FREE ... Speech
... And Its Slow Death
“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
This page is the most important on UK Free Media’s website.
It is central to its whole existence and objective.
It is so fundamental that the concept of free speech is worth fighting for.
No matter what your politics – freedom of expression is essential. Without it, tyrants gain power.
The rise of nazism in 1930’s Germany could not have happened, had people felt they could safely speak out about what was happening.
[United States 1st Amendment.]
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
That’s it. Forty Five words that encapsulate the very essence of freedom.
It doesn’t need adding to. It doesn’t need qualification. It Works.
Typically verbose – and consequently utterly meaningless -This is Europe’s ‘First Amendment’
” Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
…The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”
One hundred and thirty eight words – of garbage. It basically says: “Expression is free – unless we decide to charge you for it,” and “You have the right to say what you want … as long as we say it’s OK.” (If we don’t, we’ll harass, persecute – and if necessary – jail you.)
The Full Frontal Attack
Upon Free Speech
Two of the initial acts of Adolf Hitler, on his appointment as chancellor in 1933, were to prohibit public meetings and publication of dissenting opinions. All education and speech was controlled. Curricula and textbooks were rewritten to reflect the Nazi’s ideology. All films, newspapers, radio, and art were regulated by Joseph Goebbels’ Ministry of Propaganda.
Ironically- the slur “Nazi” is thrown about by the uneducated left – used as an insult against those campaigning against the Marxist control of the British (and European) media and the lies and distortions it spews out.
Just as ironically the same moronic rent a mob leftists use exactly the same tactics as Hitler’s ‘Brownshirts’ to suppress the expression of opposing political views and intimidation and violence to break up meetings of any party expressing such views. Clearly – they are the real ‘Nazis.’
The right may not agree with what the left says – but will join the fight for the right of those wishing to say it.