Random Quotations – Free Speech – June 2nd, 2018

Five items in total…

“…current opponents of so-called hate speech have redefined violent behavior to include upsetting words spoken by others… This is how advocates of ‘snuffing out’ certain types of speech can reconcile their position with stated support for ‘freedom’ and ‘free speech’… By opposing certain types of speech, one is not opposing basic freedoms, but is opposing actual violence… If speech can be shown to be violence, then it becomes morally legitimate to call for action by the state to limit or abolish that speech.” – Ryan McMaken, “Redefining violence: The problem with PC speech codes” – Mises Institute, May 17th, 2018.

“Another protester in the lobby says, ‘You should not listen to fascism. It should not be tolerated in civil society. Nazis are not welcome in civil society.’ I guess that explains the urge to wreck the sound system. The far left is all about silencing its opponents by any means necessary… The good news here is that only a handful of students were set off by an acknowledgment of anatomical facts (like the average height of men vs. women). Most of the people in the room were able to handle it.” – John Sexton, “Professor notes men are taller than women on average, SJWs storm out angrily” – HotAir, March 14th, 2018.

“Whereas Robinson was arrested for ‘breaching the peace’ – ‘apparently British police code for offending Islam,’ noted Spencer wryly – and was immediately thereafter found guilty of ‘contempt of court’ and hustled off to the hoosegow, the savages whose case he was covering have apparently been on trial for several weeks now. They face multiple charges, including rape, racially aggravated assault, and inciting a child into prostitution.” – Bruce Bawer, “British media: Lockstep lies” – Gatestone Institute, May 30th, 2018.

“One can get away with holding a model of Donald Trump’s severed head or intimating how satisfying it would be if the president were to get killed: there are few limits indeed to such satire and ‘humor.’ But venture into anything remotely related to race, even humorously or inadvertently, especially if the offender is not part of the ‘authorized Leftist establishment,’ and the results are a veritable death sentence, followed by exile to the remotest gulag in Siberia.” – Boyd D. Cathey, “Roseanne Barr, Uncle Remus and the multicultural politically correct briar patch” – Unz Review, May 30th, 2018.

“One of Britain’s most notorious anti-Muslim campaigners was arrested for disrupting a trial last week and was sentenced that same day to a year in prison, which the judge ordered news media not to report on… U.S. websites ignored the ban. Conservative outlets and alt-right blogs accused the British media of abetting a coverup. Drudge blasted the arrest across its front page, and 500,000 people signed a “Free Tommy” petition. The movement swelled until hundreds marched in London over the weekend.” (emphasis added) – Avi Selk, (Washington Post), “Anti-Muslim campaigner secretly jailed in U.K., sparking outrage from conservatives” – National Post, May 30th, 2018.