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Fri May 14, 2021, 09:51 AM

On gaslighting hate speech and supporting violent insurrection

Came across this ignorance-fueled screed. This is a PRIME example of gaslighting hate speech as protected speech and violent insurrection on par with peaceful demonstrations (with a touch of Appeal to Authority thrown in for good measure)

Letter from Washington: How the left fell out of love with the First Amendment
The drift of the ACLU is symptomatic of a wider problem among American progressives
But, like the MSNBC and CNN executives panicking over plummeting viewing figures, the ACLU leadership is searching for its role now that Trump has gone. The answer appears to involve drifting yet further away from litigation to defend core constitutional rights – the purpose for which the organisation was founded a century ago – and towards all-purpose progressive campaigning. Last month, for instance, it launched its “systemic equality” racial justice agenda designed to “dismantle white supremacy”. As part of that effort, the organisation will push for reparations for slavery, student debt forgiveness, expanded access to high-speed broadband and child tax credits.


Today, that defining commitment to freedom of speech has been subsumed into the policy priorities that increasingly make the ACLU indistinguishable from the many other well-funded progressive nonprofits that populate the political scene in Washington. As Ira Glasser explained to me in a conversation this week, a great deal has been lost in the process. Glasser ran the ACLU from 1978 to 2001 and is the subject of a recent documentary, Mighty Ira, which tells of his rise from a Brooklyn boy obsessed with the Dodgers and their star player Jackie Robinson (the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues) to a prominent and often unpopular defender of free expression in the United States.

“‘Progressive’ doesn’t seem to include any sort of commitment to or belief in the value of speech,” Glasser tells me on a video call from his New York home. “The disaffection towards free speech rights is now coming from liberal quarters.” Increasingly, Glasser (who would have been considered an impeccable liberal throughout his career) worries that those on the left, “seem to believe that free speech is an impediment to social justice”.

“And I think they believe that because so many advocates of free speech today seem to be on the right and seem to be opposed to social justice,” he says. “But whatever it is, it’s historically wrong and strategically stupid. The truth is that every movement for social justice in America has always depended upon and required free speech rights.”

See that bolded/italicized part? Does the author actually believe that advocates of free speech are on the right?? Has he met the GQP? Has he lived under a rock for 70 years? The right has, for decades if not longer, consistently fought to censor criticisms of authoritarian rule

The projection from this guy. Sickening

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Fri May 14, 2021, 09:54 AM

1. Dear nincompoop "the critic"

Your country voted for Brexit.

The mic, she is dropped.

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