Random Quotations – Free Speech – January 3rd, 2020

Five items in total…

“In a number of books he laid out the theoretical foundations for the practical work of Edward Bernays, who developed ‘public relations’ (aka propaganda) to carry out this task for the ruling elites… He (Bernays) says the reason he couldn’t call his new business ‘propaganda’ was because the Germans had given propaganda a ‘bad name,’ and so he came up with the euphemism ‘public relations.’ He then adds that ‘if you could use it [i.e. propaganda] for war, you certainly could use it for peace.’ Of course, he never used PR for peace but just to manipulate public opinion…” – Edward Curtin, “The art of doublespeak: Bellingcat and mind control” – The Unz Review, December 10th, 2019.

“I posted that I love trans people, but I find the activists who claim to be representing them to be petulant, small-minded shitheads. That tweet went a little bit viral, inspiring a cavalcade of conversation on both sides.” – Literary editor Will Johnson, quoted by Anna Slatz in “Canadian literary editor fired after supporting free speech” – The Post Millenniial, December 17th, 2019.

“The mandate letter, sent to Canada’s Minister of Heritage, calls for legislation to be drawn up imposing ‘significant penalties’ on social media companies that do not remove so-called hate speech within 24 hours… It is unclear if blackface photos posted on social media will qualify as ‘hate speech’ under the planned Canadian law.” – Allum Bokhari, “Justin Trudeau wants ‘significant penalties’ for social media ‘hate speech’.” – Breitbart, December 16th, 2019.

“The quarantining framework is an example of more ethical online safety technology that can be extended to the handling of Hate Speech. Crucially, it provides flexible options for obtaining a more justifiable balance between freedom of expression and appropriate censorship.” – Researchers Stefanie Ullmann and Marcus Tomalin, quoted by Dr. Susan Berry in “Cambridge researchers launch ‘hate o’meter’ software to treat ‘hate speech’ as malware” – Breitbart, January 2nd, 2019.

“The Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo had his speaking event cancelled at UBC after safety concerns due to potential violent protests from antifa groups. Ngo’s scheduled presentation, ironically titled ‘Understanding Antifa Violence,’ was scheduled to take place on January 29 at UBC’s Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.” – Diana Davison, “Breaking: UBC cancels Andy Ngo talk on antifa violence due to violent threats from antifa” – The Post Millennial, January 2nd, 2019.