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Neil Young, You Narcissist! Please Go Away!

James Maughan | The Daily Knight

One of the most pronounced characteristic of the Left it seems is their capacity to shut down the conversation with accusatory phrases, slogans or demeaning personal labels. You don’t agree with the strategy for the environment? Climate denier. Don’t think we should defund the police? Racist. Have a question about shutting down the entire economy for the pandemic? Covid denier. It’s a great strategy really. You see, by calling someone a name, then incessantly repeating the epithet, one avoids substantive conversation and any real chance of debating ideas. This is not an accident. This is purposeful and by design. No one seems to call the Left out on this. It’s kind of fascinating really.

I will argue the Right needs to seize the art of conversation ending epithet hurling just like the Left. We can begin our strategy with the recent dust up between singer Neil Young and his public outrage at Spotify regarding Joe Rogan. I will proffer our word of the day for Young and his misguided sense of his own importance is ? Narcissist.

Rolling Stone magazine reported Neil Young , the iconic rock star posted a letter to his management team and record label demanding his music be removed from Spotify.

“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

“They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”

(Pause here for dramatic music. Think….. High Noon with Gary Cooper.)

Young was referring to “the steady stream of misinformation about vaccines that Joe Rogan has peddled” on his number one podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience.

Ok, here we go.

First, with deference to the iconic Mr. Young, PLEASE just stop! We have all had it with the virtue signaling anything to do with Covid militant drink the Kool-Aid crowd. You are officially annoying most of us.

Let’s review:

What did Joe Rogan actually say? What is the steady stream of misinformation he is “peddling?”

Tell me Rolling Stone, was it the disgraceful purposeful lying report by CNN that Rogan took “horse medicine?”

Or was it, Rogan said there’s some pretty good evidence that children should not be concerned about getting the vaccine? Is Rogan a doctor? A virologist? Absolutely not. He never claimed to be. But presumably Rogan can read and critically think and speak to experts in a public podcast. After all, he is paid a lot of money to analyze issues and give his thoughts. He happens to have the number 1 podcast in the US.

Here’s the thing Rolling Stone:

There’s a lot of fairly compelling data to suggest Rogan may actually have a point. Rogan is known to discuss issues like this with qualified professionals. As a matter of fact Sweden just announced something interesting. Remember Sweden? They were the guys who refused to follow the Covid mob and wound up pretty much like everyone else in terms of deaths, infection rates (a maddeningly irrelevant metric) , etc. They were the guys who took enormous heat for not shutting down their economy. They were the guys who followed the ACTUAL science. The Swedish Health Agency’s Britta Björkholm came out and said they see no “clear benefit” of COVID shots for kids that would outweigh the risk of the shots. In fact there are MANY studies that offer some pretty compelling support for this position. (See attached article.)

From LifeSiteNews, “A  Yale University report (Yale and Albert Einstein College of Medicine report Sept. 18, 2020 in the journal Science Translational Medicine) indicates that children and adults display very diverse and different immune system responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection. This helps underscore why children have far less illness and mortality from COVID than adults do. The report states: “Since the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, scientists have observed that children infected with the virus tend to fare much better than adults…”

Rogan brings on doctors who don’t necessarily follow the narrative that Big Tech in collusion with Government has put forth since the beginning of the pandemic. He actually brings on professionals who may disagree and wish to discuss and debate the issues. Imagine the gaul of this man Rogan. Bringing in educated people with years of experience to discuss and debate data in the name of truth. Shameful Mr. Rogan.

Lets not forget about Neil Young.

For the love of God why is he talking?

This guy one can argue, has a reputation for unrestrained sanctimony. As a hard left Canadian, this history of his behavior goes back many years. In the early 70’s he proclaimed his disdain for the South and its segregationist history. Of course segregation was an unfortunate fact of history. However, "Ole Neil” was not particularly worried about trashing the ENTIRE South with his choice of lyrics. It just seems this guy is more concerned about his public perception of being on the side of the angels then he is about thinking through the repercussions of his accusations. Another entertainer thinking how he feels about an issue is somehow more relevant than the facts with respect to some fairly complicated and nuanced data points. Lynyrd Skynyrd got their revenge with the song Sweet Home Alabama, however. “Well I hope Neil young will remember, a southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”

Then of course there’s David Crosby’s scathing assessment on Neil Young. Crosby is a former bandmate of Young’s when they were members of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Crosby said,

“Well he’s probably the most self centered , self-obsessed , selfish person I know. He only thinks about Neil, period. “ He goes on to say, “Neil doesn’t really do politics. He does Neil.”

Suspiciously absent from Crosby’s comments was any public refutation from other band members or….. from anyone.

Young further stated that removing his music from Spotify in protest at the spread of Covid misinformation on the Spotify platform would cost him 60% of his income. He is doing this by his own words “in the name of truth.” This is truly great news!! We may have a reason for hope after all is said and done. The Right can start by epithet and insult hurling just like the Left. Then, with any luck the rest of the Left will follow his financial example. They will gradually lose a large percentage of their incomes as well. Before long they may all get woke and go broke!

Then mercifully, they may just cease to speak!

So Neil Young, Spotify can have Joe Rogan or Neil Young? But, they can not have both? Ok, I’m going out on a limb here however, if the collective groans I heard when this news story came over the TV in a crowded bar while visiting Orlando is any indication? I'm guessing most folks are going to stick with Rogan. Like I said in the beginning of the article…… we need to seize the example of the Left in grabbing the word of the day. We can begin right here with Neil Young. We can grab the word narcissist and hurl it right at him. We can can do it whenever he opens his mouth and we can do it reflexively and often. We can execute this strategy with all who disagree with us. We can hurl a demeaning name with the intention of ending the conversation. After all, is it not true ending the conversation is really the objective?

It certainly seems to me it is. I can think of no better place to start. Start with an aged rock star with no interest in a substantive discussion or thinking about his public position on subjects of which he speaks or the ramifications of these positions.

We can start with grabbing words exactly like narcissist and applying it to people exactly like Neil Young.

Special Note: For those who don’t know: Neil Young’s Boss is Pfizer. Neil Young’s catalogue was bought by Merck Merculiadis of Blackstone. Merck, is CEO of Hipgnosis Song Management group Merck bought 50% of the rights of Neil Young’s entire song catalogue for an estimated $150 million. Blackstone's Senior Advisor is the former CEO and chairman of Pfizer, Jeffrey Kindler. Sources:

Guest Bio: James Maughan is a writer and podcast contributor to the 12th Station. He is also a board member and regular podcast contributor to the Lepanto Institute. Prior to podcasting, he was former Managing Director and head of Gov bond trading at BB&T Capital Markets.



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