Make the Rubble Bounce, PewDiePie

I’ve only ever been vaguely aware of PewDiePie.

I’ve known for a while that he’s YouTube’s largest channel which currently sits north of 53 million subscribers.

It seems that PewDiePie is in a bit of a row over some jokes he made mocking in part the propensity for the mainstream media to take things out of context for the sake of clickbait.

The Wall Street Journal proceeded to do exactly that with their gross mischaracterizations of what he does in their Feb. 14 hit-piece “Disney Severs Ties With YouTube Star PewDiePie After Anti-Semitic Posts

I was alerted to and floored by Sargon of Akkad’s video and five-hour-long livestream on how what the Wall Street Journal did to PewDiePie involved taking him out-of-context as can be:

PewDiePie’s response video is quite a thing to behold, and has me firmly in his corner:

In less than 24 hours, it’s the #1 trending video on YouTube with more than 7 million views.

With 53 million subscribers, PewDiePie hopefully just red-pilled a younger generation to the dishonesty of the mainstream media and the necessity of its destruction.

That would be a long-term positive outcome to me, but I hope for short-term action as well.

From what I’ve been able to gather, he does this more for the love of it than the money, but I genuinely hope he sues the Wall Street Journal to the extent that the results resemble the fate of Gawker, considering that a gross mischaracterization of his content cost him millions of dollars.

It’s easy for someone with no direct dog in this fight to advocate for taking such action.

But in the era of Rolling Stone/UVA debacles, and fake news about Trump paying Russian hookers to urinate on a bed formerly occupied by the Obamas, dishonesty and malpractice in the mainstream media is out of control.

I’ve come to a place in my years-long retreat from the political left such that I don’t agree with then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking of “opening up the libel laws”.

When both sides of the political aisle freak out about what the other party will do when in power suggests to me that smaller government is probably for the better overall.

That the “MSM”, to borrow a term from strategic allies on the right, shows no sign of correcting their behavior makes it clear enough to me that something needs to be done about them.

I’m in favor of using alternative platforms to smash what’s left of the MSM’s credibility much in the way this new debacle does.

It shouldn’t be difficult, since the MSM creaks and groans under the weight of its hubris after torching it’s own credibility to act as political operatives in the 2016 election.

If PewDiePie does take legal action against the Wall Street Journal for what is arguably libel however, I hope he makes rubble bounce.

To borrow from Kraut and Tea, if they’re willing to do this to YouTube’s biggest and brightest star, they’re willing to do it to you too:

Chris Ray Gun and Phillip DeFranco also have pretty good takes which can be seen below:

Dave Rubin pretty much nails why the #RegressiveLeft pushed me to quit left-wing politics

Prager U recently published a video titled “Why I Left the Left”, featuring the Rubin Report‘s eponymous Dave Rubin on his political evolution.

Those who are familiar with Rubin know he used to be a progressive, and that he once worked with The Young Turks.

According to him, his “awakening” began when he watched the infamous “gross and racist” exchange between Sam Harris and Bill Maher, who were trying to explain that it’s okay to criticize views or beliefs that are antithetical to western civilization and liberal democracy, and Ben Affleck who called them racists for it.

The rest is history, as they say.

My journey away from the political left, while distinct in its own way, began for similar, if not the exact same reasons.

I voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and Jill Stein in 2012 — if you would have told me just three years ago that I would have voted for a Republican in 2016, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.

Nonetheless I am one of the Bernie Sanders primary voters who switched to Donald Trump in the general for a plethora of reasons.

The past two-and-a-half years or so — the months since Trump’s election victory and inauguration especially — have been difficult to articulate for me, if only for the glut and shock of everything that’s happened.

Someday I’ll find the voice, so to speak, to articulate that, but for now, here’s Rubin’s video for Prager U on his political journey away from being a progressive:

Chris Hernandez: About That “Punching Nazis” Thing…

My friend, Chris Hernandez, touched on something I couldn’t stop thinking about after the left-wing violence in Washington D.C. during President Trump’s inauguration, and the Berkeley riot that shut down the speaking engagement of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, even though he was invited to speak there by the UC Berkeley College Republicans.

