No Freedom For Hate Speech

Somewhere in America
Somewhere in America

Freedom of speech is not about protecting the right of free speech of those we agree with. It is about protecting the right to speak for those we hate and despise. It is the job of government, and of the police in particular, to protect and defend the right of all people to speak. Those who use violence and intimidation to silence those they dislike are Fascists in the exact meaning of the word. Fascists before WWII in Italy and Germany were famous for using violence to silence those whom they disliked.

The man holding up this sign is a Fascist.

Hate speech protestor
This is what real hate speech looks like.

Noam Chomsky, despite my personal disagreements with many of his beliefs and positions, put it very well.

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all. Noam Chomsky

It seems to me today the sort of people who want to ban hate speech basically define “hate speech” as pretty much anything they disagree with or don’t understand (or don’t feel prepared to refute logically).

I had an interesting discussion with my son and daughter recently. They are millennials and were telling me that the Antifa folks were justified in physically attacking and beating up people at a public rally whom they characterized as white supremacists. They justified this with this line of logic:

“White supremacists like Nazis advocate the genocide of inferior people. They want to gas blacks like the Nazis gassed the Jews in WWII.”

I am fairly certain that the vast majority of so-called “white supremacists” don’t want to gas black people and, although some may hold views I find personally despicable, are not in the same league as the Nazis who really did murder millions of people in concentration camps.

I would say to these people, as I said to my son and daughter, “You need to find out what these people truly believe and then use rational arguments to refute them based on facts, not fictions based on your own prejudices.”

Using violence first is always the naked admission that you don’t have good arguments, at least good arguments that will win the hearts and minds of rational people. Are there bad people out there that hold bad views? Of course there are. But if your first response is to use violence against people exercising their constitutional right to free speech just because you despise them, well, then you are an even worse person than they are.

It is ok to fight Nazis and evil people, but only after those people stop talking and start using violence to get their way. Then by God get your gun and have at it, just like our fathers and grandfathers did in WWII. But not before.

 

 

 

 

 

The Fascists of the Liberal Left

Somewhere in California in America

The new face of the liberal left calls their opponents Fascists, but their actions reveal who the true Fascists are. From Breithbart News (4/21/17):

“On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher weighed in on the controversy over author Ann Coulter speaking at UC-Berkeley by declaring, “Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech, and now it’s just the cradle for f*cking babies.” And “this is the liberals’ version of book burning, and it’s got to stop.”

Breitbart News, Maher: Cancelling Speakers on Campus Is The Liberal ‘Version of Book Burning

Some extreme Leftists are going around claiming they are rioting against Nazis and Fascists, that is, any Conservative they don’t like (which is all of them). Just another symptom of the fact these mostly younger people didn’t pay much attention in history class. If they had they would know that gangs of “Brown Shirts” Nazis did exactly the same thing using violence and intimidation to try to shut up those they didn’t like in Germany before WW2. We all know how that turned out (well at least anyone who paid any attention in their high school history class).

Riot at Berkeley, Feb. 2017

Maher is wrong though in calling them “f*cking babies.” Babies don’t threaten people and beat them up if they disagree on their politics. Thugs do. Speaking of book burning, the Nazis did that too. Quoting from Wikipedia:

“The Nazi book burnings were a campaign conducted by the German Student Union to ceremonially burn books in Nazi Germany and Austria in the 1930s. The books targeted for burning were those viewed as being subversive or as representing ideologies opposed to Nazism. These included books written by Jewish, pacifist, religious, classical liberal, anarchist, socialist, and communist authors, among others.” -Wikipedia

These Fascists of the Liberal Left are demonstrating that they have no good arguments against these Conservative speakers. If they did they wouldn’t have to resort to violence and name calling.

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Article by Allen West:

“I think the American people are repulsed by what they are seeing on these college campuses,” West told WND in an interview this week. “When you have these young people that are wearing masks and things of this nature, there’s no difference between the terrorists we see operating in these other countries and them being terrorists in our country.”
Student mobs killing speech acting like ‘terrorists’

 


Article by Alex Pareene:

“Liberal fascism is alive and well, and seemingly everywhere one looks these days. Not since the dark days of Stalin’s purges have so many so-called progressives exercised so much violent aggression against their enemies. It is indeed a dark time to be considered an enemy of the left-liberal alliance, as so many recent victims can attest.”  Liberal fascism is everywhere: Behold its shocking rise!

The Problem of Race Relations

Somewhere in New York City in America

Very good and insightful article on  Race Relations and Law Enforcement by Jason L. Riley. A little biographical information below from the article on Imprimis at Hillsdale College:

“Jason L. Riley is an editorial board member and a senior editorial page writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he writes on politics, economics, education, immigration, and race. He is also a FOX News contributor and appears regularly on Special Report with Bret Baier.”

In Race Relations and Law Enforcement he writes:

“New York City has the largest school system in America. Eighty percent of black kids in New York public schools are performing below grade level. And a big part of the problem is a black subculture that rejects attitudes and behaviors that are conducive to academic success. Black kids read half as many books and watch twice as much television as their white counterparts, for example. In other words, a big part of the problem is a culture that produces little black girls and boys who are already worried about acting and sounding white by the time they are in second grade.”

“Another big part of the problem is a reluctance to speak honestly about these cultural shortcomings. Many whites fear being called racists. And many black leaders have a vested interest in blaming black problems primarily on white racism, so that is the narrative they push regardless of the reality. Racism has become an all-purpose explanation for bad black outcomes, be they social or economic. If you disagree and are white, you’re a bigot. If you disagree and are black, you’re a sell-out.”

“Racism has become an all-purpose
explanation for bad black outcomes …”

“Homicide is the leading cause of death for young black men in the U.S., and around 90 percent of the perpetrators are also black. Yet for months we’ve had protesters nationwide pretending that our morgues are full of young black men because cops are shooting them. Around 98 percent of black shooting deaths do not involve police. In fact, a cop is six times more likely to be shot by someone black than the opposite. The protestors are pushing a false anti-cop narrative, and everyone from the president on down has played along.”

“Any candid debate on race and criminal justice in this country would have to start with the fact that blacks commit an astoundingly disproportionate number of crimes. …”

Read the whole article at Imprimis (link below). It is well worth your time.

Race Relations and Law Enforcement

Jason L. Riley is the author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed: