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Billy Corgan versus the machine (and people who use hashtags)

During an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on his Info Wars radio show Billy Corgan has shared some quite strong opinions about the state of the world.

“I’m horrified as somebody who believes in free speech and is an artist, because those people are gonna be coming for me,” Corgan says of so-called Social Justice Warriors. “Let’s face it. It may not be tomorrow, but it’s soon enough because I said the wrong thing on the wrong day because I was tired and I didn’t take my [Xanax] that day, or whatever. You know what I mean? It’s like, to live like that, to live where every word is a landmine… it’s not the world I want to live in.”

I was there growing up at the time when they let the KKK march down the street, and what was the big issue? It was a free speech issue. We don’t like it. They’re thumbing in our nose but, you know what, it’s better to have an America where these idiots get to walk down the street and spout their hate.”

“That’s the world I grew up in, a liberal, Democratically-leaning Chicago that was about tolerance and free speech, not ‘shut it down because it’s unpleasant’… The lack of tolerance of ideas and other points of view is the great Achilles heel of the social justice warrior movement.”

Later on he goes on to say, “No one wants to admit they’ve been had. If you go to a wrestling match and you know it’s not real, or you go to a movie and see them flying in a spaceship past Quantar or whatever, you’re part of the game. You’re laughing along. When they watch the political system playing out as it is now, they think it’s real. They don’t realise that that’s CGI. What’s going on in the political campaign is just as CGI as anything else. The people in control are going to double or triple down on the lie or, once you admit to a lie, you know what hits the fan. This thing has been puffed up so that when it goes, it’s going to get messy.”

Watch the full interview below (skip to 47 minutes in) but careful, it gets intense.

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