If you tell a broad swath of society that its views are bigoted and unworthy of debate, you end up paradoxically empowering real haters, since they become the only tribunes of popular grievance.
No two countries are exactly alike, of course. Still, I worry a similar dynamic is afoot in the United States, especially in the aftermath of the disgraceful mob assault on Capitol Hill. To wit, Democrats and their Big Tech and Big Media allies have set about smearing the Trump movement as a whole as “seditionists” and “white supremacists,” whose views should simply be barred from the digital public square.
It’s doubly galling, since the same US elites memory-holed the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots of 2020, which were lengthier, deadlier and more destructive than the Capitol Hill unrest. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris flat-out lied to the public when she claimed that we “witnessed two systems of justice when we saw one that let extremists storm the US Capitol and another that released tear gas on peaceful protesters last summer.”
And now, with the silencing of conservative voices on social media, the removal of alternative platforms from mobile app stores and the revoking of their server access, old grievances remain unaddressed and new ones built off the back of this unprecedented gaslighting and censorship.
If my experience with extremism teaches me anything, it’s that such moves can only boost haters. If the choices are the dour church ladies of establishment-approved opinion, on one hand, and an edgy underground movement claiming to speak forbidden truths, on the other, the latter will thrive.