Stefan Molyneux has been banned from YouTube. The question for all who love liberty is to what extent free speech is at stake.
There are usual talking points that social media platforms are privately-owned and can have whatever criteria for entrance. The second is that the avoidance of ethnostate white nationalism isn’t unreasonable as criteria for continuation on a platform.
On the first point, I believe society has a legitimate gripe with the rise of various social media platforms. They failed to disclose their use of addictive dopamine algorithms that allowed them to form an oligopoly on communication, which they can now censor at their political-ideological leisure. This is problematic.
Conversely, Molyneux’s continued racism extended to claiming humanity isn’t even a single species. He claims non-white immigrants (in his judgment, low-IQ people) aren’t compatible with free markets. The economic success of international cities and countries is manifest proof that Molyneux is remarkably wrong on these topics but he continued until his platforms could tolerate it no longer.
The overarching difficulty in eliminating free speech, even on things we strongly disagree, is that it empowers the censored. Christianity exploded within the Roman Empire and this paradoxically resulted from Roman persecution. Tertullian described it as the blood of the martyrs being the seed of the Church.
The best way for muscles to grow is for them to face resistance. The more resistance ethnostate white nationalists face, the more they believe they’re on the right track for challenging societal woes. They interpret this as a toxic society challenging their message.
Dark thoughts should not be in dark places: Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If we relegate uncomfortable topics of discussion to the dark web, then the censored individuals take over and monopolize the discussion. Racists should have their conversations in the light of day.
Molyneux’s bouts of racism primarily consisted of advocating for white nationalism on the account of the black IQ. It’s an uncomfortable topic. But if only racists are permitted to discuss it then only racists will be giving the narrative.
I went to school in a poor part of my city, and I couldn’t help but notice a plethora of extremely low-IQ white people. I’ve worked for the most successful hedge fund service company in the world, and I couldn’t help but notice extremely high-IQ black people.
The issue with IQ isn’t one of race, it’s one of economics. If your spouse is hungry then you’re not likely to be overwhelmed by their rational, coherent thought. Poor people, experiencing anxiety from a lack of food or finances generally don’t make the best decisions. They can, but they’re less likely to make better decisions, in the same way, the likelihood of an irrational spouse spikes with hunger.
Adam Smith made this point. Africans weren’t genetically superior to Nordics because they developed cities faster. They were simply wealthier because of the high volume of trade taking place over the Nile River, which allowed them the time and intellectual capacity to develop faster.
When trade shifted to the Mediterranean we saw the Greeks, Romans, Persians, and Ottomans develop. It had nothing to do with racial superiority. It had everything to do with economic superiority. When trade shifted to the North Atlantic then Western Europeans and North Americans were able to advance more rapidly.
If only the racists have these conversations, as we limit them to the darkest corners of the internet, then only they will control the discussion. We have scientific answers to this irrational bigotry, which is precisely why we should not be censoring nonsense.
Molyneux now sits begging his supporters for money. He’s claimed that his hateful speech online will prevent him from landing employment. Ironically, his unintelligent drivel prevents his economic performance, given that he claimed low-IQ races are incompatible with free markets. I won’t shed a tear over his misery, but that doesn’t make censorship the wisest course of action.
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