There should be an outcry over Andrew Bolt’s Melbourne trial. That there isn’t, and that so much of the media emits little puff pieces of quiet approval, or smirking “it serves him right” platitudinous hypocrisy always prefaced by the words “I care about free speech but” shows again how the cultural Marxists have degraded our society. And our cultural institutions. And our mainstream media. And academia. There are islands of sanity where the decaying hand of the socialists do not have quite the same degree of influence. If you seek them out, you can find them. Here is an excerpt from one such item in The National Times by Ted Lapkin.
Free speech is the essential prerequisite that underpins all other democratic liberties. Without the unconstrained exchange of views, there can be neither real political debate nor a truly free press. Government of the people, by the people and for the people becomes impossible without untrammelled political discourse. Our rights as free citizens crumble at the point where censorship regimes begin.
It’s inevitable that the rough-and-tumble political debate of any true democracy will cause some people to take offence sometimes. But that’s simply the price we pay for living in a free society.
But it is that most essential of liberties that the plaintiffs in the Bolt case are trying to constrict in the name of state-mandated racial orthodoxy. These Aboriginal leaders seek not only an apology, but also a court order that would prevent Bolt from ever expressing similar views again.
Think about that for a moment. The plaintiffs seek to exploit the coercive power of the state to impose a permanent ban on words that they find personally upsetting. Nothing could be more childishly solipsistic. Nothing could be more inimical to democracy. The plaintiffs’ counsel has proclaimed high and low that this trial has nothing to do with freedom of speech. But methinks he doth protest too much.
Even the most impassioned declarations cannot change the essential fact that he and his clients seek to penalise political expression simply because they don’t like its content. And to that end they are pushing Australian democracy towards the brink of a slippery slope that cascades downwards to totalitarian perdition.