Calm down! Your freedom of speech is not under threat Anyone who has almost every aspect of their online life taken away from them is not ‘silenced’
by Godfrey Elfwick
February 28, 2019, 10:07 AM
In the UK, leading far-right figure Tommy Robinson Yaxley Lennon has had his Paypal closed down, his Twitter account banned and, most recently, his Instagram and Facebook accounts removed. Very much like in the US last year when probable white supremacist Alex Jones had his Twitter, Facebook and YouTube shut down, or when Facebook did a cull of almost 600 US political pages before the 2018 midterm elections.
As usual, the tinfoil hat-wearing alt-right Nazis are crying out that free speech is under threat. This ridiculous overreaction always makes me laugh. These people have no idea what free speech is. They assume that freedom of speech means you are free to say whatever you want without severe consequences! Imagine that?! What kind of fascistic society would allow unfettered, non-regulated speech?
The companies listed above are all private companies. They are entitled to ban whomever they wish if they feel that their views or behavior are unpleasant. In fact, I would like to see this approach taken a step further. I cannot wait for the day utility companies start banning people from having access to vital services such as electricity, gas and running water. Nextra, Enel and Duke Energy are all perfectly within their rights to deny power to the homes of people whose views they deem problematic. I welcome the idea of delivery companies refusing to transport goods to the addresses of deplorable Trump voters. In the UK, I would like to see the NHS denying Brexit voters medical treatment on the grounds of their rampant xenophobia. In this way, society would gradually become kinder and more tolerant. A modern spin on Darwin’s survival of the fittest if you will – apart from this time, only the wokest would survive.
When it comes to the latest social media bans, I’ve seen cries of ‘Urr, they are trying to silence us!’ What utter rot! Anyone who has almost every aspect of their online life taken away from them is not ‘silenced’. They are still perfectly free to send letters and postcards to people (for now). There is absolutely nothing stopping them from using CB radio, or sending a telegraph. Nothing prevents them from tapping out messages in Morse code to their followers on an intricate system of underground pipes they could easily have built if they obtain the appropriate planning permission. With a little creativity, Alex Jones could communicate his vile thoughts via the medium of interpretive dance on any street corner he chooses. Tommy Robinson could scribble his racist views on scraps of paper, fold them up, insert them into bottles (not plastic) and hurl them into the sea for his fellow Islamophobes to discover while walking their pitbull terriers on the beach.
The very idea that ‘freedom of speech’ is somehow ‘under threat’ purely because a handful of people in Silicon Valley who all hold similar views have the power to delete the internet presence of any person on the planet is laughable! I mean, if you really have a problem with it, then why not stop whining and make your own internet? It can’t be that difficult. I remember making my own telephone as a child using two paper cups and a length of string. If these people cannot be bothered to put in a bit of effort, then I have no sympathy for their flimsy arguments.
Or they could of course do something which would ensure their precious free speech isn’t infringed upon; they could stop saying problematic things. Simple as that.
I would continue to explore this subject in more detail with my followers on Twitter, but unfortunately, Jack has accidentally suspended my account. Again.
“In fact, I would like to see this approach taken a step further. I cannot wait for the day utility companies start banning people from having access to vital services such as electricity, gas and running water. Nextra, Enel and Duke Energy are all perfectly within their rights to deny power to the homes of people whose views they deem problematic. I welcome the idea of delivery companies refusing to transport goods to the addresses of deplorable Trump voters. In the UK, I would like to see the NHS denying Brexit voters medical treatment on the grounds of their rampant xenophobia. In this way, society would gradually become kinder and more tolerant. A modern spin on Darwin’s survival of the fittest if you will – apart from this time, only the wokest would survive.”
The way society keeps trending more toward full retard, I could absolutely picture a world where this become reality someday. Or, simply being jailed for wrongthink.
Then again we only have 12 more years to get there.
I didn't catch on immediately because I've heard people say far nuttier things.
Example, This chick is supposed to be a standup comic, but spends more time bitching about the wage gap on the BBC. I've heard more comedy from other people on the Panels like Milo, or Jordan Peterson than anything out of her mouth. You'd think being a profession comic she would know how to keep it light and crack a joke once in a while.
Titania McGrath, 24, is a radical intersectionalist vegan activist, feminist slam poet and the author of Woke: a Guide to Social Justice. She won’t meet me in person for security reasons – she fears doxxing – or send me a photograph of her face. Rather, she consents to an interview by email from her gîte in the Buis-les-Baronnies district of France, where she is ‘working on a new anthology of slam poetry which will end the patriarchy’ in the nude. This is from her poem Cultural Appropriation:
Plunderbeast of history.
