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Video: On the Banning of Owen Benjamin | Upholding a Culture That Values Free Speech

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Matt Christiansen
Published on Apr 7, 2018

A discussion on the culture of the Left has become increasingly authoritarian, making the point that this isn’t really about the 1st amendment. It’s about a political movement that wants to shut down opposition voices while it still purports to be “Liberal”. The issue is free speech in general and free speech as a cultural value – a value we are losing to the authoritarianism of the Left.

He further points out that it should be the individual that makes the decisions on speech – not the government or other entities that make that decision for you.

ITEMS REFERENCED
Owen Benjamin’s Facebook post: http://bit.ly/2qg9gU2
Nurse fired for post about Stephon Clark: http://bit.ly/2GpxS7w
David Hogg calls for boycotts of Laura Ingraham advertisers: https://ti.me/2qex4Yb
Berkeley Mayor advocates cancelling speeches because of violence threats: http://bit.ly/2qcpNby

 

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

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Katherine Timpf on fighting political correctness

National Review reporter and Fox News contributor Katherine Timpf often discusses political correctness. She talks about it so often that one might think it’s a subject she enjoys, but in reality it’s simply a problem she passionately wants to solve.

In American society, it is way too easy to offend. People do not want to hear that their perspectives are wrong. That’s apparently some form of violence. They don’t want to hear an opposing viewpoint. That’s allegedly a form of oppression. Many on the left feel entitled to express their opinions in any way they see fit and also to prevent others from sharing their opinions if there’s a difference in worldviews.

The hypocrisy of political correctness is thick.

As Timpf recently pointed out on National Review, it’s a problem that doesn’t have an easy solution, but trends are pointing to positive movement against the specter of political correctness.

Political Correctness: Study Finds 80 Percent of Americans Think It’s a Problem

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/political-correctness-problem-according-to-80-percent-of-people/I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point: Writing about political correctness sometimes makes me feel as if everyone has gone mad, and I’m very glad to see that this doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, a strong majority of people apparently agrees with me. A strong majority believes that political correctness has gone too far, and probably would agree that we need to be careful to protect our ability to speak freely in this country.

That’s certainly encouraging, but it still doesn’t make me feel entirely better. After all, the small, PC-obsessed mob can sometimes be very powerful. Once it decides that someone or something is racist or sexist, that conclusion can carry a lot of weight. It can ruin careers and lives. It can remove perfectly good, innocuous words from acceptable speech, because even the people who might not see a problem with those words don’t want to risk being accused of racism or sexism for using them. The only answer is to keep fighting, to keep exposing and mocking such overreach when it occurs — and to take solace in the fact that so many people have awoken to its dangers.

Keep fighting the good fight, Ms. Timpf.

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Reason: Socialism fails every time

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Reason Socialism fails every time

If Socialism Actually Worked, the Left wouldn’t have to Lie about it.

John Stossel has a new video featuring Gloria Álvarez who knows the truth about Socialism. She passionately decimates all of the Left’s lies about what is truly organised evil.

Socialism has become cool in America, under the nice name “democratic socialism”.

Gloria Álvarez knows better, because she’s from Latin America and studied socialism there. She says: watch out! Socialism has a clear track record of wrecking every country that implements it.

Cuba tried socialism. Things got so bad that tens of thousands fled the island on dangerous, makeshift rafts. Others paid lots of money to be allowed to leave.

After Cuba, the next Latin American country to get totally immersed in socialism was Venezuela. For a while, things seemed to work okay thanks to the country’s oil wealth; Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, and used to be the richest country in Latin America.

Celebrities like Michael Moore and Sean Penn visited Hugo Chavez and praised his socialism.

Venezuelans were happy, too. A former mayor in Venezuela’s capital city told Álvarez: “People were clapping so hard. They were like, ‘Oh, finally there is somebody here making social justice.'”

But eventually socialism led to a mismanagement of the economy that was so bad that money started to run out. The government just printed more, so much more that it led to million-percent inflation.

But some still defend socialism, saying that what happened there “isn’t real socialism.” Bernie Sanders says: “when I talk about Socialism I am not looking at Venezuela, I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark, like Sweden.”

But Denmark’s prime minister says that’s a mistake: “Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” he clarified.

In Scandinavian countries, government regulates business less than America’s government does. Scandinavian countries don’t even have a minimum wage.

Real socialism looks more like Cuba and Venezuela.

Álvarez hopes people look at socialism’s track record before implementing it anywhere else.

