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The House Judiciary Committee’s Tuesday hearing on white nationalism was a disturbing clown show. Democrats and the professional “hate” watchers insisted white nationalism is the greatest threat to America. Most Republicans tried to switch the topic to that other great domestic danger: left-wing anti-Semitism. Big Tech’s representatives bent over backwards to say they are doing as much as they can do to suppress white nationalism. And to illustrate the absurdity of the whole thing, YouTube closed the comments to the committee hearing livestream because there was too much “hate speech” i.e. the dogs didn’t like the dog food. [Racist and anti-Semitic comments flooded YouTube livestream of congressional hearing on white nationalism, by Donnie O’Sullivan, CNN Business, April 9, 2019]

Except for a few brief moments of sanity, the whole hearing was a farce—but it revealed our political Establishment’s mounting and ominous obsession with censorship.

Here were the important highlights.

  • Some Republicans Stood Up For Free Speech…!

Republican California Rep. Tom McClintock questioned the tech representatives about the dangers of censorship and how their platforms violate their commitment to neutrality.“What we’re seeing across the world today is that it is a very slippery slope between banning hate speech and banning speech we just hate,” McClintock said. “We’ve seen many examples even in our own country recently of legitimate speech being suppressed on college campuses, on social-media platforms, and even in public discourse.” [Republicans tried to turn a hearing about white nationalism into a venue to complain about attacks on conservatives, by Joe Perticone, Business Insider, April 9, 2019]

He also took a swipe at the prohibition of “hate speech”: “Free societies don’t punish words—they punish deeds.”

The California Republican pressed Google and Facebook’s representatives to explain how they satisfy the spirit of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Section 230 requires social media platforms to serve as neutral forums with true political diversity in order to be protected from publisher liabilities. McClintock astutely noted how Big Tech platforms routinely censor certain views and demonstrate political bias.

“Are you a neutral forum or an editorial publication responsible for your content?” he asked the tech representatives.

Both tech representatives skirted the question. Facebook rep Neil Potts claimed his company errs on the side of more speech and only censors speech that calls for violence. That’s an outright lie. Potts had spent most of the hearing insisting Facebook was committed to the suppression of white nationalist views, regardless of whether they encourage violence. Faith Goldy, American Identity Movement, and countless others have never advocated for violence. Yet they are banned from Facebook.

Google rep Alexandria Walden insisted her company only censors speech that threatens safety, even though there is ample evidence Google suppresses mainstream conservatives like PragerU.

McClintock’s speech was the high point of the hearings and put Big Tech in the hot seat for their contradictory policies and statements. Unfortunately, the tech reps chose to be dishonest.

Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert questioned the tech reps why they censor conservatives like Diamond & Silk. Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said Congress shouldn’t just focus on white nationalist “hate speech.” [Conservatives Derail Congress’ White Nationalism Hearing, Declare ‘All Hate Speech’ Matters, by Andy Campbell, HuffPost, April 9, 2019]

  • Candace Owens Called Out The Obsession With White Nationalism

Black conservative commentator Candace Owens’ opening statement was remarkably good. Owens said the push to suppress white nationalism as a strategy to suppress political dissent and reaffirm left-wing power. [Candace Owens to Congress: Left Uses Terms Like White Nationalism For Power, To Scare Brown People, by Ian Schwartz, RealClearPolitics, April 9, 2019]

“Let me be clear the hearing today is not about white nationalism or hate crimes, it is about fear mongering, power and control,” Owens said. “It is a preview of a Democrat 2020 election strategy—-the same as the Democrat 2016 election strategy.”

She said, rightly, that Democrats and liberals deliberately inflate hate crime statistics to fear monger and divide Americans. “The goal here is to scare Blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims into helping them censor dissenting opinions ultimately to helping them regain control of our countries narrative which they feel that they lost.”

Owens added that Democrats should focus on Antifa, instead: “If they actually were concerned about white nationalism, they would be holding hearings on Antifa—a far left violent white gang.”

Democrats were outraged Owens was invited to speak at the panel and multiple lawmakers took the time to criticize her appearance before the committee. California Rep. Ted Lieu played a (deceptively edited) clip of her talking about Adolf Hitler, which he claimed was a defense of the Nazi dictator. Another Democrat, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, said she was hurt Owens was invited because the conservative inspired the Christchurch massacre. The Christchurch shooter jokingly cited Owens as an influence, but few believe he was serious.

  • Every Single Democrat Wanted More Censorship

The consensus was clear from Democratic lawmakers: Big Tech must censor more.

