Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Alex Jones, Freedom of Speech, and The Real Enemy

The sickening and alarming targeted censorship of Alex Jones, regardless of what you may think of him personally, is a genuine threat to the future and freedom of every single one of us who is not a willing slave or a minion of those who aspire to rule the world and be masters over us all. The Facebook censors still allow several FB groups promoting the lying murderers of "The White Helmets", professional fake news creators and actual killers, but FB shuts down Jones, who may often be mistaken, but I believe is sincere, and he, unlike me and The White Helmets, who are still on FB, and unlike me and the White Helmets, I doubt has ever killed anyone.

Personally, I think Alex is an alright guy, in spite of the fact that he has studiously ignored (thus, in effect, censored,) me and my work in Donbass for the last 4 years, even though we are both from the same town, (Austin, Texas) have some close common acquaintances, and actually agree on many things. Alex has been right about a lot of things, and though he has gotten paid very well for his work, and though he has said some contradictory and even stupid things, I believe he is genuinely sincere in his efforts to make a better country and a better world. I've said some stupid things myself, on occasion, and there is no shortage of people who think I too am an asshole. So, Alex and I are now in the same boat. Targeted, censored and repressed by the multi-billion dollar propaganda machine known as the "Mainstream Media".

A year ago, when the scumbag presstitutes of the BBC and the Houston Chronicle targeted the fundraiser for my book, they used lies to engage in a coordinated attack, outright suppression, not just of my book and free speech, but of the truth. Their poison pen campaigns, textbook examples of lying "yellow journalism",  cost me thousands of dollars that had already been donated, and were subsequently returned to donors. A lot of people spoke out against it, but my homeboy Alex was silent. And so now, it is his turn to see what it's like to have his funding cut and his voice silenced by hypocrites and professional liars. And perhaps to be ignored by so-called "comrades" and "Defenders of the 1st Amendment" who don't speak up for his rights because of their personal animosity, warranted or not.

When Inessa S was de-monetized on Youtube, she lost her main source of income from the millions of views her work translating Russian news for an English-speaking audience had earned. Again, this devastating attack on an excellent independent journalist and upon free speech itself, as well as against the basic access to honest information, did not raise any cry from Alex Jones. But now that he's in the crosshairs of Fascist repression himself, he has finally begun to think it's a serious thing.
It seems to me that he and his supporters are a day late and a dollar short, and it can not but seem disingenuous that only now does he complain, whenhis own free speech is attacked. None the less, I have to stand with Alex on this issue, and hope he has learned his lesson. He did not stand up for others' rights to free speech, so now he has lost his own. This is a lesson we all must learn, this is a battle we all must do our part in. Not for Alex Jones, but for ourselves, for all of us.

There will always be conflict between people and groups who are nominally on the same side. Orwell hated Laski, Emmett Grogan despised Abby Hoffman, Mario Monje betrayed Che, "The Saker" hates "Texac". Usually there are legitimate reasons for the conflicts between supposed allies, from one side or another, but to fail to defend free speech, even of someone you don't like, is a betrayal of the lowest order, beyond excuse and beneath contempt, a betrayal, not just of comrades, but of principles, and of ourselves.

So, what is to be done? My friend and Comrade Joaquin Flores has taken the brave and principled stand to no longer post on FB. I understand and respect his logic and decision, but will not follow his example. I will wait for FB to shut me down, I will not censor myself. I have had two Twitter accounts shut down, the first with over 700 followers, the second with over 1,000. Perhaps I will soon start another Twitter account. I believe the answer is not to boycott crooked media channels, but to turn their power against them, and above all, to support and amplify the voices of those our true and mortal enemies seek to silence, even if we don't agree on every issue.

Perhaps Jones and Watson, Zuckerberg and the rats at CNN, Apple, and the goddamned BBC, as well as all of us who claim to stand for freedom of speech, should remember the words of Martin Niemoller's famous poem -

First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out---
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Fuck who says they won't re-post what such and such other site posts, because they don't like 'em. Fuck every one of them.  If it's true, support it, share it, and respect it.  A fake comrade is a real enemy. Whose personal feelings come before the Truth, and before the Struggle, is no comrade of mine. I stand with the Truth,whoever says it, and where ever they say it.

Speak up while you still can, and support others' right to do the same, even if you don't like them. We must all stand against the real enemy, the mortal enemy, who are trying to silence us all. And BTW, I'd be happy to discuss or debate with Jones or "The Saker" on any subject, anytime. We'll see what they say... Or don't.