FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CENSORSHIP AND FREE SPEECH! Apr 5, 2019 13:07:35 GMT Admin, jonny yesno, and 26 more like this
Post by actionbrexit on Apr 5, 2019 13:07:35 GMT
FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CENSORSHIP AND FREE SPEECH!
Our thoughts regarding free-speech boundaries and the effects of censorship.
Understanding what has happened.
Since the 2016 EU referendum, there has been a shift in left/right political polarisation. Boundaries have been crossed; there are Leave supporters from both left and right - and conversely - with those who supported Remain.
Many traditional allies have become enemies and many traditional enemies have become allies. Some of the effects of this new divergence are; confusion and anger and a desire to speak out, particularly on Social Media Platforms. Many concerned citizens – exasperated by their government and Parliaments mishandling of the Brexit process - not helped by the media’s dishonest and selective reporting – have become more vocal and radicalised. The traditionally “passive public” have developed robust views and they have; Twitter, Facebook and Internet Forums through which to voice them.
Suppression or Free Speech?
Adding further fuel to public disquiet is the increasing use of suppression of free speech. In recent times, Social Media Platforms have come under pressure from government and left leaning academia to ban certain forms of free speech. We’ve witnessed it on university campuses, Twitter, Facebook and by the broadcast media - all resolute in denying views that do not fit with these increasingly narrow-minded leaders of institutions. Public anger must have a vent, an outlet to release tensions and anxiety or, like a pressure cooker with a faulty valve, something will explode, not just within an individual, but a society as a whole. John F. Kennedy puts it very concisely here: - “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
If we suppress free speech, we radicalise those we fear are trying to radicalise us, sporadically - in extreme cases - resulting in the violent crime and terrorism we have all witnessed by left- and right-wing fundamentalists across the world and at home. By denying these people a voice, we, ourselves are contributing to their radicalisation - in effect – we become partly responsible!
We would prefer this Supporters Forum to be a psychiatrist's chair to those who might otherwise develop extreme views. We would rather debate and challenge them, not disenfranchise them. Cutting them off from participation just closes off their outlet. We can, between us, calm them. Often, these angry people cannot find the words they need to express themselves eloquently, which results in anger. They look to others who can, but increasing, even the most eminent, sensible and intellectual free thinkers are banned from public speaking. So, let’s be tolerant here, let’s be helpful and above all let us succeed where all other platforms have failed.
On a Forum of wide-ranging views, I urge all members - from the most nervous to the most extreme - to come together, be mindful of what we say and more tolerable of the performance of others that have difficulty framing and explaining their thoughts.
Thank you for your understanding
The Admin Team.