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!


Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Few Good Developments for Tommy Robinson and a Little Musing About What Prince Harry Would Have To Say About This Situation

The end of the week brought a little good news for Tommy Robinson.  After my last three posts on this topic, it is wonderful to be able to discuss some positive developments.

In a video interview, Caolan Robertson, a member of Tommy's core media team, announced that Tommy had been moved to solitary confinement.  This comes as a welcome development in light of the fact that he was moved from a low-risk prison environment to a high-risk one with active threats to his personal safety. 

It does not completely protect Tommy from harm while in prison, but it does lower the risk.  I have no doubt that this happened because of rising worldwide pressure against this egregious injustice as well as the fact that Tommy has switched his legal representation.

Which brings me to the next development.

Ezra Levant of Rebel Media, who Tommy has worked with in the past, released a video announcing that Tommy now has a much more suitable legal team for the kind of charge that he faced, in addition to opening up a new crowdfunding campaign to assist in Tommy's legal defense.

This change of legal representation addresses a glaring problem with the circumstances of Tommy's initial arrest, where the public solicitor assigned to his case was far from the ideal person to be handling and addressing a contempt of court situation.  Contempt of court is a more obscure and complex legal area, as opposed to more cut and dry legal territory like traffic violations or assault.  A higher-powered legal team is essential to taking on a situation like Tommy's and he now has that kind of representation in place.

The crowdfunding site, at www.savetommy.com , is designed to pay for Tommy's higher-powered legal team and any excess funds will go to the support of his family.  His family has full access to the records of the account, so there is 100% transparency with the family.

It does not post a running total like a GoFundMe or IndieGoGo campaign, and of course the anti-Tommy crowd was immediately howling about how this fact was "hiding" something.

Clearly, the anti-Tommy crowd has little knowledge or understanding of larger legal cases.  It is imperative that those working on Tommy's behalf do not divulge their financial strength or weakness in regard to this campaign.  An opposing legal team will make strategic changes in their approach if they know the relative strength or weakness of an opponent's financial situation.  To keep Tommy's situation hidden from the opposing legal team is smart, tactical, and a normal approach in a high profile case.

You simply do not "tip off" your opponents to your level of strength.  You keep them guessing.

So kudos to Ezra and the new legal team for taking that approach.  It is just one sign that Tommy is in much better hands now.

I also do not find it to be a total coincidence that Tommy was moved to solitary confinement during the same window that these other developments were happening.

I also see some positives in the few politicians and celebrities that have had the backbone to step forward over the past week and address this case in the right light; namely that it is not about whether or not you agree with Tommy's views, but rather that this is an egregious case of a suppression of rights to free speech and expression, in addition to a very disturbing, authoritarian-style handling of a private citizen.

Janice Atkinson, an MEP from the UK in the EU Parliament made an attempt to speak about the Tommy Robinson case in a session there, only to be shouted down AND have her mic cut off.  This is another instructive moment providing a look at the real face of the EU when it comes to dissent.  An elected member of the EU Parliament was denied even a chance to discuss the Tommy Robinson situation, which, whether one supports Tommy or not, is a major issue of concern to a large number of Europeans.  The video of her getting cut off has been shared in many outlets since and only adds to the travesty of the entire situation.

House Representative Paul Gosar in the United States wrote a very powerful official letter on the case in the light of it being a human rights issue (a view I share as well).  In doing so, he showed more concern for the rights of a citizen of the UK than British politicians themselves aside from the aforementioned Janice Atkinson.

The musical artist Morrissey spoke out about the Tommy Robinson situation, demonstrating intellectual honesty and consistency within a vapid world of celebrities that speak out only when it presents an easy virtue-signaling opportunity.

Performer Vanity Von Glow, who I should note does not share Tommy's views, released a video statement staunchly defending why Vanity participated in the Tommy Robinson rally in London on June 9th.  Vanity made the essential point that rights are not privileges, and that one must defend the rights of all, even those one may disagree with.

All of this brings me to some thoughts that I have regarding Prince Harry, the mention of whom may cause a few raised eyebrows until you step back and think about what I am about to illustrate.

