A New Approach Is Needed

Big Tech is at it again. YouTube is cracking down on more right-of-center voices, including famous conservative comedian/talk-show host Steven Crowder.

Yawn.

The usual suspects are out in force, bleating ineffectually about hypocrisy and liberal bias and all of that. What part of “SJWs always double down” do they not understand? The entire thing, apparently. 

It’s not about profitability. It’s not about logic. And it most certainly is not about fair play. It’s about winning, not whining. Which is why the mainstream right is destined to fail. Again. And again. And again.

Steven Crowder

Maybe YouTube is spooked by the government’s anti-trust investigation into its owner Alphabet, which is, lest we forget, Google. Brian Niemeier has a great run-down of potential consequences of this, but I’m not holding my breath for anything of substance being done, but I’d love to be proven wrong. 

I’m more interested in the overall strategy to fight these battles, and the tactics used to achieve this objective.

What’s the objective? It’s not end big tech bias, because that’s never going to happen.

It should be: end big tech

How do you do this?

First: You can’t be afraid to use the power of the government you elected to force these unaccountable and powerful oligopolies to play fair. Otherwise, the idea of free speech becomes just another joke. Free speech as practiced at least since the 1960s has been a bait-and-switch to replace traditional blasphemy laws with an opposite, inverted set of blasphemy laws. 

Second: You can’t be afraid to retaliate in kind. The other side started it. They need to have their own rules shoved down their damn throats, and they’re going to like it. They do not operate under your principles, nor do they operate under their own stated principles, but they’re sure as hell going to use the power of social shame to brand you a hypocrite if you don’t live up to your stated rules. So stop unilaterally disarming yourself.

Third: Support alternatives wherever they rise up, and don’t base your entire income stream on a tech company that hates you.

Fourth: Get over your ideology. Your ideology may be boxing you in. You might have to ally with strange bedfellows in order to combat the threat of big tech. Stop worshipping business. Stop viewing any and all regulation of the Holy Temples of Mammon as “Socialism!” If people on the left want to reign in big tech as much as people on the right, support them. 

You have to remember, it’s not about profitability for the YouTubes and Googles and Facebooks of the world. YouTube would utterly collapse into a steaming pile of bankruptcy if it wasn’t propped up by Alphabet paying its bills. It’s about control: their control over you.

And it’s not limited to the political punditry sphere. If you’re an artist with opinions they don’t agree with, big tech will shut you down too. Good luck selling books or music if you’re not even allowed to use a payment processor.

This is some dark stuff. It’s not about left/right or liberal/conservative anymore. It’s about good/evil. And yes, I don’t think the other side is merely wrong. I think they’re evil.


Big Tech may have something to do with my novel A Traitor to Dreams, where Elpida must escape a realm created out of her own subconscious with the help of three winged warriors and a talking. Jed trapped in there with her.

27 comments

  1. It has to end. They have to completely disband Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook (among many others) for the harm they’re doing to society as a whole. No regulation or slap on the wrist is going to make them go away. They need to be nuked into oblivion. I, for one, would love to see it happen in my lifetime.

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      • Alexander,
        Reading your and Brian’s post it suddenly dawned on me what we’re seeing.
        The Spanish colonies and Brazil circa 1720s with its popular piety, religious and cultural homogeneity.
        So basically the whole black legend and Enlighten project was for the clercs to substitute the clerics but with their new and improved ™ religion

        xavier

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      • Yup. Very interesting parallels. It’s all absolutely an attempt to create a secular religion. It’s doomed to fail, of course, but it’ll do some damage along the way.

        I actually wrote this before I saw Brian’s post. We’re all on the same wavelength lately. I’m starting to get a definite 2015-2016 vibe.

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  2. Retaliating in kind is the most useful rule. Instead of complaining about our censorship, we should instead scroll through the social media histories of every big shot who works at YouTube and/or Google, as well as the self-proclaimed allies of perverts. This is because, if we go far back enough, it is all but guaranteed to find vaguely homophobic posts that we can weaponize against them during Pride Month.

    Leftists eat their own, and we should encourage them to continue.

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      • Alexander

        Well Maza is certainly a candidate for Titanium fist of Retaliation ™
        In fact he’s insisted assault and a felony inciting violence against a political opponent.

        He and his kind need some very serious skin in the game they currently lack. I’d also go after Vox for 3rd party interference in a contract.
        I really hope those affected band together and file an epic class action suit where thousand pile on.

        xavier

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  3. I’m on board.

    Censorship is no more okay when it’s done by ideologues in charge of enormous corporations than it is if the government does it. It’s about fucking time the government did something GOOD for a change — and killing Google and Facebook would be a very good thing.

    The public square today isn’t a piece of pavement; it’s digital. These evil bastards can’t be allowed to control it anymore. They’ve proven they can’t be trusted with the responsibility. They either provide access to everyone the same way electric power, natural gas, and basic telecom are available to all, or their Leviathan dies.

    I say KILL IT.

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      • Of course, it’s just annoying to witness, that’s why I tend to ignore it. I quit talking to a friend entirely years ago because he would go on and on about “crisis actors” every time there was a school shooting and he just became intolerable to be around. 😂

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      • BUT, that being said, I want people free to express what’s on their minds, so that I know where I stand with them. As for tech corporations, I wish they could extend their self-righteous altruism to their employees, but if it wasn’t for regulation preventing them from doing so, they’d be beating them. Amazon would have a guy horsewhipping it’s warehouse employees if they were legally permitted to do so. So would every other major corporation. They’ll do whatever they can get away with, stopping just short of crossing the line. If they do, their lawyers will make short work of the complainers. So thank God for some government interference. But I don’t buy for one second that YouTube or anyone else is guided by any sort of moral code. They’ll never convince me that some CEO is having a crisis of conscience and going “Gee, we’re helping proliferate nonsense.” They’ve profited from it from day one. They’re doing it now because they think it will improve their public image somehow. There’s always an angle of self-glorification. If there wasn’t, they’d quietly give money to charity instead of presenting oversized novelty checks in front of the press’s clicking cameras.

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      • No kidding! I share your utter skepticism about big tech—and big business generally—and their supposed morals. All they care about is money and power and cutting costs; that’s it! The “corporate social responsibility” angle is to sell product and accumulate power.

        The scariest thing is how many people, especially the black bloc/communista types, have thrown their lot in with the corporations and actually DO treat big business as their moral exemplar. Big business has become a church by all perceivable metrics. That’s what frightens me.

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