Free Speech Is All that Matters

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2018-07-15 03:35

My speech to Free Speech rally at Parliament, Wellington, New Zealand, July 14, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Stefan Molyneux, one of the reasons we're here today, has a video on YouTube titled Why Free Speech Is All that Matters. In it, he argues that all the great moral advances of civilisation, such as the abolition of slavery, were made possible only by the existence of free speech and vigorous debate of the matter at hand. Without a free marketplace of competing ideas, Stefan says, we'd be locked into stagnation and tyranny.

Clearly any man who could say such things as that is a racist and a bigot who should not be allowed into New Zealand!

Neither should his compatriot Lauren Southern, who likes to tease Muslims that Allah is gay—a matter on which they are eminently unteasable.

So now the Muslims, along with the Mayor of Auckland—Phil the Fascist—and sundry Marxists—fascists of the left—have succeeded at least for the moment in having the pair banned.

For the Muslims, Hazim Arafeh [president of Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand] says they were only ever coming to insult Muslims:

"I don't think insulting Muslims comes under free speech."

Well, I hate to break it to him, but yes, it does. Insulting Muslims does come under free speech. So does insulting Christians or Buddhists or Rastafarians or libertarians or atheists. Insults might not be the ideal mode of argument, but they are most assuredly allowed under free speech. Muslims should grow up and get over it. Stop treating all criticism as insulting in the first place. This is New Zealand, not New Zealistan. As Salman Rusdie, himself the object of a Muslim fatwa has put it, "There's no such thing as a right not to be offended."

For the Marxists, Peace Action—"Peace" in this instance being Orwellian Doublespeak for "violence" straight out of 1984— threatened:

"If they come here [Stefan and Lauren], we will confront them on the streets. If they come, we will blockade entry to their speaking venue."

For long-suffering lovers of free speech across the political spectrum, this was the last straw. We might disagree on everything else, but on this we are united: the right to state our view is sacrosanct. The newly-formed Free Speech Coalition has founding members as "diverse" as Rachael [Poulain, self-described "progressive" and animal rights activist], my libertarian self and my old socialist sparring partner Chris Trotter, who has fronted for the group. In our opening salvo Chris said:

"Truth is not afraid of trigger-words. Truth does not need a safe space. Truth is not a snowflake. Truth can take the heat and most certainly should not be forced to vacate the kitchen in the face of a couple of Alt-Right populists and a politically-correct Mayor."

Bravo!

Ladies and gentlemen, Article 14 of New Zealand's Bill of Rights says:

Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.

That is the standard to which we must now repair, and we must work for the repeal of any legislation that negates it—such as Section 61 of the Human Rights Act under which it is a crime to insult someone on the grounds of colour, race, or ethnic or national origin. No Irish jokes allowed!

We must make sure New Zealand doesn't go the way of Britain: no longer great, no longer free, polluted by no-go zones and pockets of Sharia Law, where one can be jailed for one's opinions.

To the Islamo-Marxists, to Phil the Fascist, to politicians like Simon Bridges and David Seymour who've been utterly gutless and useless on this issue, I commend the spirit of Voltaire:

I disagree with what you say but defend to the death your right to say it.

Let Lauren and Stefan in! Let Tommy out! Long live freedom of speech!


Kyrel

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I think New Zealand is leading the world in that regard right now, notwithstanding the opposition of Obleftivists!! Our Free Speech Coalition is doing really well. It has runs on the board. You Americans, by contrast, are useless. All bloviation, no results. The ACLU has sold free speech down the river long since. Obleftivist ARISIS says freedom of speech matters only when it comes to CNN. Blah, blah, blah.

Take an Ultra-Hard Line on Liberty

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If attempts to squash free speech via physical threats are met instantly and overwhelmingly, then the time and effort needed by the gov't and private security to prevent censorship will quickly become miniscule. There needs to be an almost hyper-aggressive intolerance of intolerance, i.e., people and gov't need to defend the right to free speech ferociously!

Victory—for the Moment!

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MEDIA RELEASE
Victory for free speech as Brash speech goes ahead
17 October 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Free Speech Coalition responds to the appearance of Dr Don Brash at Massey University, two months after his original scheduled appearance was cancelled by the Vice-Chancellor:

Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says, “Today’s speech was a welcome, if belated, victory for free speech on campus. As expected, Dr Brash’s speech went ahead without incident. Massey University served its role, providing a platform for the peaceful exchange of controversial ideas.”

“Massey University cannot afford to repeat the saga that delayed Dr Brash’s speech by weeks, and made the Vice-Chancellor the subject of ridicule across New Zealand.”

“The Free Speech Coalition hopes Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas, the Massey Board and Council will not delay future speakers for months because public scrutiny finally forces their hand. University leaders must respect the rights of both audiences and any protestors and ensure that the campus is a place where ideas can be openly and rigorously challenged. If students or staff invite upcoming speakers, such as Pauline Hanson or Jordan Peterson for example, we hope there will not be concerted efforts from those in power to shut down debate or speech. Universities, of all places, must be where ideas are struggled with and challenged; not where students and staff are forced to submit to the ideology of those in charge.”

ENDS

Enquiries:
Dr David Cumin
021 369 282

Hilarious Piss-Take of Christine Ford Filth!

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Sign the Petition Now!

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Do not let Islamofilth in Britonistan triumph!!

https://www.therebel.media/sta...

Britonistan's Army Top Brass Infested with PC

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First:

Then:

First They Came for the Clappers

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It's been reported that the Manchester University student's union has voted to ban clapping at the student union's events to avoid triggering issues for students and improve accessibility.

Students will instead be encouraged to use British Sign Language in a silent display of appreciation.

However political commentator Lindsay Perigo believes it is all just "virtue signaling".

Mr Perigo told Chris Lynch "They dress it up in all this talk about being inclusive and diverse, and appropriate and respectful. It's none of that, these people are just bigots who have acquired authority and this is their means of exercising it."

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/o...

Tommy's In Peril Again

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The theocracy in Britonistan is doubling down against Tommy. Tommy—horreurs!—is angry. Dirty filthy rotten sub-human low-life slugs within OrgOism, such as Yawon Bwook, support the theocracy and ask "Who is Tommy Robinson?" while proclaiming "Islam is a mosquito-bite." Other fat-assed dirty filthy rotten low-life slugs within OrgOism affect to be outwaged by Bwook but say nothing in public while condemning me for my "anger" in private. The unspeakable skunks! Utter filth! And that's being unfair to skunks and filth. Well, here's anger for you. Long may it reign among humans:

And another

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MEDIA RELEASE
TEU coat-tailing to Massey Vice-Chancellor ‘sad’
21 SEPTEMBER 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Free Speech Coalition is labelling the Tertiary Education Union "sad" for not following the leadership of the student unions in expressing no confidence in Massey Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas for her ban of Dr Don Brash from campus and attempts to defund the student group for inviting a speaker she does not agree with.