If the stakes weren’t so deadly serious, the Left’s absurd contradictions on this subject would be quite amusing. The video had several celebrities trying to claim that normal government functions are somehow ‘socialism’, without explaining how this is the case. Other Leftists will claim that certain socialist regimes weren’t actually socialist, but were really ‘Right-Wing’, again without explaining how this is the case. However, those supposedly non-socialist, ‘Right-Wing’ regimes had normal government functions – road, liberties etc. So by the lights of the first contention, wouldn’t they be socialist?

But let us put this as succinctly as possible:

If Socialism Actually worked:

The Left wouldn’t have to falsely claim that normal government functions are ‘socialism’.
The Left wouldn’t have to Lie about the definition of the word.
The Left wouldn’t have to pretend that Scandinavian countries are socialist.
The Left wouldn’t have to lie, claiming that totalitarian Socialist regimes are supposedly ‘rightwing’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need ‘revolutionary terror’.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need Tanquetas’ or ‘Ballenas’ to keep the people in line.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need secret police and torture to suppress dissent.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need barbed wire or mine fields to keep people from leaving.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need concentration camps, gulags or ‘re-education’ camps.
If Socialism Actually worked, they wouldn’t need firing squads or as ‘Che Guevara’ put it, the ‘pedagogy of the wall’.

The Takeaway.

If the organised evil that is socialism [Or it’s 40+ alternative labels] didn’t defy basic human nature, being a functional system, there would be no reason for the nation’s Socialist-Left to Lie about it. If it had actually accomplished something useful – aside from 100+ Million dead – it’s proponents could simply sell it without all of the falsehoods and outright lies. Those who advocate for that collectivist system – while claiming they aren’t it’s advocates – could simply be honest about what they want to impose on the rest of us.

Compare this to the entirely workable – but never claiming to be perfect – system of economic Liberty.
Those of us who are advocates for freedom have no need to pretend that systems of economic Liberty are something else. We have no need to make false claims or pretend it something that it is not. We only need to sell it on it’s great achievements, something the advocates of socialism can never do.

 

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The Left is losing the argument. Don’t respond to their desperate provocations.

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The Left is losing the argument Dont respond to their desperate provocations

It is axiomatic that when someone is making a mistake that you get out of the way.

For some reason the current situation suggests a scene from Star Trek VI: ‘The Undiscovered Country’ when Spock (Leonard Nimoy) declares that the Klingons are dying and Kirk (William Shatner) responds ‘Let them die!’ Of course, that’s an unfair comparison to the nation’s Left – for the Klingons. They were at least honourable, it would be difficult to say that about the Left these days.

The national socialist Left has lost the debate in the marketplace of ideas.

Recent events have seen the Left become increasingly unhinged. The web is replete with many examples – Leftists futilely banging on the doors of the Supreme Court , Fascist ‘Anti-facists’ out in the streets, trying to provoke an incident in Portland, etc. The trends are quite disturbing to say the least with, it seeming as though it’s getting worse by the day. It doesn’t help that certain politicians and media mavens are issuing statements that are ratcheting up the tension, encouraging people to confront those of us on the Pro-Liberty side of the aisle. Nor does it alleviate the stress with others of the media trying to deny the use of certain words.

The admittedly equally disturbing rumblings from the Pro-Liberty, Conservative side.

This isn’t a condemnation of the exaltations of victory after the bruising confirmation fight. Those were very understandable and well deserved. This refers to those on the right side of the spectrum who seem to be ‘itching for a fight’ as it were. Granted, the nation’s Left is clearly trying to provoke some kind of a response so they can play the victim. It’s the tried and true playbook of the Cry-Bully, something we’ve seen far too many times as of late. The point is that we cannot let them provoke us into a response that they will cynically use to claim ‘victim’ status.

Everyone on the Pro-Liberty right needs to keep several facts forefront in his or her mind.

1. The Left has the misguided idea that they have a birthright to power. Socialist dogma has it that it is supposedly ‘inevitable’, that it is the ‘Right side of history’

2. The Left is losing the argument in the marketplace of ideas. They are becoming unhinged because they are losing.

3. It is only out of desperation that they are coming out of the authoritarian closet, fully embracing their failed base ideology of socialism.

4. Their loss of the supreme court was one of the last pathways they had to carry out their socialist national agenda -–that is why they put so much into the fight and why they have lost the plot these days.

5. They are trying to provoke a violent response because they have no other choices (other than advocating freedom and supporting economic Liberty)

And most important:

6. We will win by avoiding their provocation’s. We will win by letting them LOSE.

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