Namely that Trump’s opposition plays a dangerous game when it tries to justify or romanticize political violence nauseatingly enough as “kinetic beauty”.

Broad sections of the left seem all too eager to use violence to shut down political opinions they don’t like against opponents who’d rather not use violence to defend themselves but will and know how, while virtue-signalling their squeamishness about guns and the military service which would have provided the training on how to those guns effectively.

In “About That ‘Punching Nazis’ Thing…” Hernandez writes:

Long story short, 1) Americans shouldn’t get beaten for political opinions even if they’re Nazis, and 2) the people currently getting beaten aren’t Nazis anyway. I’d point out that the same liberal/leftist/democratic side of the aisle that was justifiably aghast at any violence by a Trump supporter is too busy watching the Flintstones or something to loudly condemn the mass violence, arson and looting being committed by radical leftists, but that’s too easy. So instead, I’ll do the radical leftist rioters who like to punch Nazis a favor, and tell them this:

Mob violence against people for having forbidden opinions is great fun and all, until your forbidden opinion is the one facing the angry mob. So stop it. Stop covering your face, joining up with your gang and beating up innocent people because you don’t like what they think. This isn’t just a moral issue, it’s a practical one. I’ve watched what you people do, and to be honest you suck at fighting.

Don’t get me wrong; you’re great at being cowards and forming large groups to attack individual unarmed people, you’re highly skilled at breaking windows, you’re proficient at arson, but you suck at actual fighting. And since your groups are made up of people who hate guns and hate the military, you don’t have armed, trained people experienced in the use of violence.

But your targets do. The people you consider Nazis are far more likely to be armed, trained, and prepared to fight than you are. And the more incidents of mass violence you commit, the more likely regular Americans are to fight back. Those regular Americans will be better at fighting than you are. The only reason you people haven’t been beaten down en masse in the streets is because regular Americans are following the rules and expecting the police to stop you. It won’t always be that way. Some day, probably very soon, you’ll encounter people who are intimately familiar with the kind of violence you think you’re capable of. And you won’t win.

There’s nothing that says that they can’t train themselves, that they can’t take steps necessary to fill in those knowledge and skill gaps to be more effective in the physical combat they wish engage in with the police and political opponents.

But as eager as the left seems to ramp up political violence as fast as they can, versus the balances of forces and the level of skill and expertise of their targets suggests that the outcome will likely be one they will not enjoy at all.

Read the rest here.

Student Paper Justifies Left-Wing Violence at Berkeley Riot

The Daily Californian, a student newspaper at the University of California at Berkeley, published a series of essays justifying the violence at the Feb. 1 riot that shut down a speaking event featuring Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.

The series called “Violence as self-defense” provides justifications for the use of violence to shut down speech that leftists disagree with.

One piece conflates criticism of the violence with condoning “hate speech”.

“If you call the left hypocrites for being “intolerant” of Donald Trump’s token gay, you may not know what censorship or homophobia or terrorism or fascism is, but you’re correct. I won’t tolerate queer or undocumented students students being outed and harassed in my home, no matter who’s perpetrating it. Don’t play “Who’s The Real Fascist?” with me because fascists win that game every time.” writes Desmond Meagley in “Condemning protesters same as condoning hate speech“.

“If you condemn the actions that shut down Yiannopoulos’ literal hate speech, you condone his presence, his actions and his ideas; you care more about broken windows than broken bodies.”

Meagley also appears to contradict the claim that black bloc rioters were all “outside agitators”.

“These so-called militants are campus students, Berkeley residents and Bay Area locals; teachers, journalists, musicians, parents and athletes, united by love and concern for their peers.” writes Meagly.

“The black bloc is not an organization with an agenda. It’s a strategic approach to protest that, in the case of the entire “Dangerous Faggot” tour, was highly effective. The violence that forms the foundation of Yiannopoulos’ ideology is far worse than any tactic the black bloc uses. You don’t have to like property damage, but understand that without it, Yiannopoulos would have released private and sensitive information about innocent students and encouraged assault against them.”

