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Friday, January 23, 2015

Don't always agree with the cbc, but in this case...Defending freedom of speech.

More state power, not free speech, the likeliest we-are-Charlie result

Certain close strategic partners of the U.S. and Canada are actively and violently anti-free-speech.

Egypt, a big recipient of U.S. aid, imprisons and tortures people just for belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was democratically elected to govern and then overthrown.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in his official statement of outrage at the Charlie Hebdo attack, made no reference to free speech at all, which shouldn't surprise anyone. Canada, unlike the U.S., offers no guarantee of absolute free speech in its constitution.

Canadians are certainly not Charlie. My guess is that an English-language version of Charlie Hebdo wouldn't last even a few days in Canada before concerned Muslim or Christian or Jewish citizens would be demanding charges be laid under Canada's hate-speech laws, or dragging the magazine before one of our provincial human rights commissions that specialize in rooting out offensive expression.

The ultimate answer to the Charlie Hebdo massacre will not be freer speech. It will be a mostly secret intensification of police power, with attendant shrinkage of individual freedoms.
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Our generation had our own terrorists, just as nasty as those today, but we also had a saying; "They want us to give up our freedoms, they want us to be afraid, they want us to put people with machine guns at every corner, they want to destroy what makes us strong, never gonna happen", something to that nature....
The plo, red army faction, and many more  was rampant in our time and here in Canada we had the flq, in Montreal; one was afraid to pass by mail boxes on the streets because they would blow up.
The message was not only in defiance of terrorism or totalitarian regimes of the time but a warning to governments to respect, promote and defend freedoms, somehow this message seems to have been forgotten by today's generation.
True the web offers some degree of defence against abuse of power, but if we listen closely, this is only temporary, mark my words, time will take that away also...to protect us from ourselves and those who would do us arm....
Freedom in itself is never free, we can't just put it out there and let it protect itself, we have to be aware of the forces that uses it for their own benefit and those who look at it as an obstruction to their goals...
Or simply those who see it as an unimportant word that is just out there to satisfy the masses...
Freedom of speech does not belong to the few to do with it as they will, it is ours to use against abuse, greed and terror, it is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal. It makes people around the world envy us and demand it from their own governments, that's what protects us, not more restrictive laws or guns....
And history shows, when someone tries to take it from us, our beliefs makes us an unstoppable force to be reckon with...(just ask the nazis)

Though freedom of speech comes with responsible behaviour...
It's not our weakness..it's our strength.
If we give that up....
we lose everything...
Let's be aware of reality for just one minute...
The state, the elite, the rich, whatever they call themselves depend on us for their existence, not the other way around...that is the true identity and strength of a free people and nation.
Free speech is ours.....it's not given to us as if it's a reward, and it certainly not their to take away.

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