Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tommy Robinson Wins Appeal and the Judgement Proves What Many of Us Have Been Saying for Months

I was elated to hear that Tommy Robinson won his appeal yesterday in London. As I've commented on extensively in recent posts, what happened to him in the Leeds Court back in May was a mockery of justice and had all of the trappings of an authoritarian state.

With the mainstream media and most government entities so virulently biased against Tommy, I cannot say I was confident that he would get a fair hearing in court, even though his new legal team presented a tremendous case back on July 25th during his appeal hearing.

To my amazement and joy, the court decision yesterday delivered a rather scathing rebuke of what the Leeds Court did with Tommy in May. Tommy is likely going to have to face a re-hearing (which I think is absurd), but he was let out of prison immediately on bail, with only a few minor conditions.

For some detail, here is a statement from Carson Kaye Solicitors, Tommy's representation, regarding the judgement yesterday:  Click here

The higher court's decision yesterday vindicated everything that myself and so many others were pointing out about the despicable nature of the Leeds court's treatment of Tommy when they rushed him through from arrest to sentencing to incarceration in under 5 hours (including a lunch recess!). Tommy never had a chance to properly address the contempt of court allegations.

 At the very least, now he will, with a fantastic legal team at his side. I think this team will lay the facts out in a way that will be hard for any court to twist and use to put Tommy back into prison.

The main thing is that Tommy is now free and out of prison.  It was a day for celebration, even though I'm very conscious of the hard work and effort that lies ahead to advance the cause of freedom, free speech, and a free press, all of which Tommy has become a living symbol for.

One video made me happier than any other statement or report yesterday. After being held in solitary for 23 1/2 hours a day, Tommy finally got to be reunited with his children and wife. He shared this wonderful moment and any person with a shred of conscience can sense the suffering and price Tommy has paid to fight for what he believes in.

 

Tommy emerged from prison looking very gaunt in comparison to the man who was whisked off into incarceration back in May. Details are just beginning to emerge, but needless to say, to any rational person, Tommy endured a worse atmosphere than murderers are made to experience. A little of this came out in an interview he gave yesterday to Ezra Levant of Rebel Media.

 

As you can sense, a lot more is going to emerge, and the authoritarians that seek to suppress speech, an independent press, and other rights are not going to walk away quietly.  If anything, I expect the vitriol to increase and the MSM to strive even harder to smear and slant coverage of Tommy.  They will hurl every baseless "far right" and "racist" accusation that they can, even though both things can be readily debunked with just a little research of what Tommy actually says and represents. (I'll be doing a big post on this topic very soon).  

The reason they will double down on trying to destroy him is because he represents individual empowerment.  He does not compromise who he is.  He does not bow to the powers that be.  He stands up for the voiceless and those without influence.

That's the last thing that authoritarians want to see taking root in the general public they seek to rule and control.  An informed, empowered and motivated public conscious of natural rights is the antithesis to authoritarianism. 

That is precisely why all of us have to advance the cause of freedom, raise our voices louder, and increase our own efforts.  In doing so, we serve each other in a way that leads toward our highest potential.

For the moment, though, be sure to celebrate this wonderful victory...as Tommy Robinson is FREE!  :)


Friday, July 6, 2018

Free Speech Entails Defending Speech You Despise

Free speech is essential to the existence of a free society because it underpins all other freedoms.

Without free speech and expression you cannot begin to have a truly free society, including free markets and the open exchange of ideas that is essential for the advancement of philosophy, technology, creative arts, and so much more.

Many people talk about supporting free speech until it comes to a time where they have to defend someone that they have profound disagreements with.  Yet this is central to what genuine free speech is all about.

The measure of whether or not there is free speech in a society does not involve the speech that is popular in the mainstream or agreeable to members of media and government.  It centers precisely on speech that is unpopular and even sometimes offensive.

Today, the broad brush of labels such as "hate speech" is being used to try to suppress legitimate dissent, intellectual criticism, and non-threatening expression.

"Hate" is a very ambiguous term when it comes to the matter of free speech.

What is "hate speech"?

Does it involve the mere dislike of someone? Is it simply a matter of disagreement with another's view?  Or is it being critical of the teachings of a religion, or the elements of a political philosophy like Marxism or Socialism?

All across the Western world, you see the "hate" label applied to very legitimate speech without the label itself ever being justified in any rational or objective manner.

A person merely giving a presentation on a controversial topic (and one that may have tremendous implications for a society) often meets hordes of one point of view frothing at the mouth, braying of "hate" and "incitement".   They do so when there is a complete absence of any real incitement on the part of the speaker/presenter. In the overwhelming majority of these situations, the only people acting in intimidating, aggressive, or even violent ways are those hurling the "hate" label about and trying to suppress the person they disagree with from expressing their views.