My ancestors scream in your hollow wigwam,
Ghostrolling in the ectoplasm of your hate.
I staunch the flow of simpering tribal sauce,
A digital sombrero clings deafblind
To a face falsely smeared in a coalish hue.
She wrote Woke because, ‘I was permanently banned from Twitter for a whole day. This gave me time to reflect on my subjugation as a woman in a patriarchal world and write a book about my oppression. The entire document is a masterpiece unparalleled in the history of the written word’.
I am not sure a book dedicated to the destruction of the Capitalist patriarchy should be available on Amazon but there is no contradiction for Titania: ‘I’m attempting to destroy the capitalist system from within, and the only way I can do that is to make a shit-load of cash’.
She is confident of good reviews, but she will not allow men to review Woke: ‘Any male who attempts to review my book will be committing a form of sexual assault’. (I hope the literary editor is reading this). She thinks men are the cause of all misery, and should wear blinkers, like horses: ‘They’re gruff. They’re bad-tempered. They have base sexual instincts. And they sleep standing up’.
Yet she does not identify as a woman: ‘For me, gender is not so much a spectrum but a kaleidoscopic ouroboros, in a state of perpetual self-nourishment. I am all genders and none.’ She does not believe in love – a construct – but she has designed a Valentine’s card featuring Fred and Rosemary West: ‘For all their incest, murder, and regional accents, they were a shining example of a successful polyamorous relationship’. She describes herself as ‘polyracial – I generally fluctuate between white, black and vaguely beige’ and she plans to transition to obesity: ‘being skinny is an act of passive-aggressive fat-shaming. If you don’t believe me, try gaining 15 stone and hanging around with some gymnasts’.
What made her? Her education was, ‘fairly typical. I studied Modern Languages at Oxford University and then stayed on for an MA in Gender Studies where I wrote a groundbreaking dissertation on technopaganism and the corrosive nature of cis-masculine futurity. I only went to university so I could de-platform speakers and vandalize old statues of dead white colonialists’. She was raised by parents who ‘lavished’ her with ‘gifts and money’ in an attempt to distract her from her ‘oppression’. It would, she says, ‘have been better to have grown up on a council estate’.
Even so, ‘money has never really been something I’ve thought about very much. I do get annoyed by all these people complaining about the “economy” and having to resort to food banks when they could be on Twitter calling out sexist and transphobic jokes’.
Her own path to wokeness was inspired, ‘by the story of Jesus attacking the money-lenders in the temple. I did a similar thing when I was four years old in my local branch of HSBC. Believe me, it took them several minutes to pick up all those pens from the floor’.
Like Him, she would heal the world broken by Brexit: ‘Brexit has shown conclusively that democracy doesn’t work. In any case, only 1,269,501 more people voted to Leave than to Remain. No serious mathematician would consider that any kind of “majority”.’
Her solution is a referendum to decide how to execute the leading Brexiteers – ‘eg hemlock, fire’ or drowning them in liquids produced by Emily Thornberry. Leave voters, meanwhile, ‘should be branded on the forehead with the word “gammon”. They should not have access to housing, employment, or running water. That should teach them a lesson.’
For Titania, Theresa May is ‘the antichrist’. (The other great threats to our security, she writes, are limericks and Crufts). She has more time for Anna Soubry – ‘she has the courage to ignore the wishes of her constituents when they vote the wrong way’ – and for Jeremy Corbyn because he is ‘a good friend of Stormzy’ and ‘adores grime music’. She is equally optimistic about the Independent Group: ‘They understand that working-class people don’t know what is best for them, and they’re brave enough to do something about it’.
She is not afraid for herself, ‘but I am deeply concerned that free speech extremists will find a way to prevent the state from monitoring what people say and think. We need to ensure that the police can arrest those who digress from woke ideas in order to prevent the rise of fascism’.
She is committed enough to run for president of the USA: ‘I am convinced that I can win over the electorate with some well-judged slam poetry. My announcement has already had over 2,000 retweets, so I’m well on the way to victory’. She would, if successful, have Donald Trump flayed, and make a rug from his skin.
The patriarchy will always find a way to get its way. Titania has been dismissed as a parody – ‘unpersoned’ – by Charles Moore in these pages. She denies this, and calls her defamation, ‘an inevitable consequence of being a truth-teller in a corrupt heteropatriarchal world. The Spectator is a foul pro-Brexit rag. Every copy should be incinerated. Except the ones my name appears in’.
Woke: a Guide to Social Justice is published on March 7.
This article was originally published onThe Spectator’s UK website.