The Mis-Information Age

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During the course of my short career as a commentator, I’ve wrestled with the questions of what makes a progressive think the way they do, and how do progressive ideas spread through the culture as they do. Reading articles or watching YouTube videos that would no doubt be considered “triggering” by the mainstream as I’m wont to do, I can’t help but sit here and question my own logic processing, because what I see and read tends to make perfect sense to me, yet I’m clearly in possession of a “fringe” view.

Take the example of Paul Joseph Watson’s latest YouTube clip:

It was released this week. In it he discusses the hypocrisy inherent in the detention of Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner and Lauren Southern over the weekend, and their being denied visas to enter the UK by the border agencies, when compared to the country’s appalling record of granting entry to purveyors of radical Islam.

In the video Watson runs through an extensive list of jihadists, radical clerics, and Islamic terrorists that have been granted unfettered access to the country in the past few years to preach and commit terror, taking advantage of Britain’s hospitality, and Britain’s aversion to causing offence to anyone with a remotely swarthy complexion in the process.

To check the veracity of the video, I looked into several of the examples cited by Watson, and sure enough, they check out – this is not “alt-right activism” or “hate speech” or “Islamophobia” (although that’s surely how it will be painted by the Left) but the uncomfortable truth about a country and ruling elite that has capitulated to political correctness and is devolving quickly into one in which the Thought Police control everything:

As Watson asks in the video, with the detention of Pettibone, Southern and Sellner, what sort of “hate” are the UK authorities desperate to clamp down on anyway? Surely not the sort that’s now come to light concerning the latest rape atrocity scandal in Telford, that has seemingly revealed yet another abhorrent case of young white girls being groomed and raped by gangs of “men of Asian appearance”, ignored and covered up for years [where the fuck is the #MeToo movement on this I wonder].

London photoIn the midst of this, and in light of the detention of Pettibone and Co this weekend, I ask myself how the hell this can be tolerated in a country as seemingly enlightened as the UK? How does a modern society so glibly accept that free speech is no longer sacrosanct without so much as a struggle? How can a government proudly announce that it’s clamping down on online “hate speech”, when for the most part the so-called hate speech amounts to no more than criticism of Islamic terrorism, regardless of whether some of it may be considered offensive?

What blinds the average Brit to this reality? What are they drinking in the morning that allows them to ignore the vision of the progressives and their multicultural utopia of evil white racists and beatific brown people?

To me the difference is not just an inherent bias and the bubble of liberal idyll, but in the quality of information presented and the willingness to look for it. I will try and illustrate with the following example.

Since 2015, there have been dozens of terror attacks in Europe and the UK, which has placed the matter of radical Islam, or just plain Islam, firmly into the public consciousness. There are full lists available on the internet of the numerous cases, but you’ll recall the most prominent of these around that time were the Paris-Bataclan attacks in November 2015, and the March 2016 Brussels bombings, both of which resulted in high death tolls.

In April 2016, the Gatestone Institute published the results of a survey of 100,000 or so British Muslims, around questions of Islam, and life in Britain. Given the mood at the time, one would have thought it would be the start of a good discussion in the UK about how Islam can exist alongside secular Britain, how it feels about Islamic terror, but this wasn’t the case. Produced originally to serve as the basis for a Channel 4 documentary called What British Muslims Really Think, the survey found amongst other things that:

  • One in three British Muslims (34%) would contact the police if they believed that somebody close to them had become involved with jihadists.
  • 23% of British Muslims said Islamic Sharia law should replace British law in areas with large Muslim populations.
  • 52% of the Muslims surveyed said they believe homosexuality should be illegal.
  • One in three British Muslims refuse completely to condemn the stoning of women accused of adultery.

In essence, what the survey results showed was a significant failure within segments of the British Muslim community to integrate, that many had separatist views and indeed one in five Muslims interviewed hadn’t entered the home of a non-Muslim in the previous year.

Photo by Darren Johnson / iDJ Photography

With no trace of irony, Trevor Phillips, the host of the documentary, goes on to note that 88% of British Muslims feel that the UK is a good place in which to live, mainly because Britain’s tolerance of intolerance allows them to do whatever they want.

Here’s the rub though; almost immediately in the days and weeks after that report was published, the media went on the defensive. Numerous progressive pro-Islam pieces were published deriding the survey results, noting Phillips was himself sowing division, and further risking alienating the Muslim community. Of course, what the Guardian glossed over was that Phillips is a much-admired BBC presenter of West Indian descent, is of a distinctly Labour-leaning persuasion, and hardly the divisive “racist” figure they claim is appealing to prejudices.

The other response from the likes of the BBC was to publish their own “comprehensive” survey of 2,000 respondents, that bemoaned the fact that the survey suggested that British people had a negative opinion of Islam, or didn’t understand “True Islam” or, you know, because Islamophobia. [Not to mention that respondees may have been influenced by recent terror attacks committed by Islamic terrorists which may have skewed the answers?]

The difference between the 650-page survey report and the reporting of it by the progressive media could hardly have been more glaring. There’s no doubt we’re living in a bi-polar, point-and-click misinformation age, one that feeds our prejudices and preferences via algorithms. But there’s also no escaping the fact that there’s a tremendous bias in the way in which issues relating to the left and right of politics are reported, with the result being the inevitable tremendous balkanisation of opinion.

