Free Speech

The free speech showdown at Otago University

University Thought Police

A student at Otago University has claimed that he was harassed by Campus Watch. An article in the University magazine Critic described the student as an “Alt-right activist” and stated that the magazine was “perfectly happy to let them fight it out”

Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle said that he had put up a number of posters that promoted videos made by Lauren Southern. Apparently, students who didn’t like Lauren Southern’s opinions, graffitied tore down or covered up the posters.

Eventually, Malcolm decided to video a fellow student who was busy defacing one of his posters and it turned into an interview with two people who had both been involved in trying to censor him.

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Faces of the day

“CRAZY ol Val gets down and dirty with poop”
Valerie Morse Auckland Peace Action

Remember Crazy old Val? Here she is protesting outside the Nigel Farage event along with the impressionable and easily led youngsters who apparently make up her Auckland Peace Action activist group.

She yelled at people entering the event that they were “fascists” and got in front of them and took photos of them. I assume that it was an attempt to intimidate them and treat them as if they were doing something criminal and shameful.

Anti-free speech activist Valerie Morse harassed people entering the Nige Farage event and tried to intimidate them by taking their photos as if they were doing something criminal and shameful.

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Why the Dominion Post cartoon missed the mark completely

Cartoon: Dominion Post

A skilled political cartoonist is a student of history. No matter what their political bias they at least understand the facts about the past. The Dominion Post yesterday morning published a cartoon that displayed the cartoonist’s historical ignorance.

The Free Speech Coalition on Facebook pointed out the irony of the cartoon since cartoonists were one of the first groups to be persecuted by the Nazis. Quote.

(1) Free speech is the best prevention to fascism […]

(2) The regime was largely a result of imprisoning them and turning them into victims.

Terrible ideas breed in the dark – as it is harder to expose them for what they are.end quote.

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The right to censor free speech: Part two


Continuing from where we left off.  Brittany Hunter’s article written for the Foundation for Economic Education: Quote.

The rise of the alt-right and the alt-left has brought all sorts of weirdos out of hiding and yes, some of them have views that most of us would deem inappropriate and even immoral. But banning them only shows that we fear what they have to say. There is a market of ideas where different viewpoints compete with others. And if we, as individuals, believe that our view is the “right” or “good” view, then we should let that it compete on its own merits in the marketplace of ideas.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey appears to understand this, as he has refused to participate in the Jones ban, saying:

If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that’s constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction. That’s not us.

And even though this decision has resulted in backlash from the left who have attacked him for not taking a “stand” against Jones, Dorsey has stood his ground. He even responded to the criticism via tweet, telling journalists that if they are concerned with Jones’ views, they should be diligently combating them with their own opinions.
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The right to censor free speech: Part one

Brittany Hunter writes for the Foundation for Economic Education. quote.

Between Trump’s tirades against alleged “fake news” outlets and the recent banning of Alex Jones from Facebook, Apple, and YouTube, our society appears to be obsessed with trying to silence the opposition by controlling the flow of information. And while the recent Jones prohibition has sparked a national debate over who the First Amendment applies to, there is more to this story than just the issue of state-protected free speech.

To be sure, the [US] Bill of Rights is vital to individual liberty and was written explicitly to restrain the government from infringing upon the rights of the people. And while Facebook may sometimes be more accommodating to the government than many of us would like, the fact remains that it is a private company and it has the right to ban whomever it chooses. The same goes for YouTube and Apple.

And while we are each free to disagree with the decision to censor certain users, debating the constitutionality of Facebook and Apple’s decision ignores the real heart of the matter: Facebook, CNN, Apple, YouTube, and Fox News are not responsible for the spread of misinformation, no matter how much believing so may reinforce our own narratives. When all is said and done, the only person responsible for distinguishing fact from fiction is the individual. […]

The freedom to choose and think for ourselves is one of the most sacred attributes of the individual. But over the last several years, many Americans have adopted an attitude that puts political opinions ahead of individual responsibility.
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Simon Bridges on free speech

Simon Bridges talking in Blenheim about his views on free speech 9 August 2018.  Transcript follows.

I think what has happened over the last few weeks is an absolute disgrace. We need to get back to the old fashioned bedrock principles of people are allowed to say what they want. Yes, there will be some thing right up the top called hate speech. If some came in here and was threatening, I won’t give threat examples, threatening to do terrible things to [indistinct] you know, there is a line, but we would set that bar very, very, high because people should be allowed to say what they want.

That’s the sort of society we want to live in.

