Thursday, July 14, 2016

Censorship Is More Dangerous Than Hate Speech

Someone needs to tell Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube and the European Union that the only way to stop a bad guy's speech is to counter it with a good guy's speech, not censor it.

Recently, the internet giants took on the role of internet speech police when they agreed to monitor and combat so-called "hate speech" for the EU. No word on how they define hate speech.

I suspect the whole EU hate speech argument is less about preventing terrorist attacks, as they propose, and more about culling criticism of their immigration and refugee policies.

Oh, the hypocrisy of those who brag about their "open-mindedness" in one breath and cry about censorship in the next.

The only acceptable speech is that which is pleasing to their ears or palatable to their particular ideology, while supporting the prosecution of people for their personal opinions or religious beliefs, especially if those opinions and beliefs do not fall in line with theirs.

It sure sounds an awful lot like totalitarianism to me.

The way I see it, the dangers of censorship far outweigh the dangers of hate speech. Even still, we march closer to it every time we bend a knee to political correctness. You don't have to live in a totalitarian state to be controlled by totalitarianism. We're not there yet, but we're sure headed in that direction.

If we believe in the right to free speech, we also must believe in the right to offend.



Anonymous said...

Political Correctness requires controlled thought.

Bird of Paradise said...

big brother approves of censorship and silencing those who would oppose him

Anonymous said...

The EU can't handle free speech. It is alien to their thought process especially since there is no democracy in the governance of the EU.

Spurwing Plover the Fighting Shorebird said...

The Euroweenie Union no wonder england left it

Gooniebird said...

To liberals the truth to them is what sunlight is to vampires it turns them to dust

Anonymous said...

Well said Susan Stamper Brown
Each person's personal commitment to free speech can best be measured not by their commitment to protect popular speech, but by their dedication to permit speech that they personally find repugnant.