Far left Vox hit a new low Monday when it published a piece celebrating the financial woes of right wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos due to his complete de-platforming from the internet.
“What this episode shows is that under the right circumstances, the controversial no-platforming tactics — which range from activists noisily disrupting speeches to big tech corporations banning provocateurs from their platforms — really can work,” said Zack Beauchamp, the piece’s author.
“There’s no evidence that Yiannopoulos’s no-platforming led to his ideas and personality gaining a kind of underground popularity, as some free speech advocates believe happens when speech is repressed. Instead, they simply went six feet under,” he celebrated.
If there was any question as to whether the communist left wants to utterly destroy the political left via Silicon Valley silencing, this should serve as proof.
To further its case in favor of de-platforming, Vox pointed to the case of radio show host Alex Jones, who was also completely banned from any meaningful internet platform.
“In August, key social media platforms — Facebook, YouTube, and Apple News — banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his factually challenged site Infowars,” the piece said. “Jones claimed after the banning that it would only make him more popular, that “’the more I’m persecuted, the stronger I get.’”
According to Vox, who cited a New York Times report, that is not the case, and Jones’ listenership has dropped substantially.
The piece also celebrated Big League Politics contributor Laura Loomer’s Twitter ban, falsely labeling her “anti-Muslim” and calling her “tenuous.”
Beauchamp acknowledge that there could be a downside – that people he likes just might end up getting banned too. To illustrate that brilliant analysis, he sympathetically defended former CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who was recently fired after using a phrase often touted by terrorist organization HAMAS to call for the destruction of Israel.
Yiannopoulos was not immediately available for comment.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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