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One of the most welcome political developments of my lifetime is the growing suspicion with which attempts to cloak even the most detestable utterances under the mantle of “free speech” is regarded.

From the misogynistic obscurantism of #GamerGate (years later I still can’t find anyone who can tell me what the “-gate” was) and the painfully unfunny parody of stand-up comedy performed on college campuses by the expatriate employer of ghostwriters known as Milo Yiannopoulos to the latter-day phrenology of the so-called alt-right and the unabashed Holocaust denial of Stormfront, there are expressions that most of us consider on their face unacceptable and undeserving of a platform. The difference is that now increasingly it looks as if people have concluded that it is our duty to make sure they are denied one. Thank God for SJWs!

This was not always the case. There is a long history in this country of making grandiose blanket defenses of freedom of speech that extend to bigots, frauds, pornographers, genocidal enthusiasts, propagators of terrorism and sedition, and kooks emotionally invested in nonsense and villainy of every conceivable variety. People who make arguments defending, say, the rights of pseudo-historians to argue that the Nazis did not murder millions of European Jews or the ancient liberty of perverts to create simulations of child pornography call themselves “free speech absolutists.” Their position has never been tenable, but it has long enjoyed a mainstream currency in the United States, in classrooms, and in the pages of newspapers and magazines — and even on the bench of the Supreme Court.

This is because freedom of speech in the way that is usually discussed in this country is a cartoonish fantasy. There has never been a community in which certain ideas have not been considered open for discussion or debate. As Stanley Fish argued in his famous essay “There is no such thing as free speech, and it’s a good thing, too,” the liberal concept of freedom of speech is not some kind of immutable principle woven into the fabric of reality; it is an idea and a very new, albeit frequently misunderstood one.

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  1. Randal says:

    All societies have certain organizing principles. Freedom of speech is not a first-order good; it exists only to facilitate the flourishing of the society along the lines established by those principles. In America today one of those principles is that discrimination based on race is immoral; people who disagree with this have only one goal — creating a society in which it is not one of those principles. If we do not want to allow this to happen, we should not permit anyone to argue in favor of it.

    The true voice of the modern political left and centre-left – totalitarian and utterly unconcerned that it is trampling on the supposed principles that the liberal left of the C19th and C20th regarded as fundamental, and crucial.

    These were the people, remember, for whom the statement attributed to Voltaire that “I might hate what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it” was supposedly a ringing declaration of principle, as they insisted that subversive political screeds, blasphemies, obscenities and obscene works of supposed art directly and consciously intended to undermine the “organising principles” of society were all vital components of a freedom of speech that was fundamental to democracy and even to civilisation.

    It’s past time for all on the right and centre-right, and even those who regard themselves as traditional liberals and moderates, to face up to the fact that there is a serious issue with the political left and centre-left in the US and UK, in that it now openly espouses harassment, blacklisting, legal suppression and even violence against dissidents.

    If you don’t stand against them, you will lose the First Amendment, and any remaining pretence at political freedom of speech in the UK and European countries.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  2. Wow! That’s some ugly shit. Give me Skin Heads any day over this snotty authoritarianism.

    • Agree: eah, MBlanc46
  3. FKA Max says:

    Cloudflare CEO drops neo-Nazi site, then explains why that was dangerous

    PayPal refusing to release our large balance for 180 days (an outrage), which puts us in an immediate cash crisis because I have salaries, credit cards, and rent due in the next two weeks.
    These moves by PayPal and Facebook are obviously part of a coordinated Leftist purge of white advocacy groups in the aftermath of Unite the Right. In the past few days alone:

    Both Red Ice servers were hacked, as were the site owners’ Twitter accounts, and still have not recovered.
    VDare,, and AmRen were bounced from PayPal.
    VDare’s conference next April has been shut down by the venue.
    TRS was taken down by their webhosting company, but got a new host and were back online in 3 hours.
    Mike Enoch was banned for the fourth time from Twitter.
    KickStarter, GoFundMe, and IndieGoGo have all vowed to shut down campaigns related to White Nationalist concerns.
    Pax Dickinson’s Twitter has been shut down.
    Hatreon is offline.
    PolNewsForever’s Twitter has been shut down.
    The Daily Stormer has been targeted with massive DDOS attacks.
    The Daily Stormer domain registration was dropped by GoDaddy, transferred to Google, and then seized by Google.
    The Daily Stormer discord server has been shut down.
    The discord server has been shut down.
    Vanguard America’s WordPress account has been shut down.
    RootBocks has been taken down by its hosting company.
    Xurious has been removed from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
    Daniel Friberg and Christopher Dulny, both Swedes, have been barred from entering the United States because of their presence at Unite the Right.
    Lauren Southern’s Instagram has been taken down.
    NPI’s Paypal account has been shut down.
    Two upcoming speeches by Richard Spencer have been canceled.
    Identity Europa’s PayPal has been shut down.
    Christopher Cantwell’s Facebook, PayPal, and website are gone.
    Weev’s LinkedIn account has been shut down.
    The Paranormies and other podcasts have been kicked off of Soundcloud.

