Alex Jones, the Latest Saga in the Speech Wars

Alex Jones, if you don’t know who he is… Well he is pretty nutty. He runs the website www.infowars.com, It’s a “news” website that often is just wildy wrong (sometimes he actually just shares news). I have seen quite a bit of his work, but its no surprise he gets labeled a conspiracy theorist. I’m sorry, if you can watch his talks about the frogs being gay and the President having weather weapons and believe it, you may have more problems than him.

I’m sure we can take Wikipedia’s take on Alex Jones as truth…

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Ah, the alt-right label again. I have to stick up for anyone labeled “alt-right” or “far-right” because its a label that the media has adopted to discredit anyone. We will have to have a nice long talk about the alt-right. Well, lets get into the details.

August 5th, Apple removes Infowars from the podcast app for hate speech.

August 6th, Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for glorifying violence and using dehumanising language to describe trangender and, Muslims and immigrants.

August 6th, YouTube deletes the Infowars channel.

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Why is this important? Because if they start to silence people, based on what they call “hate speech”, we are losing the battle for free speech. Hate speech to me, will not be hate speech to the next person, and even so, anyone should be able to say whatever they want to me. If I don’t like someones “hate speech”, I would just take my respect and values somewhere else.

How is this political left and right speech war going to go next. First the left took a swing and a hit against Roseanne for a “racist joke”. Then the right rebounds and strikes down James Gunn for “pedophilia jokes”. Then the left puts “white racist”, Sarah Jeong into the speech battlefield at the New York Times. Latest is the take down of Alex Jones, a giant conspiracy theorist with tons of followers, turning him into a martyr for “hate speech”.

We need to stop firing people for speech, especially jokes. Let the bad ideas come out, so we can chose for ourselves if we want to buy or ignore that product. Alex Jones is just another product to be pulled off the shelf and now we have no choice.

I want to finish this with a couple observations. First, all the big tech companies banned a conspiracy theorist, for different reasons, within a couple days. Second, banning things typically makes them more popular… Just saying.

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