who are committed to thinking for themselves, and allowing others the privilege to do so, too.

Many of them thought leaders are based in the United States. Joe Rogan, who has one of the most popular podcasts in America, is the most well known of those associated. Dave Rubin is another key figure. His journey from the left to classical liberalism provides him with a unique insight. His show on YouTube is approaching one million subscribers. Of course, there’s no official onboarding process or official club membership, but podcasters such as Joe Rogan and Rubin have been pioneers of a new media which has been associated with the Intellectual Dark Web.

The format is simple, but in stark contrast with mainstream media. Instead of a five minute head to head debate between a ‘for’ and ‘against’ spokesperson, these podcasts allow for in-depth discussion. Guests are encouraged to go into detail about their arguments, how they came to see the world that way, and are always treated with dignity and respect by the presenters. Instead of condescending the audience by assuming they’re only capable of processing soundbites, these podcasts encourage deeper thinking on the issues that matter.

Rogan and Rubin’s podcasts provide a popular platform for thinkers such as Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Bret Weinstein. Claire Lehmann has also played a leading role by establishing Quillette, an online magazine which describes itself as ‘a platform for free thought’. The website has published articles by academics and journalists on topics that other publications might shy away from.

It’s difficult to describe the ‘x’ factor that brings all of these people together. If you google the term ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ you’ll see some attempts to analyse and dissect this movement.

A writer for Vox described the Intellectual Dark Web as ‘a group united mainly by its disdain for “multiculturalism” because “dark web intellectuals…have seen their culture invaded by women and minorities”. Setting aside the fact women and minorities frequently appear on these shows and write for these publications, this is often the slur of choice for those who oppose the IDW. Of course, it’s much easier to dismiss intellectual opponents with ad hominem insults than engage in the arguments put forward.

Bari Weiss wrote a more detailed analysis for the New York Times this year, after meeting with several leading figures, and concluded that “most simply, it is a collection of iconoclastic thinkers, academic renegades and media personalities who are having a rolling conversation — on podcasts, YouTube and Twitter, and in sold-out auditoriums — that sound unlike anything else happening, at least publicly, in the culture right now.”

It would be wrong to characterise this movement as left or right wing, liberal or conservative. In fact, it’s the diversity of ideas and viewpoints expressed in these articles and podcasts which makes the IDW so hard to define. In a Youtube post last year, Dave Rubin attempted to define the heart of the movement: “this wide tent of people we are talking about have tremendous political differences when it comes to taxes, abortion, foreign policy and more. But…we’ve committed to the open exchange of ideas and not silencing our opponents. No matter how many times they refuse to extend that same courtesy to us.”

What really brings together all of these people is a commitment to enlightenment values. The pursuit of the truth, a respect for the individual and a commitment to freedom of thought and freedom of speech. These values are not the norm for human societies. If we were living in any other century, or indeed in many other countries today, expressing an opposing viewpoint or even questioning the groupthink established by those in power would be a risky venture that could lead to imprisonment or death.

Today in Western societies, the punishment for challenging dominant narratives tends to be harassment on social media or worse, losing your job. Bret Weinstein, a progressive professor who taught at Evergreen State College, was pressured to leave his job after raising concerns about a plan to ban white students from campus for a day.

Newspapers and broadcasters often play into this call out culture, with a focus on hit pieces and ‘destroying’ opponents personally, as opposed to engaging in a discussion of ideas. I think the popularity of alternative media – and the IDW – proves that there is an appetite for meaningful conversations and long form discussions in good faith.

Of course, most of these podcasts are based in the United States. I’ve seen mainstream news networks and newspapers in the UK try to jump on this bandwagon, but they’re still very much constrained within the groupthink of the westminster bubble.

There are a few shows in Britain which I think have huge potential to occupy this space. James Delingpole has a brilliant podcast, which follows a similar conversational format to Rubin. Triggernometry, which was launched last year has interviewed a range of politicos and academics, and is growing in popularity on Youtube. I also think Russell Brand’s podcast will grow in popularity, as his conversations are guided by a curiosity for ideas and an authentic pursuit of the truth. In his recent interview with Rogan, he spoke about meeting Turning Point USA’s Candace Owens: “I did a podcast with Candace Owens…I couldn’t disagree with her more profoundly, on an interpersonal level I thought she was absolutely delightful.”

