Friday, May 08, 2015


Thought of the Day

“Hate speech” is a made-up term used to justify censorship. It’s an un-American idea, used by anti-American people. It’s a marker for fascism.

Glenn Reynolds regarding the sound 1st Amendment analysis of Eugene Vollokh

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This whole affair and the following discussions of whether GELLER was wrong to stage such a "provocative" event (huh?), reminded me of Natan Sharansky's "town square" test for freedom:

"If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society. We cannot rest until every person living in a "fear society" has finally won their freedom." (Sharansky, The Case for Democracy. 2004.)

Lively political discussion and debate used to be the life blood of our republic; now some tell the people whom they disagree with to sit down and shut up? Because it's "mean," and some may have their feelings hurt?

PS: I think the MSMedia types are going overboard out of frustration..., because Geller will neither apologize nor kowtow to their bully-like interview questions.
In fact, she returns their weakly-founded assertions that her event was "provocative," with strong accusations that remaining silent out of fear is equivalent to abject surrender to the violent element of Islam.

BTW: check this out.
Sharansky had first hand knowledge of a fear society. And indeed the advice for a gun fight is always advance shooting. I'm not sure I could follow that advice. I'll never know for sure though. Geller is a hero and I hope she stalls or reverses the fascist trend regarding free speech. Only and idiot believes one has a right not to be offended. Like never being offended is even remotely possible.
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