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Rally for Free Speech! *

Greetings fellow liberty lovers! In case some of you are not aware, in the near future I will be moving back to the United States for some time, and given the imperiled state of free speech in my homeland, my return cannot come soon enough!

Let’s face it, America has long been suffering under the jackboot of freedom-hating political correctness! People are being locked up just for sharing or even liking posts on social media! No wait…That’s in Russia. But it certainly could be America any day now, and the only way to avoid this fate is to stand up for free speech in all its forms.

This is why I’m announcing the planning phase for the American Islamic State and Al Qaeda Rally for Free Speech, to be held in New York City’s scenic Central Park. This entirely peaceful and non-violent rally will allow American and America-based supporters of the Islamic State and Al Qaeda to put aside their differences and voice their support for the creation of a Wahhabist Sunni Islamic society under Sharia law.

Now I can already hear legions of anti-free speech Stalins objecting to this expression of personal liberty. Many of them will say that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are terrorist groups. Well that may very well be true of some self-proclaimed members of the Islamic State, as well as some members of Al Qaeda. But if there is an American citizen who is sympathetic to either of those organizations and yet at the same time is a totally law-abiding taxpayer, why should they be denied their First Amendment rights just because some other supporters of said organizations outside the US went to extremes? Also, just because these fine people want to impose their interpretation of Sunni Islamic law doesn’t necessarily mean this would entail violence. It’s entirely possible that the vast majority of Americans will willingly accept this transition to a Wahhabist, Sharia-based society. Many others may choose to vote with their feet and move. There’s no reason to assume that American Islamic State and Al Qaeda supporters are advocating violence unless they explicitly state that they are. Opinions don’t kill anyone.

And if any Social Justice Warriors out there try to point out that the Islamic State and Al Qaeda have regularly carried out violent attacks and atrocities, I would remind them that every story has two sides, and most people these days would caution against trusting the so-called “mainstream media.” Is it right to pronounce these organizations guilty without listening to their supporters’ defense? Have they no right to tell their side of the story? If that’s what you think, maybe you’d be more at home in STALINIST RUSSIA than America. I’ll say it again- freedom…of…speech. The Founders didn’t stutter.

I look forward to the support of the Youtube skeptic and atheist community when it comes to promoting and popularizing this rally for free speech. I know that while many of these personalities have made their careers from criticizing and mocking Islam in all forms, they are also people who live by the dictum of “I disagree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it!”

More than any other demonstration in recent years, the American Islamic State/Al Qaeda Rally for Free Speech will serve as the highest affirmation of Americans’ commitment to the Constitution and its First Amendment. Dates to be announced soon. I hope to see you there! Otherwise you’re a libtard cucklord Commie Cultural Marxist PC SJW who hates free speech! Praise KEK!

 

 

*For those whose ability to detect sarcasm is diminished, and in particular those who work in law enforcement or the intelligence community, this post is STRICTLY SATIRICAL. 

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Free Speech? Oh yeah, that thing.

I hoped I wouldn’t have to write anything else about Ukraine’s recent anti-free speech, historical revisionist laws, but recently a reader raised a point that is simply too crucial to ignore. Just when I thought I was out…They pull me back in!

Do any of my readers remember the biggest global discussion about free speech this year? You should, because it was one where people died. I am of course referring to the Charlie Hebdo massacre. I won’t blame you if it slipped your mind, since it slipped mine too. The war in Ukraine went on even after the signing of Minsk II, wildfires are raging in Siberia (Thanks, Obama!), and in the US of course, unarmed black people continue to be gunned down by police one after another. As for me, I wrote an article about some people’s reactions to the massacre, but the most involvement I ever had was conducting interviews with Russians expressing their condolences in front of the French Embassy in Moscow. In short, we all moved on.

From my personal photos. Later that evening or the next day, I would learn that RT and the Russian press had already begun to blame the massacre on the US. Classy.

From my personal photos. Later that evening or the next day, I would learn that RT and the Russian press had already begun to blame the massacre on the US. Classy.

In case the reader forgot, on 11 January 2015, a number of world leaders gathered in Paris for a unity march in support of free speech. Naturally, their photo-op drew a lot of justified criticism about hypocrisy, given some of the leaders who were there or the regimes their governments supported. For example, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was in attendance, and the Turkish government is not known for its stoic defense of freedom of speech or the press, to say the least. In fact the motto of the Turkish Republic is “Sik gazeteciler! Ermeni NE?” (English: Fuck journalists! Armenian WHAT?). Turkish PM Davutoğlu was not only in attendance at the march, but he was also in the front rank of the big photo-op shot. He’s the man with glasses, fourth from the right, do you se- Hey wait a minute! Who’s that man on Davutoğlu’s left?

charliehebdo

Well I’ll be damned! That’s Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, standing up for free speech in Paris. That was why he was there, right? So how about it, President Poroshenko? After you stood up for free speech in France, will you proceed to strangle it in your own country? I’d like to remind the Ukrainian president and the reader that one of the reasons Charlie Hebdo was allowed to criticize religion and religious  leaders so mercilessly is due to the legacy of France’s ancient anti-blasphemy law, which was abolished in 1791 after the French Revolution. In Ukraine there are those who want to create a new religious dogma, which some among them call a “national idea,” and the laws they support are essentially creating a new crime of blasphemy.

