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Joe Rogan’s Final Battle for Free Speech
The Biden Administration fired the opening salvo in the final battle against free speech last Saturday when Jen Psaki told the press corps that doubting the US response to Russia and Ukraine is to believe in Russian disinformation.
The first battle was the censorship related to Covid-19, and if we take a walk down memory lane, we might remember the following:
Believing the virus came out of a lab was misinformation, until it turned out to be true.
Believing that Hydroxychloroquine effectively treated Covid-19 was misinformation⏤until it turned out to be true.
Believing that masks don’t work was misinformation (and at one point, we were told to wear TWO masks), right up until it turned out masks do not help.
The lockdowns were flattening the curve until this week when John Hopkins University released a study showing that the shutdowns were only 0.2% effective. Think of the damage we did to our economy for something that made virtually no difference!
Ivermectin being effective was misinformation until it turned out that it was effective.
We did not fund gain of function until it turned out we did. Fauci actually had the NIH change the definition of ‘gain of function’ so that he could lie to Congress without lying to Congress.
The list goes on and on, and the point is that the government knew it was wrong the whole time. The misinformation was not coming from America Out Loud’s own Dr. Peter McCoulough on the Joe Rogan Show. It was coming from Anthony Fauci, the WHO, and the CDC.
Factual information was being suppressed, and false information was forced down our throats.
And now Jen Psaki is saying that if you disagree with the Joe Biden Administration on Ukraine, you have been hit by misinformation, disinformation, foreign propaganda – anything but the truth. This happened almost on the same day that the State Department told a reporter that Russia was planning to initiate a false flag event as a precursor to invading Ukraine, and then cited the fact that it had just made that claim as proof that the claim was true. Before that press conference, I think the last time I heard “because I told you so” as an answer for “how do you know it’s true,” was kindergarten.
People – the target here is not disinformation, misinformation, or foreign propaganda. The target is and always has been dissent. Our government is the source of most of the misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda we hear, and then the media and big tech suppresses the truth. And if you think censorship and the totalitarian impulses behind it are going to stop once the government has shut you up, you are wrong. We have seen where this leads too many times in human history to walk blindly into it.
If we the people allow this to continue, we will collectively deserve the tyranny that inevitably follows.
How bad is it? Your children are already being told to inform on you⏤to their teachers. The University of Colorado has signs all over campus telling students where to go for assistance if they run across a ‘free speech event’ (and though those signs do not include the police, they eventually will).
It’s pretty bad.
Joe Rogan, in the meantime, who has a FAR better record giving factual information than does CNN, is putting on a Master Class in how to assist in getting oneself canceled.
What Joe Rogan SHOULD have done was to talk about the credentials of the two doctors he had on his shows to discuss Covid-19. All Dr. McCullough does is quote studies. He does not say ANYTHING that cannot be backed up by scientific research. I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Dr. McCullough – far more than I have for any of the political hacks masquerading as doctors in the CDC.
The other doctor Joe Rogan got in trouble for having on – Doctor Malone – I don’t know him, but he invented mRNA vaccines, so I would think his expertise would be obvious.
Anyway… Rogan was accused of misinformation, and he buckled to Cancel Culture, thinking that if he appeased the Volcano God of Leftist Orthodoxy, he would be left alone.
Once Cancel Culture decides to cancel someone, they don’t accept apologies. An apology is a sign of weakness, so rather than backing down after an apology is given, Cancel Culture doubles down. In this case, cancel culture put more and more pressure on Spotify to dump Joe Rogan, and went through every episode of every show Rogan has ever done, looking for examples of Joe Rogan saying the N-word.
Joe Rogan has never shied away from talking about controversial topics, and yes – Joe Rogan is happy to talk about race and racism, which he does from a left-leaning perspective. Joe Rogan’s position on the n-word has always been that though he will not use the N-word in reference to anyone, he has maintained that it is OK to use it when quoting someone, or when talking about the word itself. If I am not mistaken, he stopped using it entirely a few years ago, but now there is a video compilation showing every time Joe Rogan has used that word, over a twelve-year period, taking each utterance out of context.