“Here we have an instance where the student unions understand the value in academic ideas and debate while the so-called experts’ union could not be further from their mission as educators.”, says Patrick Corish, a member of the Free Speech Coalition and current university student.

“As a student, I must worry that my educators are keeping ideas from my classmates and me because they deem them too dangerous for our consumption. We are adults. We can make up our own minds.”

“Who wants to go to a university of safe spaces and unions banning what they don’t want me to hear? That’s not a university at all."

"The TEU are normally strong on academic freedom, but apparently are letting their dislike of Dr Brash get in the way of principle."

“Academic freedom is no freedom if it only applies when the Vice-Chancellor agrees with it. Free speech is not free speech when it only applies when the Vice-Chancellor agrees with it.”

“The whole idea of higher education is the challenge of existing ideas and knowledge. Political and moral debate is at the very heart of university. By supporting the Vice-Chancellor’s decision, the TEU has sided with book burners and authoritarians.”

“New Zealand’s tertiary students have lost an ally in freedom of speech. But if we must battle on for our basic rights alone, then so be it.”

ENDS

Enquiries:
Patrick Corish
0221993664

Free Speech Coalition Press Release

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MEDIA RELEASE
Massey University must front-up and explain Jan Thomas correspondence
19 SEPTEMBER 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Massey University must front up and explain why the Vice Chancellor’s public statements that it was her concerns about security that prompted her to deplatform former Reserve Bank Governor and Leader of the Opposition Dr. Don Brash from speaking at the University when documents obtained under the Official Information Act appear to demonstrate otherwise.

Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin, says, “These documents call into question many of the Vice Chancellor’s public statements about respecting free speech. To the contrary, it appears Professor Thomas was keen to ‘ban’ Dr Brash on the basis of his views.”

“On the face of them, these documents even suggest Professor Thomas mislead Massey’s Academic Board Chair. We are calling on Massey University to investigate these matters, which if proven, obviously warrant dismissal.”

“In western societies, universities enjoy a privileged status on the basis of their commitment to academic freedom. When they come under assault from populist governments or anti-intellectual movements who want to dismantle that status, the academic elite rightly argue that they are the critic and conscience of society. Professor Thomas’ actions imply Massey has abandoned those principles.”

"In terms of our legal action - these documents are very significant. Our legal action against Phil Goff showed that he had lied in relation to his purported decision to 'ban' two Canadian speakers from Council-owned venues, when the truth was it was a decision made totally by officials relation to specific security concerns. Here, the Vice-Chancellor claimed her decision related to security concerns, but in-fact it is very clear it was based on her personal dislike of Dr Brash and his views."

"On the basis of these documents, we think the Vice Chancellor has gone out to attack Dr Brash, and the Free Speech Coalition, in relation to her media statement that Dr Brash 'is a supporter' of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux. Of course the Free Speech Coalition are not supporters of the Canadians, but formed to protect their rights to speak - and New Zealanders right to hear them. The Vice Chancellor would certainly know there was a difference, but maliciously made the slur anyway."

Media enquiries:
David Cumin
021 369 282‬

Ugly Wymmin explain white supremacy

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Is Australia a white supremacist country? Ugly Wimmyn, interviewed by philosopher Stefan Molyneux, answer:

Simple Answer

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Where is the common sense on all these attacks upon free speech? It seems self-evident -- to me at least! -- that no matter how expensive it is to stop the pro-censorship intimidators and criminals from triumphing, that this is a price society should be very willing to pay.

Never should any speech be cancelled for "security reasons" or because the cost of police protection is exorbitant. Allowing such an outrage is a kind of "fascists' veto". The price of defending free expression is always, and by definition, worth it.

Moreover, once it becomes clear that the police will protect free speech no matter what, the price of that protection will go way down. The pro-censorship intimidators and criminals will quickly become discouraged and show up in far smaller numbers, if at all. Problem solved! Cool

Tommy Readied for Execution Again

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The Globalists are readying the return of Tommy to prison, replete with solitary confinement and Islamosavages pushing their excrement down his food chute.

The reason for the complicity of the Britonistan Govt in all of this is becoming clear: pedophilia. Tommy was aggressively prosecuted because he was publicising the trial of Islamosavage child-grooming gangs. The reality is that it's not just Islamosavages involved in such gangs but pillars of the respectable non-Muslim establishment as well. Police, politicians, judges, media celebrities ... all working together on their heinous project and happy to accept the collaboration of Islamosavages. Poor Tommy doesn't stand a chance. In fact, I guess that's been clear since the time of Edward Heath.

Journalism Is Dead

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Look at this bimbo airhead "journalist," purportedly presenting non-partisan reportage, claiming that The Filth, in attempting to shut Don down, were exercising their free speech rights! On a par with what we'd expect from the ARISIS shills at VeryPC.com. Did the anti-conceptual mentality ever get any more 7th century than this?!

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckla...

"Free speech advocate Don Brash has labelled protesters exercising their own free speech during an Auckland University debate as 'puerile' and says it proves it is under threat."

Take one look at it and you know it's a fryquacker as well. This is what rules the world now. Galt help us!!

DoublePlusPC

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Cresswell is the losertarian Ayn Rand warned us about.

Lady S...

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is back home safe and sound. What a rowdy evening! Eye

As Linz says, the Filth were out in force - gender queer, ugly shaven-haired freaks, shaking like leaves as they yelled down their piercing megaphones, barely any of it in English.

It was actually quite entertaining, the whole thing, the support for Don Brash was overwhelming - even Fran O'Sullivan, who was negating the moot "has PC Culture gone too far and limiting Freedom of Speech," seemed to be batting for the other side, and made clear how much respect she holds for Don.

As Don says, after those with megaphones indoors tried to shut him down, they were the perfect example of how PC culture does limit free speech! But we all chanted loudly and clapped and stamped our feet: "Don Brash, Don Brash, Don Brash," which worked, for he addressed us. The Filth went relatively quiet for a spell, despite a fair bit of heckling. They left straight after Don finished up. It was 8.30 and past their bed time.

Don was very brave, referencing Islam as those who would execute gays having no place in NZ society.

You can see the whole debate for yourself here: https://www.facebook.com/UoADe...

Or for a quick overview of how rowdy it all was, go here: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home...

Hilarious Debate!

