Neoconservative and former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol offered to debate libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul in a fiery exchange of tweets on Wednesday morning.
Paul had earlier expressed his approval in response to the news that the Weekly Standard would be going out of business.
In the empty vacuum that is the mind of a die-hard MSNBC viewer, antipathy to the political program of Kristol and the neoconservative movement he’s associated with can only be viewed within the context of post-2016 Trump-era American politics. Kristol has shown himself more than willing to go along revisionist attempts to rehabilitate him, having reinvented himself as a progressive elite liberal “conservative” known for his strong denunciations of American nationalism and the Trump administration.
However, to many longtime activists and personalities on the right, opposing Kristol’s brand of politics predates both Donald Trump and Kristol’s opportunistic lurch to the progressive left. It’s fitting that a Paul would be aware of this, as the 2008 Presidential Campaign of Rand’s father, Ron, was a watershed challenge to the prevailing train of thought in the contemporary Republican Party. Paul ran as a small-L libertarian challenging military interventionism and regime change, ultimately losing to John McCain, for whom Bill Kristol was a foreign policy advisor.
Although at one point it appeared Kristol was beyond reproach as a national Republican figure, the revolution within the GOP brought about by Donald Trump’s American nationalist presidential campaign has led to political realignment for the foreign policy “mastermind.” It was recently revealed that much of Kristol’s political infrastructure was funded by progressive billionaires, including a relative of the fiercely hated financier George Soros.
For many conservatives, libertarians, and right-wingers, the debate between advocates of a restrained foreign policy and supporters of regime change remains relevant and appropriate. One can’t help but wonder if Paul accepting Kristol’s offer to debate could prove to be insightful to many throughout the conservative movement.
SELLING OUT? Joe Rogan Takes $100 Million Deal to Host Podcasts Exclusively on Spotify
Rogan’s independent platform may be in jeopardy.
Stand-up comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan announced that his iconic podcast, which has frequently served as a platform for individuals like Elon Musk and Alex Jones to challenge the political establishment, will soon be hosted exclusively on Spotify.
“It will remain FREE, and it will be the exact same show. It’s just a licensing deal, so Spotify won’t have any creative control over the show. They want me to just continue doing it the way I’m doing it right now … I’m excited to have the support of the largest audio platform in the world and I hope you folks are there when we make the switch!” Rogan said in an Instagram post about the news.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Rogan’s deal is worth more than $100 million, meaning that Rogan is cashing out due to his massive success:
— Scott Austin (@ScottMAustin) May 19, 2020
Rogan’s fan base is worried that the news will ultimately mean that he will be more controlled and the podcast will lose the independence that has made it grow into such a powerhouse:
Joe Rogan’s show will almost certainly go downhill from here.
— Michael Krieger (@LibertyBlitz) May 19, 2020
I’ve been listening to @joerogan for 10 years. @spotify is a company that is part of a group of entities that have ruined artists being able to make money off of their own music streaming services are a controlled thing. No matter what. Fuck man.
— gluttonforterps (@gluttonforterps) May 19, 2020
— Mowl (@MowlChat) May 19, 2020
New Joe Rogan Light coming to Spotify. pic.twitter.com/x6fDLgoNnq
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) May 19, 2020
"What's crazy is that YouTube has the market . . . the concept is pretty simple and there's not another one . . . it's kinda crazy that ONE COMPANY has that locked up."
3 weeks later.
— Justin Trimble (@justintrimble) May 19, 2020
Despite the criticism, Rogan may be leaving YouTube because of the Draconian censorship policies on that platform. He has frequently raised the issue of digital censorship on his show and criticized the restrictive policies of the tech giants.
Big League Politics has reported on many instances of YouTube capriciously removing content considered to be wrongthink, with the latest example being the Plandemic movie about the coronavirus that has gone viral:
YouTube, the streaming video service owned by Google, is desperate to remove an explosive documentary that exposes the key players behind the medical corruption that has fueled the coronavirus pandemic.
The documentary centers around Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD, and her work exposing corruption in the medical field. Mikovits wrote an explosive paper about the dangerous use of animal and human fetal tissues in scientific experiments that put her on the medical establishment’s hit list. Mikovits believes that the coronavirus pandemic is an example of what she was warning about decades ago.
“Plandemic” covers Mikovits’ career since she was railroaded by Big Pharma for presenting a dissident opinion regarding their fetal chop shop research. Mikovits said she was arrested, had evidence planted on her, and then was slapped with a gag order in order to prevent her truth from being heard.
“Heads of our entire HHS colluded to destroy my reputation, and the Department of Justice and FBI sat on it and kept that case under seal, which means you can’t say there’s a case or your lawyers are held in contempt of court, so you can’t get a lawyer to defend you,” Mikovits said…
The entire video can be accessed on BitChute at this link.
While many of Rogan’s fans feel this will stifle his content, this move may end up freeing him if Spotify is smart enough to realize that it is a good business decision to give popular content creators the freedom they need to produce uncensored content that their fan bases will enjoy.
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