Intellectual Terrorism against Free Speech

Tom Sunic, Ph.D.


Ed. note: Apropos the University of Chicago’s Orwellian stance on free speech, Dr. Sunic, based on his experience growing up in Yugoslavia, ties the war on free speech to communism. Originally published in Pravda, February 9, 2002.

The modern thought police is hard to spot, as it often seeks cover under soothing words such as “democracy” and “human rights.” While each member state of the European Union likes to show off the beauties of its constitutional paragraph, seldom does it attempt to talk about the ambiguities of its criminal code. Last year, in June and November, the European Commission held poorly publicized meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg whose historical importance regarding the future of free speech could overshadow the recent launching of the new euro currency.

At issue is the enactment of the new European legislation whose objective is to counter the growing suspicion about the viability of the multiracial European Union. Following the events of September 11, and in the wake of occasionally veiled anti-Israeli comments in some American and European journals, the desire of the European Commission is to exercise maximum damage control via maximum thought control. If the new bill sponsored by the European Commission regarding “hate crime” passes through the European parliament, the judiciary of any individual EU member state in which this alleged “verbal offence ” has been committed, will no longer carry legal weight. Legal proceedings and “appropriate” punishment will become the prerequisite of the European Union’s supra-national courts. If this proposed law is adopted by the Council of Ministers of the European Union, it automatically becomes law in all European Union member states; from Greece to Belgium, from Denmark to Portugal. Pursuant to this law’s ambiguous wording of the concept of ” hate crime” or “racial incitement,” anyone convicted of such an ill-defined verbal offense in country “A” of the European Union, can be fined or imprisoned in country “B ” of the European Union.

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In reality this is already the case. In hindsight, the enactment of this EU law appears like the reenactment of the communist criminal code of the late Soviet Union. For instance, the communist judiciary of the now defunct communist Yugoslavia had for decades resorted to the similar legal meta-language, such as the paragraph on “hostile propaganda ” of the Criminal code, Article 133. Such semantic abstraction could apply to any suspect – regardless whether the suspect committed acts of physical violence against the communist state, or simply cracked a joke critical of communism.

For the time being the United Kingdom enjoys the highest degree of civil liberties in Europe; Germany the lowest. [Ed.: Sadly, this is no longer the case re the UK (here, here and here).] The UK Parliament recently turned down the similar “hate crime” law proposal sponsored by various pressure groups. However, numerous cases of mugging of elderly people of British descent in English cities by foreign, mostly Asian gangs, either go unreported, or do not have legal follow ups. If a foreign suspect, charged with criminal offense is put on trial, he usually pleads innocent or declares himself in front of often timid judges as a “victim of racial prejudice”. Thus, regardless of the relative freedom in the UK, a certain degree of de facto self-censorship exists. The proposed EU law would make this de facto censorship de jure. This could, possibly, trigger more racial violence, given that the potential victims would be afraid to speak out for fear of being convicted of “hate speech” themselves.

Since 1994, Germany, Canada and Australia have strengthened laws against dissenting views, particularly against revisionists and nationalists. Several hundred German citizens, including a number of high- profile scholars have been accused of incitement to racial hatred or of denying the holocaust, on the basis of the strange legal neologism of the Article 130 (“Volkshetze”) in the German Criminal Code. From this poorly worded yet overarching grammatical construct, it is now easy to place any journalist or a professor in legal difficulty if he/she questions the writing of modern history or if happens to be critical about the rising number of non-European immigrants.

In Germany, contrary to England and America, there is a long legal tradition that everything is forbidden that is not explicitly allowed. In America and England the legal practice presupposes that everything is allowed that is not specifically forbidden. This may be the reason why Germany adopted stringent laws against alleged or real holocaust denial. In December of last year, a Jewish-American historian Norman Finkelstein, during his visit to Germany, called upon the German political class to cease to be a victim of the “holocaust industry” pressure groups. He remarked that such a reckless German attitude only provokes hidden anti-Semitic sentiments. As was to be expected, nobody reacted to Finkelstein’s remarks, for fear of being labeled anti-Semitic themselves. Instead, the German government, via its taxpayers, agreed last year to pay further share of 5 billion euros for this fiscal year to some 800.000 holocaust survivors. Such silence is the price paid for intellectual censorship in democracies. When discussion of certain topics are forbidden, the climate of frustration followed by individual terrorist violence starts growing. Can any Western nation that inhibits speech, and the free expression of diverse political views -however aberrant they may be – call itself a democracy?

