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This Is How Free Speech Is Destroyed

Jul 20, 2018

Many enemies of the West and its values have sought to smash free speech and prevent differing points of view from being heard. This is typical of the radical left, and the examples of it are now endless. But of late the activists – along with politically correct governments and police forces – have hit upon a sure-fire way to help ensure “wrong” points of view do not get a hearing.

The procedure is quite simple actually: When an enemy of the PC state – read: conservative – dares to speak somewhere, just allow the ferals to cause maximum damage and prevent said speaker from proceeding. But if they cannot physically stop the speaker, they can deter the speaker big time by having the police slug him or her with hefty fines.

They may not call it a fine, but that is what it is: charge the speaker with a massive bill to pay for police security. That is a good deterrent indeed. Forget the obvious truth that the ones who should be slugged with hefty fees are the protestors who are causing all the mayhem and public disturbances in the first place.

This has now become routine by the militant left: target any speaker they deem to be unacceptable, cause a major ruckus, and then sit back and laugh as the police actually send the bill to the speaker! Yep, makes perfect sense – at least if you are a lefty.

That will help guarantee that free speech will be squashed, with only the left being allowed to speak. We have seen this work really well of late here in Australia. First they came after Milo, and now Lauren. Here is how one leftist media outfit covers the story:

Lauren Southern has become the second controversial alt-right commentator to be slapped with a hefty police bill ahead of her controversial show in Melbourne. Organisers of the Canadian’s speaking tour are reportedly being charged almost $68,000 for a large police presence at the event, which authorities fear could draw violent protesters.

While Victoria Police confirmed it had a right to charge any event organiser for the use of police resources, it refused to comment on the cost of the bill. After initially being denied a short-term visa, Southern landed in Australia late last week for her national tour, wearing a shirt emblazoned with “It’s okay to be white”.

She and right-wing Canadian podcaster and YouTuber Stefan Molyneux, who will be appearing at events together from next week, were granted temporary activity visas subclass 408 earlier this week. Southern, who has spoken against immigration, feminism and Islam, was denied entry to the UK in March on the grounds that her “presence in the UK was not conducive to the public good”. She’s due to host a show at a yet to be disclosed venue in Melbourne on Friday night.

It comes days after it emerged that organisers of alt-right mouthpiece Milo Yiannopoulos’ Melbourne event have so far refused to cough up the $50,000 bill for extra police resources used after violent protests broke out at his show last year. Hundreds of left and right-wing protesters clashed outside the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington in December at the Yiannopoulos event.
www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/far-right-mouthpiece-lauren-southern-hit-with-hefty-police-bill-20180719-p4zsis.html

OK, send a bill ahead of time to those who want to exercise their right to speak, but just ignore those who have insisted that they will violently seek to prevent such free speech from going ahead. Sure, why not? The libertarian group The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance was rightly outraged by this, and has launched a petition. The head of the organisation Tim Andrews said this:

I was absolutely stunned to wake up this morning and read that Victorian Police had issued a $68,000 bill to Canadian activist Lauren Southern. Why did they issue this bill? Did she do something wrong? Did she break the law? No. They issued this bill because – wait for it – some violent, far-left thugs, threatened to protest her.

I am not joking. This is what really happened. Rather than going after people who actually cause violence, the Victorian police are trying to shut down a legal, law-abiding speaker and prevent her from giving a lecture. Because of threats made by some Marxist thugs. This is just not on. If you believe – like I do – in freedom of speech, then join us in our campaign and contact the Victorian Government to demand action at www.taxpayers.org.au/fight-vic-polices-extortion-of-lauren-southern

This goes to the very heart of freedom of speech in Australia. If the police can force someone to pay $68,000 or else be silent, then freedom of speech in Australia is dead. If anything, shouldn’t the people responsible for violence be given the bill? Apparently not in Victoria today.

It doesn’t matter if you agree with Lauren or not – this isn’t about her, this is about the fundamental right to freedom of speech. Our democracy is based on freedom of speech. What the Victorian Police are doing goes completely against this. This is the behaviour we’d expect to see from a tin-pot dictator in some authoritarian regime, not in a country like Australia.

Quite so. Please sign and share this important petition.

And that’s not all

There are of course other ways the leftist state can shut down debate and penalise recalcitrants. Government departments and even the justice system can be part and parcel of this. Consider two related issues in the UK as a clear example of this.

When English activist Tommy Robinson sought to protest and make others aware of Muslim rape gangs, he was given very speedy “justice” indeed: he was arrested, trialled, and imprisoned all in a matter of a few hours. See here for my earlier coverage of this: billmuehlenberg.com/2018/05/29/tommy-robinson-and-the-death-of-britain/

Yet those he was making a stink about went their merry way for years and years, while the UK government basically did nothing about them. A brand-new article reminds us of what many of us already know. As the headline states, “UK Government Office Knew About Mass Rape Gangs Decade Before Investigating”. It begins:

A review had found that documents relating to an unpublished report which detailed “men who are believed to be responsible for pimping and grooming young people into prostitution” in Rotherham, north east England, was sent to the Home Office in 2002, but the department failed to act on it.

