Category Archives: Free Speech

March 19, 2017

Gavin McInnes, Based Stick Man talk “antifa” (Video)

Gavin McInnes of TheRebel.media talks to Kyle Chapman, who became known as Based Stick Man after fighting off far-left “anti-fascists”.

March 17, 2017

Tim Allen on Hollywood’s Anti-Trump Thought Police: It’s ‘Like ’30s Germany’ (Video)

Tim Allen opened up briefly about what it means to be a conservative in Hollywood in 2017 during an interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night, explaining that one must be “real careful” in talking about President Donald Trump or else risk being beaten up.

“You’ve gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes,” the 63-year-old Last Man Standing star told Kimmel when asked about his attendance at Trump’s inauguration in January.

“This is like ’30s Germany. I don’t know what happened,” he added. “If you’re not part of the group, ‘you know what we believe is right,’ I go, ‘Well, I might have a problem with that.’”

Allen told Kimmel he had never been to anything like Trump’s inauguration before.

“This government does stuff big,” he said. “Just so many people, and when they show up, you know, the ex-president gets in a helicopter and there’s jets and marines taking him this way and there’s parades, but it looks like a Cadillac parade, everything was just rows of Cadillacs.”

“My kids were going, ‘Is this the parade?’ It’s like black Cadillac after black Cadillac and then a tractor,” he joked.

Allen was one of the few celebrities with positive things to say about Trump during the 2016 campaign. The comedian complimented Trump in January of last year, telling the Hollywood Reporter that Trump seemed like a candidate who “might be able to do the stuff that really needs fixing.”

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March 14, 2017

Douglas Murray on Merkel, Facebook, and Free Speech (Video)

Douglas Murray discusses the Migration Crisis and its effects on free speech in Europe. With the main social platforms under greater surveillance, will the suppression of free speech become the chief factor in the quick eradication of European culture?

March 12, 2017

How controversial U of T prof Jordan Peterson became a lightning rod

Jordan Peterson says he never set out to be a centre of controversy. But when that controversy came, he also didn’t turn away.

The University of Toronto psychology professor has found himself at the centre of a firestorm involving, depending on whom you ask, gender identity and freedom of speech — the result of his now-famous/infamous declaration to only call students “he” and “she,” and not “they” as some individuals in the transgender community prefer to be known. He also announced he was steadfastly opposed to Bill C-16, federal legislation that seeks to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Making this stand on YouTube took Peterson onto computer screens around the world, and made him an academic celebrity of sorts.

He’s in Ottawa for two public speeches this week — one Thursday, the second Saturday at the Ottawa Public Library at 120 Metcalfe Street. (It’s from 2 to 5:30 p.m., seats are first come, first served.)

So how did this university prof become a figure of such controversy? What motivates him to say the things he does?

“I’ve been watching the rise of political correctness on campuses basically since the early 1990s,” he said Friday in an interview with the Citizen. It seemed to go away for a while, he said, then “over the last five years, it has come roaring back.”

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March 11, 2017

McCarthyism at Middlebury

The silencing of Charles Murray is a major event in the annals of free speech.

The violence committed against Charles Murray and others at Middlebury College is a significant event in the annals of free speech.

Since the day the Founding Fathers planted the three words, “freedom of speech,” in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Americans and their institutions have had to contend with attempts to suppress speech.

The right to speak freely has survived not merely because of many eloquent Supreme Court decisions but also because America’s political and institutional leadership, whatever else their differences, has stood together to defend this right.

But maybe not any longer.

America’s campuses have been in the grip of a creeping McCarthyism for years. McCarthyism, the word, stands for the extreme repression of ideas and for silencing speech.

In the 1950s, Republican Sen. Joe McCarthy turned his name into a word of generalized disrepute by using the threat of communism, which was real, to ruin innocent individuals’ careers and reputations.

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March 5, 2017

Two big reasons my generation hates free speech (Video)

Jay Fayza of TheRebel.media talks about (and directly to) young people who want “offensive” speech silenced.

March 4, 2017

Pt 2: Freedom Of Speech/Political Correctness: Dr. Jordan B Peterson (Video)

This is Part 2 of a 3-part posting from The Speakers Action Group (http://www.speakersaction.com/), who hosted Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the bestselling The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing (www.normandoidge.com/) and Dr. Jordan B Peterson Sunday, January 22, 2017 to speak on freedom of speech and political correctness. Dr. Peterson speaks about his experiences over the last few months and, more generally, about the consequences of the joint postmodern, neo-Marxist rejection of Western enlightenment and deeper, archetypal ideals.

Pt 1: Freedom Of Speech/Political Correctness: Dr. Norman Doidge (Video)

This is Part 1 of a 3-part posting from The Speakers Action Group (http://www.speakersaction.com/), who hosted Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the bestselling The Brain that Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing (www.normandoidge.com/) and Dr. Jordan B Peterson Sunday, January 22, 2017 to speak on freedom of speech and political correctness. Dr. Doidge speaks in this first section on the history of the modernist, enlightenment ideals of the West and the recent post-modern assault conducted on those ideals.

An incendiary discussion at Ryerson U – Jordan Peterson (Video)

A few weeks ago, Dr. Oren Amitay, who has been defending me in online discussions hosted by the Ontario Psychological Association, invited me to address his psychology class (to which other students were invited). We discussed freedom of speech, ideological possession, unconscious bias and the Implicit Association test, and other issues germane to psychology and the modern world.

March 3, 2017

Anti-Free Speech Protesters Shout Down Charles Murray, Pound On His Car As He Tries to Leave (Video)

Things got even uglier after the live-stream event.

Yet again, social justice activists converged on a conservative-organized event to drown out a voice they did not believe should be heard on their campus. Hundreds of protesters flooded a lecture hall at Middlebury College brandishing “F*** WHITE SUPREMACISTS” signs and shouting at the top of their lungs so that libertarian political scientist Dr. Charles Murray was unable to deliver his lecture as planned. After the event, police say that protesters surrounded the vehicle containing Murray and a professor at the college, jumped on top of it and began pounding on it.

Murray was invited to speak by a student group affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think thank at which Murray is the W.H. Brady Scholar. Leading up to the event, as The Middlebury Campus chronicles, various professors, students, and alumni wrote letters decrying Murray’s planned talk. Students arrived holding signs declaring, “RESIST WHITE SUPREMACY,” “RESPECT EXISTENCE OR EXPECT RESISTANCE,” and “F*** WHITE SUPREMACISTS.” All of this, as Murray addresses below, is in reference to Murray’s study The Bell Curve, which in one chapter addresses the possible links between race and intelligence.

After Murray was formally introduced, the chants began (via Insider Higher Ed):

“Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Charles Murray, go away!”
“Your message is hatred. We cannot tolerate it.”
“Charles Murray, go away. Middlebury says no way.”
“Who is the enemy? White supremacy.”
“Hey hey, ho ho. Charles Murray has got to go.”

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