I think it would be very interesting to learn Prince Harry's candid thoughts on this entire situation.  There is a very good reason for this.

Prince Harry has extensive active duty combat experience in the British military, engaging in lethal action against those who share the same ideological views as the individuals that Tommy has been confronting and spotlighting.  The more I research into Tommy's work as an activist and citizen journalist, the more it is clear that Tommy's fight is against extremist ideology and those who would work to raise Sharia Law into a place of authority in the UK; the same Sharia Law brutally enforced by the insurgents/Taliban that Prince Harry put his life on the line to fight against.  

I think it would be very, very interesting to get Prince Harry's thoughts on the matter of Tommy's imprisonment, and what it is that Tommy confronts.  I have a hunch that he would have a stance very similar to Tommy and anyone who has an understanding of Sharia Law and extremist ideology, in that it is incompatible with a truly free society and should never have any genuine legal authority in the UK (or the USA for that matter, but our Constitution is a bulwark against something like that happening here).

Sharia Law is a threat to the rights of women, people of other faiths, the LGBT community, and others (and things like the rules for halal should anger any animal rights advocate).  It is simply that the anti-Tommy crowd has failed to do its homework in researching Sharia Law for themselves.  I think they would be quite surprised to discover all the unpleasant things it contains.

That is perhaps what irritates me the most when I hear some sling the usual insults of "nazi", "xenophobic", "hate", "racist", and "intolerant" toward Tommy and those supporting him. In confronting extremist ideology and spotlighting things like Sharia Law, Tommy is working to protect the rights of each and every one of us.

That is what makes this entire situation regarding his imprisonment so utterly malign and vicious in nature.  That is also why everyone must continue to work hard to raise awareness, educate, and bring growing attention to this grave injustice.

Personally, I think that if he were able to do so, Prince Harry would advocate very strongly for freeing Tommy Robinson.

#FreeTommyRobinson
#FreeTommy
#IAmTommy

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

When a Government Shows Its Malignant Nature, the People's Voice Must Grow Louder

It was reported earlier today that Tommy Robinson has been moved to a much more dangerous prison environment that will put him at tremendous risk of personal harm; to the extent that there is a very real fear that he could be killed while incarcerated.

A government with any shred of moral essence provides for the security of those that it incarcerates.  In this instance, the order to move Tommy ultimately falls under the responsibility of Justice Minister David Gauke, as it is under his ministry's authority that such moves are made.

This order not only fails to provide for Tommy's security, it actively forces him into a much more dangerous environment.

At this point, the malignant nature of the entire situation is abundantly clear.  From the nature of his "crime" (reporting public information on a public street on a matter of grave interest and importance to the general public), to the kangaroo court that took a defendant from arrest to sentencing in a matter of hours (and only minutes in terms of the courtroom hearing.), to this newest development involving his transfer to a much more dangerous prison environment, there is only one reasonable conclusion that can be reached.

Tommy's incarceration is an abomination, in any way that you look at it.

What has happened to Tommy is immoral.  It is unjust. It is egregious.  It continues to worsen in all those respects.

In my previous two posts I have outlined my thoughts regarding Tommy's arrest.  It exposes a very authoritarian nature to the legal system in the UK and begs for massive reform bringing about things like the First Amendment (and others) that are enshrined here in the United States.

Anything less leaves the overwhelming majority of the population vulnerable to suffering the same kind of fate as Tommy, at any time, and for whatever reason the legal system there conjures up.  Keep in mind that all authoritarian regimes in history put forth structure, statues, and documents to support their tyranny.

If ever there was a wake-up call for the people, then this is it.

The moving of Tommy to a much more dangerous prison environment raises a more troubling issue.  It is almost as if the system WANTS to see Tommy harmed or killed while in custody, when they know fully well it will set off a backlash that can get out of control in a hurry.

Some may raise an eyebrow at that statement, but the facts are clear.

They have made no provisions for Tommy's security since the beginning, despite knowing he has suffered harm while incarcerated previously.  Further, they have taken Tommy from a lower-risk prison environment to a much higher one, on the week following the massive rallies in London.  This move was not necessary.

Either they are very stupid or they know precisely what they are doing in putting him at greater risk.  My instincts tell me it is the latter explanation.

