I was nervous about filming this and stepping into this debate. I firmly believe there is a solid centre both in Poland and Israel that is being pushed around by two extremes.
In Israel (and much more strongly within the Jewish diaspora) there is a far-left, identity politics based contingent that must cling to its victimhood to maintain its position in the insane world of intersectional politics. On the Poland side there seems to be a correspondingly extreme contingent which is hyper-sensitive to the historical portrayal of negative aspects of Polish WW2 history.
I didn’t say it in the video, but I should have: the idea of banning people from saying that Nazi death camps in Poland were Polish death camps is the same sort of speech policing we see from the far-left with hate speech laws! Hate speech policing is bad whenever it occurs and from whoever it occurs.
Somewhere in the centre, where most of us reside, and I’d put Netanyahu in that camp but not our loose tongued and unwise foreign minister Katz, most of us can acknowledge the past without whitewashing it or overly condemning people who also suffered horribly at the hands of the Nazis whilst fighting back heroically.
Looking at Israel’s border wall and fence with Lebanon in the north
My fellow No Agenda Knight and producer, Sir Jono, is boots on the ground in northern Israel today and snapped a few shots of a spot where Israel’s border with Lebanon is an actual wall. You can see the fence in this shot.
Most of the time it is a highly sophisticated, electronically monitored fence. In certain places, however, usually where there are issues with direct line of sight and possible sniper attacks, there is a wall. As you can see, on the Israeli side, this has been decorated. Rather nicely!
I recorded a video a while back explaining the fence/wall as it applies to the area around Jerusalem and the disputed territories (Judea and Samaria). The principle is largely the same up north. Fences are favoured but they are watched with devoted attention and walls are only used where it is specifically necessary and determined by threat levels and engineering assessment.
The business model of Silicon Valley is to reap outsized profits by achieving a (temporary) monopoly. This is the premise behind Peter Thiel’s Zero to One. Instead of competition persisting over time, all the competition takes place in the startup phase, and the winner of this phase reaps all the profit. As a side effect, it creates a perfect environment for Modians to take charge, once the winner is declared. The effect is enhanced by the little-known (outside of Silicon Valley) truth that the best technology does *not* often win. Usually, it’s the best marketing.
David Boxenhorn, on Facebook
I watched YouTuber Law’s latest update on the letter he’s putting together about the deplatforming of Sargon of Akkad (and all the rest) by Patreon. His intention is to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission in the US rather than bringing a suit against any of the tech companies directly. That’s probably a smart legal plan (he knows much more than I do) but he will be fighting huge entrenched interests. His videos are below but I’ll sum them up: he’s building an ad hoc team of (highly skilled) volunteers and he thinks he has enough case law and evidence to get the FTC to start an investigation which would have much more power and weight than a collection of law suits. It would also be financed by government money.
I wanted to put some broader context around this and that’s why I quoted David at the start on how Silicon Valley and modern Tech business works. This all feeds into and flows from David’s thesis of Mundia and Modia. It also links up with the law suit I’m supporting by JPB Liberty against Google and Facebook for banning many different crypto based technologies from advertising on their platforms about a year ago.
The Federal Trade Commission is part of government. As such it will staffed by modians, people who are far removed from objective criteria of success in business or success in a technical and engineering field. This is a hugely important thing to remember when dealing with them.
Patreon, PayPal, Mastercard have all achieved a degree of market dominance in their fields. There might have been better technical competition but these guys are mammoths. As such the objective business criteria for their ongoing success are far removed from the day to day operations of the companies. Mostly their staff can do whatever they want: riding a wave of profitability they inherited from early engineering skills, excellent marketing and a healthy dose of luck. This will carry them along for a while.
The FTC is going to be staffed (especially considering Mundia Modia thinking and following 8 years of Obama) via the revolving door system between big business and the US government. Massive lobbying money has completely corrupted Washington DC. It is into this quagmire that YouTuberLaw’s letter will be sent.
