Anyone who doesn’t believe conservatives are being systematically suppressed by the communications monopolies of big tech is either not paying attention, hopelessly biased, or thoroughly brainwashed.
The process of suppression takes many forms. It isn’t merely suppression of conservative viewpoints on the major social media platforms (Google, Facebook, Twitter), but suppression of the related apps (Apple, Amazon), exclusion from the principal funding sites (Patreon, Kickstarter, GoFundMe), exclusion from the major online payment processors (PayPal, Stripe), and in some cases even access denial by the ISPs (AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon).
In most cases, suppression has not been total. One of the first to be banished, Alex Jones, still has his “Infowars” website; one of the more recent casualties also survives online as a stand alone, the relaunched Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Dangerous” website. But in the monopolistic communications infrastructure of social media platforms, apps and funding sites, they don’t exist. If you don’t know where to look for these orphaned websites, you won’t find them.
Suppression of conservative content began in earnest after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, intensified further in the months immediately preceding the 2018 midterms, and further still with the wave of purges that took place in the Spring of 2019. This story has been told again and again, a very recent example would be testimony by Dennis Prager before the U.S. Senate on July 16th.
Finding the Vloggers Who Have Been Suppressed
It is impossible to track every conservative who has been suppressed online. For every major figure who is attacked, there are hundreds of minor figures who have also been attacked by the leftist complaint warriors and quietly deboosted, demonetized, shadowbanned, or just plain eliminated.
Here then, is a list of conservative YouTube vloggers that are still active on that platform. If you regularly view one of these channels, you will probably still see them recommended. But otherwise, even if you view similar content, it is unlikely they will appear as “recommended videos,” or if they do appear, fewer of them will appear, and those few will appear less often. Instead you will be referred to mainstream conservative channels, starting with Fox News. This shift began in April 2019, and is specifically aimed at limiting exposure to these independent platforms.
It is important to note that some of the content produced by some of the vloggers listed here actually do produce what most conservatives would consider as objectionable. It is not possible to vet the entire body of work of every one of the individuals on this list. What is remarkable, however, is how in a fair online universe, some of these vloggers should never have come under attack. The mischievous Milo Yiannopoulos, the diligent Tim Pool, and the impeccable Dennis Prager come to mind. There are many others for which there is literally no case to be made for their suppression. But so what? What if some of this content is truly offensive and objectionable? Should it be suppressed?
One fledgling attempt to circumvent the biased online monopolies is the video platform BitChute. While the site has risen to an impressive worldwide Alexa ranking of #4,065 (the YouTube monopoly is ranked #2), it still has bugs and glitches. But BitChute’s community guidelines explicitly endorse freedom of expression, and at least so far, a commitment to unbiased policing of content. On the question of suppression, BitChute’s website says “The mere fact that an idea is disliked or thought to be incorrect does not justify its censorship.”
Standing on that principle, the ideal online media platform would treat all websites equally, allowing them to rise and fall based on viewer preference, or as the cliche aptly puts it, “in the marketplace of ideas.” With all this in mind, and based on the admittedly nebulous principle that the enemy of your enemy is your friend, here is a list of the “reactionary right” vloggers as catalogued in a report published in the Fall of 2018 by the left-of-center organization Data&Society:
The Reactionary Right on YouTube according to Data&Society
James Allsup – 452,936 subscribers, 72 million views
Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad) – 964,511 subscribers, 297 million views
Owen Benjamin – 262,712 subscribers, 51 million views
Taleed Brown (That Guy T) – 96,997 subscribers, 6 million views
John Canales (Mouthy Buddha) – 142,512 subscribers, 10 million views
Mike Cernovich – 77,704 subscribers, 2.6 million views
Lauren Chen (Pseudo Intellectual) – 364,058 subscribers, 34 million views
Mark Collett – 93,694 subscribers, 9 million views
Steven Crowder – 4.0 million subscribers, 817 million views
Dave Cullen (Computing Forever) – 410286 subscribers, 97 million views
Marcus Follin (The Golden One) – 95,822 subscribers, 12 million views
Nicholas Fuentes (America First) – 37,731 subscribers, 0.7 million views
Jean-François Gariépy – 47,262 subscribers, 4 million views
Faith J Goldy – 105,799 subscribers, 6 million views
Timothy Gionet (Baked Alaska) – now totally banned from YouTube
Rebecca Hargraves (Blonde in the Belly of the Beast) – 130,787 subscribers, 7 million views
Sam Harris – 339,111 subscribers, 5 million views
Brooks Heatherly (No Bullshit) – 651,990 subscribers, 136 million views
Jeff Holiday – 105,671 subscribers, 9 million views
Matt Jarbo (Mundane Matt) – 134,698 subscribers, 89 million views
Felix Lace (Black Pigeon Speaks) – 532,341 subscribers, 59 million views