This must be kept in mind going forward.  If Tommy comes to harm while in their hands, the blame entirely rests with the powers that whisked him from the street, sentenced, and incarcerated him in a few hours.

The people in the UK continue to deal with a government that is running roughshod over natural rights, a mainstream media that refuses to engage in true journalism, and a legion of quislings who have no problem with authoritarian behavior directed at British citizens .

It is not going to be an easy struggle ahead, but the people must stand together, organize, and speak ever louder.

A movement is underway and it can bring about the kind of change that benefits and empowers every single individual there.  Free speech and expression are essential to liberty.  The people of the UK must work to wake others up and join the effort to bring about lasting reform.

#FreeTommyRobinson
#FreeTommy
#IAmTommy


Update:  Found out after posting this article that the YouTube video Tommy had posted in March warning that he might not be around much longer was scrubbed from YouTube.  Interesting "coincidence" that the scrubbing of this video happened during the same time window as his prison transfer discussed above.



Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Few Thoughts on the Huge Rallies in the UK for Tommy Robinson and the Online Responses I Received and Saw

A big step in a good direction was taken today in the UK. Thousands upon thousands marched and protested on behalf of Tommy Robinson, an activist recently arrested and imprisoned after reporting on a major child grooming gang case while outside the court building.

The images coming back from today are very inspiring. So many came together to stand up for free expression, free speech, and true journalism.



You didn't hear about this on the mainstream/corporate media, of course.  It doesn't fit their narrative.

But it does show how derelict and biased they are when it comes to true journalism; a dereliction surpassed only by their utter failure to put a spotlight on the rising prevalence and danger of child grooming gangs that prey upon young women and underage girls across the UK.

A serious question looms. A massive London protest involving thousands upon thousands doesn't warrant ANY genuine mainstream coverage?  This is definitely a teaching moment when it comes to today's media and why independent media is vital and increasingly relied upon.

The fact remains that Tommy was arrested while working to fill that journalistic void and spread awareness of these monstrous individuals and their ongoing existence (and increasing presence) in UK communities.

In order to proceed directly to my thoughts on the rallies and responses today, I won't go over all the details of the case, but my last post covers a lot of ground in explaining why the entire issue is of great importance to those who value freedom, free thought, and free expression and speech.

You can find that post right here: https://stephenzimmer.blogspot.com/2018/06/why-tommy-robinson-case-in-uk-is.html

Now, let us begin with the responses I received and saw concerning the #FreeTommyRobinson movement.

In response to one of my posts on Twitter in support of #FreeTommyRobinson, I received a snarky comment back from a self-described feminist that indicated there was nothing to defend when it comes to Tommy.  It made me wonder if it ever crossed her mind that Tommy was arrested while trying to bring greater exposure to child grooming gangs whose main victims are young women and underage girls, such as an 11 year old in the case that Tommy did the Facebook Live stream about. 

You would think a self-described feminist would at least be a little sympathetic to Tommy, no matter what they thought of the legalities, in that he was raising awareness of serious and heinous violations of the rights of women. 

That was just the tip of the iceberg.

A great many of the anti-Tommy comments that I received in online engagements sought to advocate a quick dismissal of the issue by simply calling Tommy a criminal.

Apparently, all of these folks are just fine and of good conscience with five hour long arrest/court appearance/sentencing period involving only a handful of minutes in the courtroom.

Of course, they don't mention that more information is emerging that Tommy was led to believe that a guilty plea would result in a fine, which I think will come to light, but even if not how could any defendant have any time to answer the charges/circumstances of the arrest? Especially when the judge in this kangaroo court admitted openly to barely listening to the Facebook Live stream that was used as main evidence against him.

I did find one common thread among all these folks after taking a look at their twitter pages, numbering about 30 or so.  Every single one of those who were quick to malign Tommy as a criminal didn't have so much as a single, solitary peep on their pages about the participants of grooming gangs and the monstrous crimes they commit against young women and underage girls.

It begs the question.  Who are the real criminals?

Just maybe the kinds of fellows in the child grooming gang case?


