We like to think of the internet as being a free forum of ideas, a place where unpopular truth can defeat establishment dogma in a level playing field. This is what we like to think – until we remember that even where freedom of speech prevails, it is money that determines which speech people are most likely to hear. It is money that determines who speaks the loudest.
Hence we have Ora Garway, a newspaper editor in Monrovia, Liberia getting far more publicity than Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance. Garway’s newspaper, “Punch”, has a circulation of only 500 people per issue and does not appear to deal with particularly controversial issues. I do not know how many readers American Renaissance has but I’m fairly certain it is more than 500. Furthermore, AR is truly revolutionary. It discusses issues than no mainstream publication is willing to seriously discuss. The same cannot be said of “Punch”.
If we do a Google search for “Jared Taylor +American Renaissance”, we get 21,200 hits. For “Ora Garway +Punch” we get 303,000 hits. Garway’s visit to Mango Town is international news, even though very little happened there.
I have nothing against Garway. She seems like a dedicated and brave woman. But the above Google searches show us who is truly in charge versus who the real underdogs are.
Taylor and Garway do have something in common. Just as most Liberians are illiterate, so too are most Americans racially illiterate. Just as Garway faces an uphill struggle to get her message across, so too do people like Taylor. The difference is that Garway has the support of powerful international forces behind her.