Bob Whitaker's Weekly Articles
September 3, 2005
September 3, 2005
Criticism Is Not Hate
September 3, 2005
Business As Usual
That is the title of my program this week, Saturday 3pm at the The Untrained Eye
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One of the sure signs of a authoritarian state is the silencing of criticism.
1) Every authoritarian state always begins by silencing all criticism of its doctrine and
2) No authoritarian state ever says it is silencing criticism just to be mean. It ALWAYS gives a Reason.
Nationalist governments pass some kind of Patriot Act. The very name of that Act comes straight out of George Orwell. Anyone who criticizes the government is declared to be attacking National Unity.
Hitler, Mussolini and Franco are all spinning in their graves right now because they never thought of that wonderful title, The Patriot Act, for their policies.
After the defeat of the Axis in World War II it was as inevitable as the rain that the new authoritarian regimes would base their authoritarian regimes on being AGAINST Hitler and Mussolini.
Those who oppose Bushís Patriot Act are exactly the ones who want authoritarianism in the name of being ANTI-nationalism and ANTI-racism.
An old politico like me yawns and says, "So what else is new?"
The United States is the only country on earth which has a first amendment protecting freedom of speech. The very concept of freedom of speech is alien to every culture outside the West, so multiculturalism is a good way to wipe out the whole idea.
But even in the West, Europeans have always taken it for granted that everything must be regulated, including speech. As I pointed out in "Two Europes, One America" the red (corrected) liberal states in the United States and Canada think exactly like Europeans. If Teddy Kennedy or the average American liberal sat down with the average European, they would not have a single point of serious disagreement.
Liberals and Europeans want to suppress diversity of opinion and they want to do it in the name of fighting racism and nationalism.
This is as surprising to anyone who has the slightest grasp of political history as the sun coming up in the morning.
It is well known that generals are always fighting the last war. So France hunkered down in 1940 for another trench war like World War I behind its Maginot Line.
It is also true that civil libertarians are always fighting the last fight. When a "civil libertarian" talks about "dictatorship" he is looking for a German with a moustache talking about racism, nationalism and anti-Semitism. If we can just stop racism, nationalism and anti-Semitism, he says, we can be free.
And he is willing to go to any lengths in the name of freedom. So the state must use all of its power to suppress any mention of race or nationalism. In order to stop racism and nationalism and to preserve freedom, some freedoms will have to be sacrificed.
Stalin's Fight for Freedom
Stalinís 1936 Soviet Constitution guaranteed absolute freedom of speech. The Stalinist government also sent anyone to the Gulag for ten years, which was usually a death sentence, for saying anything anti-Semitic.
No one was ever acquitted.
In The First Circle Aleksander Solzhenitsyn recites from his own experience the case of a Jewish bureaucrat who used that law to his advantage. Anybody who said anything bad about him he denounced as anti-Semitic, and the police were at that personís door within a week.
This manís enemy was charged with anti-Semitism and, no one was every acquitted.
Thatís one of the reasons Stalinís Russia was such a model of freedom.
Many and many a liberal said so.
But for those of us who have our doubts that Stalinís Russia was a free country, the term Hate Laws is frightening.
European Jews Have Set Up The Next Pogrom
After World War II Jews in Europe pushed through Hate Laws in Europe which are exactly like Stalinís. If you even say in a restaurant that less than six million Jews died under the Nazis, you are given an automatic one-year sentence in prison.
Any other form of criticism about Jews gets you straight into prison. This law now applies to any white gentile criticism of any group that is not white and gentile.
The ironic thing about this is that Europe will be fifty percent Moslem by 2050. And the average European Moslem likes Jews less than Hitler did.
Once again what is happening is as surprising as the sun coming up in the morning. Jews are going to be sent to prison in droves under the Hate Law they passed.
This process has already begun in Russia. A display put on by a Jewish group in a Jewish building was declared to be insulting to the Orthodox Church. The Jews were convicted and sentenced to TWELVE YEARS in prison. Only a world outcry by World Jewry got this sentence commuted to a heavy fine.
Over five thousand very prominent Russians have petitioned to have Judaism declared to be a form of Hate Speech. They quote extensively from the Talmud and other official Jewish documents as evidence for this claim.
These statements are still an integral part of Jewish doctrine. If they were in the official documents of any other religion, a person preaching that religion would receive the automatic one-year sentence in Europe. If he remained a part of that faith, he would be given a second, longer sentence.
Do you really think the ever-growing Moslem vote in Europe is going to ignore this opportunity as their power grows?
And once this policy becomes firmly established in Eastern and Western Europe, do you think that every word the proponents of Hate Laws have said will not come back to destroy them here?