Few people have had the impact on the New Right- or whatever the hell you want to call it- that Stefan Molyneux has. The last time I checked he had over 700k followers on YouTube alone. That’s small potatoes in the mainstream circles, but as someone who has been consistently churning out YouTube videos for nearly a year, I can assure you that amassing that level of a following for a philosophy show is quite an accomplishment. Also from a content creator’s perspective, St. Efan’s videos have a remarkable level of professionalism and attention to detail, not as much in the production quality (which is still very good) as much as in his content. His shows are always well-researched and even the longest episodes tend to remain on topic for where he wants the conversation to go. This is all the more impressive as Molyneux typically has guests join him.
Stefan was my gateway drug to the new Right back in 2016. I initially stumbled across his r/K selection series of videos and was both impressed and intrigued. A short while afterwards I came across his channel (his podcast to be precise) and became a regular listener for a couple of years. He red-pilled me in several areas, notably on the biological differences between the races. He deepened or expanded my knowledge on a multitude of subjects ranging from history, to political ideologies, and current events. It was through Stefan that I was first introduced to Vox Day as a guest on his show. And ultimately it was in the latter’s dark corner of the internet where I have settled down among the ilk and the bears.
Stefan was recently canceled by Youtube in a move that is only surprising in the fact that it took so long for it to occur. In the short-term, this is a huge blow to the right as I have reason to believe that Molyneux functions for many as he did for me- a gateway drug. Sure, Stefan has a massive loyal following, but even more than that he serves as the Dissident’s ambassador to the wider world. Many people find our ideas unpalatable simply because they have never heard them articulated before or because they fail to recognize that we are not the literal nazis the gatekeepers portray us to be. Stefan not only possesses the ability to present controversial ideas in an uncontroversial manner, he also introduces millions of people to a community of rebels- as these rebels are often guests on his show- that they never would have found without his aid.
Whether this short-term setback becomes a long-term defeat will entirely depend on Molyneux’s reaction. I am confident that he will pull it together and come back stronger than ever. Vox has already address the lawfare angle, which Molyneux seems to regrettably disinclined to pursue.
But I did want to riff off something VD posted on the blog this morning in response to Stefan’s deplatforming statement.
This is Stefan Molyneux. As you may have heard, 14 years of my life, thousands of videos, billions of comments, hundreds of millions of views, and nearly a million subscribers have been destroyed, has been erased from |YouTube.
The accusation is the usual one, that I’m fermenting violence and hatred and so on, which is not true at all. I have consistently promulgated the non-aggression principle and called for reason and evidence as the methodology by which we can resolve social disputes and differences. It doesn’t seem to have mattered, of course, the reality is that the book burning is underway. Myself and many other dissidents and anti-communist intellectuals and speakers have also had channels destroyed across a wide variety of platforms within the span of only one hour in what I assume is a highly coordinated effort to silence us. And it is a blow, don’t get me wrong, it is a huge blow, it is a huge challenge, and the goal of course is to remove the middle, to remove those of us who are looking for peaceful solutions, rational solutions, philosophical solutions, to social differences. To take us out so that there is no center to society and everyone can gravitate to the extremes wherein the tinderbox of violence can be lit in a revolutionary conflagration of brutality.
And I’m going to strongly urge you, my friends, to resist that temptation, resist that temptation to go to the extremes, to go to hostility, to go to rage, to go to violence. It is not too late. There is still incredible technology that we can use to further the rational and philosophical discussion of issues within society and I’m begging you please stay in the conversation. It is my dedication and my foundational goal to maintain, and possibly even grow, this philosophical conversation despite the inevitable blowbacks that philosophers always receive from the powers that be, so please help me out.
It’s going to be a pretty harsh winter and a pretty big reorientation. I’m going to beg you, please, my friends, go to freedomain.com. Help me out. I will come back stronger and better and we can avoid the escalation that could burn us all to the ground.
I very much like Stefan. I admire him. He’s a smart man. He’s a good man. He has good intentions and a good heart. But he simply does not understand the times.
The time for conversation is over. While it may take two to tango, it only takes one to war. This is not a time for peaceful, rational or philosophical solutions, it is, rather, a time to know your enemy, to know yourself, and to embrace the inevitable conflicts to come.
The reason I moved on from Stefan’s material was that I intuitively felt that his worldview lacked scope and coherency. I couldn’t quite articulate it at the time, but something did not quite add up for me regarding his philosophical solutions to problems. This was during a long period in my life that I was still away from Christ and a only nebulous theist.
Last I heard, Molyneux is still the world’s most peculiar atheist. Some of this peculiarity is observed in his espousal of Christian virtues, but even more of it is in his deep respect for Christian civilization, and yes, even a genuine admiration for Christianity itself. “You almost persuaded to become a Christian” could certainly be uttered by St. Efan.
And it is in this worldview of espousing virtue while politely ignoring spiritual reality that lies a deep vulnerability for Molyneux and those who share a more materialistic worldview. You see, materialists can’t really talk about evil. Neither can pantheists for that matter and for similar reasons. Oh sure, they might be able to utter the word evil, but they don’t internalize the concept in the same way that a Christian or Muslim will. For materialists, and especially for materialist(ic) philosophers, evil can only be defined rationally. And if it is rational, then it must be a matter of ignorance. And if it is a matter of ignorance, then people simply need to be educated away from it.
Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of evil that is due to ignorance. But is ignorance is only the tool of evil. It is not evil itself. Until materialists understand that evil is an entity and not simply the lack of proper information, they will be at a great disadvantage when trying to defeat it. After all, malice is fairly irrational within a world without a devil. And on this first day of July in 2020, you would have to be a complete fool to believe that who we are up against has anything besides malice against us in his heart.
Recognizing evil will motivate you to speak out against it. But only in internalizing that there is a devil will you be impelled to go to war.
#StefanMolyneux #FreeDomainRadio #Evil #Deplatforming #NewRight #VoxDay