There is very little redeeming about Alex Jones’ shtick as a raving lunatic on InfoWars. I call it a shtick as no one as crazy as he comes across could likely be sane enough to host a show let alone put his pants on by himself in the morning. Beyond ridiculous, his positions are divisive and one might make an argument for blatantly racist. That being said, the moron deserves his inalienable right to free speech and major tech companies are striking a blow to that right. YouTube, Facebook and Apple have all announced that they have banned Alex Jones and his content from their platforms. While they are private companies free to do as they please, the sheer size of their market share and willingness to suppress speech should frighten every American just a bit. For today is was jester Alex Jones and we all laugh. Tomorrow it could be the voice of your party and we might not be laughing so much.
An Era of Relative Offense
It might not be as concerning for private companies to ban offensive material if we didn’t live in an age of relative offense. I couldn’t even begin to dissect all the various words that cause offense in America today, but the moment a pronoun became offense I stopped trying. If that which is racist or dangerous were objectively defined one could easily observe the boundaries and then make an informed decision if they want to step over it with their speech. That is simply not the case today in the modern politically correct culture.
Beyond politically correct, the modern anti-Trump movement has worked hard to label any position associated with the President as outright racist and hateful. The result is a mob of online twitter trolls seeking to create artificial consequence for those supporting the President’s positions with their own free speech. They harass employers, places of worship and places of education in order punish them for their speech.
One supporter of Antifa went so far as to tell me personally that the goal is make people terrified to speak such things in America. To which I replied that no one should be afraid to say anything in the United States of America. If you encounter terrible and hateful speech, then you beat it with better speech. Censorship used to be lamented in America and it is not terrifying to watch it so willingly embraced in the modern era.
Alex Jones is an Idiot
Which now bring us to Alex Jones and his speech that is now banned from major platforms. There is much to laugh at when watching Alex Jones. Whether it is listening to him talk about conspiracies that turn frogs gay or lizard people, it is clear the man is either acting or not quite all there. In fact, just for humor sake feel free to watch the montage below.
It amazes me that this man was able to build a following, but it shouldn’t surprise me in a country with free speech that it is possible. The question America needs to heavily consider is if it is so vile and dangerous that we need to cross the Rubicon of sorts and censor this speech. Again, these tech giants are private companies with the freedom to act as they please. However, it does very little to talk about freedom of religion if private landowners unify in an effort to prevent the construction of new churches. If private entities unify to infringe a right the right is no less infringed.
I personally don’t care if Alex Jones is banned from YouTube apart from me having to find something else to laugh at. I do, however, care and feel concern for the fact it is so easily accepted. Today it was Alex Jones. Perhaps tomorrow the media giants cave to those who call Ben Shapiro racist or maybe even Bill Maher Islamaphobic. This is a dangerous road we treat when we let the sensibilities of a fragile generation determine what is acceptable. In the opinion of this author, Alex Jones is an absolute idiot. Just one happens to deserve free speech.