With all sorts of digital dragnet styled internet policies being passed in Western countries to (((shut down))) anyone who dissents against the mainstream narrative, you have to be intelligent and strategic with how and where you post online. Whether you espouse alt-right, libertarian, anarchist, or any other type of unconventional political views or social commentary, you not only need to protect your work from being taken down, but also yourself from being charged with “hate speech”.
When you include how social media is increasingly cracking down on anyone who defies this same corporate sponsored narrative, such as Mark Zuckerberg promising Angela Merkel that Facebook will crack down on all speech that criticizes her immigration policies¹, you have to have a central platform that’s out of the reach from the claws of these technocratic social engineers. We can still use social media to promote ourselves, but relying too heavily on any one site means abiding by their narrow guidelines on what constitutes appropriate speech.
To set up such a haven for yourself and your rancorous musings, you also have to assume that most web hosts will have similar levels of Cultural Marxist leanings, and/or they’re going to be forced to act this way due to the speech legislation in the country they’re physically located. There’s also the danger of them supplicating to the shame lobbying of SJW cat ladies.
Virtually all developing countries haven’t had their human rights laws develop to the point of having solid free speech protections, while at the same time virtually all Western countries appear to be in varying degrees of having their basic rights taken hostage from changing government policies purportedly intended to increase everyone’s security. However, there are a few oases of journalistic free speech still holding out in the eroding landscape of the old Western values of liberty and equal opportunity, and in my opinion the best country of them all for multiple reasons is Iceland.
After Iceland’s financial crash in 2008, they looked into the lack of whistleblowers leading up to the events.
They determined that they hadn’t had enough freedom of speech legal protection² to have incentivized high-quality investigative journalism to occur without the risk of writers being persecuted by lawsuits or by the government bowing to corporate pressures. My understanding of these new laws called the “Icelandic Modern Media Initiative” is that you can say anything on a website hosted in Iceland (or in print in Iceland) up to the point of slandering and/or advocating for violence against a specific group (a group being defined by something people can’t control such as sex, race, orientation, etc). For more information on the IMMI, check out this article in WIRED Magazine³. Keep in mind I am not a lawyer, nor am I soliciting legal or tax advice.
I’m sure many, including myself, would like to see absolute freedom of speech, but when looking globally Iceland seems to be the best option available right now. Personally I have no need nor desire to slander any group, let alone advocate for physical harm to be done to anyone, so that leaves plenty of room under Icelandic speech laws for me to make well reasoned criticisms of anyone I feel a need to expose who’s collectively causing some sort of problem in society without being able to be legally accused of “hate speech”, let alone any kind of political dissent. Anyone attempting some semblance of journalistic integrity with their work, and who isn’t just blithely hammering out epithet laden rhetoric, is quite well protected if their website is hosted offshore in Iceland.
The other factor you have to keep in mind is if you’re doing any amount of online activity which involves making money, even with something as simple as collecting donations to just cover your running costs or putting up a few ads on your site, some countries have tax laws that would apply to your company or you personally just for having your site hosted in their country regardless of where the business itself is registered or where you reside (or this might be a law that applies to a whole region such as the EU). The great thing about Iceland is it’s outside of the European Union so the EU and UK VAT taxes won’t apply to your business. Of course always research the tax laws of all jurisdictions you’re connected to.
In my opinion the best web host available in Iceland that is also ideologically in alignment with free speech, political/social activism, and anti-censorship is Orange Website.
Here’s a list of some of the reasons why you should use them for your offshore web hosting needs:
- Their 24/7 support is very fast and isn’t outsourced to a country where people can barely speak English.
- They’re a 100% green energy company (geothermal).
- For extra security you can enable a 2 step login check where you receive a text with a code to login.
- They have a Server Security Specialist team on staff to monitor against potential hacking threats.
- When you access your control panel and email, the connection goes through a secure 256-bit SSL layer to ensure your sensitive data will not be traced by an intruder.
- If you’re already a prominent figure or should you feel the content of your site puts you at risk of being a possible target of a DDoS attack, you can upgrade your service plan to include some of the most sophisticated protection against such attacks available today.
- In addition to standard payment such as a credit card or paypal, you can pay with Bitcoin or Worldcoin which can help keep your identity as anonymous as possible online if that’s important to you.
- All of the benefits of having your site hosted in Iceland which I already covered in this article!
I’ll certainly say up front that I’m promoting Orange Website while also being an affiliate of theirs. If you purchase an offshore web hosting package of theirs through my link I do get a commission, but it does not add to any of your costs and it helps me continue to put out content with my work. I have incorporated affiliate income into my business model ever since I’ve written articles online and made videos. Some people see this as making me biased, but I only ever promote affiliates whose products I use myself.
If anyone believes there’s a better service out there that provides this type of security and freedom of expression for those of us who need that assurance online, please do let me know about it in the comments, and if I were to change to a better value host I would let my viewers and readers know about it immediately. Until such a time I highly recommend the services at Orange Website, check them out through my link here. I’ll also be posting an article in the near future with step by step instructions on how to set up a wordpress blog and a really great looking custom theme once you’ve registered with their services. It is incredibly easy and fast once you know where to go in the control panel of your account with them.