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Debate tonight at Auckland Uni, with teams debating the moot that PC culture has inhibited free speech. Don Brash was among the affirmative speakers. The Filth was out in force, including the Auckland shills for ARISIS from VeryPC.com. Tried to shut Don down but didn't succeed. Don was great. This was a watershed event. Yooooge defeat for The Filth, who with their screaming and tantrums (how is it they were allowed in with megaphones?) were renounced even by the team affirming the negative. I'll furnish a link when I find one. The livestream got cut off a bit prematurely. Lady Slapper was there and is under strict instructions to report as soon as possible.

Here's the link:

https://www.facebook.com/UoADe...

Here's a shorter version of The Filth in action:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckla...

FSC Press Release

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MEDIA RELEASE
Free Speech Coalition raising funds for legal action against Massey University Vice-Chancellor
9 AUGUST 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Free Speech Coalition has resolved that, contingent on raising sufficient funds, it will be issuing legal proceedings against the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University.

Free Speech Coalition member Melissa Derby says, “Massey University’s action in barring Don Brash raises very similar legal and ethical issues as Auckland Council’s ban on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from Council-owned venues. In both bases, an authority has used threats of disruptive protest as an excuse to shut down contentious speech. This is the thug’s veto in action.”

“Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas’ ‘security concerns’ appear to be a ruse to obscure her real motivation – her personal distaste for Don Brash’s opposition to Maori wards on councils, a view she describes as ‘dangerously close to hate speech’, in addition to his support of the speech rights of the recent Canadian visitors.”

“This is a disgraceful breach of the University’s own charter and mission to "promote free and rational inquiry", and sets a dangerously low bar for ‘hate speech’.”

“At the same time, we continue to engage Auckland Council in the High Court for their capitulation to the thugs. We face significant legal costs, but are advised that the marginal cost of bringing Massey into our case will be lower than for someone launching independent action.”

Dr David Cumin, another member of the Free Speech Coalition, says, “With Massey University refusing to back down on barring Don Brash from speaking on campus, it is clear that free speech issues are not going away. Many supporters of the cause have contacted us to urge the Free Speech Coalition to become permanent. We have now resolved to incorporate as a permanent group.”

“New Zealanders are welcome to join and donate to the coalition at https://freespeech.nationbuilder.com/join.”

ENDS

Media enquiries (for background):

Jordan Williams
021 762 542

David Cumin
021 369 282

Seymour gets his ACT together

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"Massey Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas has cost the University hundreds of enrolments with her position on free speech, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

In a Facebook poll of about 850 young people, 90 per cent of respondents believed Massey University’s restriction on free speech made it a less attractive place to study.

“It is around this time of year secondary school pupils decide what university they want to go to. The Vice-Chancellor should go on to Facebook and see how young people are turned off going to Massey.

"Jan Thomas has made Massey the least attractive university in New Zealand. She is now a liability for the University, being prevented from speaking to media.

"Massey is already struggling to attract students and top academics.

"The Council of the University has a choice. They can make a stand for free speech and require Jan Thomas to extend an invitation to Dr Brash to speak, or next year the University Council can fire dozens of staff as student numbers and funding plummet.

"When even our Prime Minister believes Massey is wrong to curtail free speech, the University has a serious student recruitment crisis.

"Massey’s image problems will only get worse until Jan Thomas admits she is wrong to restrict free speech, apologises, and invites Dr Brash to speak at the University", says Mr Seymour.

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Fair and balanced

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Amy Peikoff tweets: "Censorship as to 'Censorship'? Not very American."
Amy's referring to this: New Poll: 43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media

"Freedom of the press may be guaranteed in the Constitution. But a plurality of Republicans want to give President Trump the authority to close down certain news outlets, according to a new public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos and provided exclusively to The Daily Beast."

For one thing, it's the Daily Beast, which is a communist rag, and I don't trust their reporting. And it's a poll, not legislation. (And I wonder if how the Beast is presenting this is accurate.) But if true, of course, it's just as wrong as when the left does it. But it's the leftists, right now, who are actively engaged in violence. Where are Amy and Yaron on that? Why aren't they also calling out the democrat's attempts to nationalize the internet? Or Antifa violence against people like Candace Owens? Or the anti-white journalist sanctioned by the New York Times? etc., etc...etc.. No, their TSD blinds them to that.

 

Another Attempt to Control All the Platforms

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Sen. Chris Murphy calls for more Silicon Valley censorship: 'Survival of our democracy depends on it'

"Sen. Chris Murphy thinks tech giants banning Alex Jones’ Infowars is a good start, but says the 'survival of our democracy' depends on sites like Facebook and YouTube removing additional content.

“'Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it,' Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted on Monday."

Blood boiling, yet?

(Oh, and as has been pointed out, notice INFOWARS was shut down as midterm elections are heating up?)


No longer playing by "the rules"...

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This is the current idea going around. Originally saw it on Twitter, can't find the original link, but this is the attitude, now:

We can talk about how to properly respond, in principle, all we want. But they've already announced, and demonstrated, that their principle is "by any means necessary"; that the ends justify the means.

They are advocating, and engaging in, the initiation of force.

"All politics in this country now is simply dress rehearsal for civil war." -Billy Beck, 2009

The brownshirts are rising up to replace "democratic socialists". Antifa is now the violence wing of the Democratic party. "Ominous Parallels", indeeed.

In theory...in practice?

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Like you and Bruno said, "It's later than you thought."

"We humans have to come up with our own platforms. Doesn't mean Silicon Valley aren't The Filth. Did you every see a more robotic Roid than Zuckerberg?! But we have to beat them at their own game, not force them to surrender their consensually acquired data."

Right...but that's not the game the Dems are playing... Those who ARE following the right principle of starting their own platform are being harrassed, and the government is NOT doing its job to protect them, but actively working AGAINST them. They are obstructing the pursuit of an alternative platform.



Senate Democrats Are Circulating Plans for Government Takeover of the Internet: Reason Roundup

"All your base are belong to us. A leaked memo circulating among Senate Democrats contains a host of bonkers authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms, purportedly as a way to get tough on Russian bots and fake news. To save American trust in "our institutions, democracy, free press, and markets," it suggests, we need unprecedented and undemocratic government intervention into online press and markets, including "comprehensive (GDPR-like) data protection legislation" of the sort enacted in the E.U.."

So, yes, in a free market, starting one's one platform is the way to go. But they're not going to be roll over and let people do that. People who are trying/currently doing that now are already being harrassed for it, as well as the web hosts, crowdfunding sites that are hosting them, etc. Ethan Van Sciver, a veteran comic book artist, was chased out of DC by SJW's for being a conservative. He DID start his own platform, via an indiegogo campaign. And quite successfully, I might add; over half-a-million dollars raised. And the SJW's are STILL trying to shut him down by harrassment of him, Indiegogo, the fans, etc.

