On my other blog one of my readers seemed to defend the suppression of free speech in most of Europe with the comment that nobody should want to deny the holocaust or engage in hate speech anyway. I chuckled when I read this. I don’t know if this reader if from Europe, but I suspect he is because that kind of servile attitude is one of the goals of their public education system. I don’t want to treat that reader unfairly though, as he later on made a much more nuanced statement on the issue. Still, the point remains that this is a popular position in much of Europe.
Historically, freedom of speech is a very un-European idea. For centuries, people were jailed or even executed for “lèse-majesté”, i.e. insulting the ruler. This could have meant anything. If the king didn’t like what you wrote or said, the gallows could have been waiting for you. In contrast, the United States prides itself on upholding freedom of speech which, of course, is a highly hypocritical notion given how much the government and big business meddle with it. There is a great speech by Lee Kuan Yew (key part), the heroic founder of Singapore, in which he mocks attendant U.S. politicians for using phrases like “the marketplace of ideas” by highlighting how frequently they interfere with it.
There is no real freedom of speech anywhere in the West. However, the big difference is that in Europe we don’t get told that we have it — it’s always freedom of expression with certain caveats — while in the United States they tell you that you have freedom of speech, but if you open your mouth, you may get tarred and feathered in the mainstream media, or get a visit by the Antifa thugs.
Now, let’s talk about a few of the caveats regarding the holocaust and hate speech. First, you have to be aware that the term “holocaust denial” does not mean what you think it does. It does not mean that you’re in trouble if you deny that the holocaust happened. Instead, your problems start if you question any part of the official narrative. This is quite funny because there have been some revisions, such as a downward adjustment of the number of Jews claimed to have died in Auschwitz. What was “holocaust denial” on one day may not have been holocaust denial on the next day, once there were new official figures.
There is a genuine holocaust liturgy going on in Germany. A lot of research would be needed to find out what really happened. Yet, if you do so, you may get locked up. To give you a few pointers: if the Nazis killed six million — note that I don’t say that they did not —, then where are the mass graves? They were never found, despite countless, sometimes high-profile attempts. Again, I don’t claim that they don’t exist. I merely repeat that particular part of the official narrative. Another juicy issue is that the United States interned German soldiers after WW II and denied them the rights of POWs. Some people suspect that there may be mass graves of German soldiers in the US-occupied zone of post-WWII Germany. Yet, this is a taboo topic that cannot be investigated. I vaguely recall that this is a jailable offense.
The next issue is “hate speech”. This is like beating a dead horse, in my opinion. First, give me a clear definition of the term! There is none. From what I gather, “hate speech” just means that someone said something somebody else did not like. Of course, an important restriction is that said somebody has to enjoy some level of authority. One example of hate speech is making a well-laid out case for why there should be a white ethnostate. (Again, I am not making any statement on whether I am for or against it.) What the myopic left does not seem to realize, however, is that the tide may well turn, which means that in case the cultural levers of power fall back into the hands of the conservatives, their talk about open borders and white men deserving to die will likely be classified as hate speech as well. Today, a lefty can write that all white men deserve to die, which is apparently “irony” and clearly not hate speech. Yet, make a statement like that but target a protected group, and it is hate speech.
Freedom of speech is said to be a double-edged sword, i.e. if you can say what you want, you have to endure that somebody else may say something you don’t like. Similarly, hate-speech is double-edged because the apparatus of oppression that the left, in cooperation with big tech, has been building up could very well be used against them. Just as food for thought: Imagine a ruler of a Western country who has to rely on Russian or Chinese support to stay in power, which is not nearly as far-fetched as you may think given how fragile may Western countries have become. If he was told that he has to squash leftists dissidents, both online and offline, in order to secure much-needed loans, do you think he would oppose? The status quo with the relentless prosecution of people who do not follow the mainstream narrative will serve as a welcome precedent.
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