First They Came for the Objectivists ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2010-05-30 05:18

I just had a Skype call from young Kasper from an internet kiosk at Melbourne Airport. He told me he tried to log on to SOLO but was denied access because, said the message on the screen, SOLO is "an extremist site." At first I laughed my tits off. Then the implications sank in. From whom were the Melbourne authorities taking their cue? Who has made this decision? Where else does it obtain? All across Australia? NZ? America? The world? Who is decreeing that Objectivism is "extreme" and folk should be denied internet access to it? Are other Objectivist sites (ARI?) also deemed "extremist" and blocked? Am I personally on a "no-fly" list? Should I change my name to Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab?

'Tis a weird world, folks, getting weirder by the minute.


First they came for the Objectivists ...

Richard Goode's picture

First they came for the Objectivists, and I spoke out because I am an Objectivist ...

... kind of misses Niemöller's point. The point being that freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Are we going to rage, rage and rage again against the Advertising Standard Authority's latest ludicrous ruling? We should, shouldn't we?

Baade ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Again you expose your own dishonesty. I do not agree with the church's being prohibited from making false claims. You try to imply that I do.

And you've lifted the following para from a speech I wrote for Don Brash, without attribution. We know you have no scruples on such matters, but I draw folks' attention to the fact that the following is stolen:

Freedom of speech is foremost among the “rights and privileges of British subjects” bestowed on all New Zealanders by the Treaty of Waitangi. In the nineteenth century, the British prided themselves on valuing eccentricity over conformity, on untramelled freedom of speech. Thousands of New Zealanders went on to give their lives for this freedom. We should rage, rage and rage again against anything which threatens its demise.

So much for Thou Shalt Not Steal.

First they came for the Christians ...

Richard Goode's picture

Ha!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

But is it American authorities too? Did this come from Homeland Security?

Congratulations, Linz

Leonid's picture

Eventually, Australian authorities recognized and appreciated your efforts. They are afraid from SOLO. Congratulations!

Mark, some Aussies are rebelling

Sandi's picture

When I think about it, this

Mark Hubbard's picture

When I think about it, this is probably the scariest header post since the start of SOLO. That nameless, faceless, busy-body bureaucrats in the Australian government have undertaken all the actions necessary to end up with that single message on Kasper's terminal encapsulates how the West is now far closer to Orwell's 1984 than to the promise that shone from the minds of the founding fathers.

I think we will be following

reed's picture

I think we will be following Australia shorty.

Reed

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Melbourne is in Australia.

Speaking one's mind ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... has long been *dis*valued. But it is not yet forbidden, on paper anyway:

Article 14, Bill of Rights: Freedom of expression
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.

Yeah, I guess Lance's Muslim Goat-Fuckers could have done us in. Or my various Death to Islams! Or my relish at the prospect of Obama meeting the fate of Mussolini. Or Marcus's Global Warming thread, for that matter.

In all likelihood, though, it's my KASS Music Gems. They are *beyond* extreme.

Then again, Gaede's posts when turped would frighten the horses for sure.

And we shouldn't underestimate the scariness of Duck's shaved head.

In all seriousness, who doesn't value freedom of speech will lose it. If some fucking PC lefties in charge of the kiosk at Melbourne Airport, or maybe a bunch of such lickers of Islamofascist butt across the globe, are blocking the likes of SOLO and getting away with it, then the complete demise of free speech is not far away.

Maybe

gregster's picture

It was Lance's one about muslim goat fuckers. Smiling

You know that there is something seriously wrong

Sandi's picture

when speaking ones mind is not valued, it is forbidden!

Ironically in todays daily quiz on Stuff.

Question 3: "Which freedom or right is not mentioned in the NZ Bill of Rights"

Answer: Freedom of Speech.

Ha!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

*Now* I get it! It's because *you're* on SOLO that we're censored! Eye

Just another coincidence Linz

Sandi's picture

There is no agenda/conspiracy - wink.

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