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Steven Kenneth Bonnell II (1988–), better known by his online nickname Destiny, is a Twitch streamer and YouTuber. Though primarily a gaming channel, his YouTube channel has become better known for his centrist and liberal political content, initially taking down conservatives and reactionaries but then going after socialist content creators.
- Throughout his debates, he consistently summarizes his philosophy as "rules-based utilitarianism".
- He supports neoliberal, capitalist, and free trade policies.
- He first stated his support for Elizabeth Warren for the 2020 election, with Bernie Sanders as a close second choice (primary motivation cited for this is to move the Overton window in American politics further left), but during a later debate with Vaush, he claimed he would probably vote for Mayor Pete.
- Bonnell believes that voter ID laws are inherently racist.
- He holds a generally favorable view of Black Lives Matter, but he also believes the use of police force can sometimes be justified.
- Destiny’s YouTube content seems to be pro-trans, especially since he strongly argued against Ben Shapiro’s conflation of sex and gender. However, he has defended well-known transgender trans-activists like ContraPoints and, far less understandably, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, against accusations of transphobia and argued that the latter is probably more ignorant than outright hateful.
- He used to have a problem with not using ableist slurs, but has since claimed he is trying to phase these words out of his vocabulary because he does not like the idea of using a group of people to mean something “bad”, comparing it to using derogatory terms for non-heterosexual people.
- He supports the European Union.
- He does not believe in the existence of natural rights. Instead, he suggests rights only exist insomuch a government will grant and protect them.
Debates and other shenanigans
Former alt-right sympathizers, most notably Caleb Cain (Faraday Speaks, currently a leftist YouTube content creator), credit Destiny and ContraPoints, among others, for their de-radicalization.
In November and December of 2020, Destiny led a canvassing operation to help Democrats win the Senate race in Georgia. However, he did not have any voter data and was unprepared for the event. When asked to pay for staff time and management with an organization that could help, he refused.
NonCompete: If they're hungry, why not just give them food? Why not just-
NonCompete: Six times more empty houses in the United States than there are homeless people. We throw away-
NonCompete: Why should anybody be homeless when we have empty house-
NonCompete: Yes, why not?
Destiny: Okay, I mean I'm not... it's strange that as an anarcho-communist, you're telling me that the state needs to seize property from other people. I don't understand! [laughs for 5s]
Expectably for someone who spends so much of their time criticizing notable right-wingers and anti-SJWs, Destiny has garnered a sizable leftist fanbase. He openly detests the communist portion of his fanbase for not fully agreeing with his politics, though, and even went as far as to say:
He does not support increasing the national minimum wage to $15, saying that increasing it quickly could hurt small businesses who are not equipped to pay this much. He however then said tying minimum wage to inflation would be positive.
In December 2020, he had a feud with @RespectableLaw on Twitter, and took a section of an LSAT practice test to prove that it was easy to become a lawyer. He even changed his Twitter profile picture and description to claim that he earned a score of 184 on the test despite the highest possible score being 180 (although this was likely as a joke). He was subsequently suspended from Twitter for evading his permanent ban on the website.
He wrote a 10,000-word manifesto justifying the use of the n-word in-private among people who were not black.
In September 2020, Destiny was departnered by Twitch.tv for "encouragement of violence," after he defended the fascist Kenosha shooter and incited the use of lethal violence against BLM protesters:
The rioting needs to fucking stop. If that means white redneck militia dudes mowing down dipshit protesters that think they can torch buildings at 10 PM, at this point they have my fucking blessing. Holy shit, this shit needs to stop. It needed to stop a long time ago.
In an attempt to balance out debating far-rightists and far-leftists, he has also debated some BreadTubers/LefTubers, including Ben Burgis, Caleb Maupin, Mike from PA, NonCompete, Peter Coffin, and his former friend Vaush.
While some of these debates don't hold up nearly as well as his debates against the far right, his debate with NonCompete was a particularly disastrous example, where he went out of his way to trivialize the atrocities committed by the US in Vietnam- and it didn't help that NonCompete herself is Vietnamese. This was met with pretty poor reception from many of his fans.
- Your positions are COMPLETELY unfounded ft. Sargon of Akkad from the YouTube channel Destiny 2 March 2019
- The capitalist arc of my streaming career from the Youtube channel Destiny 28 May 2019
- Surprise Debate w/ DESTINY from the YouTube channel Vaush 19 February 2020
- Voter ID Law Debate with Fan from the YouTube channel Destiny 17 September 2017
- Police Brutality & Black Lives Matter - Debate with Twitter User from the YouTube channel Destiny 27 January 2018
- Was shooting him justified? from the YouTube channel Destiny 24 April 2019
- Are Sex & Gender the Same Thing - Ben Shapiro Video Review from the YouTube channel Destiny 2 January 2018
- IS JK ROWLING A TERF? from the YouTube channel Destiny 2 January 2020
- Talking About JonTron, Sargon, My Emotional Well-being and More from the YouTube channel Destiny 22 May 2017
- Twitch Streamers talk about Ableist and Homophobic Slurs from the YouTube channel “Sabor” 18 August 2019
- Why I support the EU from the YouTube channel Destiny 6 February 2019
- You can't keep begging the question with that statement... - Destiny Debates Adam Kokesh from the YouTube channel Destiny 4 August 2019
- Debating JonTron from the YouTube channel Destiny 13 March 2017
- Debating Lauren Southern on immigration from the YouTube channel Destiny 16 January 2017
- Debating Immigration with Nick Fuentes from the YouTube channel Destiny 9 November 2017
- Immigration Debate with Nicholas J. Fuentes from the Youtube channel Destiny 26 September 2017
- Debating @Sargon_of_Akkad from the YouTube channel Destiny 2 December 2016
- Discussions with Sargon of Akkad, Take 2 from the Youtube channel Destiny 19 March 2017
- The Making of a YouTube Radical The New York Times 8 June 2019
- My Descent into the Alt-Right Pipeline from the YouTube channel Faraday Speaks 21 March 2019
- I'm Getting Involved in Politics and Heading to Atlanta from the Youtube channel 'Destiny' 16 November 2020
- 1 April 2019
- 2 April 2019
- Daniel Park, Twitch Legal Department Unpartners Destiny After 'Encouragement of Violence'. gamerant.com, 12 September 2020.
- Twitch streamer Destiny loses partnership for "encouraging violence" GINX Esports TV 12 September 2020
- This is not a healthy positive direction to head in... - Destiny Debate on Socialism ft. Ben Burgis from the YouTube channel Destiny 16 July 2019
- This isn't strengthening your arguments... - Destiny Debates Socialism ft. Caleb Maupin from the YouTube channel Destiny 3 September 2019
- This is the dumbest thing I've ever heard... - Destiny Debates Mike from PA from the YouTube channel Destiny 19 August 2019
- This feels so idealised... - Destiny Debates NonCompete from the YouTube channel Destiny 14 August 2019
- "You ran away from every SINGLE point" - Destiny Debates Peter Coffin ft. The Serfs from the YouTube channel Destiny
- Why I Burned the Vaush Bridge - Debate w/ Xanderhal from the YouTube channel Destiny 15 September 2020