Random Quotations – Free Speech – Jan. 7th, 2019

Five items in total…

“But, I agree, passionately, with respected journalists like Paul Wells, Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hebert, Terry Corcoran and a host of others, who reject the Liberals’ bail-out as an unacceptable intervention that will compromise the independence of their craft… I share their opposition to the Liberal proposal of a ‘panel’ of ‘news experts’ who would distribute the election-year beneficence by deciding which newsrooms are ‘credible’ and worthy… and which newsrooms aren’t.” – Peter Kent, “Liberals’ $600 million media bailout lacks depth, fails to solve core problem” – The Post Millennial, Dec. 22nd, 2018.

“Freedom of speech is taken for granted in western society, but it is an essential right that is necessary for the perpetuation of constitutional democracy. Unfortunately, it also seems to be an endangered species under stealth attack by extremism masquerading as diversity and tolerance.” – Matthew M. Hausman, “Anti-blasphemy laws, free speech and religious freedom” – Arutz Sheva, Dec. 25th, 2018.

“The major social media have enormous, and growing, power over what may or may not be said on their websites. Because we all abhor hate speech, this abhorrence has given them an opening to insert their own definitions. If Facebook or YouTube bans you for promoting what the site calls hate speech, there is little defense. You have been labeled a hater, and from that moment forward, your credibility has been diminished in the eyes of many.” – Robert Arvay, “America is self-destructing over hate speech” – American Thinker, Jan. 5th, 2019.

“(But) Britain is not a free society. Its university campuses are increasingly akin to the Soviet Union. Comedians booked to entertain students on British campuses must sign contracts agreeing not to make jokes about a raft of subjects: nationality, sexuality, transsexuality, disabled people…[Comedian pulls out of charity show at SOAS after he was asked to sign extensive ‘safe space’ contract, by Ella Wills, Evening Standard, December 11, 2018].” – Lance Welton, “Neurotic Leftists mobbing Noah Carl, un-pc Cambridge U. researcher – establishment Right dithers” – The Unz Review, Dc. 15th, 2018.

“As with all authoritarian regimes, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is organized around manipulation and control of information and ideas. Under President Xi Jinping, the party has rapidly and boldly expanded its efforts to influence discussion about China beyond its borders, in part through the global expansion of state-run media outlets. The goal is to suppress any criticism of the Chinese government and shape the international discussion of China in ways favorable to the party’s interests.” – Josh Rogin, “Congress demands answers on AP’s relationship with Chinese state media” – Washington Post, Dec. 24th, 2018.