Tommy is a working class guy from the streets.  He's rough around the edges, gotten into some rumbles, and he is confrontational in style, but a look at his offenses pale in comparison to the ones listed above.  

Here's the list spread around by the anti-Tommy crowd.

2005 12 months for assault
2010 arrested for a public order offense
2011 convicted for football hooliganism
2011 jailed for breaching bail conditions
2011 convicted for assault
2011 jailed for a rooftop protest in Switzerland
2014 jailed for mortgage fraud
2014 Convicted for public order offenses
2015 recalled to prison
2017 convicted for contempt of court

Looking over it, several of these are not exactly major crimes.  Breaching bail conditions, public order offenses and the like can often be very minor actions that run afoul of legalities.  They tend to be more minor offenses in nature and judging by the punishments Tommy received for most of these incidents, that appears to be the case.  

The two assaults are more serious in nature, and to be fair in this analysis they warrant a closer look.  

One involved a drunken argument with a guy that led to a fistfight, and the guy turned out to be an off-duty police officer.  Not a good thing, but arguments and fistfights between guys, especially with booze involved, are anything but uncommon. 

The other assault stems from when Tommy was in the EDL group and got into a verbal exchange with a fellow EDL member who he was irate at for putting messages online about police informers.  He was arrested, and then convicted of assault, after head-butting the guy. 

Note that neither case was a racially-motivated incident.

The assaults were needless and wrongful, and in those instances the arrests and punishments are, of course, justified. But in no way, shape, or form do those instances come anywhere close to the level of crimes committed by those that Tommy has been highlighting and raising awareness of. 

Being a journalist and reporting on a case that is squarely in the public interest to know about from outside the courtroom, in a way that can have zero impact on jurors (unless they are all tuned into Tommy on their phones inside the courtroom), should NEVER be a crime worthy of arrest. 

No peace was being breached, in any way, shape or form.  He did not report anything that was not of public record and any rational, unbiased person watching the video of the arrest or Tommy's FB stream can attest that Tommy behaved in a civil manner, and he cooperated fully with the law enforcement officers. 

Again, Tommy was simply raising awareness about a topic that the mainstream media there has failed to address in any meaningful way.

Of course, as can be expected these days, other anti-Tommy comments fall into the usual tired cliche of name-calling.  According to these folks, Tommy's supporters are all "far right", "racist", "extremist", "intolerant", and a person of "hate".

These labels mystified me, as none of them, using their previously accepted definitions, apply to the overwhelming majority of individuals I watched on all the live streams, interviews, online posts, and other areas where the #FreeTommyRobinson supporters expressed themselves.

It appears to be the case that the definitions for these words has changed.

Looking at the overwhelming majority of the #FreeTommyRobinson supporters that I have observed, interacted with, and read posts from, the definitions below are apparently the modern definitions of these labels when hurled about by the anti-Tommy crowd.

It is hard to come to any other conclusion, because the people labeled as such overwhelmingly fit the updated definitions I reflect here.

Far right = A person who disagrees with the prevailing mainstream media, pop culture, and government-approved narrative. A person labeled as "far right" has also likely been called a fascist by those who actually are engaging in fascist behavior. In many instances, "far right" now means that the one labeled as such is an advocate of Judeo-Christian faiths.

Extremist = A person who is patriotic.  In Britain, it means that the person puts the interests of Britain first.  An "extremist" now is apparently a person who stands for the well-being, security and betterment of their family, friends, and local community. An "extremist", as the term seems to indicate now, exercises an independent mind and freewill versus engaging in group-think. An "extremist" nowadays is apparently a person who defends natural rights.

Intolerant = When a person is now accused of being "intolerant", it now means that the person making that accusation is truly intolerant of the accused's views, values, and beliefs.  The person hurling that label about is also letting the accused know that they will be tolerant of them, as long as the accused agrees with everything they say and believe.

Hate = An accusation of "hate" now means that the person labeled simply has different opinions than those hurling the label about.  They are also indicating that the person doing the labeling is at a loss to counter the labeled-person's rational, substantiated, reality-based arguments.