Although America prides itself on its First Amendment, free speech in higher education and the media is subject to didactic self censorship. Expression of politically incorrect opinions can ruin the careers of, or hurt the grades of those who are “naive” enough to trust their First Amendment rights. It is a growing practice among tenured professors in the USA to give passing grades to many of their minority students in order to avoid legal troubles with their peers at best, or to avoid losing a job at worst.

In a similar vein, according to the Fabius-Gayssot law, proposed by a French Communist deputy and adopted in 1990, a person uttering doubts about modern antifascist victimology in public risks serious fines or imprisonment. A number of writers and journalists from France and Germany committed suicide, lost their jobs, or asked for political asylum in Syria, Sweden or America.

Similar repressive measures have been recently enacted in multicultural Australia, Canada and Belgium. Many East European nationalist politicians, particularly from Croatia, wishing to visit their expatriate countrymen in Canada or Australia, are denied visas by those countries on the grounds of their alleged extremist nationalistic views. For the time being, Russia and other post-communist countries are not subject to the same repressive thought control as exists in the USA or the European Union. Yet, in view of the increasing pressure from Brussels and Washington, this may change.

Contrary to widespread beliefs, state terror, i.e., totalitarianism, is not only a product of violent ideology espoused by a handful of thugs. Civic fear, feigned self-abnegation, and intellectual abdication create an ideal ground for the totalitarian temptation. Intellectual terrorism is fueled by a popular belief that somehow things will straighten out by themselves. Growing social apathy and rising academic self-censorship only boost the spirit of totalitarianism. Essentially, the spirit of totalitarianism is the absence of all spirit.

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13 Comments to "Intellectual Terrorism against Free Speech"

  1. RoyAlbrecht's Gravatar RoyAlbrecht
    September 28, 2016 - 10:05 am | Permalink

    As much as I believe that even though Americans, –
    including to a lesser extent those in the “Aryan-Right” [as opposed to “Alt-Right”], –
    talk about “principles, truth, justice, honour…, etc.”,
    a part of me often has this gnawing feeling that they do so in a hollow way.
    More precisely, Trump is telling Americans that, to paraphrase;
    “America is protecting many countries…, Germany included…, but these countries pay nothing for the protection service that America provides”.

    Most at TOO, know that the picture Trump is painting with the above statements and similar ones are about as far from reality as is it to say that Israel is America’s greatest ally.
    Yet not a single American anywhere contest this blatant misconstruction of reality.

    Germany, Japan, Iceland, South Korea and no doubt quite a few other countries:

    1) Do not want Americans in their territories,
    2) Believe that America is extracting far more resources from these “occupied countries” than it costs the Americans to “…protect…” their interests in maintaining them as colonies,
    3) Know that of late,
    meaning over the last few decades,
    more and more of these extorted resources have been flowing into the coffers of the Internationalist Consumptive Glutinous Jews’ and are the only thing that is keeping the Criminal Safe Haven Nation of Israel afloat.

    I also believe that many White Americans,
    especially those in upper income segments and educational cohort,
    are fine with this usurious arrangement as long as Whites were able to benefit from it financially.

    It is only now since the Sickness that is World Jewry has expanded its material proxy-control over the entire American landscape to the point that even those once complicit and usurious Whites are finding their nest eggs, –
    which were speculatively built to a large extent upon the backs of the countries they are supposedly “…protecting…”, –
    being pilfered by the very same Jews whom they felt comfortable associating with as long as it was profitable for them to do so…,
    that the Whites are finally complaining and starting to rock the political boat.

    In short, I believe that were it not for the dwindling resources that the usurious White Americans are having difficulty accessing, they would never be making a fuss about political correctness or giving Trump the support that he presently is enjoying.