When the likes of The BBC, The Guardian, The Independent or other even more progressive tabloids like Vice News refer to Brittany Pettibone or Lauren Southern as “Far Right” activists posing as journalists, or when they’re labelled as “controversial figures” for the sin of not sharing the same extreme left progressive views, the argument has already been framed, the narrative already constructed. The average reader knows “Far Right” means Hitler, doesn’t it, and to the deluded progressive acolytes that haunt the comments section of online media this is proof enough that the UK government acted appropriately to deal with “the hatemongers”. Yet this is the same media that generally reports the virulently deluded, extreme-left Antifa group in a positive light, gushing over their protests with such descriptors as “combating racism” or expressing the wish that they might inspire others to fight fascism.

I don’t have a solution for this, suffice it to say that as the Left continues to undermine personal freedoms and police speech, those of a conservatarian mindset will inevitably have to suffer the ignominy of being branded “far-right” or “racist” for daring to think freely and hold reasonable points of view about obeisance to Islam and multiculturalism. As the gap between the narrative that’s being painted by the Left’s progressive misinformation campaign and the lived experiences of the majority of ordinary citizens left to deal with real life consequences grows, watch out for the push to censor and ban ever more wrong opinions under the guise of dealing with #Fakenews as dissent grows.

  • W. Hunter

    The inbred English are fully cucked.
    Just need to take a look at PM, Theresa May. Complete whacko.

    England: a country where you need a licence to watch TV.
    England: where you can’t buy plastic picnic knives unless over 18.

    Q “What blinds the average Brit to this reality?”
    A They are dumber than a tree stump.

  • Scotrates

    It’s perhaps best for conservatives to simply ignore false accusations of racism. Neo-Marxists throw these word bombs at their political enemies hoping to put them into disarray. Thus we conservatives expend energy denying the accusations while missing the opportunity to politically attack the enemy. When a word becomes obviously misused it loses its potency and eventually ignored by all.

    • The only people who use the jew lable “racist” are anti-whites and idiots.

    • John Sheppard

      What I have learned is that a lot of people, when confronted with the accusation of being a racist, then focus the conversation on why they are not. That is a losing strategy. As we have seen, double-down and continue to hit on the main points of your argument. In most cases, they are actually saying more racist things than you, just that it is usually at the expense of white people so doesn’t count as racism to them.

      • Scotrates

        Yes, I couldn’t agree more. I always find it frustrating listening to conservatives on radio for example, spending most of their time and energy defending themselves or others against some trumped up accusation instead of focussing on really important issues.

  • belt fed 7.62mm

    The best thing we should do is kick back, eat popcorn and watch and laugh at the cucks in England.

    http://barenakedislam.com/2012/04/19/good-news-for-uk-muslims-48-of-brits-want-to-get-out-of-the-country/

    • Schadenfreude isn’t a healthy pleasure.

      It’s sad, that’s what it is. But we have our own problems.

  • It’s truly sad and won’t end well, I honestly can’t see the UK’s future full of anything but violence.

    All you need are enough people to be fed up, start a militia, and you have civil war.

    This is likely what the Left want in order to enforce a police state so it’s important that peaceful action is taken.

    That means taking to the streets and the airwaves and never EVER backing down.

    Make them fire the first shots.

    • “At what exact point, then should one resist the communists? … How we
      burned in the prison camps later thinking: what would things have been
      like if every security operative, when he went out at night to make an
      arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say
      good-bye to his family? Or if during periods of mass arrests people had
      simply not sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every step on
      the staircase, but had understood they had nothing to lose and had
      boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people
      with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand. … The Organs
      [police] would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers …
      and notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would
      have ground to a halt.”

      Alexander Solzhenitsyn

  • John Sheppard

    Well said! I actually watched the “banned” interview on BPS (Black Pigeon Speaks) YouTube channel that Brittany Pettibone had with Tommy Robinson. I highly recommend you watch it to see massive government overreach to try and shut down someone’s freedom of speech. The amount of effort they put into trying to pressure Tommy Robinson through arresting family members for petty or non-crimes, and then holding that as leverage to get him to plead guilty to made up charges was incredible.

    Not to mention the fact that while in the prison system he was moved to areas with Muslim inmates which obviously ended with him being assaulted on a number of occasions. The fact he is still alive astounds me, given the efforts by the government.

    And this is the UK government!! How does this happen?

  • That was actually entertaining. I might share on KikeBook.

  • Jai_Normosone

    Agree on the comment about “where is the #MeToo movement on the topic of rape gangs – and general casting of females as property. Strange to note too that it is dominant in Islam and Islam is the topic that the Moonbats want to regard as protected speech.

    Hitler was far right? Funny how many seem to think that. The truth is that Hitler was a combination of both sides and cannot be classified as one or the other (and definitely not able to be regarded as a Centrist because it doesn’t work like maths and balance out). Someone who screams “Hitler” at people of a conservative nature are demonstrating their complete lack of knowledge.

    Here’s something that the Left need to learn as well… their screams of “Fascist” at the Right also demonstrates their lack of learning and ability to comprehend history. Fascism was borne of the Left and is a firm product of that foolish thinking.

    As for being branded a “racist”, I couldn’t give a shit. It is a term that is subjective and doesn’t have any real boundaries as to what it defines. It means so many different things to different people and each seem to interpret it differently. Same goes for the completely fraudulent concept of the Muslim Brotherhood known as ‘Islamophobia’. Those who throw that term around are doing nothing more than proving their own stupidity.