Free Speech Is All that Matters

Lindsay Perigo's picture
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."


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!

Great speech...

Olivia's picture

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


Lindsay Perigo's picture

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


Luke Setzer's picture

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

Lindsay Perigo's picture

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!


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.


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.


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


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......


Bruno's picture

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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