What we are witnessing with the IDW is a revival of enlightenment principles; individuals thinking for themselves, and respecting others who think differently.

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Dave Rubin Wipes the Floor With Ted Lieu Over His Stunt With Candace Owens

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As I covered previously, during a committee hearing on white nationalism, Republicans invited TPUSA’s  Candace Owens to testify. During the proceedings, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) attempted to character assassinate Owens by playing an out of context clip of Owens discussing nationalism and Hitler and making it seem that she was sympathetic to the mass murderer.

Owens didn’t take this lying down, and proceeded to verbally obliterate Lieu, pointing out his blatant lie about her. The response was so devastating that by the end of it, Lieu seemingly sat in stunned and awkward silence.

Apparently, the wound Lieu received is still making him sore, as he still attempts to defend himself by utilizing the same clip that doesn’t allow Owens the full explanation of what she was speaking about. He recently tweeted the clip to Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) after Crenshaw pointed out the response from Owens to Lieu.

Talk show host Dave Rubin, however, wasn’t having it. Since Lieu’s lie was already exposed, Rubin brought attention to the fact that he’s still beating the dead horse, and added that his monumental blunder and subsequent cowardice wasn’t at all covered by mainstream sources.

This prompted Lieu to respond with an “FYI” toward Rubin that linked to an opinion piece at the Washington Post which, unsurprisingly, wasn’t exactly kind to Owens. Why he thought this would turn the tide is anyone’s guess, but Rubin fired back.

Rubin asked Lieu a very simple “yes or no” question about whether or not he thinks Owens approved of what Hilter did to the Jews.

Lieu responded by stating he didn’t know what Owens believed but posted yet another article allowing another publication, this time from Jewish writers, with unfriendly things to say about Owens as a way to hide behind them.

Rubin was astounded and called Lieu out for his cowardice and made it clear that Lieu is definitely implying that Owens does indeed support Hitler’s treatment of the Jews.

To me, it seems Lieu’s actions look more like someone who knows he’s caught and won’t admit he messed up than someone who actually believes what he’s selling. Admitting he’s wrong at this point would look bad for him, and to his eyes the best bet is to continue to sell the lie as long as possible.

Looking at the responses on the internet, however, it would appear that nearly no one is buying the theatrics Lieu is trying to sell the public.

He, like some of his Democrat colleagues, seem to love being ratio’d.

 

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Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson leave Patreon over free speech concerns

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On New Year’s Day, pundit Dave Rubin and psychologist Jordan Peterson announced they would be leaving the crowd-funding site Patreon over concerns about free speech. Both Rubin and Peterson say they have been thinking about leaving for some time. The last straw seems to have been the site’s decision to remove the account of British YouTuber Carl Benjamin who creates content under the name Sargon of Akkad. Rubin and Peterson now say they are considering creating an alternative to Patreon which would be more respectful of creator’s free speech.

If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a site that allows people to pledge one-time or recurring financial support to individuals who have set up accounts on the site. Several members of the so-called Intellectual Dark Web have accounts and have been using the money they raised their to fund their activities. Peterson, until yesterday, was one of the site’s top earners. Peterson and Rubin are not the first members of the IDW to abandon the site. About two weeks ago, author Sam Harris deleted his account and accused the site of “political bias.” Harris announced his departure on Twitter:

The NY Times published a story on Christmas Eve about the decision to remove Benjamin’s account and the blowback to that decision. It’s worth noting that the author of this piece is the same person who wrote a truly awful and dishonest hit piece on Jordan Peterson earlier this year:

Jaqueline Hart, Patreon’s head of trust and safety, said her team watches for and will investigate complaints about any content posted on Patreon and on other sites like YouTube and Facebook that violates what it defines as hate speech. That includes “serious attacks, or even negative generalizations, of people based on their race [and] sexual orientation,” she has said…

This month, the site’s moderators received a complaint about Mr. Benjamin, who had risen to fame railing against diversity and feminism during the GamerGate movement in 2014. Mr. Benjamin used the N-word and anti-gay language during an interview posted to YouTube on Feb. 7, Patreon found.