The revelations were reported in the Home Office’s internal review entitled: “The Rotherham Independent Review: a review into information passed to the Home Office in connection with allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Rotherham” released Tuesday and which considered whether the Home Office properly handed material sent to it regarding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

This included an assessment of a University of Luton (now Bedfordshire) research project titled “Risky Business” which ran from 2001 and 2002 and was funded by the Home Office. It was set up to identify and support girls at risk of CSE and focused on “targetting men who are believed to be responsible for pimping and grooming young people into prostitution”.

The July 2018 internal Home Office review stated that the researcher had said she sent her draft report to “Home Office evaluators and senior officials” in 2002 and that she had spoken to several officials about her work. However, the internal review found that some Home Office staff claimed to have no recollection of having received it, with “one inclined to the view that it might have been received and one felt it less likely”.
www.breitbart.com/london/2018/07/19/uk-government-office-knew-about-mass-rape-gangs-decade-before-investigating/

Hmm, it took just a few hours to silence Tommy, but years to even get around to looking at the things he was trying to alert us to. It seems far too many governments have jumped into bed with the leftists and their allies, including the Islamists.

As the brute power of the state is brought to bear on those it deems to be troublemakers, the death of free speech is easily carried out. We are seeing this unfold as we speak. Goodbye freedom, goodbye democracy, goodbye the West.

BTW: those wanting to hear the pair the state wants to censor, see this link for their speaking details: axiomatic.events/

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11 Responses to This Is How Free Speech Is Destroyed

  • Good article. Thank you for researching it, and bringing it to our attention.

  • Many thanks indeed for reporting on this disgrace from the Vic police, Bill. Everyone needs to sign the ATAs petition!

  • The loony left only allows free speech if they agree with what you say. The jailing of Tommy Robinson is an example. I have been banned from every left wing rag.

  • What I would be curious to know is do any protestors that resort to violence or do some disruptive activity such as run up on to the stage of an event, do they actually get charged and prosecuted? When security takes people off the stage, what then happens? Are they simply escorted out of the venue and told not to come back, or are they charged with an offence? Sorry for my ignorance, but this is just an honest question.

    If a protestor resorts to violence, or tries to run up on to the stage, or tries to block a bus, or does anything that is disruptive or threatening, then the full force of the law should be brought down on such people – and if current laws don’t exist to deal with the situation, we need to lobby for laws to be brought in that do deal with this.

    I have a soft heart and don’t like to see people be given large fines or some sort of severe penalty for doing something a bit stupid, but enough is enough – I think many of these people aren’t simply caught up in the heat of the moment and do something over the top in their protesting – I suspect many of them are knowingly out to make trouble before they even arrive at the protest site or venue where the meeting is being held. I say again, enough is enough – for the sake of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, let’s bring down the law on such people.

  • Signed!

    Please also sign and share this important petition about freedom to speak the truth about Islam and homosexuality:

    www.change.org/p/immigration-minister-peter-dutton-non-deportation-of-homophobic-pastor-logan-robertson-from-australia

  • Thanks for the Article Bill, just signed the petition and shared on Twitter.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

  • This is utterly disgusting in Australia. Victoria does not seem to be an Australian state??
    Something is wrong with their leadership. Turnbull seems to be offside with the people.
    He must know what’s happened in UK & Eu Yet he seems to want to put us in the same situation.
    They the Lefties & their stooges will restrict freedom of speech to the maximum.
    The Conservatives of this nation must join together in next years election to gain ascendancy & change the political horror that will come with either major party winning.
    Islam will stay together with force from their Imams! We should do the same with Jesus as our leader. He is all for free speech & freedom.

  • Both Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux’s talks are on Youtube. The radicals failed to stop them being heard. I guess they have to do something else with the other days of the week when they’re not at uni, studying for their Arts degrees.

  • Bill, I’ve just carried out a very interesting exercise. Because I studied Psychology at Monash some years ago, I came up with the idea just now of testing my Facebook friends’ reaction to Lauren Southern and what she is doing at present in Australia. You’re probably aware of how she visited Lakemba in Sydney (the Muslim area that is supposedly ‘no go’ for non muslims) along with a number of bodyguards, and spoke with the police there. I then posted two comments on this on Facebook, including the link, and waited for the reaction. (You can read them on my FB timeline.) Now you would have thought the response to Lauren would be strong – but as of writing this, there has been absolutely nothing. Zilch! I even mentioned the ‘frog being boiled alive’ illustration!! But nobody is interested. Now if I’d posted a picture of some cute little puppies or kittens, I could guarantee a strong response! Anyway, it was an experiment to show how easily Islam can take over a culture or a nation. Let me know what you think.
    PS I was unsure where to send this because your extension said you don’t read comments there. So it ended up on this page.

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