Racist =  Similar to the definition of "hate", being called a racist now simply means that the person doing the labeling has nothing of substance to bring to a discussion or debate.  The labeled person simply has a different perspective that has nothing to do with another person's skin color or ethnicity.  Often, the different perspective involves criticism and opposition to religious teachings, practices, and beliefs.  Most often, the person doing the labeling is unable to comprehend that a religion is not a race.

Or, perhaps, the anti-Tommy crowd and their cohorts have hijacked language. It's something to consider.

It has been an eye opener for sure.  There is no question that there are a significant number of people out there who would do nothing to oppose or, even worse, support a totalitarian state.  They have plenty of support in this among wealthy elites, major corporations and big corporate media.

Nevertheless, they all underestimate the power within individuals who come together for the cause of freedom.

As a writer and filmmaker, free speech and expression are of the utmost importance to me. They are also natural rights for all. Open journalism is also essential to a truly free and informed society.

This is why I, as an individual, support those in the #FreeTommyMovement and was elated to see so many thousands of individuals stepping forward.

I see the potential for a real flame of liberty to be lit and my wish is for the people of the UK to see that it burns stronger and brighter every day going forward.  When individual liberty thrives, including free speech and expression, a great future is made possible for the greatest number of individuals in a society.

#FreeTommyRobinson
#IAmTommy

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Why the Tommy Robinson Case in the UK is Important to Everyone




Two words could ignite a worldwide awakening regarding the importance of free expression.

Tommy Robinson.

Before you have a knee-jerk reaction to the kinds of things you may have heard in the corporate media, replete with labels like "right wing", "fascist", and "nazi", hear me out and consider this case.

It is of concern to all of us, no matter what political label is used to classify us, such as left wing, right wing, or center.

On June 9th, from 3pm to 7pm at Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2DD, there will be a rally that everyone in the UK who values free expression and liberty absolutely needs to make every effort to attend, support, and stand tall at, with apology to NO ONE. 

You may be called names, be intimidated, and have tongues clucked at you, but all of that only serves to prove that you are on the moral high ground.

And here's why.

Tommy Robinson is undeniably controversial. He is a well-known critic of Islam, which is the reason that many try to apply the term of "racist" and ""nazi" to him.

The problem with that kind of smear attempt is that Islam is NOT a race.  It is a religion.

Here in the United States of America, multitudes who are of the Christian faith can attest to the regularity of insults, smears, and criticisms that they have to deal with, most often from the left wing of the political spectrum.

It may be unpleasant and offensive for those of the Christian faith, but it is part of the package that comes with things like free speech and free expression. It is part of living in a free society.

As a religion, the things that Islam espouses are wide open to criticism and rejection by those who do disagree with them and do not hold their views  Apparently, this is a foreign concept in places like the EU, who go to great lengths to try to make it seem that criticism equates with racism.

This is a fallacious argument.  It is also dangerous.

Islam happens to be one of the only religions that openly advocates an outright fusion of religious beliefs and government, through the structure of Sharia Law. 

As such, it is imperative that those who desire a free society and champion the rights of women, homosexuals, and others to live free lives with equal natural rights place great scrutiny on the beliefs and teachings advocated by the adherents of this religion.

Tommy Robinson most indeed has been a vociferous critic of Islam.  His style is rough on the edges and coarse.  But that does not make him a racist.

So what was Tommy Robinson trying to expose when he was arrested on May 10, 2018?

Child grooming gangs are, in point of fact, engaged in pedophilia. Tommy has been aggressively shining a light on the miscreants who are part of child grooming gangs in the UK.

Tommy has taken on this mission at great cost to himself, resulting in previous jailings (during which time he was assaulted) and many physical threats to himself.

Child grooming gangs are something that have not been covered in the corporate media much, yet it is on the rise.

Want to have a look at the kinds of charges of charming individuals in the case Tommy was exposing?

Here you go:




Ask yourself, were these guys arrested, sentenced and whisked off to prison in a matter of hours after a courtroom session of minutes?

I'll answer that. Tommy Robinson was. Not these fellows.

It is interesting that the court demanded a media blackout on this case, when the dangers like this absolutely need to be known by the people of the UK.  Child grooming gangs are a direct and immediate threat to families and it is reprehensible that the courts there provide cover to a trial of this nature.