The Big Tech reps were grilled over how their companies had not censored more white nationalists or taken so long to do so. Some Democrats wanted to know if Facebook and Google had developed AI algorithms that can detect “dogwhistles” and other silly things. Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond argued that hate speech is illegal and you can’t shout hate in a crowded theater. (You actually can!)

Nearly all Democrats, including Richmond, blamed President Trump for the “rise in hate” and virtue signaled against the administration. Democrats also made sure to say “white supremacists” were the real terror threat, not Islamic extremists.

A particular concern for Democrats was VDARE.com contributor Faith Goldy. They were incensed that Goldy was able to publish on Facebook a (completely factual) video on the demographic transformation and not be immediately censored. Goldy was banned from Facebook and Instagram on Monday in response to the outrage against her video.

Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline accused Facebook of complicity in the spread of white nationalism and wanted to know how they will combat it in the future. Cicilline’s recommendation: tech platforms treat white nationalism as terrorism and ban everybody like Goldy. “What specific proactive steps is Facebook taking to identify other leaders like Faith Goldy and preemptively remove them from the platform?” he asked Potts.

Potts said Facebook is doing everything possible to eliminate white nationalism from its platform. Both tech reps spent the entire hearing placating Democrat complaints and vowing to do more censorship. It was pathetic and disturbing.

If Democrats had their way, anybody that shared VDARE.com content would receive an instant ban. You don’t have to be a white nationalist to earn the ban, just be called a “white nationalist” by the Left.

  • The “Hate Experts” Were Even Worse Than The Democrats

The Democratic-controlled Judiciary Committee invited representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, the Equal Justice Society, and the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. All of these witnesses—along with Mohammad Abu-Salha, a father of a Muslim girl killed in an alleged hate crime—wanted state power to be used against white nationalism.

Equal Justice Society President Eva Paterson (right) urged the government to give “muscle” to the efforts of these “anti-hate” groups. All of the alleged hate experts wanted federal authorities to create a task force to combat white nationalism and wanted the Department of Justice to make “hate” a top priority.

Abu-Salha wanted hate crime laws to be instituted nationwide and hate crimes to require less proof to be used against criminal offenders.

Anti-Defamation League Senior Vice President Eileen Hershenov defined “white nationalism” as a euphemism for “white supremacy.” Hershenov also implied Gab and 8chan should be taken down because they are “24/7 white nationalist rallies.” [Congressional hearing on white nationalism goes off the rails, by Luke Barnes, Think Progress, April 9, 2019]

National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law president Kristen Clarke (right) complained Facebook wasn’t doing enough to censor white nationalists because it still had pages that said “It’s Okay to Be White.” Clarke also lamented that Facebook originally differentiated white supremacy from white nationalism and didn’t ban the latter category until a few days ago.

Democrats treated all of these witnesses with kid gloves and nodded along with their suggestions.

  • Republicans Just Tried To Deflect With Accusations of Left-Wing and Muslim Anti-Semitism

Instead of defending free speech and skewering the notion alleged white nationalists are the biggest threat to America, most Republicans stuck to attacking Ilhan Omar and critics of Israel.

The leader in this tactic: Zionist Organization of America President Mort Klein, one of the hearing’s GOP witnesses. Klein focused on the alleged anti-Semitism of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and the Muslim community.

The focus on Muslim anti-Semitism was an interesting tactic but it didn’t prove effective.

Klein’s strategy did draw a bizarre statement from Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Mary Scanlon. Scanlon argued Muslims were not responsible for anti-Semitic attacks in America and insisted white supremacists try to pit Muslims and Jews against each other.

The whole hearing would have been comical if the people involved didn’t have the power to shut down dissent. The hearing predicts more tech censorship, more state suppression, and impotent Republican resistance.

We need Trump and the GOP to wake up.

Washington Watcher [email him] is an anonymous source Inside The Beltway.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Candace Owens did a very good job in the best way that she could, and she made the Dems
    look like a bunch of retards. I have to give her credit.
    However, it’s quite odd to have a black woman speak on behalf of “white nationalists.”
    They could have invited Spencer or Duke or Enoch or Striker or Taylor or Johnson,
    or any number of brilliant alt-right thinkers……but they won’t do that because our ideas make too much sense. They know that when people hear logic and reason and common sense, people will come
    to our side.
    My prediction….more censorship……dissent goes underground…….then comes back with massive violence. Censorship will breed radicalization. Doxing also has the opposite effect; they think they can take people out, but after being doxed the victim is 1000 times more committed to the cause and now has NOTHING left to lose.
    The jews think they are so smart, but that does not appear to be the case.
    If they were smart they would RECOGNIZE that whites have legitimate grievances that need
    to be addressed.
    Instead, they poke the tiger in the eye………

    • Agree: follyofwar
    • Replies: @Corvinus
  2. Sorry anti-nationalists, this probably won’t work. There’s already lots of suppression of free speech in Europe, yet nationalism is doing a lot better than in the US. In a free market capitalist democracy, censorship alone can’t stop major shifts in public opinion.

