The internet as it stands now is a pretty open, democratic place for speaking your mind. It is one of the most wondrous inventions of humanity – anyone reading this knows this. Near-instant communication, with anyone you please, in any area of the globe which has high-speed internet access (which admittedly discounts some hefty sections of the Earth – but hey, they’re working on it). Combined with the enormous storage capacity of modern data warehouses, the internet is not only an incredible communications device – it is also a living record of the human experience.
But will it always be that way?
I originally started writing this post starting with the question of “How much longer the internet would remain free?” But I got ahead of myself a bit asking that question – the first question we need to ask is “Why would anyone want to control the blogosphere”?
A Free Blogosphere Means Less Thought Control
The internet of course, has some people very upset. It isn’t a disruptive technology; it’s *the* disruptive technology of our age. The internet has revealed to me spheres of opinion that I would never have had access to if a handful of television and newspaper outlets still had their monopoly on newsgathering and opinion formation. The Dark Enlightenment could have never formed in pre-Internet days. Stefan Molyneux would still be just some guy working at a software company.
The internet has essentially un-done all of the hard work my teachers performed to propagandize me into an obedient Leftist foot soldier. From about the age of 22 until now (29), I have been consuming the red pill on the state of the world, our government, women, and topics of race and IQ. And it has been a painful, laborious, rude awakening. But I now see myself as more relaxed and free than ever intellectually – and that makes me dangerous to a variety of stakeholders. The government, corporations, tax-exempt foundations, and major political parties – their propaganda just doesn’t work on me with the same power it used to.
Of course, one person becoming disillusioned is hardly a crisis to such powerful interests – but a large number of bright, intelligent, energetic young people that have simply “had enough” with the status quo can be a mighty force to be reckoned with. Silicon Valley is proof of that much.
The way I see it, the blogosphere has worked as a crowbar to loosen the vice-grip that the Left has had over opinion-formation in the pre-internet decades. And that has a lot of powerful people very scared that the noises they used to make will no longer produce the obedience and money it used to.
Race is the Premier Tool of Thought Control in America
Nowhere has my disillusionment been more severe than on the questions of race, wealth distribution, and intelligence distribution. Before my readings into the Dark Enlightenment, I thought of race as merely a dreadful subject that focused on our country’s past problems with the treatment of blacks.
But today, after reading much of VDare.com and half of Jacques Ellul’s book, I now recognize that the subject of race is the premier tool of thought control in the USA. Even today, 50 years after 1965, race can only be discussed in hushed tones, and on major television programs only in the most boring, apologetic, circumscribed, and often hypocritical fashion. The subject has been emotionalized and sensationalized to the point of complete intellectual immobility – and the Left loves it that way.
To be blunt, nobody but a brave-and-foolish few genuinely *thinks* about the subject of race in any significant depth. As Ellul writes, propagandized populations are not supposed to think – they are supposed to act. Propaganda works to impart reflex actions into populations, so that they act without thinking. The propaganda on race depends on which race is being addressed.
Race Propaganda in America
Propagandized white people have built in reflexes which cause an avalanche of immobilizing guilt whenever the subject of race is brought up. The only socially acceptable expressions of opinion must be couched in terms of sympathy, contrition, and passivity. Passivity is especially useful, as this allows powerful people to get away with basically anything as long as they can feasibly inject race into the discussion. I would argue that white people are necessarily more propagandized than blacks are, for the efficacious purpose that whites cast the majority of the votes on Election Day, and pay the vast majority of taxes to support the welfare-warfare state.
Propagandized blacks are fed a steady diet of images of slavery, the alleged hypocrisy of the Founding Fathers, whippings, hangings, the Ku Klux Klan, segregated lunch counters, and the prison system. The great trick of all this race propaganda is to pin all of these past injustices on the Republican Party and/or white people in general – despite historical record pointing completely at a hardcore of the Democratic Party. This actually contradicts Ellul’s tip that effective propaganda should be as truthful as possible. But Ellul does make the point that propaganda can effectively use lies as long as the target population has no way of uncovering the truth. Most blacks in my (admittedly anecdotal) experience are simply not interested in finding out the truth of matters for themselves. The propagandist knows this, and hence is in the position to cook up any lie he wishes.
The Net Result: Reflex Actions
The net result of this propaganda has been the creation of mental and physical reflex actions into the target populations. These reflexes have been built into the populace by Leftist change agents in the public school system and popular media. While propaganda is nebulous subject, in this case the goals of this propagandizing are pure self-interest. The goal is get white people to go along with (either by acceptance or fear) schemes to redistribute their income and wealth to the Democratic Party’s clients, and to keep blacks perpetually angry and resentful at white people so that they will continue to vote for Democrats on Election Day.
The idea that blacks cannot succeed without government assistance is an old propaganda trope that has been used effectively by demagogues in America for decades. Internalization of this belief among blacks reaps two benefits for the Democratic Party. First, it ensures that blacks will continue to vote for more big government redistribution schemes, which the Democratic Party is happy to oblige. Secondly, the idea that the system is biased against blacks ensures that blacks will not participate in meaningful, wealth-building activities such as entrepreneurship. Constantly selling “You can’t do it without us,” is a ploy to keep blacks perpetually poor, loyal, and obedient. And I see no end in sight.
But What Happens if the Propaganda Doesn’t Work Anymore?
This is a deep-seated fear of the Democratic Party, and other powerful stakeholders that base their power upon rubbing raw racial tensions. If enough people read Dark Enlightenment blogs, and become progressively less and less believing of the usual lies regarding race, the effect could be a real disaster. I of course, would applaud this turn of events, as I am so utterly sick of the race issue being stuck in the same mud it was back in 1965.
But this is what motivates the control and censorship of the blogosphere I most fear. If I have learned nothing else over the past decade, it is that every society has in its midst a cadre of would-be tyrants that thirst for power over others, no matter how much the spirit of democratic debate is pounded into their heads. To boil down this blog post, I fear that loss of the control over the race narrative will motivate strong attempts to clamp down on dissent on the internet, probably in the guise of fighting “racist extremism”, or “online hate groups.” The issue has simply proved too profitable to give up without a fight.