    Moreover, Trump does not talk about ending the FED, executing the treasonous Jews behind the demise of America or for that matter…, Freeing Germany or any of its other “economic slave colonies for Israel”…

    Instead Trump squawks on about “repaying the national debt, extracting yet more “…[insurance] money from Germany [and other captive nations]”, and getting a better Iran deal [for Israel].
    Germany is a captive nation because it had the nerve to stand up to the very same Jewish force that is now destroying America and the West, yet IMO Americans are quite willing to overlook this uncomfortable truth in the hopes that they can “negotiate a better deal” with the Corrupt Jews that control their nation”.

    It’s kind of like, Law Enforcement Agencies and Teachers’, Medical and Judicial Unions going on strike for higher pay with the threat that if they do not get their demands met that they will begin telling their various captive believers the truth about the lies that they are paid overinflated salaries to uphold.
    It is not possible to attend university for what amounts to four tor nine years and by the end not realize that their entire overinflated pay structure is dependent upon enforcing the Jew Constructed False Paradigm.

    What kind of nation has America become?

    On the face of it, it seems like America is full of people that have adopted usury as an acceptable form of wealth generation.

    • T. J.'s Gravatar T. J.
      September 29, 2016 - 10:25 am | Permalink

      On the face of it, it seems like America is full of people that have adopted usury [inflation- tj] as an acceptable form of wealth generation.

      “. . .Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, (((governments))) can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security but [also] at confidence in the equity of the existing distribution of wealth.

      Those to whom the system brings windfalls, beyond their deserts and even beyond their expectations or desires, become “profiteers,” who are the object of the hatred of the bourgeoisie, whom the inflationism has impoverished, not less than of the proletariat. As the inflation proceeds and the real value of the currency fluctuates wildly from month to month, all permanent relations between debtors and creditors, which form the ultimate foundation of capitalism, become so utterly disordered as to be almost meaningless; and the process of wealth-getting degenerates into a gamble and a lottery.

      Lenin was certainly right. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose. . .”

      John Maynard Keynes

      https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights/shared/minitext/ess_inflation.html

  2. Michael Adkins's Gravatar Michael Adkins
    September 28, 2016 - 5:55 am | Permalink

    “Civic fear, feigned self-abnegation, and intellectual abdication create an ideal ground for the totalitarian temptation.”

    Bourdieu says it rightly, “the whole trick of pedagogic reason in obtaining the respect for form and forms of respect which constitute the most visible and at the same time the best-hidden manifestation of submission to the established order… the concession of politeness always contains political concessions.”

  3. Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
    September 28, 2016 - 2:45 am | Permalink

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-M-86hOeSI

    Chuck Woolery was quite deft in communicating his message on Fox News. Political Correctness, the Frankfurt School, Hitler and Hollywood.

  4. Ballast's Gravatar Ballast
    September 28, 2016 - 1:36 am | Permalink

    Hate: the human self defense mechanism that is used to ward off what individuals or groups care not to be influenced by.
    Too, it is folly to think that man can change the erosive nature of water just as much as it is folly to think that man will abandon his base instincts for self defense.
    As a white man I choose to defend myself.

  5. Konti's Gravatar Konti
    September 27, 2016 - 9:09 pm | Permalink

    [Mod. Note: Be aware that the comment streams at TOO are not a “free” speech forum. The header of this site and the Mission Statement define the purpose of articles and comments. Any commenter behavior inimical or damaging to these purposes will find that their comment won’t see the light of day.

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    – Commenters aren’t “free” to work out their frustrations by creating “drama” in the comments. Yes, this has been allowed in the past. That’s over now.

    This list could get very long, but the more astute among commenters of good-will will “get it” without further explanation.]

    • Konti's Gravatar Konti
      September 28, 2016 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

      [Mod. Note: Be aware that the comment streams at TOO are not a “free” speech forum. The header of this site and the Mission Statement define the purpose of articles and comments. Any commenter behavior inimical or damaging to these purposes will find that their comment won’t see the light of day.

