European Assault on Freedom of Speech.

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    Both the EU and post-EU Britain are throttling the liberty to think.

    You It has been argued that Brexit will make us freer. Not just in an economic or political sense, but also in terms of individual civil liberties. spiked’s Mick Hume wrote that ‘the referendum result is a triumph for free speech and a smack in the eye for the culture of You Can’t Say That’. And it is.

    Post-Brexit Britain will no longer be bound by an EU Code of Conduct that seeks to police the online speech of over 500million citizens and ban ‘illegal online hate speech’. Or an EU law that encourages the criminalisation of ‘insult’. Or a proposed EU law that undermines fundamental freedoms by purging Europe of every last shred of supposed ‘discrimination’.

    We can distinguish ourselves from our European neighbours that are intent on pursuing more and more censorship. Just over the summer it was reported that prosecutors in Spain initiated criminal proceedings against the Archbishop of Valencia for preaching a homily alleged to have been ‘sexist’ and ‘homophobic’. In the Netherlands, a man was sentenced to 30 days in prison for ‘intentionally insulting’ the king on Facebook. And in Germany a prosecution was launched against a comedian who made jokes against Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


    The European assault on freedom of speech
     
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    ^ Free-speech campaigners point out that all manner of democratic debate could be stifled by these proposals. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi, William Wilberforce, and countless others were considered extremists in their day and a threat to those in power.
     
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    Socialism intentionally denies examination because it is irrational. There is no formal defined dogma of socialism. Instead there is only a vague, rosy notion of something good, noble and just: the advent of these things will bring instant euphoria and a social order beyond reproach. Socialism seeks equality through uniformity and communal ownership. Socialism has an extraordinary ability to incite and inflame its adherents and inspire social movements. Socialists dismiss their defeats and ignore their incongruities. They desire big government and use big government to implement their morally relativistic social policies. Socialism is a religion. The religious nature of socialism explains their hostility towards traditional religions which is that of one rival religion over another. Their dogma is based on materialism, primitive instincts, atheism and the deification of man. They see no distinction between good and evil, no morality or any other kind of value, save pleasure. They practice moral relativity, indiscriminate indiscriminateness, multiculturalism, cultural Marxism and normalization of deviance. They worship science but are the first to reject it when it suits their purposes. They can be identified by an external locus of control. Their religious doctrine is abolition of private property, abolition of family, abolition of religion and equality via uniformity and communal ownership. They practice critical theory which is the Cultural Marxist theory to criticize what they do not believe to arrive at what they do believe without ever having to examine what they believe. They confuse critical theory for critical thinking. Critical thinking is the practice of challenging what one does believe to test its validity. Something they never do.
     
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    So your title is about Europe and you then go off on one about Socialism....
     
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    Isn't Europe socialist in its thinking?
     
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    Hilarious. As though the Raj didn't imprison Ghandi for sedition, the ultimate free speech.
     
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    Ah. The Raj as socialism, how amusing.
     
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    The connection was the drive for uniformity which is totally consistent with socialism and the left.
     
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    Absolutely. Whereas European capitalism thrives on individuality.

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    While funny it is a poor reason to believe that diversity of thought should be squelched. Growth filled communities should explore every side of an issue to arrive at objective truth. Honest men and women can have honest differences of opinion. They should be able to express their beliefs without fear of being punished. Objective truth is arrived at through a conflict and confusion process. Truth, like cream, rises to the top with agitation. Diversity of thought is critical to that process.

    All one has to do is to look at nature to see the value of diversity. God loves diversity. He created it.
     

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