  4. What a nasty authoritarian creep.

  5. @Randal

    The true voice of the modern political left and centre-left

    I’m not sure this Walther guy is a leftie…googling him seems to indicate he’s some kind of Catholic traditionalist.

    • Replies: @Randal
    , @Ragno
  6. We need to censor White Cucky Self-Hatred.

    Self-Hate is the worst thing.

    Whites turned into Janissary against their own race is Sick.

    It is Other Supremacism, or supporting the supremacist conquest of one’s own people by another hostile people. Pure collaboration.

  7. We need to censor White Self-Hatred. Hating one’s own people is vile and disgusting. And white Cuck-ness is so sick and pathetic.

    I say we censor Cucky White Self-Hatred and servitude to globalist supremacism and Zionist chauvinism. It is pathetic and dangerous. And defend the Palestinians.

    Globalist Supremacists and their Cuck-dogs target both BDS and White Patriotism. Why? Both challenge the real supremacism.

    Cuck-dogs are envious of Alt Right wolves who howl freely. Cucks just bark like dogs to appease glob master.

    Suspending Rule of Law is the height of ‘nihilism’. It is saying that Civil Liberties should be decided by the whims of Power.

    Cucks fear the Alt Right because, deep down inside, they know Alt Right is right. But they are ‘triggered’ since they were raised cucky and must seek approval from their master to think or say anything. Alt Right howls freely. Cuck dogs beg the master, “Censor the howl. It makes me feel like a servile dog on a leash that I am.” Dog on leash envies the free roaming wolf.

    When globalist supremacist power is so nihilist and does as it pleases, we need the counter-nihilism of the Alt Right.

    John McCain bitches about Alt Right terror, but he supported Alqaeda in Syria & real Neo-Nazis in Ukraine. Insane McCain.

    You know what Nihilism is? Financial sharks using Wall Street to run up a massive bubble, rake in super profits, and then getting ‘bail outs’ when the whole thing bursts. Private profits, socialists losses.

    You know what nihilism is? It’s globalists raping Russia in the 80s and leaving Russians to starve.

    Below is a casae of Zionist supremacist nihilism. Deny job to a professor because he is for Palestinian patriotism and survival.

    This is a case of US neo-imperialist supremacist nihilism. 500,000 dead Iraqi kids is ‘worth it’ cuz everything must serve the New World Order.

    Another case of sheer nihilism. Tribal Supremacist Thomas Friedman defending ISIS as necessary terrorist force against Assad.

    Cucks fear Alt Right because, in an open forum, Alt Right is winning the arguments. Alt Right is white folks as free wolves. Cucks are white folks as dogs of AIPAC seeking approval at all times.

    Who controls Hollywood? Who made all those movies about Evil Muslim Terrorists that prepped Americans to hate ‘muzzies’ and wage nihilist wars in the Middle East? Who funded 300, the Neocon War Porn that says ‘Kill those Eye-ranians’.

    Does Alt Right control music industry? No, Jewish globalists control music industry and peddle rap gangster music that promotes violence and thuggery. Generations of blacks grew up with Afro-nihilism of rap where every dude is a thug and every woman is ‘bitchass ho’.

    Does Alt Right control sex industry? No, Jewish Liberals control Pornography and use it to promote black supremacism of Mandingo and interracism and submissive cuck-dorkery among white boys.

    Now was it Alt Right or was it AIPAC that bought up all whore politicians to enforce imperialism and apartheid over Palestinians?

    Did Alt Right aid Alqaeda in Syria to destroy Secular Modern Assad regime? Did Alt Right aid Neo-Nazis in Ukraine to pull off a coup? Who did that? The Deep State presided by Obama, Hillary, and Neocon freaks.

    Did Alt Right lie about WMD to invade Iraq? Did Alt Right destroy Libya to stop Gaddafi from creating new currency? Who did such vile, disgusting, murderous, and nihilistic things that trampled all over international law?

