By Stan Cutts, 31st July 2020
In progressive circles, free speech is bizarrely seen, not so much as the pillar of democracy, but as a means of spreading dangerous arguments. In the warped mentality of the witch-hunters, their only problem with the “cancel culture” is that it is insufficiently expansive or effective.
True freedom of speech is under threat like never before and we must fight back. Britain has long been renowned for its attachment to liberty; ours is the country that introduced Magna Carta, pioneered Parliamentary democracy and defeated Nazi tyranny. But today the flag of freedom is flying low. A sinister new cult of dogmatic intolerance casts its shadow across our land, silencing debate, imposing conformity, whipping up hysteria, and crushing dissent. In the totaly un-British climate of intimidation, opinions are ruthlessly censored and careers destroyed.
On a terrifying scale, the ingredients of alien despotism are now creeping into our public life. Similarly, the kind of determination to root out heresy that once drove the Spanish Inquisition can now be found in corporate Britain, from workplaces to Whitehall. All this is the very antithesis of a free society, which should value openness, compromise and pluralism.
Tragically, instead of being guided by Orwell’s wise words of warning, the cultural commissars seem to be inspired by his most famous novel, “1984”, which painted a dark picture of Britain under totalitarian rule, complete with thought crimes, hate sessions, group think and hectoring propaganda. As fiction morphs into fact, you will now routinely hear the words “Orwellian” and “dystopian” to describe our sick society.
The vanguard of this revolution hails from the authoritarian Left, which uses the bogus language of compassion to justify its oppression.
In their doctrinal obsessions and frenzied divisiveness, these bullies are utterly divorced from the mainstream British public, yet they are able to wield tremendous power through their stranglehold on the internet and our civic institutions. In their ruthless hands, social media is both an instrument of fear and an arena for show trials.
Left-wingers used to campaign to protect jobs. Now they campaign to get people removed from them, simply for having “unacceptable” opinions.
They love to talk about the joys of diversity, yet they loathe both diversity of thought and freedom of expression.
The autocratic impulse has always existed on the Left, as shown by this passage written in 1999 by the broadcaster Andrew Marr, a key member of the metropolitan elite: “I firmly believe that repression can be a great, civilising instrument for good. Stamp hard on certain ‘natural beliefs’ for long enough and you can almost kill them off.” That notion has become even stronger over the last two decades.
For the sake of our future, the extremists must not be allowed to prevail. Join For Britain and be part of the solution to rebuild an honest, free and fair society for all our citizens.
My thought for the day:
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don’t want to hear” George Orwell
You can contact Stan Cutts via editor [@] toknow.uk