GowlBlocker was a fascinating insight into Irish far left mentality.
In 2019, some
Irish leftists started using a
block list on Twitter called
to block non-left thought.
By 2021, Block Together itself was closed.
But for a while, we could see who was on the "GowlBlocker" list and it was fascinating.
GowlBlocker on Twitter
said the list was to block:
"Racism. Bigotry. Xenophobia/xenomisia, anti-immigrant. Homophobia/homomisia. Misogyny & anti-choice. Far-right 'patriots'."
5 minutes looking at who was blocked proved
this was nonsense.
In the past, we could see who was on the list
But this is now gone.
People blocked by Irish snowflake blocklist "GowlBlocker":
Ian Miles Cheong
The Daily Caller
The Daily Wire
Ruth Dudley Edwards
Human Life International
Col. Richard Kemp
Love Both (Ireland)
Daniel O Dubhda
Christina Hoff Sommers
List of some of the people blocked by GowlBlocker.
See above as an image.
The blocklist includes all sorts of people.
Some of whom I like.
Some of whom I don't.
Not to follow them is fine.
But to block
such a vast range of thought speaks to an incredibly narrow mind.
Note that the list includes some
comedians and leftists and feminists and non-whites and gays and even trans people.
All of whom have become in some way
offensive to the radical left.
GowlBlocker also blocks some actual extremists, sure.
But I left them out of the list above
because that is not the issue.
The issue is that it blocks mainstream non-left thought.
GowlBlocker appears to be linked to a guy called
Aidan O'Brien ("artimusfoul").
And yes, he is just what you expect.
O'Brien calls me a
"festering bin bag of racism & bigotry."
O'Brien tries to link me to all sorts of random Nazis I have never heard of.
He used to be faceless, by the way. Now he has a face.
calls me a racist
for criticising a racist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.
This was the last straw for me and I blocked him.
I was willing to debate him, but all he wanted to do was abuse me.
Blocked on Twitter by the regressive left and Islamists:
I love debate.
I love ideas.
But the Western left
and their friends the Islamic right
do not return the favour.
Their response to opposing ideas, whether expressed politely or robustly, is often to block.
See Who blocks me on Twitter.
I will debate almost anyone.
Stick to ideas and I will debate you.
But I do have rules.
See Who I block on Twitter.
The Twitter dark age, 2016 to 2022:
I am on Twitter at
Twitter was a great place for debate before 2016.
You could meet everyone in the world, and argue about ideas.
Starting in 2016,
Twitter became increasingly broken.
It became full of reporting and bans and censorship.
In 2019, Twitter even started
for no reason that was ever explained, or could be appealed.
arrival of Elon Musk
in 2022, Twitter's dark age of censorship may end.
Let's hope so.