Those who ARE following the right principle of starting their own platform are being harrassed, and the government is NOT doing its job to protect them, but actively working AGAINST them. They are obstructing the pursuit of an alternative platform.

It's not just in cyberspace, either. Just recently, there's an incident here at a gaming convention called GenCon where a leftist assaulted a conservative YouTube pop culture personality in a bar, and the convention not only ignored it, but promoted the assaulter, afterward. And the bar, despite the assaulter breaking a window, would not come forward to assist willingly. The police have been useless in catching the guy, despite his continued presence at the convention. (THE POLICE, in fact, in places like Portland, are being instructed to stand down during Antifa riots!) The producer of The Nerdist website, in response, celebrated the violence on Twitter and called for more.

And you've probably heard, by now, about the incident in Philadelphia, yesterday, where Antifa harrassed Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk while they were out in public eating breakfast, in a private establishment. They were also spitting on black and latino police officers, calling them "racist", etc...

https://twitter.com/RealCandac...

It's on us ...

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... to get alternative platforms. YouTube, Faecesbook, Google, Apple and Twit-Witter are all undeniably part of The Filth, but they're not taxpayer-funded and thus not obligated to provide their platforms to humans, as opposed to the sub-humans they are and they emplatform (like that new term?!). This guy has great tits, but he's wrong:

We humans have to come up with our own platforms. Doesn't mean Silicon Valley aren't The Filth. Did you every see a more robotic Roid than Zuckerberg?! But we have to beat them at their own game, not force them to surrender their consensually acquired data.

Seymour Follow-Up

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"The Prime Minister has completely contradicted herself on the Massey University free speech issue", says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"Ms Ardern has said she disapproves of Massey’s decision to ban Dr Brash but she will keep giving the University taxpayer money to do it.

In Parliament this afternoon, the Prime Minister said she believed Massey University’s decision was an ‘overreaction’ but went on to confirm that she would do nothing about it.

"What message does it send to publicly-funded institutions that they can shut down political views they don’t like without facing any consequences?

"What is the point of being Prime Minister if you can’t show leadership?

"The Prime Minister should be sending a strong message to universities that if they undermine freedom of expression they will be defunded.

Media Contact: David Seymour, Leader, 021 678 999

Don Brash Statement

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Dear Supporter,

Tomorrow I was due to speak to members of Massey University’s Politics Society in Palmerston North. I was invited by the group two and a half months ago to speak about my experience as Leader of the National Party.

This morning, the University’s Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas announced the University has cancelled the booking due to “security concerns”, my involvement with Hobson’s Pledge, and my views on Māori wards on councils, which she says “come dangerously close to hate speech” and fail to recognise “the values of a Tiriti o Waitangi-led organisation”.

She also references my “support” of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux (which was in fact merely support of their right to speak, not an endorsement of their views).

I believe the Vice-Chancellor’s position is a disgraceful contradiction of publicly-funded universities’ role in hosting robust debate and the free exchange of ideas.

On Thursday night I am scheduled to take part in a debate at the University of Auckland. We now fear that the University of Auckland too will give in to the vocal minority. The University must commit to providing a secure environment for free speech, lest it spark a domino effect that will wipe away the long-standing tradition of free expression on university campuses.

These issues are not going away, and nor are they limited to university campuses. The following visits from international speakers are now all vulnerable to the “thug’s veto”, by which anyone can shut down speech they disagree with by threatening violent protest:

Douglas Murray, Aotea Centre, August 17
Nigel Farage, SkyCity, September 4
Pauline Hanson, venue TBC, November
Jordan Peterson, venue TBC, February

It is clear that the thugs have been emboldened by Auckland Council’s capitulation to protesters of the Southern/Molyneux event. This is why we are continuing our fight to defend free speech.

Thank you for your support,

Don Brash
Free Speech Coalition

PS, if you feel as strongly as I do on these matters, please feel free to email Professor Jan Thomas via J.B.Thomas@massey.ac.nz.

At last!

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Finally GGG (Gutless Gormless Goofy) Seymour speaks up:

ACT

"In barring Don Brash from speaking tomorrow, Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas has acted contrary to her own institution’s charter, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"The Massey University Charter says that its mission is to "promote free and rational inquiry".

"Jan Thomas has been derelict in her duty to uphold rights of students to debate political issues.

"She has run for hills at the first sign of trouble.

"We all pay taxes to fund universities so they can be a place where ideas are openly and honestly discussed.

"If the Vice-Chancellor can’t do the most basic part of her job, she should find new employment.

"The University Council must tell Jan Thomas to uphold the University’s Charter.

"If they will not, the Minister of Education needs to tell them what the British Minister for Universities has told universities there: no more money until you uphold freedom of speech.

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Stefan & Lauren...

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had a much better interview in NZ than the Gower monstrosity.

FSC Media Release

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MEDIA RELEASE

Massey University disgraces free speech tradition

7 AUGUST 2018

In blocking former Leader of the Opposition and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash from speaking on campus tomorrow, Massey University disgraces an important tradition of free speech on university campuses and a fundamental tenet of a liberal democracy.

Massey University’s Vice-Chancellor appears to have capitulated to the veiled threats of protesters, cancelling the event for ‘security’ reasons.

Free Speech Coalition spokesman Dr David Cumin says, “Publicly-funded universities in New Zealand and across the western world have a proud tradition of upholding freedom of speech. If we allow the ‘heckler’s veto’ to shut down contentious speech at a university, a place that should be a bastion of free expression, what hope can we have for free speech anywhere else?”

“Hecklers and thugs have been emboldened by Auckland Council’s recent capitulation on similar grounds. That’s why the Free Speech Coalition is pressing ahead with court action to prevent a dangerous precedent where a minority can shut down any speech by threatening violent protest.”

“The Police need to put their hands up and restate their commitment to protecting freedom of speech from would-be violent protesters.”

“Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas must reverse her decision *and ensure that she works with authorities to provide a safe environment for the expression of ideas on her campus. The fundamental role of universities is to foster dissenting views, debate, throw light on and challenge the establishment, but certainly not shut down speech. This is a disgraceful act from a university leader.”

YouTube Bans Alex

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Note, the video I linked to below has been removed, as has the entire Alex Jones channel. This is now an all-out war on free speech by the "globalists," who include vile ARISIS. As Bruno has just said to me, "It's later than we thought."

Sub-human

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Here are some more sub-humans like Gower. These are fellow-members of The Filth in Aotea Square on Saturday. Oooops, sorry, Austin, Texas. Easy mistake to make when they're all so ferally indistinguishable from each other:

Gower is an utterly disgusting human being...

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and an even worse interviewer - ugly, sloppy, offensive to the ear, uneducated and dictatorial in the worst of ways. A total disgrace to journalism; that's where we're at, and it's truly horrible. NZ media are unwatchable and Gower is the very worst example of why.

