Random Quotations – Free Speech – March 25th, 2019

Five items in total…

“NDP Vice-President Morgane Oger intends on creating a ‘Canadian Atlas of Populist Extremism (CAPE)’ to map extremist groups, individuals and incidents across Canada… the B.C. Civil Liberties Association has warned that while the tool might be useful it would come with a host of privacy rights issues… ‘All kinds of things that people think are hateful constitute genuine political speech,’ said policy director Michael Vonn pointing to the example of immigration policy criticism… without a proper model there are legal issues around posting the personal information of private citizens online on a ‘hate map’.” – Cosmin Dzsurdzsa, “Morgane Oger’s “hate map” might have privacy issues: B.C. Civil Liberties Association” – The Post Millennial, March 22nd, 2019.

“New Zealand is also debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city… The ban, issued on Saturday, means anybody caught with the document on their computer could face up to 10 years in prison, while anyone caught sending it could face 14 years. Some say the ban goes too far and risks lending both the document and the gunman mystique.” – Thomas Lifson, “New Zealand imposes draconian censorship in wake of mosque massacre” – American Thinker, March 25th, 2019.

“Whether this is done directly by the prime minister or by his designates, whether the preference is based on partisanship, or ideology, or connections, or mere incumbency, it is not an appropriate role for government in a democracy. Subsidizing speech the government likes is not materially different from suppressing speech it doesn’t like, and indeed may have much the same effect… You might understand that in the abstract, but it’s when you see the details of how they propose to go about it that the chill really sets in.” – Andrew Coyne, “It’s when you read details of media bailout that the chill sets in” – National Post, March 20th, 2019.

“In the wake of the attacks, the prime minister promised to keep the murderer ‘nameless,’ and the internet promptly obliged by flushing the perpetrator’s identity down the memory hole. New Zealanders’ access to online material about him was blocked. In what has become standing operating procedure after mass attacks, social media accounts connected to the perpetrator disappeared. Internet service providers in New Zealand blocked access to sites like 4chan, 8chan, LiveLeak, and the file-sharing site Mega if the sites did not take down material related to the shooting.” – Barbara Boland, “The chilling censorship of the Christchurch shooting” – American Conservative, March 21st, 2019.

“After the viral video showing a Conservative sucker-punched at Berkley for the ‘crime’ of being conservative on campus and a long history of Conservative audiences being denied access to hear speakers they booked with the hopes of hearing what they had to say, Trump is making them choose… Are they committed to American principles of free speech or not?… If they aren’t, that’s fine, go ahead and knock yourselves out, but don’t come cap-in-hand to the taxpayer expecting sometimes hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars in research grants.” – Wes Walker, “Clash poll: Trump’s EO demands free speech on college campuses or NO federal money – Do you agree?” – ClashDaily, March 22nd, 2019.