Censorship through advertising

I have opinions that might rub people the wrong way (big list here). If you examine that list, you might pick up that I’m in favor of complete freedom of speech. This includes things I have disdain for or things I vehemently disagree with. Everyone should have a platform, no matter how disgusting the idea.

You might think: “where do you draw the line?”. It’s really simple. Physical violence or extreme psychological terror (which does not include offense). I also think people should be allowed to have violent speech. The crux is that if actual violence does happen, the person responsible for convincing others should be held responsible.

There is this website/blog in the Netherlands called Geenstijl. They are known for being right-wing-satiric and completely politically incorrect. They are course, crude, obnoxious and willfully abrasive, but they do have valid points every once in a while. The liberal “left” hates them. You could compare them to Breitbart, but that would be an incorrect comparison, because they don’t purport to be a news site.

Recently, some bleeding heart feminists decided to contact Geenstijl’s advertisers to get them to pull their ads, because of ‘reasons’. Most importantly because those feminists didn’t like what Geenstijl was doing, and Geenstijl does take on third wave inter-sectional feminists often. But instead of doing the reasonable thing, like asking people to not read Geenstijl anymore, they went after the income of the site. Of course Geenstijl didn’t like that and went on the defense. So did the people that like reading the site. Of course the readership of Geenstijl is even more course and obnoxious, and as happens when you disturb a hornet nest, they went on the attack.

Calling out to companies to stop their advertisement sets a dangerous precedent, in my opinion, and it yields a slippery slope. A good example is YouTube nowadays. Because some social marxists got their feefees twisted by a few people, companies withdrew their advertisements, hurting lots of small creators that had nothing to do with anything in the process. All for getting back at a few.

The bottom line is that advertisers shouldn’t care what they advertise on. Everyone knows that advertising is automatic and has no relation to the opinion expressed on the page which has the ad. Usually the product or service advertised is completely unrelated to the message posted anyway (and people know this). What’s really poignant is that people from the government are in support of this advertiser meddling. This is unacceptable.

By all means, boycott the site that you don’t like. Nobody forces you to go where you don’t want to go. Tell your friends not to go there. But don’t try to break a platform you don’t like. That’s ugly and totalitarian. The thing the SJWs supposedly are trying to fight.

 

Is the current left compatible with democracy?

It’s been a while since I penned something, but I was pondering something that I would like to run by you.

Disclaimer, I am basically left winged. You might not think it judging from my posts, but I actually am. I’m a classic liberalist and egalitarian when it comes to democracy, free speech and how the state should take care of the people. I’m of the school of thought of de Toqueville and his contemporaries. This also means that I personally think that the current “left” has little to do with being left. It seems that what has replaced the left nowadays are whiney antidemocratic socialists and communists. 

Okay, I’m drifting somewhat away from the point I’m trying to make, so let’s get back on track. Remember the brexit referendum? The election of Donald Trump? And lately, the election of Macron? Especially the last one has made me realise something when the streets in France were swarming with Antifa protesters to protest the election of Emmanuel Macron. I’ve been asking myself (and now you) the following question:

Is the current left (which translates to communism and socialism nowadays) even compatible with actual democracy? 

I’m personally leaning to “No”. 

  • When the people voted for Brexit, they wanted to overturn the decision. 
  • When the Dutch voted against the treaty with Ukraine, the left wanted to revert it. 
  • When Trump was elected, the left still grouses over that.
  • And even when the French voted for Macron, there are still riots in the streets… By the leftist Antifa. Not the right wing, which championed Let Pen. They accepted the choice of the people. Even Marine Le Pen herself graciously conceded defeat. 

So, it seems that the current “liberal” left will only accept a democratic decision when it goes their way. That’s not democracy, comrades. That’s totalitarianism, the thing you supposedly are fighting against. 

Let that sink in.

The ‘triggering’ is real…

Go to twitter. Search for #brexitday or #article50. Watch all the crybabies flail about and lashing out. Pay special attention to the rhetoric from the hordes of now disgruntled remain-supporters that didn’t actually vote (and who think their voice actually counts when they don’t). Somehow the word ‘majority rules’ only holds sway when it’s in their favor.

Suck it up, Buttercup. Britain is getting out and no amount of cry-bullying and virtue signalling is going to revert or block it. I hope the rest of Europe follows the UK’s example. Unless if the EU suddenly disbands the European Commission and abolishes all lobbying, but monkeys will fly out of my butt before that will happen.

Point of no return

That’s what I’ve seen it called. And it’s quite apt. And true too. May signed the Brexit letter and now the negotiations start with two possible outcomes: Either the UK finishes negotiations with the EU, or they crash out of it. Either way, the UK will be out of the EU. It can’t be blocked, or reverted (no matter how much the remoaners cry about it).

Now, I’ve seen the news reports, and the mainstream media is quite busy scaremongering about it, especially towards expatriates that live and work in the UK. Oh dear, they would have to get visas and work permits. What a bother. Ask any American, Indian, or any non-european that works in the UK (there are quite a few of them) how much of a chore that is (hint: it isn’t). If you have work, you won’t get kicked out. If you’re married/widowed to a UK citizen, you’ll be okay too. 

