I just discovered this morning that the short video I made the other day discussing the absence of the latest saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety features in the 2019 VW Beetle I test drove recently has been pulled – apparently for “dangerous and derogatory” content. Which amounts to me criticizing the latest pushy-parenting-nudging “assistance” tech such as Lane Keep Assist/Steering Assist and ASS.
You’d think I’d put on a Hitler outfit and been ranting about “the Jews” – which by the way one ought to be able to do in a “free” country – whether “hateful” or not.
Speech is not action. Hurt feelings aren’t the same as hurting someone. But hurting someone because someone’s feelings have been hurt is hurting someone.
These feelings, of course, are arbitrary.
The feelings of the left – of hatred for straight white men, for instance and for the Orange Man – are sacrosanct. They are free to be expressed without worry about being suppressed. You can even be a “Coonman” – and play Al Jolson – and remain governor.
First Gargoyle – which deemed me “dangerous and derogatory” for writing articles explaining why engines are being downsized and heavily turbocharged to make up the power lost due to their downsizing (it has to do with CAFE compliance; you get to spend more for your next new car in order to “save gas”).
Now DaToob – for daring to say less than laudatory things about pushy saaaaaaaaaafety tech.
This is the first instance I’m aware of that a video rant of mine has been pulled off the air. But I’m sure it won’t be the last. Because I disagree with various sacred orthodoxies. I dare to think – and state – that government fatwai’ing MPG standards is a disagreeable thing in an ostensibly “free” country – and maintain that the Safety Cult is a very bad thing indeed.
It is about control – and here we have Exhibit A, proving my point.
I pointed out in the video which got pulled that a car which tries to countersteer – to force you back into your travel lane when you are trying to change lanes or leave your travel lane – because you haven’t engaged your turn signal, which the car insists you do – is both controlling and obnoxious as well as unsafe.
The wheel jerking and fighting – or even just vibrating – is distracting and distractions are dangerous.
Punishing or nudging people for not signaling when there is no reason to – other than it being The Law – is nothing more than Obeisance Training. If there are no other cars in the vicinity, it is idiotic to signal.
But it is virtue signaling.
I am a good law-obeying Clover! I never use my brain to evaluate a situation and then act according to my own best judgment. I reflexively obey all Rules and Regulations like a savage genuflecting before a totem pole.
And if I don’t – and dare to say so openly, in a public video… well, that video will soon be “unavailable.”
Note that the filthy poltroons – both Gargoyle and DaToob – do not specify why they suppress speech. They only give notice that they have suppressed it.
In other words, just because they can.
And we all know the real reason. They don’t like what some have to say. And – a form of psychosis – they consider disagreement with their authoritarian leftist ideology as “hateful.”
This encompasses Libertarian disagreement – which is “hateful” only to the extent it asks that force not be used to impose anyone’s ideas on anyone.
I am flagged for criticizing the force-feeding of electric cars and of direct-injection (indirectly, via government fuel efficiency regs) and the dubious saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety enhancements provided by distracting tech that pesters the driver at almost every turn – literally, in the case of Lane Keep Assist.
This isn’t High Politics. I’m a car jockey – and I’m on The Enemies List of these thuggy but virtue-posturing tech oligarchies, who are determined to close the American mind using the Internet equivalent of a bench vise which squeezes out everything they don’t like in the hope that they’ll be able to re-establish the controlled uniformity of Acceptable Discourse which existed before the Internet.
A handful of outlets – all controlled by them.
Per Lenin – a god of the authoritarian left who is perfectly acceptable (statues of him are being erected while statues of Robert E. Lee are being torn down) and not flagged as “hateful” despite having erected the greatest human abattoir since the days of Genghis Khan . . . what is to be done?
The tech oligarchs control their platforms – and can make an argument that, as publishers, they have the right to not publish things. But they have no moral claim to control over the Internet, which is effectively the public square of our time and was created by the tax dollars of everyone – and thus, everyone has a right to avail themselves of this forum.
And to free speech – whether anyone likes it or not.
What’s needed is an alternative to the tech oligarchs. Let them keep Gesichertbuch and Gargoyle and DaToob – and let’s us stop using them. And start using alternative platforms that aren’t speech suppressers – or at least, which do not smear (and punish) mere disagreement as “hateful.”
And there are alternatives – for example, LiveLeak. And there could be others. It doesn’t take millions or even thousands to set one up. It just takes someone who despises Speech Policing to set it up.
Similarly, visit and support web sites that don’t suppress speech – and not just the speech of the bylined authors but also of the commenters. My site – www.epautos.com – does not suppress comments and doesn’t require you to “sign up” with Gesichertbuch or any other such. There are others. Go there. Post there. Support them – because they support you.
We can fight back. It’s not illegal – not yet.
But it will be, if we don’t.
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