The author of this article is a bit too wedded to the “Right-Left” spectrum but it is an important story so we post it. Too often people assume that they are on the “Right” or the “Left” without really thinking what that means. Politicians take advantage of this. “Right” and “Left” are really very antiquated terms.
Free speech is not a value shared by everyone anymore. (It really was in the West for years and years on both what is called the Right and Left.) There are those who really do think now however that speech should be prosecuted, and if it were possible thought itself should be prosecuted. Of course what speech and what thought is unacceptable is determined by the statist thought police.
There are those who will seriously argue that it is the state’s role to shut down dissenting speech. Oh, kind of like in East Germany and Soviet Russia. You see those who speak out against the “official” narrative are dangerous and more dangerous still if they get a foothold in the minds of the average person. You know the people who are too dumb to live their own lives, who need to be “ruled” from Brussels or Washington DC.
Crush dissent. Make it too painful to speak out and counter the official narrative. Then after that is done, really go after the people who question the status quo.
To our friends who exist on what is called the “Left,” please appeal to your better angels on the issue of free speech. Because (some of) you guys are really pushing for a new Dark Age. It seems to me that many on what is called the “Left” don’t even realize it. If one believes in legitimate progress, one must fight the urge to just shut one’s mind and to lash out in a bullying fashion such as we see here and on many American college campuses and in much of the #oldmedia.
And by the way, Nigel Farage is hardly “far-right” (per the attached article) by any definition of the “Left-Right” spectrum.
In Europe, the Left’s eliminationist impulse is most often vented against those who disagree with the policy of mass immigration from non-European countries. A striking example has just occurred in Sweden, where the Sweden Democrats hosted, on Friday, an event at which they awarded a prize–the European Freedom Award–to former Czech President Vaclav Klaus. The event took place at Stockholm’s renowned Grand Hotel. It prompted a chorus of outrage against the “far right.”
Please note that “far right” is in quotes as it should be. Though I can’t speak for the people at this event I can say that classical liberals are now considered on the “Right” by many. I argue that the chart below is a much more accurate representation (though not perfect) of the spectrum of modern politics.