The Fight for Free Speech

Fundamental to freedom is free speech. Free speech is the first freedom lost as despots seek and solidify power over people.

In his excellent article “The Fight for Free Speech” the late Walter E. Williams makes a compelling case for free speech and against the tyrannical trends trying to take away freedom of expression from political opponents. In the remainder of this post I excerpt several portions of Williams’ article.

“The violence, looting and mayhem that this nation has seen over the last several months has much of its roots in academia, where leftist faculty teach immature young people all manner of nonsense that contradicts commonsense and the principles of liberty. Chief among their lessons is a need to attack free speech in the form of prohibitions against so-called hate speech and microaggressions… It is a tragic state of affairs when free speech and inquiry require protection at institutions of higher learning.”

Right on. I’m going to say here what many so-called intellectuals will consider to be a “microaggression” (or macro, perhaps), or may even be considered by some as “hate speech”: I utterly disrespect and despise anyone — particularly the supposedly “educated” of academia — who seeks to silence or censor their political opponents. Their efforts are evidence that the beliefs they so desperately seek to shield from questions and criticism are wrong.

A monopoly of ideas is just as dangerous as a monopoly in political power or a monopoly in the production of goods and services.

A monopoly of ideas — i.e. the silencing and censoring of opposing ideas — is precisely what leads to and perpetuates monopolies of political power, and the inevitable totalitarianism, oppression and suffering inflicted upon the masses by those who hold the monopoly.

We might ask what is the true test of a person’s commitment to free speech? The true test does not come when he permits people to say those things he deems acceptable. The true test comes when he permits people to say those things that he deems offensive.

Anyone who claims the right to free speech for themselves, but denies that right to someone else they deem “offensive” or “wrong”, is not just a hypocrite, but is also a tyrant.

Tyrants everywhere, from the Nazis to the communists, started out supporting free speech rights. Why? Because speech is important for the realization of leftist goals of command and control. People must be propagandized, proselytized and convinced. Once leftists have gained power, as they have in most of our colleges and universities, free speech becomes a liability. It challenges their ideas and agenda and must be suppressed.

I can only imagine the self-recriminations and regrets rampant among the “useful idiot” academics, journalists and news people who used their free speech rights to propel to power Lenin and Hitler and Stalin and Mao and Ho Chi Min and other brutal despots, only to later be compelled to be pathetic propagandists or, if they dared oppose their masters, to be numbered among the expendable millions of cold corpses. The complicit professors and pundits of today may find themselves in such a predicament one day in the not-too-distant future.

You Aren’t Really Offended All The Time, So Please Stop Pretending

Excerpted from an article by Matt Walsh, published April 24, 2015 on The Blaze

As you know, America is a nation obsessed with being offended. We really enjoy it. We just love the feeling. We relish any opportunity to take umbrage at something. We revel in the insult. The outrage. The indignation.

It’s invigorating. It’s stimulating.

And when you mix our enthusiasm for outrage with the constant saturation of news and information, it creates an environment where offense grows like mold in a dark basement. Factor in our boredom, our warped sense of perspective, and our perverted moral compass, and suddenly you find offendedness thriving to a degree never before witnessed by man….

Truly, our society’s bellyaching sissies are in an elite category. They are like the Navy SEALS of offendedness. They demonstrate unmatched skill, dedication, and dexterity in imagining new and exciting ways to be insulted.

But why? Why are we in this permanent state of outrage? Why are we constantly dismayed and disgruntled and disturbed by every little thing?

… We begin by assuming the outrage is genuine, and proceed to investigate how these people could be so consistently and sincerely outraged by so many ridiculous things.

I’ve come to understand the issue differently, however.

… It’s all a show. Nobody cares. That’s why there’s never really any reason for the the Villain of the Moment to issue his formal apology and beg for forgiveness from people who don’t actually give a crap. Wait it out for a day or two and everyone will forget. They always do.

Meanwhile, there are real outrages happening on the planet. There are actual travesties and atrocities occurring, ones in which anger would be an appropriate response. One example is the ongoing genocide of religious minorities in the Middle East and North Africa. There’s something to be profoundly offended by, if you’re looking for a new target….

Read the Entire Article on The Blaze

An Unforgivable Offense

Yesterday in France Islamic terrorists struck a cowardly blow to freedom when they massacred 12 unarmed and innocent people, mostly journalists at a French newspaper. Their supposed justification? Because these journalists had used cartoons to lampoon terrorists and to “blaspheme” the so-called prophet Muhammad.

I don’t care if the journalists mocked Muhammad, Allah himself, or the terrorists’ own mothers. Violence against another is never justified by any verbal, printed or caricatured provocation, regardless of how insensitive, crass or supposedly “blasphemous.”

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What Silver Should Do About Sterling

Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was allegedly recorded making racist comments during a private conversation with his “girlfriend”. Now, just about everybody is calling for Sterling’s head, and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is under tremendous pressure to severely punish Sterling. What should Silver do to Sterling?

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School forces student to change shirt with silhouette of a hunter

Reported by The Blaze on 2013-10-03

…Haley Bullwinkle … never thought her [shirt] choice would get her sent to the office with a request to change her so-called ‘violent’ attire. Her shirt showed the silhouette of a hunter with the words ‘National Rifle Association of America: Protecting America’s Traditions Since 1871.” … Haley was sent to the principal’s office and was given a school-issued shirt to change into.

Yet another irrational attack on both First and Second Amendment rights. The leftists are doing everything they can to brainwash our children with the bone-headed belief that guns are evil.