Joe Rogan used to be offended by people who said ‘N-word’ rather than using the n-word; as to Rogan, once you give up your freedom of speech with one word, other words are sure to follow, making the first word targeted also the most important to fight for. And you know what? He has a point.
As for me, I agree with Jordan Peterson’s take, which is that I have the right to use that word, but that does not make it polite to do so. I choose to be polite. That’s my choice.
So anyway, Joe Rogan used the n-word numerous times and was taken out of context in a video to create further pressure to take him off the air.
What Joe Rogan SHOULD have done was to reiterate the context he has used that word in, and defiantly defended his right to use it in those contexts. He could even have said that he decided to stop using it even in those contexts, lest he be taken out of context – as he now has been.
What he could NOT do is what he did – he apologized again.
Now… He could have said something like, “I get it. That word is very offensive to people, and people don’t want to hear it. I get it, and I am sorry I offended people. But understand that it is precisely because that word is offensive that I used it. We should not be calling people that word, of course, but we need to talk about that word because it is offensive, and it being so very offensive is a huge indicator that we, as a people, still need to heal. So I think we need to talk about it, and I think context matters.” Something like that takes responsibility with an apology for causing offense⏤while admitting no wrongdoing.
One can also admit wrongdoing when one feels they did something wrong, but Joe Rogan does not believe he did, and as such, his apology lacks the very sense of sincerity that his audience used to admire about him.
Spotify has now taken more than 100 of his episodes off the air, as a further sacrifice to the Volcano God of Leftist Orthodoxy. Spotify did not cancel Joe Rogan, so now cancel culture is saying that taking down more than 100 Joe Rogan episodes for offensive content is not good enough. It turns out Spotify left up all of Joe Rogan’s episodes where he interviewed antisemites.
Has Joe Rogan interviewed any antisemites? I don’t think he has. I don’t follow him, so I don’t really know. What I do know is that cancel culture did not name any of the presumed antisemites. According to the left, anyone who disagrees with cancel culture is a racist and an antisemite, whereas people who hate Jewish people and who think black people are not capable of getting IDs are fine.
Joe Rogan’s downfall actually began the minute he took $150 million from Spotify (including stock options) to be aired only on that platform. With 11 MILLION people watching every episode of his program, he had more viewers than Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and ABC COMBINED.
The Volcano God of Leftist Orthodoxy was NOT going to allow Joe Rogan, someone who though nominally on the left, did not worship the Volcano God, to have that kind of voice. With his Spotify deal, suddenly, Spotify had leverage over him. Without the Spotify deal, Joe Rogan could have told Cancel Culture off, but with that deal, he had to do as Spotify asks.
And now he is in a freefall.
Joe Rogan won’t go away completely, but this will cost him dearly in viewership AND credibility. On the left, he is now persona non grata, and on the right, he is now someone who buckled.
Had Joe Rogan held his ground, he would have been non-cancellable. The left might have tried to cancel him, but the more hated he became to the Volcano God’s followers, the more famous he would have become to those that believe in free speech.
I can tell Joe Rogan how to save his podcast. He needs to immediately go back to doing what he does best – talking about difficult topics, and doing so truthfully. His being canceled IS the topic he needs to talk about. Discussing this topic, and telling the world that buckling was a mistake, and that he is willing to throw the Spotify money away to keep his integrity – that’s how he puts himself back on top.
More likely, Joe Rogan will continue to decline, and the left, after defeating Joe Rogan, will take on the rest of us.
As always, the Volcano God is hungry.
And now Jen Psaki has told us what comes next. From now on, the Biden Administration is the purveyor of truth, and anything that contradicts them needs to be censored. That is particularly true when they lie – as they do pretty much every time their mouths move.
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