The world-wide attacks on the freedom of speech

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

 It is not only the duplicitous duo Conroy/Finkelstein here in Australia, but all over the world the socialists are on the offensive. It makes sense in view of the forthcoming economic collapse that the oppressed and those able to point out the culprits, are pre-emptively muzzled and cowed. The mainstream Australian journalism, as evidenced, for example on Sunday 17th March ABC TV show The Insiders, is already at its despicable lowest. Orwell’s and Huxley’s fiction; unchallenged and unchallengeable history of the Soviet block countries and the current reality of Putin’s Russia, China, Brothers Castros’ Cuba, Kim Jong-Il’s North Korea and Xi Jinping’s China is rapidly becoming a worldwide plague.

A few days ago we published Dangers from the Extreme Left where Mr Stewart wrote: The January 11, 2013, firebombing attacks against the homes of five journalists in Greece is also unsettling in that it brought violence to the homes, rather than the business offices, of the targets. Fire can be a very deadly weapon, and if the firebombing attacks against homes continue, it is only a matter of time before someone dies.

Now there is depressing Mark Steyn of 15-03-13:

 Last weekend I wrote about the paramilitarization of the bureaucracy:

Two years ago in this space, I noted that the U.S. secretary of education, who doesn’t employ a single teacher, is the only education minister in the developed world with his own SWAT team: He used it to send 15 officers to kick down a door in Stockton, Calif., drag Kenneth Wright out onto the front lawn, and put him in handcuffs for six hours. Erroneously, as it turned out. But it was in connection with his estranged wife’s suspected fraudulent student-loan application, so you can’t be too careful. That the education bureaucracy of the Brokest Nation in History has its own Seal Team Six is ridiculous and offensive. Yet the citizenry don’t find it so: They accept it.”

I’m embarrassed to say that the town of my birth has just staged a low-budget Canadian remake, and on an even more disreputable pretext. The Toronto blogger Blazing Cat Fur has been a tireless critic of the confused social engineers at the Toronto District School Board, who simultaneously promote both vegetable sex and Muslim sex-segregated prayer sessions at which menstruating girls have to sit at the back. Many of his exposés have been picked up by local TV, radio and newspapers. Yesterday, the School Board decided they’d had enough of being publicly embarrassed. As the Toronto Sun puts it:

TDSB Sics Police On Sarcastic Blogger

It seems a wee bit over-sensitive for a school board that promotes murderous goons like Che Guevara and cop-killers like the Black Panthers as role models to its young charges to get its knickers in a twist over a blog post. But, of course, for leftie social engineers, the glamor of the revolutionary aesthetic is mostly a useful cover for inculcating a bovine, unquestioning statist compliance from which no deviation is permitted. There was barely any pretense by the cops that there was a legal justification for what happened yesterday; it was just a friendly warning: “Nice blog ya got there. Would be a real shame if something happened to it.”

One of the most disquieting trends in Western Europe is the state’s increasingly open intimidation of those who dissent from the official ideology. Sad to see it on this side of the Atlantic.

Sad to see that no oceans, no continents and no people are safe. When it suits them, the socialists quote Jean-Jacques Rousseau – “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains”, but not when they do the chaining, and the citizenry, if that is still an appropriate word, accepts the chains. A brave new world, everyone?

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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6 Responses to The world-wide attacks on the freedom of speech

  1. Globo says:

    It is not just Labor and Greens – all politicians fear the public. Look at that fraud Katter.

  2. Taurus says:

    Canberra turned into Absurdistan – with Gillard being Sasha Kohen in drag.

  3. Antisthenes says:

    From Mark Steyn: On the end of freedom of the press in Britain, Messrs O’Sullivan, Cooke and Stuttaford have had their say below. I think our friend Iain Murray Tweets it well:

    Let me get this right: Parliament will hold the press to account? Words cannot begin to express how bass-ackward that is.

    Quite so. And yet, in Britain, in Canada, in Australia (which is to say in some of the oldest free societies on earth and among the very few developed nations that did not succumb to the mid-20th century totalitarian fevers), it is now received wisdom that state power is required to “balance” free speech with competing societal interests as determined by regulatory bureaucrats. Socialists are supposed to think like this, but Britain’s hideously named “Royal Charter” is the triumphant “deal” of an ostensibly Conservative Prime Minister, and Canada’s grotesque Supreme Court decision was passed by a bench the majority of whom were appointed by another Conservative Prime Minister.

    As the casual acceptance of the notion that “Parliament will hold the press to account” suggests, increasingly we live in a world in which such debates as take place do so within an ever more statist framing. Aside from the small matter of abandoning core principles of English liberty, these “conservatives” cannot even calculate their own interests.

  4. Duran says:

    I believe this really is one of your best posts. We need a revolution to restore democracy.

  5. wind sower says:

    Best regards!

  6. simple man says:

    Freedom of speech is illusory. Read Lenin, comrades.

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