      – Commenters aren’t “free” to abuse this site by making it a forum for petty squabbles, religious wars or similar.

      – Commenters aren’t “free” to make the comment streams a dumping ground for a link-fest of their personal interests.

      – Commenters aren’t “free” to bend the comments “off-topic” to suit their interests. The “topic” of any comment must be the article it is attached to.

      – Commenters aren’t “free” to turn TOO comment streams into the banter commonly seen in internet “chats”. like Chatango. Substantial and on-topic comments will be posted. “One-liners” of agreement, and hostile comments directed at another commenter will not.

      – Commenters aren’t “free” to work out their frustrations by creating “drama” in the comments. Yes, this has been allowed in the past. That’s over now.

      This list could get very long, but the more astute among commenters of good-will will “get it” without further explanation.]

  6. Lee's Gravatar Lee
    September 27, 2016 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Off topic, but worth a glance;
    The head of the Amadeu-Antonio foundation is the former STASI Agent Anetta Kahane who spied on and betrayed Germans before the wall came down. She thinks there are still too many white Germans in East Germany. They are responsible for censoring websites and making Youtube channels unavailable to German IP addresses. It’s funded by the Federal Ministry for Families.
    Other notable members include Julia Schramm who openly and regularly celebrates the fire bombing of German civilians in Dresden. Here is a short insight into the opinions of the “Anti-Hatespeech” task force of Germany: “Bomber Harris, do it again!”, “Let the bombs fall, let it all burn, betray Germany!”, “Mashed potatoes (slur for burned German civilians), thank you Bomber Harris!”, “Bomber Harris, area bombing, Germany has to be flattened to farmland” “Anti-Germanism is an invention of Krauts who think Germany even exists”, “We must dare more extinction of the German people”, “Stalingrad was wonderful, Nazi grandpa, why don’t you stay there?”, “Germany is needed? I don’t think so”, “Germany is just an idea, it’s allowed to be killed”, “Germany must be abolished because of its history” Here is a compilation of the Tweets: https://i.imgur.com/R29gIQG.jpg

    The German parenting Magazine “Baby and Family” printed a story where the Amadeu Antonio foundation, an openly anti-German organization run by former STASI agents, was consulted on how to properly identify children from Right Wing German families in day care centers in order to exclude them. The magazine has one of the widest circulation in Germany with almost 2 million readers every month. The article explains in detail how to spot and exclude dangerous “Right Wing kids” by noticing their hair color, clothing style and behavior. If you have long, blonde braided hair, behave inconspicuously, are obedient and your parents are dedicated towards improving the community, you might be at risk of being a future Right Wing extremist.

    According to the article, other dangerous features that could be red flags for being a Nazi include being cheerful, calm, wearing traditional clothing like long skirts or avoiding logos of American companies. The biggest danger are parents who behave unconsciously, talk fluent German, like taking responsibility in the parent’s council and build personal relationships to other parents. According the expert in Gender Studies and Right Wing Extremism, Heike Radvan, these parents pose a grave threat since it’s very hard to exclude them and their children from the community for the political opinions, since they have made such a good impression by being a decent human being.

    Other members of the Amadeu-Antonio Foundation include Julia Schramm, who openly and regularly tweets messages celebrating the fire bombing of civilians in Dresden like “Bomber Harris, do it Again”, “Germans are not human”, “Burn the Germans, celebrate mashed potatoes, thank you Bomber Harris”, “Germany deserves to die” and “Let the bombs fall, let it burn, betray Germany”.

    From BREITBART:

    Parenting magazine Baby & Family has told readers to beware of families who are “inconspicuous” and “cheerful”, as these warning signs indicate they are right wing and thus “dangerous”.

    Depicted with illustrations featuring solely blonde women and children, the report says ordinary parents must take action against right-wing families and make clear that their ideology has no place in the world.

    Asserting that the term “right wing” “stirs up anxiety” and brings to mind “burning refugee homes”, skinheads, and the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group who carried out a string of violent attacks on foreign people, Baby & Family notes that people “rarely connect it with women, family and children”.