As we’ve seen this week with the massive layoffs across Buzzfeed and Huffington Post, in some parts of the tech world easy profitability is going away. My belief is the entire advertising supported business model is stretched very thin and the numbers upon which Google and Facebook have grown are being understood to be grossly inflated. Everything downstream from them (and that includes “businesses” like Huffpo and Buzzfeed) which rely on web traffic and eyeballs flowing from social media sites will start to feel pain.
There has been a recent uptick in linking the brands of online advertising with the nature of user generated content it appears alongside. Today this is a modian idea to drive forward their “social justice” agenda but it was first done a few decades ago by figures like Mary Whitehouse in the UK and Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority in the US. It has been taken to new levels of effectiveness by the far-left today. Thinking this would help them fight against online competitors for your attention, the mainstream media (M5M) thought they’d ride the wave, they’re also getting caught in the destructive tsunami now too.
The promise of digital advertising was that it can be much more targeted, if that’s really coming true, every advertising based business, even Facebook and Google, the two most capable targeted advertising delivery systems, will do themselves out of business because advertising just shouldn’t be as big an industry as it is today and the entire media world that is built around it is probably a house of cards.
So returning back to the financial deplatforming of non-advertising supported media endeavours (like Sargon of Akkad, Alex Jones, Milo and even myself): advertising supported media is going to change dramatically. I still can’t see the future but I can tell the status quo is changing very fast. Everything that can be done to stop payment systems which bypass the advertising support model from capture by the far-left, cultural marxists must be done which is why I wish YouTuberLaw and JPB Liberty both every success in shaking up these industries.
My video with Andrew Hamilton explaining the JPB Liberty law suit:
First I’m going to share two videos: they’re the two best short explanations of how to buy crypto currency (probably Bitcoin is your best bet) and how to use it to support content creators via a site, Bitbacker, which mimics the basic functions of Patreon (without taking the very large % cut that site took. Both videos are by Naomi Brockwell who does a great job explaining the world of the blockchain and crypto currencies to both newbies and experts. After that I’ll tell you why old media and advertising supported media are dying.
The entire mainstream media business model for news (and a fair amount of other content) is collapsing. The viability of advertising supported content is being destroy and won’t come back. Efforts to migrate into the digital world the old business model that moved from print, magazines, radio and eventually TV across the last century will fail. Essentially the old media businesses were based on scarce and limited supply: there was a constrained amount of space for adverts in each newspaper. The prime TV shows ran once a week. Limited supply, growing demand, rich TV talent and executives.
The digital world has unlimited space for advertisements, so much so they’ve gone crazy rendering many mainstream sites unusable without ad blocking.
The limited commodity today is your attention. Every moment you spend reading my blog or watching my videos is a loss for old media. My overheads are low, my time, a few hundred dollars a year in hosting and other subscriptions. And for those of you reading my blog, you’ve probably found me a more reliable source of information than many main stream sources. If you’ve chosen to thank me with a kind word or a value for value contribution, I’m extremely grateful.
I know my content is always going to be beyond the edges of acceptability for those captured by the cultural marxist mindset, a message of personal freedom, superiority of Western Civilisation and Judeo-Christian values puts me at risk of deplatforming. My content certainly isn’t eligible for YouTube monetisation any more.
That’s why I’m so interested in Bitcoin, crypto currencies and the blockchain. They represent something that is very hard to stop. They can limit options for conversion to fiat currency, but it’s hard to block these so completely as there are many paths. I’m not advocating Bitcoin as some kind of “investment” but right now it is easily feasible to buy $100 of it, pass 10 contributions of $10 out to creators and each creator will get something like 95% of the value rather than somewhere around 80%.
If anyone wants any specific help with the concepts here, please contact me, DM’s on twitter are good and you can find an email link in the sidebar to the right.
Good luck and may the rates be forever in your favour!