Random Quotations – Free Speech – January 11th, 2021

Five items in total…

“Prof. Ellis closes his essay on political correctness by noting that it has become common to decry Communist excesses, but no one dares hint at today’s ugly parallels… In another essay, Prof. Ellis analyzes those parallels from a different perspective. He notes that the old left wanted to seize the means of production but the current left has seized the means of expression. The resulting assault on free speech is one of the most serious threats we face.” – Jared Taylor, “In the gulag of the mind” – American Renaissance, September 2006.

“We understand the desire to permanently suspend him now, but it should concern everyone when companies like Facebook and Twitter wield the unchecked power to remove people from platforms that have become indispensable for the speech of billions – especially when political realities make those decisions easier.” – Kate Ruane, a senior legislative counsel at the ACLU, quoted by Kyle Morris in “ACLU warns of ‘unchecked power’ after Facebook, Twitter suspend Trump” – Breitbart, January 9th, 2021.

“Suppression of dissent and controlling behavior are police state characteristics. It might be less clear to some why dictating permissible use of language is police state control. Think about it this way. If your use of pronouns can be controlled, so can your use of all other words. As concepts involve words, they also can be controlled. In this way inconvenient thoughts and expressions along with accurate descriptions find their way into the Memory Hole.” – Paul Craig Roberts, “Is America’s future a civil war?” – Unz Review, January 10th, 2021.

“Unfortunately, the big tech control mechanism to shut down speech & assembly has now arrived on our doorstep… One week after the 2020 presidential election, The Conservative Treehouse received the following notification: ‘…given the incompatibility between your site’s content and our terms, you need to find a new hosting provider and must migrate the site by Wednesday, December 2nd.’ What does this mean? It means CTH is being kicked-off the WordPress website hosting platform because the content of our research and discussion does not align with the ideology of those who define what is acceptable speech and what is not.” – Sundance, “The Treehouse is deplatformed…” – Conservative Treehouse, November 15th, 2020.

“While traditional definitions of violence exclude pure rhetoric and only encompass acts of physical harm, critical race theorists do not see any meaningful distinction between words and violence as both are used for the sole purpose of attaining power over other groups… This explanation is also the reason why many adherents to critical race theory engage in acts of physical violence themselves, as physical violence is seen as a proportional reaction to ‘rhetorical violence.’ When violent anarchists such as Antifa employ their intimidation tactics against public speakers, the reason is because they see speech and violence to both be demonstrations of power with no moral distinction aside from the specific group interests they are advancing.” – Noah David Alter, “McGill student union demands professor lose title, free speech be curtailed in the name of inclusivity” – The Post Millennial, December 4th, 2020.