In early June, Facebook announced that it was purging accounts run by white nationalists or those falsely claiming allegiance to antifa in order to discredit the organisation.
According to The Verge, the platform removed nearly 200 accounts linked to white supremacists, mostly those associated with the Proud Boys and the American Guard, both of whom Facebook said were inciting people to violence against Black Lives Matters protestors.
Let’s leave aside the matter of Facebook taking sides – Black Lives Matter have been not only inciting but carrying out violence of their own, including the murder of a number of people during the “largely peaceful” riots that have rocked America, as the MSM likes to call them. Plenty can and will be said on how this selective purging fuels the race wars currently being stirred. That is not the focus of this article.
Facebook’s purge wasn’t limited to a couple of hundred American white supremacists. Last week a number of British accounts run by right wingers (not white supremacists!) met the same fate.
Benjamin Harris-Quinney, chairman of The Bow Group – Britain’s oldest Conservative think tank – had his account removed, as did DtF’s own Bartholomew Chiaroscuro with no reason or warning. Both accounts were then mysteriously reinstated 24 hours later, but the incident has served as a shot across the bows. Now all the talk on Facebook is of moving off the platform – but to where?
VK is a popular alternative; a number of Barty’s followers have set up shop there ithis week in the hope of being able to follow his work unencumbered by the censors. But VK is Russian owned.
MeWe is another popular alternative, but the company is Chinese-backed. Within days of launching it received funding from Innovation Works, a venture capital fund founded by Kai-Fu Lee, the former head of Google China and founder of Microsoft Research Asia. Cornerstone Venture Capital, one of China’s oldest VC funds, came on board in a subsequent funding round, according to All Tech Asia.
The cold hard truth is: there is nowhere to go.
The first Marxist revolutions which swept across Russia and China, swallowing up smaller nations from Eastern Europe to the Far East and beyond in their wake, were of course devastating in their impact on the populations of those regions. But although the people within were surrounded by razor wire fences, there was always a sense that there was somewhere to get to beyond the fence, if only one could figure out how to cross it. There was a free West, with its promises of commerce and just reward, and fair legal systems and compassion.
Marxism 20:20 offers no such solace. Its reach is total. There is no free land beyond the fence if the West falls. Already there is no safe space on the internet where speech is free and fair, just as there is no media outlet untinged by the tell-tale noisome malodour of propaganda.
This is what, in practice, a world without borders means. This is why the left has long been agitating for it. They don’t want people to be able to escape their socialist utopia, either in the real world or online. They want you caught up within their system, wholly unable to break free.
Make no mistake, companies based within communist regimes (and Russia still is culturally communist, even if it now presents itself under a veneer of capitalism) do not offer free speech, they merely offer the illusion of it to lure you in, unsuspecting. Don’t think that if you avoid criticising Putin or Xi the platforms will turn a blind eye to whatever else you might say. One cannot dance with the devil and not pay the price.
We are now just past the apex of the roller-coaster, in that moment when it pauses before plunging you to the nadir. The coronavirus lockdown fulfilled its purpose of crashing national economies; any minute now the world will be plunged into a global depression of the likes never before seen. The riots rocking cities worldwide, toppling statues in their wake are the opening salvos of the new Cultural Revolution which will see Western civilisation swept away, the history books burned, the statues smashed up and melted down. This will be global. Whether you’re on American owned Facebook, Russian owned VK or Chinese owned MeWe, the outcome will be the same – you will be swallowed up in the system that they have built to keep you complicit.
So what is the solution? Simple: remove yourself from their reach. Like Neo in The Matrix, dip back in when needs must, but remove yourself in mind and spirit from the overarching construct. Don’t be lured in by promises of ease and prosperity, in a Marxist system only the truly corrupt can hope to prosper.
Instead, form local networks of like-minded people: share books, stories, information, encouragement. Help one-another. Support one-another. If you have land, grow food for as many people as you can sustain. Return to the age-old tried and tested method of human communities living for mutual benefit.
In 2017, Rod Dreher penned The Benedict Option, a solution for Christians who wanted to retain a Christian lifestyle in an increasingly anti-Christian world. He took his inspiration from St. Benedict of Nursia, a sixth-century monk who, horrified by the moral chaos following Rome’s fall, retreated to the forest and created a new way of life for Christians. He built enduring communities based on principles of order, hospitality, stability, and prayer. His spiritual centers of hope were strongholds of light throughout the Dark Ages, and saved not just Christianity but Western civilization by being the guardians of traditional knowledge.
This format need not only apply to Christians, it must be embraced by all who wish to survive the coming storm with their hearts and minds intact. Now is the time to be brave, to dig deep inside ourselves for inspiration, and to hold on to what we know is right and true. Now is the time to resolutely decline to fall.