Lauren struggles to keep a straight face throughout this abomination of an "interview" - probably had to take a shower afterward too.

Gower would be terrified of someone like Lindsay, he'd shit his pants at the very thought of interviewing him. He knows he'd be savaged by sheer ability, thought and the art of actual self-expression. As Linz said, he's not an interviewer's anus.

Already posted here

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And this was my tweet to that particular member of The Filth:


@LindsayPerigo1

Replying to @NewshubFeatures @patrickgowernz

Patrick, that interview was awful in its unprofessionalism. You can't speak, can't think, can't listen (like most of the world right now), can't keep your own (moronic) opinions out of it. You're a Fascist of the Left. Interview *me* on Newshub!

Needless to say, no response to my challenge.

"I'm not going to let you finish"

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The Filth "interviews" Lauren and Stefan on NZ television.

Stefan's Latest

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"The Bible as the objective standard"

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I see at around 17 min in the 3rd video a deluded individual attributing his standards to a goblin!

Where It All Began

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Faces of The Filth

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The pro-free speech group Right Minds held a demonstration in Auckland today in the wake of the cancellation. Members of The Filth went along to shut them down, replete with headbanging caterwauling and humungous amplification thereof. Seemingly well-funded. Soros in NZ?

Note here in Pt 2 at about 15' 00" in the unassailable connection between liking mindless garbage in "music" and being mindless garbage.

Stefan and Lauren..

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..speak after the NZ cancellation:

Downvote the Obleftivists

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And I KNOW Amy knows this argument, because I've seen others argue the same to her on Facebook, Twitter, etc, and she rationalizes them away. She's not ignorant of Rand's view on this matter; she's actively working against this view. Her response to the release of Tommy Robinson is logically consistent, then.

"Get 'Woke', Go Broke.' Downvote the Obleftivests. Let the ARI dry up like dust in the wind.

"Government by Intimidation", or, Free Speech on the Brink

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"Government by Intimidation", or, Free Speech on the Brink

 As I pointed out, in the blog link above, Rand was wise to backdoor censorship via private companies:

"No, the government would not establish any censorship; it would not need to."

She was writing this decades ago, but change the details, and it could have been written today:

"Doesn't this mean that the owner of a newspaper has no right to hold 'consistent' political convictions and that a newspaper is not entitled to a 'consistent' editorial policy? If the owner of one newspaper posses the right of free speech, does he lose it if he acquires two newspapers? Who determines what is 'slanted' and which political views are 'prejudice or idiosyncracies'? The government?"

"...we are interested in seeing whether or to what extent the columnists might be drying up local talent in assaying the news of the day." She responds, "Well, it is incontestably certain that the talents of the local 'High School Bugle' could not possibly compete with nationally syndicated columnists."

"Here we see the essence of the antitrust doctrines...If it is right to sacrifice ability to imcompetence, or success to failure, or achievement to envy-then it is right to silence every man who has acquired a national audience and clear the field for those whose audience will never grown beyond the corner drugstore."

Rand, anticipating the arguments today: "Freedom of speech? 'Why, we don't deprive any man of his freedom of speech,' the trustbusters would chorus, 'provided he is not heard beyond the boundaries of his township or his city block.'"

"No, the government would not establish any censorship; it would not need to. The threat of antitrust prosecutions will be sufficient. We have seen what it did to the steel industry. Rule by hidden, unprovable intimidation relies on the victim's 'voluntary' self-enslavement. The result is worse than a censored press; it is a servile press."

"Consider the signifance of a curious contradiction. On the one hand, the government hails the launching of Telstar as a means of uniting the whole world in a single network of global communication. On the other hand, the government proposes to distintegrate national communications into local atoms, forbidding any private individual to acquire the means of addressing the nation, and forbidding the separate atoms to know what the rest of the world is thinking.

" Do you grasp the possibilities?

"President Kennedy is to broadcast his news conferences via Telstar. Which one of us will obtain equal time on that global medium? And if we do not, how will we make ourselves heard? It is not by means of the 'High School Bugle' that one cant protect one's rights or compete with a monopoly of that kind.

"Gentleman of the press, if any, now is the time to speak up."

I wanted the earth open up

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I wanted the earth open up and swallow me listening to Gower. Does it get any worse?

In most cases ...

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... it's willful evil. In Patrick's, it's a combination of willful evil and stupidity. Did you ever hear someone, even a Fox News bimbo, sound so dumb?

He used to be my Exhibit A in denouncing the abandonment of speech standards by TV bosses here. Of course, he's not actually half as bad as the wimmin, whose sub-human quacking is beyond unendurable to any human.

Wow

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Stefan and Lauren handled that very well. But I just have to ask, is that kind of "interviewing" normal now?

What is wrong with these mealy-mouthed fascists in the press? Brain virus? Demonic possession? Willfull evil? Base corruption by greed? Envy? Or simple stupidity?

Gower ...

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... is not an interviewer's anus. He can't speak, can't think, can't listen (like most of the world right now), can't keep his own (moronic) opinions out of it. Truly hideous. Stefan and Lauren were terrific here in their grace and intellect. Really showed that fuckwit up. What an embarrassing day for New Zealistan all round!

Watch little Pattie Gower get educated

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Koch-funded = Filth

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Any organization that is funded by Koch is part of the Filth, and all non-Filth who is misguidedly supporting them must wake the duck up, and stop supporting the Open Invasion of America and the Sacrificism towards Communist China, and other moochers and looters. #AmericaFirst

TrumpKochTrumpKoch

Tommy and Trump

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The inexcusable breaches of the 4th Amendment perpetrated by Mueller and the FBI in pursuit of Manafort and Cohen (i.e., in pursuit of Trump) are in the same category. Get Tommy by any means. Get Trump by any means. Why Trump allows it to continue in his case I can't comprehend, though at least we know because of it what we'd never have known otherwise—the utter evil of those at the top of what has become known as the "elite": the Clintons, the Bushes, Soros, the Kochs, the Obamas, Comey, Clapper, Brennan, Schumer, RINOs et al. We also know that the Ayn Rand Institute has become part—a ludicwous yapping bit-player—of this diabolical conspiracy of sub-humans, who have become known as "The Filth."

Why the Right is STUPID

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The Left does NOT play according to the rules, and doesn't apologize for it either. The Right plays by rules which DO NOT APPLY any longer, and attacks viciously their own people when they fight back against the Left.

In other words, true Freedom fighters must ostracize and shun Fake Right Filth such as ObLeftivists, Libertardians, etc... Who attack Patriots, and make excuses for islamomarxists.

