Forces of progress

…from the quill of Antisthenes

While in Australia the forces of progress, freedom and free speech for politically correct speakers go about their ultimate goal in a roundabout way, i.e. via the Racial Discrimination Act, Finkelstein inquiry and Prime Ministerial telephone calls, elsewhere they take a short cut. The Paris offices of a satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo were

100 lashes if you don't die of laughter

burnt out by a petrol bomb after it printed a cover cartoon of the prophet Muhammad. Its website was hacked and replaced by an apparently Mormon advertising slogan “no god but allah”. Its Facebook page was suspended for 24 hours and its journalists received death threats. The French Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, solemnly declared that “freedom of expression is an inalienable value.” Such declarations are of invaluable value, especially when your fire insurance policy excludes ‘an act of war’, but still I cannot imagine one of our freedom fighters, say Stephen Conroy*, to bring himself to saying something similar without crossing all his fingers and toes.

Charlie Hebdo should brace for further attacks, following publication of further offensive cartoons:

Can any Catholic resist his urge to reach for a molotov cocktail?

The travails of Andrew Bolt, of Michael Smith, of Geoffrey Blainey, of Alan Jones and others pale to insignificance in comparison. So far. So – so far so good.

*/ It has been pointed out to me that Mr Conroy is not a Minister for Censorship, as I have been describing him, but a Minister for Communication. I cannot go that far. Could we settle for ‘Minister for Politically Correct Communication Only’?




About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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