    This, the high-circulation German magazine declares, “is precisely the great risk” as such people are just as dangerous if not more so as gangs of Nazi skinheads. The identifying features of right-wing families, it contends, are that they are “inconspicuous, blond, cute and engaged”.

    “First of all, [right-wing families] are nice and dedicated” Michaela Köttig, sociologist and researcher of right-wing extremism at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, alleges.

    Researcher of right-wing politics, Eva Prausner, says a huge danger of right-wing families is that they seem normal.

    Because of this, she says many parents will already have established good relations with them to the point that they “are no longer marginalised and at worst, get support”.

    While there are different types of right-wing families, Baby & Family asserts that daycare centres should always seek help when dealing with them.

    “The right has many forms. The definition of what is extreme and what is not is difficult”, it says, but asserts that all manifestations must be dealt with because right wingers could spread their views when meeting with other parents in the playground.

    […]

    Continue reading at:
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/

    Very special thanks to Gerhard Wisnewski, the original Author of the video
    At jew tube—face of a dying nation -channel

  7. David Ashton's Gravatar David Ashton
    September 27, 2016 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    The “hate” includes not only “antisemitism” and “Holocaust ‘denial'”, but also “Islamophobia”, “xenophobia”, “homophobia”, &c.

    A follow-up proposal was reported for EU member states to establish penal camps to “re-educate” young patriots/”right-wingers” guilty of any such “hate”. One critic remarked: “This is like the Nazi state, totalitarian but with the ideological aims and values turned upside down and inside out.”

    As for Norman Finkelstein, perhaps he should be encouraged rather than attacked as a “controlled [!] opponent”, especially after calling Elie Wiesel a “preposterous mountebank”.

    And as for Britain, it is not quite as free as it should be. We even have a new hate crime for police action – “misogyny”.

    And as for “antisemitism” watch the unfolding events around Jeremy Corbyn’s leftist pro-Palestinian Labour Party, “a toxic brand to the Jewish community” according to Gavin Shuker MP (Daily Telegraph, September 27).

    “Antisemitism…is so deeply entrenched in our thought and culture it is often ignored and dismissed. It is a shameful truth that, through its theological teachings, the Church…compounded the spread of this virus,” writes the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, in an essay for the Holocaust Educational Trust. It is “not a problem for one political party, one community or one sector of our society” (The Times, September 9).

    “We are all guilty”, yes even me.

    • PPight1931's Gravatar PPight1931
      September 27, 2016 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

      “Antisemitism” is the mortar that holds the bricks of the Jewish edifice together. No antisemitism? Then go out and stir some up!

      Behind Corbyn:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momentum_(organisation)
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Lansman

      Small world, isn’t it?

      Lastly, a reprise:
      http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/145226/jeremy-corbyn-my-jewish-ancestry

      What’s on next for the goyim at the Kabuki Theatre?

      • Betty's Gravatar Betty
        September 27, 2016 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

        Corbyn is not Jewish. He is a degenerate cuck. He said he attends churches, synagogues, mosques. He’s part of the NWO. WN consists of Caucasian Christians/neopagans – churches, ancient temples like those of the Ancient Egyptians (Caucasians), ancient Indians (Aryans), Stonehenge. No synagogues or mosques. Most Muslims are black/Asian so if he attends mosques, he’s a race-mixer.

        • Franklin Ryckaert's Gravatar Franklin Ryckaert
          September 27, 2016 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

          “…Jeremy Corbyn will say on Wednesday that a Labour government will not “sow division” by promising to cut immigration, despite pressure from key backbenchers to shift the party’s stance after the Brexit vote…”

          Source : http://www.theguardian.com>World>Jeremy Corbyn

          Corbyn is only critical of Israel because of its treatment of the Palestinians, not because he is against Jewish multiculturalism in any way.

    • Michael Adkins's Gravatar Michael Adkins
      September 28, 2016 - 5:45 am | Permalink

      David Ashton,

      “We even have a new hate crime for police action – “misogyny”.”

      They will have to police misandry as well as, otherwise that’s “hate!”

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