By Julie Collins
The Serfs, a comedy channel on YouTube that had about 7,000 subscribers, had no community strikes against them, was recently wiped off the YouTube platform. Here, they can explain it:
Since there were no community strikes against the channel, AND they were YouTube partners, then why did YouTube wipe them with no warning? Where was the review process? There definitely was a false flag attack on them from the alt-right. False flag attacks are attacks that have no basis in reality. The Serfs were spammed as a channel that was inciting violence, for example. Basically, a false flag attack is an accusation that is a patent lie.
Although I think I’m slightly older than The Serfs, I’m partial to their work because I actually ONLY know Joe Rogan from his character “Joe” on the show “News Radio” when very few people do and even before that he was a fairly unknown stand up comedian. After News Radio was canceled I went on to British comedy shows like the British version of “Seinfeld” (I never liked Seinfeld, cringey and self congratulating) “Peep Show” and “Black Books.” Some of these shows were in syndication while Seinfeld aired but I watched them after-the-fact.
I also imagine “Joe-Bro”‘s (my word, thank you very much), attacked the Serfs since their Daddy was so beautifully dressed down here. Here’s one of their best videos that illustrates how channels like Joe Rogan’s are a slippery slope into fascism. (The Serfs were able to start another channel):
I’m also wondering if Joe Rogan himself watched this video and because of his influence he was able to just demand The Serfs get taken down with no protocol or democratic process. It’s never happened before as far as I know: a channel getting taken down that had no community strikes against it. This tells me that someone with a stronger influence than a group of alt right fan boys was able to get the job done quickly and efficiently. So, we have to assume Rogan perhaps reached out to Molyneux and the two of them were able to circumvent actual judicial process, which is what would normally happen when a YouTube Partner with no strikes against it is wiped and restrained so quickly.
They would have had to have their well paid team of lawyers insist a judge sign an injunction or restraining order on The Serfs and then serve YouTube with the injunction because the platform hosts The Serfs, who would then comply with this order by taking it down. At that time, the review process should have begun for The Serfs, which were, AGAIN YOUTUBE PARTNERS. Then, the team of lawyers would reach out on behalf of Rogan (and Molyneux) and announce in a letter served to The Serfs that YouTube had to follow the judge’s order.
But, according to The Serfs that didn’t happen, which is a big surprise that the legal process was circumvented on a YouTube Partner. (If The Serfs are reading this, they need lawyers to address this. Sorry. I am not one.) Instead, they just woke up one morning and their channel was wiped with no real explanation except an oblique corporate YouTube email that said their channel incited hate speech. This flimsy accusation should actually be a window into Rogan: his fear of becoming obsolete and unintelligible as more and more criticisms of his gibberish start to surface.
One thing NonCompete mentioned in his last live video (in a true anarchist style: a call for action to step up and call out the hypocrisy of YouTube and show solidarity toward our Comrades, demanding that their non offensive channel be reinstated) was his astute assertion that the alt-right have a much more organized strategy than lefties do. Having grown up in an authoritarian household where Republicanism and Christianity ruled every facet of my life, I can tell you he’s not wrong. I’ve seen the strong pipeline of conservative, alt-right influence first-hand in real life. As The Serfs points out in the video above, the alt-right do have that connection (pipeline) of influencers and are very well aware of their growing audience. The message is not one of creativity and empathy and sensitivity and dialogue or education, as it is on the left.
It’s one of authoritarianism, “right is might” bullshit that I’ve always dismissed as pedantic and obsessive and lacking in intelligence.
Were there copyright violations? There are lots of lefty YouTubers out there from Lindsay Ellis to hbomberguy to Shaun to Philosophy Tube that use media as a way to illustrate, quite creatively, their point. And as far as I know they’ve never had their channels or even videos wiped for breach of fair use content. To use the argument that The Serfs are American and America has some pretty strict copyright laws that the UK doesn’t have (well, not before Article 13 passed but that’s a different story altogether and I’ll let our comrades across the pond address that when they feel like it), is weak because Lindsay Ellis is also American and so…
Calls for action is good. Creating a stronger connection in the lefty pipeline is good. I see the solidarity between Lindsay Ellis, hbomberguy, ContraPoints, Shaun, Philosophy Tube etc. as they often are in each other’s mentions lifting each other up, and as these channels start to feel more and more solid, and as their subs and fanbase grow, their acceptance of other lefty channels should widen, thus creating a stronger network. This is what the alt-right does, and we have to acknowledge that. I know that NonCompete is very good at giving as many lefty channels as he can, no matter how small, shoutouts and making them feel at home in the space of solidarity. I’ve done the same.
YouTube is becoming like Facebook, going by way of the dinosaur, and eventually all channels that criticize the state will be wiped. I believe The Serfs’ wipe was used as a warning shot to us all. Ironically, they weren’t all that political.
We’ve addressed this many times, and we are familiar with the concept of scapegoating on a national and personal level, and have removed 3/4 of our content off our YouTube channel, do all our blogging on this site which we own and pay for (it’s not that expensive). This means we have control over comments and if someone went to our host and complained about us our host would probably shrug it off because we pay them, and we have autonomy over our own voice, not the Google/Alphabet/YouTube security detail that works in tandem with the state. It is for this reason we have muffled the amount of likes or dislikes one can see on our channel. We’re not in this for popularity. We are in this for information awareness and creativity. Our content on YouTube are videos that we make in advance, in our creative studio tools, and then we can re-post them anywhere. We’ve also got a Vimeo channel in reserve, which we pay a yearly fee for, once the YouTube purge is complete.
Organization, respect and solidarity for our lefty comrades, inclusion of lefty voices and a full understanding of who and what controls YouTube and all corporate social media are important factors to keep in mind when starting a channel or partnering with the hosting platforms.
Here’s something I said when Donald Trump was installed,
“I have a feeling we are going to see a growth spurt in the anarchist/communist/socialist communities. No one is falling for the corporate backed representational democracy anymore. The electoral process is deeply flawed and presents corrupt theatrics that use emotional bias to sway us. We are going to see more philosophizing about our nature through the lens of empathy, an emotion missing in the state. We need an evolution of the mind before we can start talking revolution of the masses. Creativity is going to come out of this and it is the single most dangerous weapon against the state and its fascistic nature.”