I am no lawyer and have exactly zero interest in becoming one. I don't need to have a law degree to see the OBVIOUS staring right in front of me: they want Tommy crushed, they want him to shut up or else, and they will use "the law" any way they damn well please in order to do so. This has nothing to do with "proper procedures" and whatever other nonsensical excuse to have Tommy tortured, and at risk of death, for his patriotic service to truth and justice. For trying to protect underaged British girls from being tortured and enslaved by islamosavages. For trying to protect the realm from an invasion of the most evil religion the world has ever seen. For exposing the lies, corruption, evil, of the media, politicians, state apparatus, who put up with and encourage this situation to go on.

PS. Never forget the #NeverTrumpers. Those who have not atoned or apologized for being #AlwaysHillary are still part of the Filth, however much they attempt to weasel themselves back into the patriot camp. The same goes for the antiBrexit proEuroSoviets.

anti-ObLeftivism

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He who is not anti-ObLeftivist in public is not anti-ObLeftivist at all. Especially when attacking those who are!! Filthy cowards! One can be excused if and only if he supports those who are.

Making excuses for ObLeftivists = making excuses for islamomarxist apologists

Yup

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Obleftivists are part of The Filth. If it's taken Tommy to make genuine reason-and-freedom-lovers realise this, then perhaps his having shit and spit shoved at him in jail by Islamofilth of the kind beloved of Obleftifilth was not in vain.

I trust I'll hear no more about the "inappropriateness" of my "anger" as tut-tutted about by fat cowards on secret Faecesbook sites. He who is not incandescently angry about this is also part of The Filth.

ObLeftivists = FILTH

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ObLeftivists for reimprisonment = ObLeftivists for islamomarxist oppression:

~"My prison cell was on the ground level, which it didn't have to be. Every prisoner would walk past my window. My cell was directly opposite to the prison mosque. I had excrement and spit thrown through the windows."

He was moved from a 7% islamosavage mosque to the most muslim mosque in Britain, and put in solitary confinement, closed in a stinking cell for 23 hrs/day.

ObLeftivists = FILTH. "Rule of law" in Britain? What rule of law?

Time to take the not-so-deep Deep State of Britain out, remove the Filth from top to bottom. And most importantly re-conquer the conquered territories within the country. #ReconquistaBritannica

#MakeObjectivismGreatAgain #RepudiateObLeftivism

No

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Watch the interview at the link with that Robertson boy who's fronted for Tommy many times. The venue came under "immense pressure" as soon as it was announced.

Victory for pure, unadulterated evil. The Filth.

Unbelievable!

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I'm so disgusted. I wonder if this was a tactic by the venue - last minute cancellation.

Last-Minute Victory for The Filth in New Zealistan

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https://www.newshub.co.nz/home...

Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux's speaking event cancelled

An organiser behind the Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux event says "powerful forces" were behind the cancellation - and is threatening retaliation.

The event was due to be held at Auckland's Powerstation on Friday, but owner Peter Campbell told Newshub he cancelled the event shortly after it was revealed on social media they would be speaking there.

He says "powerful forces" were opposed to the event. Credits: Newshub

An organiser behind the Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux event says "powerful forces" were behind the cancellation - and is threatening retaliation.

The event was due to be held at Auckland's Powerstation on Friday, but owner Peter Campbell told Newshub he cancelled the event shortly after it was revealed on social media they would be speaking there.

"We can't fix the event in the next 24 hours, there's no other venues that are going to do it because of the massive pressure from the far-left in this country," he told Newshub.

And he's threatening retaliation against those who forced the cancellation of the event.

"We're going to go after the venue, we're going to go after the media, we're going to go after all the people who've decided to slander it," he told Newshub.

"It's basically the whole media in this country who have written hit pieces constantly saying that Lauren's racist and a white supremacist."

Tommy with Tucker

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http://video.foxnews.com/v/581...

Sub-humans in Britonistan should be charged and jailed for the way Tommy was treated. Where, one wonders, is Amnesty International? Has that gone the way of the American Civil Liberties Union, a shill for The Filth?

#IfYourBloodDoesn'tBoilYou'reaWasteofSpace

Jefferson can speak for himself

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This is the very American, not ObLeftivist, Founding Father who spoke of "all men are created equal". Amy Rambach is an ideologue for Open Invasion, i.e. she is against the very concept of nation.

"Among the Founders, Thomas Jefferson wrote about race at greatest length. He thought blacks were mentally inferior to whites and biologically distinct: “[They] secrete less by the kidnies [sic], and more by the glands of the skin, which gives them a strong and disagreeable odor.”1 He hoped slavery would be abolished, but he did not want free blacks to remain in America: “When freed, [the Negro] is to be removed from beyond the reach of mixture.”2 Jefferson was one of the first and most influential advocates of “colonization,” or returning blacks to Africa.

He also believed in the destiny of whites as a racially distinct people. In 1786 he wrote, “Our Confederacy [the United States] must be viewed as the nest from which all America, North and South, is to be peopled.”3 In 1801 he looked forward to the day “when our rapid multiplication will expand itself . . . over the whole northern, if not the southern continent, with a people speaking the same language, governed in similar forms, and by similar laws; nor can we contemplate with satisfaction either blot or mixture on that surface.”4

Jefferson studied his Saxon forebears and learned that they were said to have originated in the Cimbric Chersonesus of Jutland. When he proposed the name Cherronesus [sic] for the area between Lakes Huron and Michigan he was thinking in terms of the steady westward expansion of the Germanic peoples.5

Jefferson was nevertheless far too liberal in the eyes of many, who were suspicious of the implications of the “all men are created equal” phrase of the Declaration; Federalists attacked him repeatedly for egalitarian leanings. They also circulated rumors that he had had children with his black slave, Sally Hemings, charging that for a self-proclaimed separatist, such a liaison was intensely hypocritical.6*

Benjamin Franklin wrote little about race, but had a sense of racial loyalty. “[T]he Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably [sic] very small,” he observed. “ . . . I could wish their Numbers were increased.”7

James Madison, like Jefferson, believed the only solution to the problem of racial friction was to free the slaves and send them away ..."

- White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century, Jared Taylor

Now explain to me how men who thought this way would condone the Open Invasion of America by everyone, from everywhere, with no restrictions, no ideological or cultural compatibility, nothing. The idea that Open Invasion is an "American" ideal is simply a big fat lie.

A country run by traitors

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Those evil bastards who did this to Tommy were not thinking about how he is "endowed with rights", that's for sure!

ObLeftivists and whoever else is justifying what has been done to Tommy... Watch that video and tell me how you feel. Do you have a conscience at all? Or are you corrupted beyond possibility of redemption?

I really hope England will survive and do what is necessary to take their country back from the traitorous scum that is running their country into submission to Islamosavages.

