A continuation of the links page.
Comment: Somewhat biased. Some details wrong. But gives a good background in the Constitutional law involved in free speech.
Quote: “In contrast to the notorious proposed 1977 Nazi march through Skokie, a city populated by Holocaust survivors, the Charlottesville marchers came dressed and armed for a fight.”
Comment: I think the author errs in two ways with this statement. First, the antifa also came in a manner implying they were ready to battle: masks, various items to throw that included human waste, pepper spray, acid, etc., not to mention one antifa caught on video with an improvised flamethrower(!). Secondly, wearing the weapons was in and of itself a statement of free speech. “Guns” and “peace” are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Quote:”A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 40 percent of millennials believe that government should be able to prevent people from communicating messages that are offensive to minority groups. In contrast, only 12 percent of those born from the mid-1920s to the mid-1940s would allow government to regulate speech in this way, only 24 percent of Baby Boomers would do so, and only 27 percent of those in Generation X.”
Comment: This is a key metric. Many people in the U.S. seem to be antagonistic to the idea of free speech as currently enshrined in law.
Richard Spencer back at C-vile [sic]?
Comment: This one caught me off-guard.
Apparently that was the idea. Comment: These are pop-up rallies…
Quote: “City Councilman Wes Bellamy called for felony intimidation charges against the protesters.”
Comment: This is scary. And what we can expect if the wrong people get in power. If Mr. Bellamy really said that. First, it indicates the misuse use of a law to silence speech. Worse, it seems to be an entirely wrong use of a law. It seems Mr. Bellamy isn’t just shooting from the hip. He’s shooting without any aim at all.
Article on the meme wars. Hopefully will link to more meme war articles later. I mean, is this anything new?? Really, some of the political cartoons from the 19th century are works of art. Political cartoons have been around forever. Cartoon animation mocking enemies of the U.S. in wartime are also nothing new. Only now we call all this “memes”. And the early stuff was just as viciously raw.
Quote: “It will be all of the thousands of cuts that people of color endure every single day in white supremacist society. And that is where your life intersects with it.”
Baltimore Sun article.
Comment: This article gives a good perspective on limits of free speech. It also is a contrast to the case of Mr. Cantwell. Here is a case of clear violation of the law caught on video. Mr. Preston discharges a firearm near a school.
So-called neo-nazi online site.
Comment: This site gives the context to some of the antifa effort to limit free speech.
Article on Civil War.
Comment: As the country descends into its Second Civil War, this article from several years ago, gets a lot of points right, and its main thesis wrong. The author is an expert on the Civil War, and I, of course, defer to his expertise in all its forms: his prodigious knowledge of the war, and his expertise in transmitting that knowledge. Yet, how how can he say the reenactments don’t get it right without at least acknowledging in passing that those shots of reenactment soldiers in uniform near their tents closely resemble the photographs that are extant from the Civil War.
But here is where he gets it really wrong and where we, from the perspective of the future from when the article was written, can argue on his main point that the country is on an arc to reconcile the diverse communities in the U.S. into one nation.
And that is, the rise of the alt-right negates that statement.
Quote: “Fascism is not just a gross combination of horrific reactionary policies. It is a qualitative change in how society is governed. Fascism foments and relies on xenophobic nationalism, racism, misogyny, and the aggressive re-institution of oppressive ‘traditional values.’ In Trump’s election campaign he encouraged and fed on the threat and use of violence to build a movement and come to power. In his inaugural address he pledged allegiance only to this movement. What is crucial to understand is that once in power fascism essentially eliminates traditional democratic rights.”
Comment: According to this website, “traditional values” are fascist.