Worth having a look at the Blair Cottrell case decided in Melbourne yesterday if you have a moment and care about free speech.It does not matter that it occurred on the other side of the world. It does not matter that he was protesting about the building of a mosque in Bendigo. It does not matter that he and his mates did what used to be called Agitprop.
It’s happening everywhere across the Western world. It’s frightening to contemplate there is now a worldwide movement that, for what they believe are the ‘best’ of motives — supporting diversity, just saying ‘no’ to the various ‘-phobes’ inventing ‘safe spaces’ tearing down statuary of white men who were of their time etc — there are groups viciously opposing people like Cottrell and with him destroying free speech. Those people have begun to re-invent the sort of shouting down or silencing by other means contrary opinion of which Hitler, Stalin and Kim Jung-Il would be envious. This is fascism of the left. This is contrary to the First Amendment and the precept “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me