As I said before, it is up to Poroshenko to show whether or not he stands for so-called Western values, or whether he and the rest of the Ukrainian government are still products of the same basic mentality that dominates Moscow. These laws will not strengthen Ukraine; all previous attempts to enforce this revisionist, right-wing “national idea” on Ukraine have done nothing but create division, as well as a pool of willing collaborators for Moscow’s schemes in the region. Ukraine needs freedom and unity, not contrived dogma enforced by law.

So there it is, the last thing I’ll write on the topic of Ukraine’s anti-free speech laws. I hope. Should Poroshenko display massive hypocrisy and approve this law, I suppose I’ll have to organize the first international “Everybody Draw Bandera Day.” Stay tuned.

Inside the mind of the Putinoids

Recently I ran across this article about an EU initiative to create a Russian-language channel aimed at countering Russian propaganda. I don’t really have an opinion on it, but the Russian reactions it cites offer a very instructive lesson on the Russian concept of “free speech.” Take a look:

“We’ve always taken a positive position on the freedom of speech. But the EU plans for creating a kind of counter-propaganda channel can hardly correspond to the concept of free speech,” Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Alexei Meshkov, said Monday in comments carried by state news agency TASS.

One might ask how creating another channel would be an assault on free speech. Well, one might ask that if one isn’t a resident of Fantasy Land, the magical realm that Russia’s elite inhabits.

In Fantasy Land, questioning their bullshit is a violation of their right of free speech, that is to say their right to dictate what is real to others without having to back their nonsense up with evidence or being questioned by their listeners. Inside Russia, this curious right of free speech is protected by banning any speech they don’t like, or even speech that questions their wacky bullshit narratives which they call “truth.”

Outside of Fantasy Land, wherever they lack the ability to use force against people, all they can do is whine about “free speech.” When confronted in this sort of situation, rather than attempt to debate they either start babbling about topics which have no relation to the discussion, or they delve into post-modernism and say things like, “Nobody can really say what happened!”

I’m not saying that people who believe themselves to be right would never consider using the state to ban or curtail speech that disagrees with them, but generally people with such convictions are willing to defend and debate the virtues of their beliefs. Some of these people will spend hours on end doing exactly that. The only people who jump at the chance to ban other points of view these days are people who are wholly unable to defend their own views. On some level they are aware that they either have no idea what they are talking about, or they consciously know they are wrong, therefore they cannot possibly allow any challenges.

Realistically, it’s not a matter of Russia’s ruling class feeling that their values are threatened. These people don’t have values. They engage in this behavior in an effort to prove otherwise. In reality, these are the same people who have heaped humiliation and degradation on Russia and its people, doing far more harm than any stereotype-laden Hollywood film or video game.  They louder they proclaim their patriotism, the guiltier they are of treason.

As I said in my last article, more crackdowns will come, and to be sure they will be painful. The aim of these crackdowns isn’t protecting the people as they claim, but rather protecting the ruling class from the wrath of the masses as the standards of living deteriorate. This means that things will get worse and the law will punish anyone who speaks out too loudly against it. It means that the regime will try to cut off Russians from the rest of the world, though they are delusional indeed if they think they can stuff the cat back into the bag. Rather than fix any of Russia’s problems, which would require them to stop stealing, they’d rather just ban people from talking about the problems. As I said, however, it will do them no good. In the end it will just make the backlash that sweeps them from power more vengeful.

One can almost pity the poor bastards.

IT HAPPENED!

So I engaged in what might be my first Russian-language trolling on Vkontakte, and a “patriot” implied that the recent peace march in Moscow was not legal. In Russian, I questioned why it wouldn’t be legal. Does Russia not have freedom of speech? Isn’t that just Western propaganda spread by Russophobes?  Then I got this reply:

“свобода слова это вымысел,петух”

That translates to “freedom of speech is an illusion!” Actually the whole sentence translates to “freedom of speech is an illusion, faggot.”  But that icing on the cake only means that this is a real flame war, in Russian!  I was thrilled to hear the same line about freedom of speech as Vice reporter Holly Baxter heard from a Russian journalism student on her press junket to Moscow.

