Those of you who follow this blog know that I’ve previously reviewed Kindly Inquisitors: New Attacks on Free Thought by Jonathan Rauch. Rauch was very concerned that Progressive Liberalism, aka Marxism, with its ideas of political correctness and hate speech codes was the greatest threat to freedom of speech in the West. Liberals promote political correctness in the name of not offending people (the humanitarian angle), but they also have prescribed ideas of what accounts as offensive dialogue and refuse to admit ideas or topics which run against their political ideology (fundamentalism). Hence, if you combine these two factors, one rightly dubs them “Humanitarian Fundamentalists.” Their philosophy is no less dangerous to free debate than Islamic fundamentalism or other kinds of religious fundamentalism.
Note that Rauch’s subtitle goes deeper than freedom of speech. The title calls out “New Attacks on Free Thought.” Words express ideas. If one cannot speak the words, the ideas attached to these unspoken words die a slow death. What good is a Christian who refuses to show his faith to others for fear of his peers’ opinion? A person who will not speak of his faith in times of peace will not defend it in times of persecution. Political correctness with its litany of sins (sexism, racism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, etc.) tries to prevent people from voicing legitimate concerns when dialogue sheers away from mindless equality. The very fact that there are men and women, different races, different cultures, different expressions of sexuality, and different religions implies inequality. If all was the same, why would we have names to mark distinctions?
In this article, I’d like you to understand what’s at stake if political correctness and hate speech codes triumph, and Europe shall be my example of what we are in for. Ronald Reagan famously said: “…if fascism ever comes to America, it will come in the name of liberalism.” One should not be distracted by the right-left political spectrum such that one denies a putatively right wing ideology could come about through liberalism. (Is fascism even properly classified as right wing?) The important spectrum to remember here is the anarchy-totalitarian spectrum. Fascism and its leftist brother, communism, are united under a totalitarian scheme which invades every aspect of its citizens’ lives. Both warrant the opposition of good citizens, but only self-determined and resilient people could resist its siren’s call. Either ideology plays upon humanity’s yearning for a Messiah. We already have a Messiah: Our Lord Jesus Christ; but, fascists and communists unite to say: “We can be your Messiah. We can institute a strong government to heal societies ills.” They offer you security and welfare but intend for you to trade your freedom in the bargain. Eventually, the freedom to control your own thoughts will be up for grabs, just like in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Those who have not seen Tim Pool’s excellent journalism in Sweden ought to watch that series. While reporting on the migrant problem in that country, he discovered something far more sinister: extreme fear of professing a politically unorthodox opinion. Tim Pool received many messages of people referring to the problems with mass immigration. They either refused to be interviewed or requested to have their identity protected, like the Swede in the link above. One can lose friends or one’s job very quickly for political iconoclasm–even for posts on Facebook. Criticizing immigration or immigrants can be considered a hate crime in Sweden— no matter what kind of crimes migrants may commit.
From an American perspective, the relationship between the people of Sweden and their government appears to be of rulers and subjects rather than representatives and citizens. The media plays a large role in the quashing of dissent, since they lie to their viewers and toe the party lie. The press even lied about Tim Pool receiving a police escort from a No-Go zone when it looked as though a riot was in the offing. This is despite Pool having footage of being escorted out!
European politicians do consider their people to be sheep. I recently found out that the majority of politicians in the Social Democratic Party of Germany and Germany’s Green Party want to give refugees the right to vote. The left wing of German politics believes that Germans have become too rebellious; so, they favor giving persons with greater need of the government dole not the right to vote. These same politicians want more immigrants still, despite the sagacious warning of Alexander Tytler, a Scottish historian of the turn of the 19th century:
A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
As I wrote, liberals promise security and welfare but only at the price of freedom.
We hear a lot about the rise of right wing groups in Europe. Europeans, in the face of lies, persecution, and intimidation, are seeking a quick fix to preserve their laws and customs. If issues cannot be debated because these issues are seen as too sensitive, society essentially reverts to a state of cold civil war, which may turn hot in the near future. The middle ground, where truth usually stands, becomes lost in the struggle.
Sadly, leftists refuse to realize the awful state of affairs and to release their iron grip on the minds of their subjects. Unless restraints on political speech are released, one foresees one of two outcomes for Europe in the future: 1) citizens resort to violence or the ballot to restore their liberty and retain their culture; or 2) ethnic Europeans become enslaved to their political elites or the immigrants whom the political elites import to replace them. Would it not be so much better to deep-six political correctness and restore honest debate? When people cannot speak their concerns, they resort to force. We Americans need to learn from the suffering of our friends overseas and never restrict or punish free speech or thought.