#FreeTommy #FreeEngland

"America First" vs. "oreigners First"

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Secret Barristers

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Andrew Bates, a one-time Solo poster from back in the day (I think it's him, anyway) was arguing with Scott Desalvo, when Robinson was imprisoned. Basically, the same thing Amy was arguing, that Robinson was technically guilty, etc. Bates was presenting the case of that "Secret Barrister" character. I pointed out the absurdity of the name alone; really, he did not see the irony in relying on someone presenting themselves as a "secret barrister" in a case like Tommy Robinson's, given the nature of that sham trial?

Anyway, the "Secret Barrister" is pretty much making the same case Amy is, now, regarding Robinson's release.

"The Tommy Robinson judgment – what does it all mean?"

Yeah, yeah, I get it...we don't want to obstruct proper justice, or interfere with due process of a defendent, etc...that's assumimg one is dealing with a proper justice system...which Britain does not seem to have. And the Brits dealing with the Sharia invasion should be acting from a place of self-defense, now, not only against savages, but their own government. Amy, et al, need to go back and reread Rearden's courtroom speech. Or-

Ah, screw it. Just let ARI dry up. "Dead things, such as the Banner..."

Joe

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I saw that...wow. Amy Peikoff's been desperately tweeting against Trump, but that...that just takes the cake.

The evil of ARISIS is now in no doubt. Obleftivist TDS Yawon's "Islam is a mosquito bite," "Stop being afwaid of Muslims," and now this from Amy ... I hope no human is giving these sub-humans money. If we had real Ragnars in our midst, they would go into ARISIS HQ, retrieve all that precious, precious Ayn Rand material, then enact the Roark solution, as fitting retribution for the obscenity that the Anti-Rand Institute has become.

This morning...

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this clip of Tommy's reunion with his children was the first clip I saw. Of course I blubbed.
A hero, fighting for the future of these very kids - and others - is sacred ground.
Amy and her ilk are an effing disgrace!

Home Sweet Home

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Ragnar who?

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I saw that...wow. Amy Peikoff's been desperately tweeting against Trump, but that...that just takes the cake.

"For all he's really worth to Objectivism today, That Woman might as well never have devoted a single line to Ragnar Danneskjold."

Evil ARISIS

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Obleftivists hope for Tommy's reimprisonment!

@AmyPeikoff

He's been released only because of a substantial procedural error. The opinion implies that the underlying charge was justified and lawful, and that it could likely result in imprisonment for more than the four months he already served.

Such happy news!

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Go Tommy!!! Smiling

Tommy's Out!

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Another setback for The Filth!

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/...

"Who's Tommy Wobinson?"—Obleftivist Yawon Bwook

We Won!

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Victory for free speech. Defeat for:

1) "Peace Action," NZ's Antifa

2) NZ Islamofascism, as in the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand and its "very very very angry" President. See Olivia's post below

3) Obleftivism

4) George Soros, ARISIS and their NZ shill, VeryPC

5) Phil the Phascist, Mayor of Auckland

6) Susan Devoy and the Human Wrongs Commissariat

7) The Filth generally:

Welcome to NZ, Lauren and Stefan. I shan't be in Auckland to hear you, since one of you is a fry-quacker and the other a bit of an empiricist dribbler (!), but I'd encourage Aucklanders to show up for some robust and fearless discourse and I'm happy to have helped get you in! Smiling

Defiant Virtue

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This was a great speech to listen to! Smiling But I wonder: How many attended the rally? Was the media well-informed and did they attend? Did no Progressive or Islamic activists show up to shout "racist!" or shut it down? No Antifa thugs in black clothes and masks with dangerous weapons? Evil

Media Release

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MEDIA RELEASE
Victory for Free Speech Coalition: Council concede Mayor Goff had no power to make speaker ban decision based on political views
MONDAY 25 JULY 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Free Speech Coalition has studied Auckland Council’s defence to the application for judicial review of the Mayor’s claim to ban Molyneux/Southern from Council-owned venues. There is no attempt in the response papers to substantiate any politician’s right to decide who can and can’t be heard in Auckland’s ratepayer provided facilities.

"Free Speech has unequivocally won on the key issue," says Dr David Cumin, a Free Speech Coalition member. "The arrogant claim of power to block what the Mayor calls ‘repugnant’ speech (speech that might offend a person’s religious prejudices) gets no defence from the Council lawyers."

The Council Response concedes:
Mayor Goff did not make the decision;
He had no right to intervene or make the decision;
Regional Facilities Auckland made the decision;
RFA would not have acted on the Mayor’s instructions if he had given them;
He did not influence the decision-makers;
RFA do not and will not discriminate among users on grounds of political preference or concern about causing offence;
The decision was instead based on security concerns;
Ultimately it was due to fear of what protesters could do;
RFA thought that safety was paramount so they did not believe they needed to do more to mitigate the threats or otherwise ensure the Thug’s Veto did not prevail.
"With the Council indicating so clearly that it can’t support the Mayor’s claims, the Free Speech Coalition has won," says Dr Cumin. "New Zealanders have put together their $20s and $50s and $100s, and they’ve called the politician's bluff. They’ve told him they get to decide who they can listen to – not a Mayor spouting slogans about people he’s never met."

"The Free Speech Coalition’s main purpose for next Monday’s urgent application hearing has therefore gone. As such the request for urgent orders and a hearing, has been withdrawn. Focus will now be on the remaining question relating to the Council's duty to stand up to the 'Thugs' Veto'."

"The Coalition was never about supporting the particular speakers, it was about principle, which now the Council has conceded."

"The second issue remains – will officials who want to gag unwelcome political speech now manufacture “safety concerns” to evade the NZ Bill of Rights Act, and the Human Rights Act?"

"All fair-minded New Zealanders will be upset by the apparent effectiveness of the Thugs’ Veto in this case. It may have been against a Council whose Mayor was happy to be threatened, but it has implications throughout New Zealand."

"We think Free Speech Coalition supporters will want us to ensure that a court tells Councils to ensure the Thug’s Veto does not rule in their cities. But that is an issue for a later day, and will be the key issue in the substantive proceedings later in the year, if we decide to press on."

"Auckland Council’s incompetence on this occasion would make it hard for the Court to order that the particular event go ahead, at least at the planned time and venue. We are advised that the compressed urgent timetable and rules about interim applications such as ours mean that it will not be possible to get sufficient evidence before the Court on security/safety issues, and test it."

"Unless the Police volunteer that they can handle anything unlawful the protesters might threaten, a court would be wary of unmanageable interference with the event and its attendees."

