Random Quotations – Free Speech – November 24th, 2019

Five items in total…

“One of the problems is that the protesters don’t usually articulate their viewpoints, choosing instead to chant slogans that primarily label everyone present as a ‘fascist.’ In Fiamengo’s experience, the protesters don’t always know who the event speaker is and have been unable to identify what the person had said that was objectionable… Fiamengo noted that at other events student protesters had admitted they came to the event because their professors told them to attend and that members of the faculty had been playing a role in generating disruption of certain kinds of speech they personally found offensive.” – Diana Davison, “UBC postpones free speech event” – The Post Millennial, November 2nd, 2019.

“The incendiary phrase ‘hate group’ or ‘hate speech’ is actually undefined and, therefore, most mischievous. The accusation of ‘hate’ tells you more about the accuser than the person accused. A ‘hate group’ is a group the accuser hates.” – Paul Fromm, “Reconsider supporting Poppy Day – how the Legion has fallen: Ontario Command labels Ezra Levant’s Rebel News a ‘hate group’ & investigates renting it space for a book launch” – Canadian Association for Free Expression, November 2nd, 2019.

“These op-eds that oppose free speech are chock full of good intentions – enough to pave a superhighway to hell. Indeed, it almost seems that the people running these establishment outlets want this more than anything. They pour out ink and pixels to evidence compassion for those who might feel hurt by words, fear that violent speech is a slippery slope to violent action, or that the population lacks enough discernment to parse speech for themselves…” – The Post Millennial, “The calls for censorship are coming from inside the house” – November 2nd, 2019.

“I understand that some jurisdictions have implemented new, non-criminal sanctions to deter this behaviour such as ticketing… I would be grateful if your ministry could determine what options might be available to better deter perpetrators… People are afraid in their communities. They know that these hate groups are organizing in communities… My request to the solicitor general was to do a scan of what other jurisdictions are doing to address public hate speech.” – Roberto Wakerell-Cruz, “B.C. government looking to ‘ticket’ those who engage in racist behaviour” – The Post Millennial, November 21st, 2019.

“One of the proudest moments of my life, that is the recent past, has been defending the British historian David Irving, who is now in prison in Austria for the potential of uttering an unwelcome thought on Austrian soil. He didn’t actually say anything in Austria. He wasn’t even accused of saying anything. He was accused of perhaps planning to say something… now they can add to this proud past the fact that they’ve locked up a British historian who’s committed no crime except that of thought and writing.” – The late Christopher Hitchens, quoted by James Kirkpatrick in “Freedom of speech dead in Europe; Greg Johnson detained, deported because he might say something” – The Unz Review, November 2nd, 2019.