It is a real mob-like mentality and it is a dangerous one.

In the USA, the ratcheting up of the "hate speech" label and others (like "far right", etc.) has reached a point where those who are painted with those brushes actually ARE suffering violent attacks at an increasing rate.  Yet the irony of this is profoundly lost upon those who are committing the violent acts.

It reflects a tremendous degree of hypocrisy and a great intellectual inconsistency when those very same groups of people say they support free speech.

This is precisely why individuals such as Morrissey (music artist, formerly of The Smiths) gain my respect and support fast when they stand for genuine free speech in defending someone that they might have sharp disagreements with on a number of topics.  Morrissey's integrity on the matter of free speech and expression gained him a lot of backlash when he spoke up in defense of the imprisoned Tommy Robinson in the UK. 

Yet that example is exactly what free speech is all about.

I'll round these thoughts about free speech out with a great Noam Chomsky quote. 

Chomsky is definitely not regarded as "right wing" by anyone, so he certainly does not carry the label of "hate speech" or "far right", yet he is razor sharp on what genuine free speech entails.

“If you believe in freedom of speech, you believe in freedom of speech for views you don't like. Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you're really in favor of free speech, then you're in favor of freedom of speech for precisely the views you despise.”










Sunday, June 24, 2018

We Are Entering a Bizarre Phase of History - Time to Identify Neo-Marxism


It has been an interesting week.

I have been doing what I can to raise awareness of the Tommy Robinson situation in the UK, which I find to be an egregious and draconian violation of natural rights.  In doing so, I have gotten some rather interesting responses from the anti-Tommy faction from the UK (Thankfully, I have gotten a much greater response from the supporters of Tommy and participants in the growing freedom movement there, which is aligned closely with Brexit).

In analyzing these folks, there is a common thread among most of them.  They are far-left in political orientation and, as can be expected, are anti-Brexit.

Needless to say, when I made a few remarks on how I find the EU to be very authoritarian, I got some more interesting responses from members of this particular group.

They are exceptional at name-calling. According to these individuals I am supporting the "far right", "racists" and "xenophobes".  Even more exceptional are claims that I am on Russia's payroll and that I have close connections to the leadership of Britain's UKIP party.

For a group that is always claiming that others wear tin-foil hats, these people clearly have stocked up on this type of headgear.

The claim of being on the Russian payroll has provided me with a lot of much-needed comic relief, a great deal of it in the form of  open laughter.

As far as the rest of it, I expect the name-calling.  This is a typical tactic of this crowd, to malign and smear those that they disagree with.

Regarding the connections with the UKIP, I hate to say that I do not know anyone in the party organization. I do think, from my vantage point, that the UKIP is far more focused on representing the people of the UK than the major parties there that seem to be eager to become vassals to the EU (and ignore the 2016 vote, or work to have more votes until they get the result they want just like the Powers that Be did in Ireland years ago).

Quite simply, the climate is growing ever more hostile.  This is not just in Europe, but also in America, where we have members of Congress like Maxine Waters tacitly encouraging harassment of public officials in public, when saying that members of the Trump administration should "expect push back" while out in public.  The media in the USA is very complicit in bringing along a narrative bolstered relentlessly by the celebrity class  that paints all Trump supporters as the equivalent of Nazis.

I've seen the same kind of vibe in the Brexit situation where the worst of language is applied to those who wish to maintain their full sovereignty and go in the direction of self-determination.

This is truly a bizarre phase of history and I don't see it calming down anytime soon. If anything, the viciousness I have personally been witnessing reflects a very dangerous progression in the mind of these far left folks.

This leads me to another topic that I will be writing more on very shortly

Neo-Marxism.

This is my term for what is ultimately at work both in the USA and in Europe right now.  It is more fully expressed in the European Union, but there is a significant faction working for it here in the USA as well.

It is the big prize for a small and powerful circle.  A fusion of Marxist ideology with full-throttle global corporatism (sometimes called crony capitalism in the USA, which is anything but capitalist).

That's the big prize for this camp. Those that benefit the most (I.E. political and economic elites) are making sure that entertainment, media, and the rank and file on the streets (who will be the serfs in such a system) are pushing hard and relentlessly toward this goal.

The good news is that a very strong backlash is underway, a push back that is seen all across the USA and many nations in Europe (notably in countries such as Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, the Netherlands, and many more).  More and more are waking up every day to the Neo-Marxist crowd and their agenda.  Increasingly, they are realizing what a miserable and horrific future it represents.

Those who are awakening realize what is at stake.  It is nothing less than freedom, the exercise of natural rights, and the ability to pursue happiness in the fullest way possible.



Side note: The next #FreeTommy march is on the horizon in the UK.  The showing must be stronger than ever with the media blackout and the attempts to smear the growing freedom movement over there.  Stay strong and make your voices louder!


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