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Dueling -- or Logrolling -- Apartheids
RFK Jr. and Jordan Peterson defend apartheid Israel, Chomsky has advocated vaccine apartheid. Musk and the rest of Big Tech are for speech apartheid. Don't pick an apartheid, pick them all apart.
Kennedy claimed that he had initially lauded Roger Waters because he was unaware of Waters’s criticisms of Israel and because of his alleged stance on the pandemic. As someone who saw Waters’s show in DC last year, I can report that whatever the considerable merits of the show, it was eerie that there was no mention of pandemic policies. (Waters would make an appearance the following day at a protest at the “Department of Justice” regarding their persecution of Julian Assange, where I was among the speakers, and he insisted that people at this outdoor protest wear a mask.)
An irony in all this is that both Kennedy and Waters were targeted by the establishment for making references to Anne Frank.
Meanwhile, Noam Chomsky, who has been a virtual god-head for much of the left for decades in 2021 demanded that the unvaccinated should have the “decency to isolate” themselves from the rest of society and “if they refuse to do that, then measures have to be taken to safeguard the community from them.” “How can we get food to them?” asked Chomsky. “Well, that’s actually their problem.”
There has been a remarkable lack of accountability for embrace and advocacy of such policies with the official end of the Covid emergency last month.
Similarly, Jordan Peterson, who has become something of a god-head on the right, and has objected to Covid vaccine mandates, gave a disinfomercial for Israeli leader Netanyahu late last year, effectively enabling Israeli apartheid, apparently helped along by Ben Shapiro.
It appears that to gain standing as some sort of dissident icon, you have to be against one form of apartheid — but for another form of apartheid.
Meanwhile, the South-African-born military contractor Elon Musk has explicitly advocated the notion of Freedom of Speech, but not Freedom of Reach for Twitter. As I’ve argued, this is a direct assault on Free Speech.
Decensored News has reported: “Elon Musk To ‘Authenticate’ All Twitter Users, Create Two-Tiered System of Speech.”
Also, Musk has promised to tell people why they are shadowbanned — something Decensored News notes he hasn’t actually done yet — but the South African system of apartheid, as I understand it, was quite transparent in terms of telling people exactly why they were targeted and restricted. Does that make it any more justifiable?
(I should say, having directly experienced the uncertainty of both the Israeli system (to an extent) and opaque Big Tech censorship, having some level of certainty of outcomes does reduce stress when dealing with oppression.)
It’s quite likely that the people who will be most targeted by Big Tech are the people who are taking a principled position against apartheid based on ethnicity — and on medical choices, and any other illegitimate reason.
This may be a recipe for fueling various camps of hypocrites, endlessly calling each other names — and muting those who are critical of all the hypocrisies and attempting to articulate a system of meaningful equality that can move us forward in a positive manner.