Neal Devers, The Overton Bubble:
The trouble with the Overton Window as a mechanism of political control, and with politicization of speech and thought in general, is that it causes significant collateral damage on the ability of your society to think clearly.
If some thoughts are unthinkable and unspeakable, and the truth happens in some case to fall outside of polite consensus, then your ruling elite and their society will run into situations they simply can’t handle….
An unwise political elite is one incapable of thinking clearly about their strategic situation, acting in concert, or sticking to a plan….
An insecure political elite is one which has either no sufficient mechanisms of political power short of the politicization of speech and thought, or is faced by such powerful but somehow never decisively powerful enemies that they need to permanently escalate to a state of vigorous politicization of speech and thought. We can compare this state to “intellectual martial law” for its structural similarity to the physical-security equivalent.
Whatever one thinks of these preachers’ opinions and the manner in which they expressed them, a high regard for freedom of thought, belief, speech, etc. is necessary in order to maintain a free society:
Christian preachers fined £300 each for shouting ‘Mohammed is a liar’ and telling shoppers ‘being gay is immoral’ have their convictions OVERTURNED after judge rules ‘they were just expressing religious beliefs’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4653742/Preachers-fined-300-convictions-OVERTURNED.html
OTTAWA, May 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canadians who disavow gender theory could be charged with hate crimes, fined, jailed, and compelled to undergo anti-bias training if the Trudeau Liberals’ Bill C-16 passes, critics told a Senate committee last week.
Read more: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/canadian-bill-opposing-transgenderism-will-put-you-in-jail
Do not miss this: modern relativism is politicized absolutism. It has no check. It has no authoritative source or text to guide it. It has no ethical code to restrain it. It is in truth an ideology and an ethic of power. The uprisings and violent “protests” that recently broke out at Middlebury and Berkeley? Each represents the fruit of a strain of thought that does not seek dialogue, has no category of “neighbor love” as in Christianity, offers no grounds for free speech, is not interested in intellectual exchange, believes that people can be violently opposed if philosophically wrong, and brooks no disagreement.
Read more: http://cpt.mbts.edu/2017/04/19/cornelius-van-til-ruined-america-a-response-to-molly-worthen/
I’ve been trying not to write this post, because really, who needs a bunch of shrill, hysterical snowflakes calling you a racist nazi for committing the egregious sin of pointing out the many contradictions in the #deleteshopify boycott and the wider witch hunt mentality that pervades social discourse these days?
The main factor holding me back is not cynicism but actually fear. For the first time in my life I’m afraid to speak my mind. The possible ramifications of exercising my inalienable right to free speech frighten the crap out of me. So much so that I really don’t want to do it. I’ve become known as the type of person who speaks candidly and frankly about some tough issues and I’ve never had a problem doing that in the past. I’ve gone up against some pretty intimidating forces such as the City of London IPCU and the US FDA, but I’ve never been as scared as I am now to speak out. For that reason I’m just going to have to suck it up and do it.
There is a cultural purge in progress.
Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-27/cultural-purge-will-not-be-televised
The British Government says it is “alarmed” by Russia’s ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses and has launched an appeal for Vladimir Putin to uphold religious freedom…
Russia changed its legal definition of extremism in 2006, removing requirements for violence or hatred but stating the “incitement of … religious discord” as criteria, leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses with the same legal status as Isis or Nazis.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-jehovahs-witnesses-ban-supreme-court-vladimir-putin-british-government-alarmed-criticism-a7696621.html
Submitted by Stefan Frank via The Gatestone Institute,
- It seems that all ideas suspected of being “populist” — or simply those ideas without the blessing of the elites — will now be banned in Germany. This restriction applies to criticism of the government (especially regarding immigration and energy policies), of the EU, of Islam, of government officials and of the media.
Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-24/germany-unleashes-new-ministry-truth