People fear for export and trade to completely stop as well. It won’t. Even if the UK crashes out of negotiations, they will still be better off. Basically, the UK will become a second Iceland. Yes, the economy will take a beating the first few years, but it will come out on top. The UK is still an island, and island mentality will persevere. It will be fine.

So, old blighty is going to get it’s stranglehold removed. I hope many follow. The European economic community was a nice idea, but it summersaulted over the shark when they started to fuse economies and government and turned into a undemocratic behemoth.

Studio reorganization

Well, it’s spring, and with spring comes the spring cleaning. Or so I’m told. Anyway, because my loud-as-fuck amp is in the shop for repairs (busted fuse, I think. Anyway, a warranty case), and subsequently am not using it, it gave me an opportunity to untangle the cable junction behind my 4×12 cab. I also rotated my desk setup 90 degrees. The result is quite a lot more room made free, and better audio coverage for my monitors. Also, my lovely wife now has access to the window, something she has been asking for ever since I set up shop in the side room. I also have easier access to my guitars now, and it will also provide a nice backdrop for when I ever decide to shoot videos for YouTube again. I’ve been meaning to do that again, but inspiration for stuff to yak about has been lacking.

Speaking of which, I do have some ideas for content. I could tell you guys about my composing process, or maybe an updated studio tour, or show some techniques I use that I haven’t seen anywhere else, or just do playthroughs of things I’m working on (maybe RÁN related). Let me know what you’d like to see. There’s comment boxes underneath my posts here that are severly underused. Have at it.

My political/social leanings

Just to clarify, I’ll explain what my policial and social viewpoints are. I often disagree with liberal leftists, who then promptly assume I’m on the right-hand side of the political spectrum, while I’m actually pretty far removed from that, other than that I agree with a few things that the conservatives like to put forward. Just because I think modern day feminism and social justice is dangerous and harmful, doesn’t mean I’m automatically part of the alt-right. I find many of the alt-right viewpoints deplorable. But the so-called ‘liberal left’ likes to lump people into boxes, I guess.

To summarize:

  • As stated before, I think social marxism and current day intersectional feminism are pointless and harmful to society.
  • Black lives matter is a terrorist organisation.
  • The glass ceiling and wage gap are debunked:
  • Diversity is nice, but shouldn’t overrule merit. Same goes for gender equality in the workspace. Just have competent people in the right positions. I couldn’t care less which end the scale tips.
  • Reverse racism doesn’t exist. Racism is still racism, no matter how you spin it.
  • Treating white heterosexual men any way differently than anyone else is just as racist and discriminatory as mistreating someone from a so-called minority group
  • There are 2 genders. Non-binary is bullshit. Period. Yes, people transition from one to the other, and I have no problems with that, but such cases are uncommon. People that firmly believe they are one of the 40+ tumblr genders need to seek professional help.
  • Raising your pre-teen/pre-pubescent kid to be ‘trans’ or ‘non-binary’ is tantamount to child abuse.
  • Government should be small
  • Government should stop patronizing it’s citizenry.
  • Political Correctness is social cancer
  • Everyone has a right to offend and to be offended.
  • Unbridled free speech, no matter how controversial.
  • The European Union is undemocratic, and should either be completely reformed or done away with. Given the glacial pace the EU moves, I prefer the latter.
  • The Euro is a failed currency.
  • Mass immigation is a bad idea. Open borders too.
  • Politics should be transparant. I’m paying tax, and I would like to see what happens to my hard earned money.
  • I do care about the environment. Wind and solar are pollution. Nuclear power is the future.
  • (strict!) Seperation of church and state. No parties with religion at it’s core. Religious people are welcome to join secular parties.
  • I really don’t give a toss who you sleep with and what sex that other person has. Neither do I care what sex the person is that you marry. And if you are a good pair of parents, you should be able to adopt.
  • Abortion should never be made illegal, although I would prefer that people just don’t have kids. Anti-conception, folks. Still cheaper than raising a kid. But a rape victim might not have a choice in that matter.
  • On that note, cat-calling is not rape. Forced involuntary coitus is. Yes, this is a simplification.
  • Veganism is unhealthy for most people. That’s just my personal opinion. Otherwise, I really don’t give a shit about your dietary preferences.
  • I don’t care what you believe, or what color your skin is.
  • Most beliefs are stupid. Including my own.
  • Belief and religion are not the same things. A belief is your own. A religion is someone telling you what and/or how to believe. I have serious reservations about the latter.

That’s quite a list, and some things are kryptonite to some people. Funnily enough I generally sit more in the classic libertarian end of the spectrum. Don’t believe me? Here’s a snap of my political compass:

As I have said in other posts, I’ve been leaning more and more towards the center, but I am way too libertarian to be classed completely right-wing.

I hope that clears things up a bit.