The UK populace  has a right to know of an active trial of this nature and anything less is morally indefensible  It is in the public interest, without a doubt.

For more on the problem of child grooming gangs in the UK, here is one example via an established media outlet from the UK.  It is a good perspective on the issue and I advise any fair-minded individual to read it.

So, where was Tommy arrested? 

OUTSIDE of the court, on the street, after doing a Facebook live broadcast on his phone.  In the Facebook live he was merely reporting on the case itself, yet he was accused of "breaching the peace" and interfering with "jurors", which was used to claim that Tommy breached an earlier suspended sentence where he was also trying to report on genuine violent threats to the UK (I encourage you to look up the video of him taking down an actual ISIS battle flag ... yes, the same murderous ISIS that was beheading and killing Christians and all sorts of others all across the Middle East until they were soundly defeated by Russians/Syrians in Syria and Iraqis/Americans in Iraq.)

The only logical way he could actually have interfered with jurors is if they were sitting in the court room camped out on their mobile phones watching his Facebook Live broadcast.  In other words, a total joke of an accusation.

Furthering the kangaroo nature of this court is the fact that the judge watched the arrest from a window ... thus becoming a material witness.  The fact that the judge did not recuse himself flies in the face of any sense of a fair hearing.

Here's a widely distributed photo of the judge watching Tommy getting arrested.



Furthering the kangaroo nature of the court, to gasps in the courtroom, this "judge" admitted to barely listening to the Facebook Live stream that was used as the main piece of evidence in sentencing Tommy to 13 months in prison.

Nobody in their right mind can say that a person given MINUTES in a courtroom can adequately defend charges and dispute the circumstances of their arrest, yet that is what happened.

Any decent society makes sure that those incarcerated under its power are kept safe when likely threats of harm exist.  Yet Tommy has been incarcerated in a prison that is loaded with individuals who are highly likely to seek to harm him.

Making this point undeniable is the fact that a precedent exists, in that Tommy HAS previously been assaulted while incarcerated by adherents to radical Islamic beliefs.

No such protection was provided by this judge despite these clear and irrefutable precedents, cementing the kangaroo nature of this court.

Even more despicable, the judge declared a media blackout on Tommy Robinson's arrest  At this point, it should have been self-evident to all of the police-state nature of this court and judge.

This blackout was lifted four days later, after immense pressure from the grassroots campaigns across the word and court challenges by a few journalists with integrity. I say a few, because most of the corporate media there in the UK has proved to be feckless cowards in a situation that should have outraged and motivated them.

Thankfully, free speech and free press still exists to some extent in America and we are not muzzled quite so easily like the media outlets in the UK.  A few popular media figures in the USA like Tucker Carlson were willing to explore this situation and came at it from the right perspective in my opinion.  Tucker is intellectually honest versus the intellectually bankrupt "journalists" populating corporate media in the UK.

Take a look with an open mind.



Freedom of speech is paramount to a free society.  It is obvious that free expression is under attack.  The label of "hate speech" has been expanded to include speech that is merely offensive or critical.  The mere act of disagreeing with someone can land a "hate speech" accusation in this Orwellian climate.

Nobody has a right not to be offended or criticized.  It is part of a climate of free and open discourse that is of the utmost interest in seeking truths, exchanging ideas, encouraging debate, and finding answers that benefit everyone.

Add to that the fact that freedom of speech is an intrinsic part of liberty, which is an intrinsic natural right.  Natural rights belong to everyone and are not bestowed by government.  Government can only protect or suppress them.  Unfortunately, the UK has increasingly chosen the latter path (evidenced in many other issues, such as the recent case involving the denial of parental rights in the tragic Alfie Evans case). 

The arrest and imprisonment of Tommy Robinson is an egregious affront to everyone who embraces liberty.  This abomination must be confronted and resisted, making the June 9th demonstration at Whitehall in London so very important.

Everyone in the UK that can make it to this rally must do so.  Nothing less than your future is at stake.  Freedom and free expression are in the balance and the willpower must be found to push back the authoritarian tides that have been allowed to creep in for far too long.

