Bob goes solo to discuss a particular aspect of outrage mobs on social media, in which people intentionally spread misleading or outright false smears against their opponents. He covers the fate of Scott Alexander (who had to shut down a subreddit thread because of online harassment accusing him of supporting Nazis), Nick Sarwark’s latest (feigned) ignorance of Tom Woods’ views on prostitution, the hatchet job on Bob’s Wikipedia entry, the smears of Jordan Peterson, and–in the interest of fairness–some examples of overreach by “his side” too. Bob wraps up by explaining the harm of this behavior, and how comedians are the only ones left who can speak the truth.
Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest:
- Scott Alexander’s post, “RIP Culture War Thread.”
- Bob’s discussion with David Gornoski relating to God demanding mercy, not sacrifice.
- The Twitter interaction between Nick Sarwark and Bob, in which Bob proves Tom wasn’t being coy about his views.
- The Tom Woods Show episode #1346, in which Tom clearly says (starting around the 54-minute mark) that he thinks prostitution should be legal.
- The Tom Woods Show episode #1202, in which Tom allows the guest to make the case for abolishing the registry for sex offenders.
- Bob’s Wikipedia entry and his article on evolution.
- The clip of Jordan Peterson talking to Camille Paglia.
- Dave Smith and Robbie the Fire discussing (after Roger Stone) the media handling of the Covington students.
- Help support the Bob Murphy Show.
The audio production for this episode was provided by Podsworth Media.