Ezra Levant (Rebel Media) – 1.3 million subscribers, 452 million views
Chris Maldonado (Chris Ray Gun) – 605,475 subscribers, 92 million views
Gavin McInnes – 349,149 subscribers, 41 million views
Mister Metokur – 305,538 subscribers, 53 million views
Stefan Molyneux – 919,197 subscribers, 276 million views
Antonia Okafor – 5,841 subscribers, 0.2 million views
James O’Keefe (Project Veritas) – 311,027 subscribers, 42 million views
Henrik Palmgren and Lana Lokteff (Red Ice TV) – 327,959 subscribers, 46 million views
Jordan Peterson – 2.2 million subscribers, 110 million views
Brittany Pettibone – 125,716 subscribers, 8 million views
Tim Pool – 574,254 subscribers, 98 million views
Colin Robertson (Millennial Woes) – 54,299 subscribers, 5 million views
Joe Rogan – 5.8 million subscribers, 1.4 billion views
Dave Rubin – 1.0 million subscribers, 219 million views
Martin Sellner – 26,040 subscribers, 1.4 million views
Ben Shapiro – 792,908 subscribers, 47 million views
Lauren Southern – 716,792 subscribers, 59 million views
Richard Spencer – 2,454 subscribers, 111,345 views
Ayla Stewart (Wife with a Purpose) – 11,776 subscribers, 652,907 views
Jared Taylor (American Renaissance) – 113,447 subscribers, 12 million views
Annand Virk (Bunty King) – 66,984 subscribers, 0.5 million views
Andy Warski – 245,152 subscribers, 45 million views
Tarl Warwick (Styxhexenhammer666) – 380,464 subscribers, 182 million views
Paul Joseph Watson – 1.7 million subscribers, 400 million views
Blaire White – 520,103 subscribers, 65 million views
Milo Yiannopolous – now totally banned from YouTube
Other Members of the Reactionary Right according to Data&Society
James Damore – former Google employee, author of “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”
Larry Elder – Larry Elder Show
Andrew Klavan – The Andrew Klavan Show
Michael Knowles – The Michael Knowles Show
Candace Owens – Candace Owens Show
Dennis Prager – founder of Prager University
Can the Online Conservative Presence be Effectively Suppressed?
Since the latest assault on internet free speech, many of these YouTube channels have seen their referral visits drop by 50 percent or more. But there remains a fluidity to the conservative presence online that may be impossible to suppress. First because many of these channels are so big that shutting them down would provoke an uproar, as happened this past May when YouTube used out of context remarks made by Carl Benjamin to temporarily delete his account. Benjamin – whose channel is called “Sargon of Akkad” – has nearly a million subscribers and has delivered nearly 300 million videos.
Other channels are even bigger. The inimitable Paul Joseph Watson has delivered 400 million views on his YouTube channel; Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media has delivered over 450 million views; Joe Rogan’s channel has delivered well over a billion views. Moreover, the traffic trends are dramatic – Jordan Peterson, whose informed but politically unwelcome candor on gender issues catapulted him to worldwide fame, had just over 90 million views when last reported on in April, he’s now delivered over 110 million views.
If the conservative presence online is protected by dozens of too-big-to-squelch pundits with burgeoning audiences, it is also protected by thousands, if not tens of thousands of much smaller content producers who are perpetually researching and posting, producing a torrent of content that can’t possibly be contained. For every Joe Rogan or Paul Joseph Watson, there are a thousand lessor known conservative pundits such as Fleccas Talks or Blue Collar Logic, diligently posting and building their audiences.
In some ways, the biggest advantage favoring online conservatives is the fact of their suppression. While some “conservative” or alt-right content may indeed be objectionable, all of it is granted cache by virtue of it being forbidden. And when so much of what conservatives post online is not only true, but in direct contradiction to what is being routinely spewed forth from the approved mainstream sources of news, it triggers feelings of betrayal in the hearts of fair minded, truth seeking liberals. They have their so-called red pill moment. They walk away.
The issue of internet censorship is only one significant fraction of the transformations heralded by digital technology and artificial intelligence. A troubling article published this summer in American Affairs Journal entitled “Algorithmic Governance and Political Legitimacy,” explores the ways in which algorithms could become even more faceless arbiters of misguided policies than the faceless bureaucrats of the last century.
The challenges facing society wrought by technology, and the leftist dominated monopolies that currently control technology, reach well beyond free speech. But despite the ongoing AI enabled crackdown on free speech, the nature of the internet itself may yet defy containment. It may yet fulfill its original promise to deliver irrepressible truth and freedom to the people in America, and everywhere else in the world.
This article originally appeared on the website American Greatness.
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Edward Ring is a contributing editor and senior fellow with the California Policy Center, which he co-founded in 2013 and served as its first president. He is also a senior fellow with the Center for American Greatness, and a regular contributor to the California Globe. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Forbes, and other media outlets.
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