Free expression is something that is a natural right to everyone, no matter what religion, gender, ethnic group, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other category that "they" put us into  Come together, unite, and let them know that freedom and liberty for all is non-negotiable.

At the end of the day, though, there is one thing to keep in mind.  No matter what you may think of Tommy Robinson, what happened to him could easily happen to you if your views fall afoul of the prevailing, approved narrative of those in power.

In other words, it could happen to anyone, which is why this issue is important to everyone.

#IAmTommy


Thursday, April 19, 2018

When Natural Rights Are Being Suppressed, Stand Strong

There is no question that a climate of extreme polarization is taking place in America.  It is reaching the extent that there are two very different nations, or populations, emerging within the same geographic space.

The two visions are irreconcilable and incompatible in the long run. In the short term it is accelerating a lot of conflict between individuals and communities.

A very dangerous trend is taking place within this climate.  Both the government and large corporations are engaging in the suppression of natural rights, and at the top of the list is the freedom of expression (speech).

Major social media providers are increasingly deciding what their users will and will not see, what they deem to be acceptable, or quality, posts, and censoring users who run afoul of various transgressions as established by the providers.

By using words like "hate speech" or "offensive speech", or "harassment", they have aimed to put anyone disagreeing with their censoring in a bad light.  After all, how can anyone be supportive of "hate", or "offensive speech", or "harassment"?

The fatal flaw in their position is that the definition of "hate speech", "offensive speech" and "harassment" has broadened to the point where simple disagreement, legitimate criticism, and having a different view or opinion has fallen into these categories under their perspective.

Free expression and free discourse includes speech that may be deemed hateful and offensive.  This is very different from making a specific threat to someone, or an active call for violence.

One only has to see what is transpiring all across Europe to see what I mean.  Expression of one's own opinion about certain Islamic beliefs expressed in their religious texts, or discussing the dangers and costs that come to communities as a result of mass migration, can get a person fined or arrested in many countries.

The criticisms voiced by such individuals might well cause discomfort or even offend some, but they are part of legitimate discourse, dissent, and expression.  They involve issues that could have profound future consequences for everything from women's rights to the sustainability of social welfare programs, to the safety of the LGBTQ community, to name a few.  The zeal with which the governments of many countries in Europe suppress the opinions and criticisms of many of their citizens in regard to these issues raises serious questions about the agendas they are pursuing.

Agendas versus free expression are at the epicenter of the issue.

In America, anyone who is intellectually honest can see this in the current gun control debate as it pertains to the media's usage of Parkland students in their coverage, editorial content, and events.  Students such as David Hogg, who align solidly with an anti-gun agenda, are given extensive coverage, invitation to forums, and wide exposure, while students such as Kyle Kashuv, who is a defender of the right to bear arms, finds options for media coverage and events much more limited.

It is clear that the mainstream media is not engaged in journalism, but rather the promotion of an agenda.  This is demonstrated in what is covered, who is interviewed and what side of the issue they are on.

While Hogg is advocating for changes that will undeniably result in the suppression of the Second Amendment, media figures react in an adversarial fashion if one questions anything about him, from his FBI connections through his father, to where exactly he was during the Parkland shooting. (some stories say he was at home during the shooting and then rode a bike to the campus, while others have him in another building separate from where the shooting took place).

Questions seeking to clarify facts are not bullying in any way, contrary to what media figures would have you think. They are legitimate inquiries into a young figure who has irrefutably been spotlighted by the media as one of the leaders of a movement.  They are important in exploring how David Hogg skyrocketed to such media prominence while others did not.

In a school with over 3,000 students, asking why David Hogg has such an eminent position versus his peers who went through the same experience is a question that any honest journalist should be asking. Unfortunately, real journalism is in short supply these days beyond alternative and independent media outlets.

Thankfully, America's fundamental principles provides protections for freedom of expression in the face of agenda-driven suppression.

The Bill of Rights has the concept of Natural Rights at its foundation.  Natural Rights are an innate part of being a living human person, upon birth, and are not granted by government or any other human-created entity.

What is given by a government can be taken away.  Natural Rights, which are not given by government, can not be taken by government either, only suppressed.