"The promoters are responsible people. They see the greater risk created by the Mayor’s incitement. Celebrities without any direct knowledge have been falling over each other to distance themselves from the manufactured bogeymen they were prompted to hate, by the Mayor."

"While it may be fair to tar Auckland Councillors with cowardice in failing to reassert control of Mayor Goff, it is not fair to blame the RFA officers. They have stated their adherence to the non-partisan principles the Free Speech Coalition defends. We welcome this significant victory."

"Both sides should now agree that the question is whether unexamined safety fears can trump fundamental values of free expression. We should agree that defining a duty to overcome the Thug’s Veto is vitally important. That should now be the main issue in the eventual substantive hearing."

Melissa Derby, another spokesperson for the Free Speech Coalition, says "The Mayor was wrong in the decision he made and we’ve ensured no legal precedent was set that makes it okay for an elected official to decide what we can or can’t hear. That is precisely what we wanted to achieve."

ENDS

Enquiries:
Dr David Cumin
021 369 282

Jordan Williams
021 762 542

Stephen Franks
027 492 1983

Media Release

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MEDIA RELEASE

Auckland Council flag concerns with fact that the Free Speech Coalition is "give a little" funded
SUNDAY 22 JULY 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Free Speech Coalition is calling on Auckland Mayor Phil Goff to clarify his position on the fact that the Free Speech Coalition-led legal challenge to his and the Council’s decision to deplatform Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern is being funded by mum and dad New Zealanders, after lawyers acting for Mr Goff and the Council flagged that they may try to strike out the proceedings on the basis that the court challenge is ‘litigation funded’ (i.e. crowdfunded).

“Courts have laid down rules for disclosing some parts of commercial litigation funding arrangements as they want to know if the funder’s prospect of profit might result in an abuse of the court process,” says Jordan Williams, a lawyer and one of the initial members of the Coalition. “Courts want to know if it will distort the plaintiff’s decisions, for example by unreasonably preventing settlement.”

“But New Zealand courts have never applied that approach to public interest legal action. Auckland Council knows that the people chipping in to get the court’s protection for free speech have no profit motive. None of them can benefit personally. All their benefit is altruistic; to protect against politicians misusing their power and control of public assets to stifle speech they don’t want their voters to hear. This is about principle.”

“The funding issue, while academically interesting, is an expensive distraction from the important freedom of expression issues at the heart of this case. So why are Mr Goff and the Council throwing this up as a red herring?”

“By flagging a possible challenge to the way in which the applicants’ case is funded, the Mayor and Council have forced the Free Speech Coalition and its lawyers to divert valuable resources to address a side issue. Unlike the Council, we do not have unlimited money to spend on this litigation. ”

“More than a thousand New Zealanders donated to the Free Speech Coalition in order to uphold the Bill of Rights Act and the fundamental right of freedom of speech. It is outrageous that Mr Goff and the Council would even consider trying to have the claim struck out on the basis that it is crowdfunded.”

“This might just be an underhand legal tactic, designed to increase the costs to the Free Speech Coalition, a play for time, or a brain-fart that goes nowhere. But either way, Mr Goff and the Council, who are using ratepayer money to defend their decision, should make it clear that they will not try to stop ratepayers using their own money to get a judge to rule on their powers, so that we can go back to focusing on the real issue in this case: whether or not the Mayor and Council can exercise a veto over freedom of speech.”

The Free Speech Coalition launched on 9 July 2018, in response to Mr Goff’s decision to ban two controversial Canadian speakers from using Council-owned venues, and pledged to file legal proceedings if it could raise $50,000 by 5pm 13 July. It raised the target within 24 hours, and by the 13 July deadline had raised $89,000. 97 percent the total amount raised was from donations of less than $300, with 0.9 percent of donations $1000 or more, the largest being $5000.

With the funds, the Coalition engaged the public law firm Franks Ogilvie and Jack Hodder QC, and filed proceedings on 18 July.

Mr Goff who initially took full credit for the speaker ban, and said it on the basis of the speaker’s views, now says that it was the decision made by officials, and solely on the basis of safety concerns.

“The Free Speech Coalition do not endorse the views of the Canadian speakers, in fact many in the group find them repugnant. But that’s what standing up for freedom of speech is all about,” says Mr Williams.

ENDS

Enquiries:
Jordan Williams
021 762 542

Ummm, they do reject the

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Ummm, they do reject the far-right/alt-right label. They do call themselves classical liberals, or some such. They do say so, openly.

Smear Terms

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In Lindsay's article cited above, Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux are described as "far-Right". This is a philosophical disaster. And its their own fault. These two half-ass libertarians need to start openly, loudly, and flamboyantly describing themselves as "libertarian" or "capitalist" or "liberal" or some such. Being labeled and denigrated as "right-wing" or "conservative" seals their, and our, philosophical doom.

Victory!!

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Stefan and Lauren have been granted visas. Now to find a venue if Phil the Phascist remains obdurate.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckla...

Bravo!

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Great stuff Cheese.

This forming up of a coalition across all party lines is encouraging. Happening in the US too. Good times..

Great speech...

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and delivered like a true professional - I only wish we had you at the Auckland Rally. Smiling

Luke

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I haven't forgotten you! So many distractions though. Gearing up for return trip to capital later this week.

Articulate

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Awesome job, Lindsay!

I still need to work with you on speech lessons when you have time to learn your enviable articulation skills.

Grazie Bruno

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And gratifying to see the early comments on YouTube:


Alice de Janze
1 day ago
Well said Lindsay!! Time for New Zealand to wake up to what is going on elsewhere!

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Michelle Hedges
Michelle Hedges
1 day ago
Absolutely brilliant speech by Lindsay; could not argue with a single thing he said and I believe he speaks on behalf of the silent majority who have been cowed into that silence. NO MORE SILENCE.

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Michael McGrail
Michael McGrail
13 hours ago
Thank you Liindsay and the rest of the coalition, so good to know we have the passionate, articulate and intelligent people we need here in the front line to oppose the pc, marxist, antifa numb-skulls who are trying to ( by disallowing free speech) covertly homogenize our society. Gutless politicians are the worst kind of social parasite.

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TK2822
TK2822
1 day ago
Well said and thank you for your efforts :-)

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jim james
jim james
1 day ago
They love to make feel good laws that negate human rights.
Whether it be courts prisons law or welfare etc etc etc.
Old sister Katie I mean Jacinda is all for free speech but happens to be completely invisible now the bubs is here.
I wonder which side she will take this time......

BRAVO LINDSAY PERIGO!!!

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What a great sight! The civilized and rational standing up for their most fundamental right, to speak the truth as they see it. To freely express their opinion, and walk the tortuous road to knowledge, wherever it may lead!

Bravo, Linz!!!

Long live freedom of speech!!!

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