The claim that Yiannopoulos was to publicly name students in the country illegally at his event is one that he denies:

Black bloc did what the campus should have” also directly and explicitly rebukes claims that the black bloc rioters were outside agitators.

“If you were in the crowd on Sproul Plaza that night, the antifa might have appeared to be a homogenous mass of agents of chaos descending on your “resistance dance party.” This is understandable. Black bloc tactics are primarily designed to protect the identities of the individuals in the bloc from doxxing, surveillance footage and being singled out for arrest. You couldn’t tell who was behind those masks, and that’s the point.” wrote Neil Lawrence.

“But don’t get it twisted. We were not, as the news, the chancellor and concerned progressives have alleged, “unaffiliated white anarchists.” Behind those bandanas and black T-shirts were the faces of your fellow UC Berkeley and Berkeley City College students, of women, of people of color, of queer and trans people.”

Former Labor Secretary and Berkeley professor Robert Reich claims that the riot was a false-flag operation organized by Breitbart and Yiannopoulos:

The claim, echoed on the university’s website, drew criticism from the Washington Post:

So let’s see: Yiannopoulos, who is an outsider to Berkeley and generally unwelcome there, succeeds in secretly arranging for more than 100 thugs to assemble in this city and then invade the Berkeley campus and cause more than $100,000 in damage, all to create a pretextual motive for Trump to alter federal funding for the UC system. And Yiannopoulos manages to do this without a single one of the thugs spilling the beans and tipping off the fact that this violent criminal conspiracy is organized by Yiannopoulos, not his opponents.

To even describe the plot is to make clear how phantasmagorical the whole idea is. Occam’s razor applies here. Or, as medical students are taught, when you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras. There is no way Yiannopoulos organized these protests, subjecting himself to serious criminal liability and placing the fate of his career on the sealed lips of more than 100 conspirators. Instead, the simplest explanation is the correct one: The persons responsible are left-wing anarchists, as the New York Times (among others) has described in this recent article.

The only thing that remains strange about the events last week is the fact that Berkeley police have proved so inept. While the police were praised for their “restraint” during the riots (and perhaps that praise was justified — I venture no opinion on riot-control tactics), they have been unable to now identify even a single one of these criminals.

The university is also looking into claims that a staffer was involved in the violence, and the FBI is investigating the identities of the black bloc rioters.

Yiannopoulos was slated to speak to a handful of students compared to the presumable thousands who heard him live when he spoke with Tucker Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after being evacuated due to security concerns:

Carlson’s program has nearly double the ratings compared to “The Kelly File” which Carlson replaced as Kelly left for a daytime slot at NBC.

According to The Hill, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is up 95 percent among the 25- to 54-year-old  demographic coveted by advertisers.

Yiannopoulos’ forthcoming book “Dangerous” also spiked to first place on the Amazon bestseller list for a second time.

Yiannopoulos joined Carlson on the Feb. 2  edition of his program to discuss the media’s legitimation of violence against conservatives, saying violence at the Berkeley riot is “the price you pay for being a libertarian or a conservative on American college campuses”:

How the ctrl-Left drove me away from American liberalism

This is entirely worth the read.

Brad R. Torgersen

A good friend of mine, who also happens to be an outstanding author, once quipped, “If I am forced to choose a side, I choose the side which is not forcing me to choose sides.”

Seldom have I ever encountered phrasing more apt. Because that’s precisely how I feel. I’ve been feeling that way, for years now. It was not a sudden thing. It was a gradual realization. The slow clarity of an underlying sentiment, incrementally surfacing.

To make the picture more specific, let me lay out some background details. This is a bit wordy, so bear with me:

When I first met my wife in 1992, we were both volunteering at community radio station KRCL-FM in Salt Lake City, Utah. Back then, KRCL was something of a tentpole organization for folk who styled themselves as counter-culture. It was staffed with an oddball assortment of old-school Hippies, new-school progressives, the…

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