On Dec. 6, the company told Mr. Benjamin that it would freeze his account and that he could appeal. Mr. Benjamin objected and said the video in question should not fall under Patreon’s rules because it was on YouTube…

“His response to us when we told him about the reform process was to nitpick and say, ‘I was being anti-Nazi,’” Ms. Hart said. “You cannot say those words on our platform. It doesn’t matter who you’re directing them at.”

In a blog post about the decision, Hart wrote this:

We understand some people don’t believe in the concept of hate speech and don’t agree with Patreon removing creators on the grounds of violating our Community Guidelines for using hate speech. We have a different view. Patreon does not and will not condone hate speech in any of its forms. We stand by our policies against hate speech. We believe it’s essential for Patreon to have strong policies against hate speech to build a safe community for our creators and their patrons.

In short, Patreon is choosing to monitor the speech of any creators funded by its site and will apply its own standards to regulate that speech even though the speech isn’t being published or hosted at Patreon. It should go without saying that Patreon, as a private company, is free to do so. But in the video below, Peterson suggests the move to oust libertarian and right-leaning speakers is being driven by a left-wing group called Change the Terms. I’d never heard of the group before but it’s a coalition of groups that will be familiar to most Hot Air readers: “The Change the Terms policies were drafted by the Center for American Progress, Color of Change, Free Press, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.” The site seems to take particular aim at Patreon:

…while an online payment processor may not be the vehicle through which a group directly engages in hateful activities, the online payment processor should not knowingly allow the group to use its services to fund hateful activities. Not denying services under this example would mean that the online payment processor is financially profiting from hateful activities.

So the bottom line is that very well-funded left-wing groups are pushing to “no-platform” hate. In practice, that looks a lot like going after anyone on the right who has a different opinion. Put another way, if the Southern Poverty Law Center is now in charge of defining hate speech online, you can bet a lot of people who aren’t remotely white supremacists are going to be swept up in the dragnet as well. In June the SPLC made a $3.3 million settlement with Maajid Nawaz over his inclusion in its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” Other groups targed by the SPLC have said they are considering lawsuits as well.

Rubin and Peterson think that this is a very big problem. Rubin mentions Maajid Nawaz as an example, along with Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others. But Peterson suggests the next step in this battle could be to approach credit card companies with the same pitch, i.e. why are you profiting from hate? In fact, another article in the NY Times, also published on Christmas Eve, argues that credit card companies should be monitoring their customers to prevent mass shootings:

Mass shootings routinely set off a national debate on guns, usually focused on regulating firearms and on troubled youths. Little attention is paid to the financial industry that has become an instrumental, if unwitting, enabler of carnage…

Banks and credit-card networks say it is not their responsibility to create systems to track gun purchases that would allow them to report suspicious patterns.

“We do not believe Visa should be in the position of setting restrictions on the sale of lawful goods or services,” said Amanda Pires, a Visa spokeswoman. “Our role in commerce is to efficiently process, protect and settle all legal payments. Asking Visa or other payment networks to arbitrate what legal goods can be purchased sets a dangerous precedent.”

A spokesman for Mastercard echoed that sentiment, emphasizing its protection of “cardholders’ independence” and the “privacy of their own purchasing decisions.”

But the financial industry is uniquely positioned to see, if it chose to do so, a potential killer’s behavior in a way that retailers, law enforcement officials, concerned family members or mental health professionals cannot.

Of course, the only way to identify potential killers is to monitor everyone and cast suspicion on anyone who buys a bunch of guns, something that is perfectly legal. And yes, I know credit card companies already monitor our spending to prevent fraud but this is different. This is monitoring with the goal of turning people’s legal spending decisions over to law enforcement for investigation. The goal isn’t to protect the consumer/card user but to view the consumer as a potential terrorist. So far, the credit card companies are holding the line but it does make you wonder where this will go in the next decade. How long before the left is proposing a social credit score like the one being instituted in China? As Rubin says at one point (loosely quoting Eric Weinstein) you can reduce this outlook to its ultimate end (and ridicule its absurdity) with this question, “Should Republicans be allowed to use roads?”

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