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The Boston Review shared a short excerpt from the new book "How Fascism Works" by Yale professor Jason Stanley last week which argued that free speech needs to be scrapped because of "fascists" and "RT."
From Boston Review:
What are the limits of freedom of speech? It is a pressing question at a moment when conspiracy theories help to fuel fascist politics around the world. Shouldn’t liberal democracy promote a full airing of all possibilities, even false and bizarre ones, because the truth will eventually prevail?
Should liberal democracy promote a full airing of all possibilities, even false and bizarre ones, because the truth will eventually prevail?Translation: we're losing the debate and the conclusions people are drawing are different from our own, therefor we need to shut it down.
This book should have more accurately been titled, "The case against free speech."
But conversation is not just used to communicate information. It is also used to shut out perspectives, raise fears, and heighten prejudice.Indeed, America was totally unified before Drumpf came in and started using language in a totally new -- and totally fascist way! When Obama called Middle Americans "bitter clingers" he was uniting us through the power of reason!
Here's the kicker:
Mill seems to think that knowledge, and only knowledge, emerges from arguments between dedicated opponents. Mill would surely then be pleased with the Russian television network RT, whose motto is “Question More.” If Mill is correct, RT, which features voices from across the broadest possible political spectrum, from neo-Nazis to far leftists, should be the paradigm source of knowledge production. However, RT’s strategy was not devised to produce knowledge. It was rather devised as a propaganda technique, to undermine trust in basic democratic institutions. Objective truth is drowned out in the resulting cacophony of voices. The effect of RT, as well as the myriad conspiracy-theory-producing websites across the world, including in the United States, has been to destabilize the kind of shared reality that is in fact required for democratic contestation.What does it say about your society if it's destabilized merely by hearing a myriad of voices? RT and "the myriad conspiracy-theory-producing websites across the world" have been so effective because they've given a voice to the voiceless who were barred from the controlled fake news media in America.
When you build a society on fake news and lies it's destabilizing when people start telling the truth and reporting real news which runs counter-narrative. These America-hating leftists are furious they've lost control over the debate and that's why they're itching to burn the Bill of Rights and shut down all free speech on the internet.
As Ann Coulter said two weeks ago on The Alex Jones Show: "Consider how strong liberals consider their arguments. They've got all of the mainstream media, one hundred percent. ABC, NBC, CBS, all the cable, the major newspapers, the major news magazines, they've got Yahoo, AOL. They have the Swamp, they've got Hollywood, they have Silicon Valley. And now they're down to the last corners of the internet."
"Oh no! Conservatives can speak to one another, we must shut it off!"
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