Naturally I had to ask him to elaborate, at which point he tried to duck the question. I kept on him, but he claimed that it was too complicated to understand. I told him to try me, but no luck. I guess it’s just another esoteric thing that only people possessing the mysterious Russian soul can understand, just like the mystery as to why a country so rich in resources and human capital has an economy that is just ahead of the state of California.

Given my politics, I can write pages upon pages regarding the limits of free speech. In fact most Americans don’t understand the concept very well at all. A lot of people seem to think it means freedom from criticism or the consequences of your speech. Many believe that private businesses are required to respect your right to free speech; they aren’t.  That being said, free speech is not an “illusion.” It is very real when you see a mime wearing a Putin mask being arrested. It’s not an illusion when an ill-conceived performance in a church leads to hard jail time as opposed to fines and community service. It’s not an illusion when a blogger in the Far East gets investigated for “extremism” and planning a “color revolution” just because he makes a joke about how the park benches in his city were painted blue and yellow like the Ukrainian flag. I’m sorry but there is a marked difference in terms of freedom of speech between North Korea, China, Russia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA, the latter admittedly having what is arguably the best protection of free speech in the world.

So no, there is no such thing as absolute freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean the concept of free speech itself is meaningless or illusory. The reason my new best friend on Vkontakte can’t explain how it is an illusion isn’t because the answer is so complex and esoteric. Occam’s razor says that it’s because he was just repeating the same shit that Russia’s pseudo-intellectual hacks in academia and the media ram down their throats without ever really thinking about it. When Russia is criticized for a lack of freedom of speech, you say it’s an illusion and move on. Pray to Orthodox Jesus that they don’t question that.

The Great Russian Bear

As we know from folks like Markov, Kirby, Sleboda, Dugin, and other various far right-wing hacks, Russia is a rising superpower, leading a global movement against the degenerating West, AKA “the place where Russia’s elite send their kids to study and live.” Russia isn’t afraid of sanctions. Russia isn’t afraid of NATO. What Russia is afraid of, however, is mimes.

Now to the untrained, probably degenerate Western eye, this might look like a harmless performance artist, albeit one with a political message as his sign reads “war criminal.” Some particularly perverted, ignorant Western liberals might even consider this to be a violation of Russia’s constitution, specifically the right to free speech and assembly, though it is one guy.  WRONG AGAIN!  

As is typical for stupid, Western liberals, anyone criticizing the actions of the police here is simply ignorant of Russia. This “performance” occurred literally a couple hundred meters from the Kremlin itself. This was not “performance art,” but rather a provocation, an information war offensive launched by a fifth columnist to overthrow the Russia government. Luckily the brave men of the OMON and Russian police were as vigilant as ever. Suck it, Obama!

Remember this if you even dare think of suggesting that there is no protection for freedom of speech in Russia. This isn’t speech, it’s information warfare. Sometimes protesters get mistreated in America. Ergo it’s exactly the same! Except this guy wasn’t a protester, he was a fifth columnist, possibly working directly for the CIA.  Yes, I can even see it. I see it now!

CIA Headquarters, Langley, Virginia 0200

Agent Roberts paced nervously, his lit cigarette nearly burnt down to his lips. He moved to stub it out in the ashtray he’d improvised with aluminium foil in a spare coffee mug, but he realized it was stuffed full. One touch and the stale butts and ash would be dispersed all over his desk. Obviously he wasn’t supposed to be smoking, let alone chain smoking in a federal building, but being deputy director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia has its perks. He dropped the cigarette into a quarter-full can of flat Coca-Cola and lit up another. Dammit! Why hadn’t he heard anything about his man in Moscow?

He kept checking his fake VK account to see if there was any chatter about an armed uprising outside the Kremlin, but there was nothing. Just the usual memes, typically translated from English. Bullshit. As he was halfway through his next cigarette, he suddenly paused. He heard VK’s familiar click, the notification of a private message being received. He paused and stared at the screen for a moment. This was the first news he’d heard in weeks. He clicked the message, which consisted of nothing more than a Youtube video. Then he saw what happened to his man on the street.

“GODDAMMIT!” His fist slammed into the desk.

“THEY BURNED HIM! THEY FUCKING BURNED HIM! WE’RE IN THE FUCKING DARK! THREE GODDAMNED YEARS DOWN THE FUCKING DRAIN!”

Just then a frightened junior agent who had heard the commotion cautiously poked his head in the door.

“Sir! What happened? Who got burned?”

“OUR MIME! THEY BURNED OUR MIME!”

Roberts watched the junior man’s face as the gravity of the news sunk in. He took a deep breath, and then regained his calm.

“Back to square one,” he said.