I’ve been wanting to do a monthly newsletter for awhile, and I had the opportunity to test a new system that made creating them a snap, so here we are and please do let me know if you find this useful or annoying.
Nevermind Coronavirus (for now), the big news for me last month was the release of my second book, Unassailable. It seemed that as I was finishing up the book in late 2019 that cancel-culture had perhaps peaked and I had missed the moment with this book.
That sentiment was dashed quite quickly out of the gate in the early days of 2020:
Email provider mailchimp suspended Stefan Molyneux’s account in response to a tweet from somebody else (a woman who is the co-founder of the Sleeping Giants collective)
Twitter took down Zerohedge’s account based on a hit piece penned by Buzzfeed author Ryan Broderick. An examination of his Twitter archives showed he had committed the exact offense he accused ZH of (namely doxxing somebody). ZH was suspended, whilst Broderick maintains his blue checkmark)
Canada’s Broadband Telecom Legislative Review (BTLR) dropped and Slate readers in Canada should be thrilled: it contains a blue print for controlling internet content, including mandatory licensing for all content creators and forcing social media networks to only link to, or provide “discoverability” for “approved media sources”.
Taxpayer funded CBC joined the clamour a few weeks later, marshalling a group of Canadian media companies to draft an open letter to the Trudeau government pleading for legislation to regulate “trusted news” sources online.
All this to combat what I once dubbed “the fifth horseman of the internet apocalypse” – fake news.
Who would be an approved media source in Canada? Probably anybody who benefits from that 600M subsidy announced by the federal government last year.
The Bond https://bombthrower.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/shutterstock_1030471843-e1551983495127-1.jpget And The Price Of Gold Are Making Massive Cycle Turns – Mike Swanson (03/07/2020) – WallStreetWindow.com
I started fiddling with the idea to do a monthly newsletter during the last week of February, and my rough notes contained ideas like:
Canada’s supply chain disruptions due to pipeline protestors
A mini-rant about “equality of outcomes” as an ideal to strive toward
That was around two weeks ago, and most of that stuff has been rendered obsolete:
The TSLA share price has already nose-dived below the secondary offer price of $767, closing Friday at $703.48. That’s an 8.3% haircut in 10 trading days.
Warren threw in the towel after super-Tuesday.
Canada’s supply chain now faces a much bigger existential threat because of COVID-19 (as does everybody else’s)
Equality of outcome
My mini-rant against the goal of equality of outcome never progressed much further than observing that anybody who espouses that as an ideal is really saying, in effect that,
“nobody else should be more successful, or happier, than me”
and that the sentiment is almost exclusively advocated by miserable and frustrated Marxists who meet many of the symptoms of being mentally ill.
Prove me wrong!
… was as far as I got with it. Other than that the progressive’s zealousness over the certainty of their own morality crowds out self-awareness.
I have 10 invites for ThinkSpot
I set up my Thinkspot account in February. That’s the new social media platform developed by the likes of Jordan B Peterson and Sam Harris, intended to be a place where ideas can be freely expressed without the spectre of cancel culture hanging over one like a Sword of Damocles.
If you’re interested, just reply to this email and the first 10 people will get an invite from me. I’m @markjr on that system so look me up once you’re there (I even seem to have a blue checkmark!)
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