    If the establishment engages in careful, moderate censorship this could end up weeding out the more extreme, hot-headed and inarticulate nationalists, leaving the field open for “normie friendly” moderates to enhance their optics and increase their popularity (which appears to be what is already happening in Europe). Conversely, if the establishment cracks down in an extreme or erratic way, right-wing and libertarian anger will grow and the nationalist right may well experience an increase in support. Either way, the left won’t achieve its goal of undermining support for the nationalist right.

    • Agree: 95Theses
  3. What Lieu did is PRECISELY the cheap demagogic character assassination that the radical Left practices as naturally as breathing in their soulless lust for power no matter who they have to publicly flay, excoriate and crucify in the process. As Stalin said, to make an omelette you have to break some eggs.
    The way Lieu goes after Owens and “people like her” is hideously akin to the way Goebbels went after the Jews….

  4. Censorship isn’t really the issue. It’s merely a symptom of anti-white hatred and bigotry which is rampant in America, especially among the elite, the corporate and the government spheres. Nobody’s very worried about censoring minorities and POCs—unless of course, they’re criticizing the Jews. And even then, only a feeble complaint from Republicans is offered.

  5. Is Japanese nationalism legitimate? Yes.
    Is White nationalism legitimate? Yes.

    All high-IQ tribes deserve to continue to exist for the sake of humanity.

  6. I take it that the Democrats are opposed to America as a nation. They probably would oppose any Black Nationalist, too. And it goes without saying that they are opposed to any kind of Supremacist, White or Black. After all, in the land of equality, no man or woman or other can rise above any other. That would be a national tragedy resulting in inequality.

    Except in basketball.

  7. A sneaky way to shut down free speech for people that are white advocates, is to infiltrate them with fakes who ultimately damage the potential for white activists to get their voices heard. The “media” then seals the links to “white supremacist” groups, which in reality are few and far between. Goldy is suspicious to me. She comes from some pro-Israeli sites, such as the Blaze. She’s always directed the anger at Muslims. And while Muslims have their problems they bring, the real perpetrators to open door policies have been entrenched in our system a long time.

  8. Priss Factor [AKA "Asagirian"] says: • Website

    And here’s White Degenerationalism.

  9. Corvinus says:
    @Robert Dolan

    “They know that when people hear logic and reason and common sense, people will come to our side.”

    We have been hearing it for years, yet few are converting.

    “My prediction….more censorship……dissent goes underground…….then comes back with massive violence.”

    Will you be part of this push back, or slink back to the shadows?

    “If they were smart they would RECOGNIZE that whites have legitimate grievances that need
    to be addressed. Instead, they poke the tiger in the eye…”

    So how much more waiting? Six months? Six years? Sixty-years?

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  10. @Corvinus

    Obviously….the reason there were no WN’s at the hearing was just as I said, because the jews KNOW that our ideas are solid, so they do all they can to shut us down.
    This is obvious to everyone.
    And the sole reason for white demise (and the lack of pushback against international jewry) is the jew owned media that LIES to our people 24/7 and keeps them in the dark.
    By the way, you constantly taunt others here online, bet you wouldn’t do that in a bar.
    You would lose your teeth very quickly.

  11. Corvinus says:

    “Obviously….the reason there were no WN’s at the hearing was just as I said, because the jews KNOW that our ideas are solid, so they do all they can to shut us down.”

    I would agree that your ideas ought not be shut down on social media, but as far as them being “solid”, that is up for significant debate.

    “And the sole reason for white demise (and the lack of pushback against international jewry) is the jew owned media that LIES to our people 24/7 and keeps them in the dark.”

    So white people are unable to figure out that what they are told are lies?
    So white people are constantly blinded?
    So white people are utterly conditioned to be hoodwinked?

    Really? Do you seemingly think this way? Wow, just wow.

    The Alt Right generally enjoys pointing the finger at the Jews, but if you are honest with yourself, it really comes down to whites, not Jews, who apparently lack the intelligence to fight back.

    “By the way, you constantly taunt others here online, bet you wouldn’t do that in a bar.
    You would lose your teeth very quickly.”

    LOL, you would get dropped like a bad habit.

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