What’s really going on in New Zealand at the moment is that some of them think that they can shout down people who disagree with them. That’s what is really going on. They think that that is the way to go. They will get themselves in to a politically correct cocoon where only people who are in there are allowed to say things as part of the conversation.

Well, that’s rubbish.

Don Brash: I don’t agree with everything he says. He’s been former Reserve Bank Governor, he’s been former leader of the Opposition, he’s a smart man. He’s not said anything remotely approaching racist.  [Indistinct]

He was banned, it is a disgrace what has happened, we do have to stand up for free speech, to be quite strong on these things.

Ultimately, my view is this: You are smart, fair-minded people, you can make up your own minds. You don’t need Aunty Helen, or Jacinda Ardern telling you what it is you should or shouldn’t find acceptable. That is not a free speech, mature, democratic country.

 

In solidarity with the those in the world’s most despised demographic, WH has decided to ‘come out’ as an old white male. WH enjoys exercising the white-male privilege that Whaleoil provides for him by writing the occasional post challenging climate change consensus; looking at random tech issues that tweak his interest, as a bit of a tech nerd; or generally poking the borax at anyone in public life who goes on record revealing their stupidity. WH never excelled on the sports field because his coaches never allowed him to play in his preferred position on the right-wing. WH also enjoys his MG.

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Learning lessons from Lenin

Credit: Luke

In A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical Principles from Ancient and Modern Sources selected and edited by H. L. Mencken, Lenin is quoted as having said in a speech in Moscow in 1920: Quote.

Why should freedom of speech and freedom of the press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it believes to be right allow itself to be criticized? It would not allow opposition by lethal weapons. Ideas are much more fatal things than guns. Why should any man be allowed to buy a printing press and disseminate pernicious opinions calculated to embarrass the government? End of quote

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How a ‘Dwarf’ revolution stood up against Socialist Anti-Free speech laws

On 1st September 1939, Poland was invaded by the German National Socialist government. 17 days later it was also invaded by the Soviet Communist government.

So started the war in Europe. Britain and New Zealand went to war against one invader, but not the second. But that’s another story.

We all know the outcome and Poland was left under a Socialist yoke for decades. I say Socialist rather than communist because private property was still allowed in certain circumstances.

As an example, flowers are very important in Polish culture. The Socialist authorities could not guarantee state supply, so they needed to rely on private growers and sellers.

But back to the dwarfs.

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So um, this is hate speech?

Newshub helpfully provides a summary of what conservative centre-right controversial (-only-if-you-can’t-accept-basic facts) Canadian speakers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux believe. Quote.

Quote:Far-right activists Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern are set to visit New Zealand next month to do a public talk.

They’ve planned an event in Auckland on August 3, but no venue has been set and they’ve been banned from any Auckland Council owned venues.

The Immigration Minister has labelled their views “repugnant”.
So who are these people, and what do they believe?End of quote.

I admit I don’t know much about either Stefan or Lauren, so yep, what do they actually believe? Quote.

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Canada passes Anti-Free speech motion M103 to protect Islam from criticism

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Canada has passed motion M103 which will restrict free speech and will morph very quickly into a Sharia enforcement tool. The thought police now have a motion to use to silence any Canadian who criticises Islam as Islamophobia is now officially condemned. No clear definition of what Islamophobia actually is has been provided. How can this motion be fairly applied when no definition of Islamophobia has been provided? The lack of a definition makes it open season on any critic of the ideology of Islam. It is an incredibly totalitarian motion and will result eventually in Canadians being sent to jail for criticising Islam. It will also have a chilling effect so people will be too scared to say anything related to Muslims or Islam.

The Canadian House of Commons has passed motion M103 which singles out the criticism of Islam as a form of “Islamophobia”. Critics condemn it as an attack on free speech.
Motion M103 was tabled by Iqra Khalid, a Muslim member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party. It states the government must “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination”, was taken to vote on Thursday evening where a total of 201 MPs voted for it and only 91 voted against, Canadian broadcaster Global News reports.

The text of the motion does not clarify what constitutes “Islamophobia” and has led many to speculate what that may mean in the future, with some critics fearing it could lead to Shariah law courts. This concern has led to the circulation of an anti-Shariah petition on the Parliament of Canada website, which has so far been signed by over 24,000 people.

Even in London where people have just been slaughtered by a homegrown Jihadist, critics of the terror attack are being accused of hate speech. Instead of focussing on the ideology that all the terrorism has in common the media and the liberals are attacking the critics. The message in Canada and the UK is that the citizens must stop complaining about the destruction that Islam brings into their societies as it is hateful and Islamophobic to do so.

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