NO PLATFORM, NO PROBLEM
To borrow from Oscar Wilde, it would take a heart of stone to read about the fall of Milo without laughing.
Milo, if you’re lucky enough to be unaware of him, is a vicious right-wing troll (and former Telegraph journalist) who managed to build a very lucrative empire by saying and doing hateful things. “Feminism is cancer” was one of his hits.
Milo discovered that the more hateful your views, the bigger your profile becomes – and the bigger your profile, the more money you can make.
His rise demonstrated that despite what people in the media may have you believe, terrible views don’t die when you expose them; the people with those views just gain some more followers and make the world a slightly worse place. The same trick is working for the stupid man’s philosopher Jordan Peterson, and for former Trump strategist and human bin fire Steve Bannon.
Milo was kicked off Twitter, the no platforming worked.
Well, yes. And to take an example which isn’t personal here. It really wasn’t all that long ago that society said that the promotion of homosexuality was something that shouldn’t have a platform. Not long before that the act itself was a crime. And it was only two centuries ago – a blink in real terms – that this country executed more men in one year for buggery than murder.
A reasonable lesson from this being that no, we don’t want to no platform. Because if that power is around then it might well be us subject to it.