A mystery…

National Review writer David Harsanyi is mystified with Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders:

I think I’ll probably vote for Bernie . . . He’s been insanely consistent his entire life. He’s basically been saying the same thing, been for the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is a very powerful structure to operate from.

I’ve never listened to Joe Rogan, and I can’t read his mind. But there’s an obvious, sensible reason why he would be supporting Bernie Sanders.  He’s reliant on internet infrastructure and the woke left doesn’t like him. Plenty of people have been deplatformed by woke capital for less than what he has already said.

Though Bernie isn’t proposing anti-censorship laws per se, he’s proposing regulation of the tech industry, like all industries, and maybe, just maybe, regulations designed to protect the users will actually, you know, protect the users. If that doesn’t come to pass, at least the burden of regulation might leave the tech monopolies with less time to think about censoring their users. Even if this fails, Rogan can comfort himself with the knowledge that the guy who censored his show is facing a much higher tax rate. Trump whines about internet censorship, but won’t do anything about it.

I’m not endorsing Rogan’s endorsement.(ha!) Sanders’ “consistency” including such charming gems as nationalizing all major industry in the 1970s and national rent control today. I really don’t think that’s worth it to take a swing at woke capital. Nevertheless, I’d encourage anyone considering a career in punditry who isn’t living off a trust fund to consider a vaguely Leftish persona, as Rogan has, while still speaking your mind as you otherwise would. The cost/benefit to calling yourself Right-wing, conservative, or libertarian just isn’t there.

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