These are Australian columnist Janet Albrechsten’s words, and I got them from Andrew Bolt’s blog in the Herald Sun, but they deserve the widest possible promotion, as they are a concise and succinct explanation of the left’s constant campaign to silence opposing voices-
.. maybe the Left’s lily-livered approach to free speech is best explained by this distinction. Most people on the conservative side of politics may believe those on the Left are wrong on the important issues but fully support their right to express their views. The attitude is “go ahead, do your best at explaining your position and just watch us counter it with better arguments”.
Showing their illiberal tendencies, many on the Left view their ideological opponents in different terms. Opponents are not just wrong but evil. And evil views have no place in a civil society. Seeing conspiracies around every corner, they prefer silencing dissent to answering it. Whether it’s about supporting strong borders or challenging the victimhood focus of indigenous policies, opponents are assumed to have bad motives: read racism and xenophobia. And those with bad motives don’t deserve an airing.
Read Janet’s words and cogitate. You won’t find this kind of stuff in the NZ media.