JE SUIS CHARLIE? IT’S A BIT LATE

Posted: January 8, 2015 by tallbloke in Accountability, Analysis, Education
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Excellent article from Kenan Malik which adresses the vacillation of the PC mainstream media and the fundamental error of social thinking underlying it.

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‘Je suis Charlie’. It’s a phrase in every newspaper, in every Twitter feed, on demonstrations in cities across Europe. The expressions of solidarity with those slain in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices are impressive. They are also too late. Had journalists and artists and political  activists taken a more robust view on free speech over the past 20 years then we may never have come to this.

Instead, they have helped create a new culture of self-censorship. Partly, it is a question of fear, an unwillingness to take the kind of risks that the editors of Charlie Hebdo courted, and for which they have paid such a heavy price. But fear is only part of the explanation. There has also developed over the past two decades a moral commitment to censorship, a belief that because we live in a plural society, so we must police public discourse about different…

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  1. Ishtar Babilu Dingir says:

    I agree. There is no freedom of speech in the British press anyway… they all march to the same drummer.

  2. craigm350 says:

    Thanks for posting Rog. An excellent read indeed as is this –

    http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2009/12/from-the-magazine-see-no-evil/

  3. Well done! Something that needs to be said loud and clear.

  4. colliemum says:

    Thank you very much for posting this excellent article, Rog!

  5. Richard111 says:

    Absolutely spot on! Clear enough! BUT NOT LOUD ENOUGH!
    Political correctness is destroying the UK. There are areas in the UK that are now entirely foreign. The schools don’t teach English or English history and culture. The people living in those areas are now demanding their own government!!!
    The problem is not just the media, it is the politics of the current parties. We now have more registered mosques than Christian churches in this country! WHY! The population levels don’t warrant that! Just what is going on?
    Ach! I’d better stop.

  6. tallbloke says:

    This shouldn’t be a personal struggle between good and evil inside the hearts and minds of disconnected individuals or groups. Society at large must strive to understand the underlying issues and clear away misunderstanding so we can stand in solidarity with everyone around us.

  7. hunter says:

    The media has been enthusiastically censoring and attacking climate skeptics for years as if the cliamte kooks are the puppet masters and the media are their sock puppets.

  8. hunter says:

    Free vigorous media is the exception and not the the rule.

  9. oldbrew says:

    BBC reports one of the brothers told a French local they are from ‘al Quaeda in Yemen.’

    At least one of them had military training and they may have a RPG with them. Not good for over-flying helicopters.

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/09/uk-france-shooting-idUKKBN0KG0XT20150109

  10. Zeke says:

    I’ll just tell all those guys in the picture they need Jesus. (:

    I might not be Charlie, but I’m no dhimmi.

    ref:
    Dhimmi was the name applied by the Arab-Muslim conquerors to indigenous non-Muslim populations who surrendered by a treaty (dhimma) to Muslim domination. Islamic conquests expanded over vast territories in Africa, Europe and Asia, for over a millennium (638-1683).

  11. Kon Dealer says:

    Nigel Farage has broken the cosy PC consensus.
    http://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/farage-blames-fifth-column-charlie-hebdo-murders-311130
    This needs repeating again and again.

    It shows that there is only one party, UKIP, which can speak on behalf of British and Western civilisation and values.

  12. tallbloke says:

    Don, Yes, that’s one of the reasons why I’m standing as a candidate for parliament under UKIP’s banner, another being that UKIP is the only party with a workable energy policy which can save the UK from economic suicide and folk freezing to death in the cold.

  13. colliemum says:

    Applause, Rog – you’re having some tough months ahead of you! Not because of the politics but because of the sheer work. I’m only a foot soldier but I’m already feeling out of breath …🙂

  14. hunter says:

    Good luck on the run, Roger. I look forward to an American version of the UKIP. We need it desperately.

  15. tallbloke says: January 9, 2015 at 8:23 am

    “This shouldn’t be a personal struggle between good and evil inside the hearts and minds of disconnected individuals or groups. Society at large must strive to understand the underlying issues and clear away misunderstanding so we can stand in solidarity with everyone around us.”

    Roger,
    They used to have duels, and fisticuffs, to carefully explain the difference between the should be’s and the is. Perhaps such is the earthling way, and when prevented, results in wars and other murders of folk that you never even met! Most critters only kill when hungry! Good luck on your run! -will-

  16. tallbloke says:

    CM: One day at a time…

  17. LG says:

    “Il faut violer Charlie Hebdo” would probably be a more accurate caption.

  18. Doug MacEachern, Arizona Republic editorial writer: “You can’t stand with Charlie Hebdo if … you seriously think words like “denier” or “anti-science” are a proper retorts to anyone who questions environmentalism’s campaign against carbon. … All those words mean is, ‘Shut up. Stop your anti-science, climate-change denials. Shut up.’ They are incompatible with no-holds-barred free speech as practiced by Charlie Hebdo.”

    “The Left and ‘Je suis Charlie!’: No you’re not” http://www.azcentral.com/story/dougmaceachern/2015/01/08/charlie-hebdo-paris-speech/21449731/

  19. tom0mason says:

    In keeping with the spirit of ‘freedom of speech’ here is a link to a piece on Mohammed’s image

    http://www.zombietime.com/mohammed_image_archive/

    I post this only for those who will not be offended and enjoy freedom, for all others look away now!

  20. stewgreen says:

    Rog just in case you miss my reply on Climate Etc. to your point that Freedom of Speech means accepting being called “deniers”.
    – @Tallbloke The difference is that they get on the BBC unopposed to shout “DENIER” and so preload the debate. It’s a Equality of Opportunity point rather than FoS. They get the smear in without anyone to say “that’s just an ad hom here’s my point without an ad hom”.
    Context is everything : The blogosphere as a whole has EoO they can shout “deniers” on their blogs and we can shout “eco-nazis” on our blogs. But the public media is different, it’s neutral territory e.g. Chelsea FC would not be routinely allowed to use the label “the cheats” to mean opponents Arsenal FC.

  21. tallbloke says:

    stewgreen. Good point.

  22. clive says:

    Just remember,Muslimes are not here to help you or your country.They are here to Conquer you,at your expence.They are here to breed and take advantage of the Gullible pollies and do-gooders.They must be sent back from whence they came.
    They will never Intergrate,they Hate us and will tell us Lies to our faces.
    There is no such thing as a Moderate Muslim.

  23. Zeke says:

    @clive,

    The Europeans and the Brits especially are very mindful of all voting demographics.

    Nevertheless, there is a way to “grasp the nettle” as Nigel Farage has here.

    And following up on the French news story, the French have clamped down on “hate speech” in response to the recent shootings. Hate speech includes glorifying or expressing support of terrorism, but also includes anti-Semitism and remarks about “sexual orientation.”

    Surreal.