Random Quotations – Free Speech – May 23rd, 2020

Five items in total…

“It’s no secret that many American businesses have worked closely with the communist government to get business from their country. Even worse is how our entertainment and media companies bend over backward, to make China happy… Did you know that Hollywood edits many American films to comply with China’s strict, communist censors? American studios willingly change our movies, so they can rake in the big bucks from China theaters… An industry that profits because America’s Freedom of Speech is so quick to bow to foreign censors, for the almighty dollar.” – Adam Casalino, “Ted Cruz calls for Hollywood cuts – he wants federal dollars stopped for studios that censor to make China happy” – Patriot Journal, May 22nd, 2020.

“I followed all of the protocols of academia. I published articles in peer-reviewed journals. I shared my ideas, always politely, on Twitter, and I encouraged people to debate me and to criticize my ideas. And I was fired. If it can happen to me, then it can happen to any academic who challenges the prevailing views of their discipline. You may disagree with everything I believe, say, and write, but it is in everyone’s interests that you support my freedom to believe, say, and write it.” – Bo Winegard, “I’ve been fired. If you value academic freedom, that should worry you” – Quillette, March 6th, 2020.

“Basically, if anyone perceives anything as a hate incident then it is a hate incident. The police will then have to record it, and there is no innocent till proven guilty. There is no proven guilty at all. In fact, there is no way to prove innocence either. Such an allegation will be recorded against you forevermore, with no recourse to fact or anything else… When Miller later asked Humberside police to remove him from their hate-crime statistics, they said they couldn’t because they were following the policing guidelines.” – Tim Dieppe of Christian Concern, quoted in “Judge says cops violated free speech with ridiculous ‘hate’ claim” – WND, February 29th, 2020.

“More and more, political activists are quick to denounce as ‘hateful’ whatever they disagree with. This kind of name-calling is already having a chilling effect on the public debate on virtually all social and political issues. Empowering government bureaucrats with the authority to censor what they subjectively feel to be ‘hateful,’ or mandating independent companies to engage in censorship on their behalf, will only serve to punish ‘wrongthink’ while stifling the necessary discourse and exchange of ideas that permit a free society to flourish.” – Lisa Bildy and John Carpay, “Censorship coming under proposed Canadian Communications Commission” – The Post Millennial, March 3rd, 2020.

“Amazon reserves the right to determine whether content provides an acceptable experience, said one recent removal notice that the company sent to a bookseller… Amazon began as a bookstore and, even as it has moved on to many more lucrative projects, now controls at least two-thirds of the market for new, used and digital volumes in the United States. With its profusion of reader reviews, ability to cut prices without worrying about profitability and its control of the electronic book landscape, to name only three advantages, Amazon has immense power to shape what information people are consuming.” – David Streitfeld, “In Amazon’s bookstore, no second chances for the Third Reich” – New York Times, February 9th, 2020.