Further, America is a constitutional republic, not a democracy.  A constitutional republic is a bulwark against the kind of mob rule that those with agendas would desire to enact. This is why they are so eager to eradicate things like the Electoral College and other things that protect the minority from tyranny of the majority.

Ultimately, people simply need to understand the power that they have within them as individuals.  All that is needed is the determination and will to take a stand when it comes to the defense of Natural Rights.  A refusal to give ground.  A refusal to allow suppression of Natural Rights to occur.

This path requires backbone and the thick skin required to endure a hailstorm of name-calling and character assassination attempts, but it is the same path that threw off the yoke of a tyrannical monarch and set in motion a country that achieved tremendous success and uniqueness in all of human history.

It is time to embrace that spirit once more.






Sunday, March 25, 2018

A New Novella and a New Hero For Today

Last week, I shared the cover art for a new novella, Depths of Night, that marks the debut of my Ragnar Stormbringer character.  I was thrilled with the artwork developed by Olivia Pro Design, as it really captured the atmosphere of this story.




Ragnar Stormbringer is a heroic warrior that inhabits the same world as Rayden Valkyrie, who is the focus of my novels Heart of a Lion and Thunder Horizon.

Ragnar is also one of the main characters featured in the Rayden Valkyrie: Saga of a Lionheart TV Pilot, which is based upon an original screenplay and story line of mine (it is not an adaptation of one of my books, although I do plan to do a novelization of the show's story line at some point). 

Brock O'Hurn portrays Ragnar wonderfully in the TV pilot and I cannot wait for the completion of post-production so we can show everyone his performance.  I would love to see the pilot lead to a full season of episodes.  I have a very exciting journey envisioned for the ensemble cast and I know that characters like Ragnar will both engage and thrill today's audiences. 

I've wanted to begin telling Ragnar's full story for awhile.  I also wanted to explore Rayden Valkyrie's story further.  In that light, I began to develop a number of brand new stories, some featuring Ragnar, and some featuring Rayden, which will be part of an exciting group of new releases over the next few months in eBook formats. 

The eBook releases allow me to bring new stories to my readers on a regular basis while I complete some larger novel projects.  To me, this is a win-win for everyone as I can increase the number of releases I have without compromising the quality of my work. 

My readers deserve my best at all times, and while it can take awhile to develop one of my larger novels, it is possible for me to deliver some shorter format works (like short stories and novellas) that meet my standards for putting something forward for release (which I won't do unless I am 100% confident I have done my best on it and left nothing behind).

I believe Ragnar, like Rayden, has a lot to offer readers of today. When it comes to heroes, I like to champion the kind of hero who is mortal, of flesh and blood, imperfect, and does not possess supernatural powers ... yet has an underlying honor code and rises up in trying situations to do whatever it takes to succeed.  My heroes do not hesitate to go against the odds, no matter how overwhelming.

Rayden and Ragnar are very different characters, but at the end of the day they both are human, can be related to, and call upon everyone to embrace the heroic aspects that are inside each and every living person.  You don't need some fancy costume, supernatural ability, hi-tech gadgetry, or otherworldly origin to be a hero in the vein of Rayden and Ragnar.  To me those are the truest kinds of heroes, because they overcome the limitations we all struggle with. 

I am confident that these stories can be enjoyed by all kinds of readers, not just those into sword and sorcery or fantasy fiction.  Heroic, inspirational characters reach beyond genres and engage a reader on many levels.

The Ragnar Stormbringer adventure begins on April 4th, with the release of Depths of Night, and there is much more to come! 

Check out the synopsis below and if you have a Kindle, be sure to pre-order a copy too!

Synopsis of Depths of Night: After a harrowing end to a long sea journey, the famed northern warrior Ragnar Stormbringer and a force of warriors step ashore in the lands of the Petranni, a tribal people known for their workings in silver and gold. The search for plunder takes a sharp turn when homesteads, villages, and temple sites show signs of being recently abandoned.

When it is discovered that the Petranni have all taken refuge within a massive stronghold, Ragnar and the others soon fall under the shadow of an ancient, deadly adversary. Wielding his legendary war axe Raven Caller, Ragnar finds his strength tested like never before.
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