    ‘White supremacism’ is a chimera used by Zionist supremacists to distract us from globalist Supremacism that really rules America.

    It is Jewish Supremacism that has the biggest grip on America. It is AIPAC that forces all Americans to support Zionist pulverization of Palestinians that never ever stops.

    And what did Obama and Hillary have to say when BLM thug murdered those police officers? Now, that was nihilism.

  8. The “Holocaust” remains the only historical event we are forbidden to investigate.

    The Official Zionist Version of WWII history is all the goyim need to know!

    SO WHAT if Zionists have already extracted $$$ HUNDREDS of BILLIONS $$$ in “Holocaust reparations” from the goyim — they can just damn well pay up & shut up!

    We goyim fight war after war for “Greater Israel” on the basis that…
    —Saddam is the “New Hitler”
    —Qaddafi is the “New Hitler”
    —Ahmadinejad is the “New Hitler”
    —Assad is the “New Hitler”
    —Putin is the “New Hitler”
    —_____ is the “New Hitler”

    NO WONDER we goyim must be punished if we question the basic premise of all this!

    Matthew Walther wants us to believe that freely investigating the biggest war in history is equivalent to dealing in kiddie porn. Impeccable reasoning, wouldn’t you say?

    • Agree: anarchyst
  9. The fact that they seek to shut down and censor the Alt-Right is a measure of how much they fear it. The Alt-Right is the heresy challenging the (false) globalist orthodoxy. The leaders of the Reformation would feel right at home in the west today.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  10. The Week is The Weak.

  11. Randal says:

    Regardless what his background might be, in this he is advocating the leftist position.

    Granted, he might well be just an authoritarian jumping on the leftist “antiracist” bandwagon.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  12. @Randal

    I think the problem goes well beyond the left in a narrow sense. Viewing “racism” as absolutely the worst thing imaginable is the dominant position among many “conservatives” as well, not least religious/social conservatives like this Walther seems to be.

    • Replies: @Randal
  13. Yet an0ther warmongering neocon who shits on the US constitution.

    What else is new?

    For a neocon or a democrat control freak, simply voicing opinions counter to their entitled-by-law victim culture scheme is white supremacy.

    Neocons are every bit as totalitarian as any democrat or Antifa terrorist or garden variety Bolshevik class supremacist.

    Free speech is what the US constitution says it is, not what a neocon windbag claims it to be.

    Neocon’s precious Israel doesn’t even have a constitution placing any limits on the Israeli national government.

    Having no effective constitution is exactly what neocons and democrats intend to impose onto US citizens: a hollowed-out constitution where national laws are created and enforced at the whim of a great mob of entitled victim culture spouting freaks.

    Neocons are not even loyal to the US, let alone loyal to the US constitution.

    Their loyalty is to Israel and Jewish people.

    When they take an oath to uphold the constitution, they are dirty liars.

    Neocons and democrats are more accurately labeled a seditious 5th column.

    Neocons pushed federal hate speech crime laws the same as did democrats, and have many times over demonstrated their sedition.

  14. Randal says:

    Of course it goes well beyond the left, that’s the problem. If it were confined to the left then it would be manageable – it’s the division of the right that makes the left unbeatable on it. But all these ideas of political positions that are unacceptable because they offend minority identity groups came from the left and were pushed by the left (along with the identity lobbies that directly profit from them), in order to suppress resistance to radical changes to society that they wanted to see.

    Of course all kinds of opportunists have seen advantages for themselves in hopping aboard the bandwagon, such as big business backing mass immigration because it helps keep wages down, or religious authoritarians perhaps like this particular writer, if you are correct on his background. That’s exactly how it came to be so dominant over the past century or so. But it’s the left that is the root of the problem, and it’s the right that is going to be purged if it does not wake up to its betrayal by the establishment right.

  15. DFH says:

    What a faggy writing style

  16. If there is a Speech Problem in America, it is the ethno-monopoly of Zionist-Globalist Supremacism that has grip on almost all ‘mainstream media’ and Internet Platforms.

    Just ask the Palestinians how this has impacted them.

    Because of Zionist-Globalist Power, Pan-European Patriots are now being ‘Palestinianized’.

    It is not about anti-white-supremacism. It is about crushing nascent nationalism to serve the supremacism of Zionist-Globalism that has near-monopoly on the Narrative.

  17. Raffler says:

    Some restriction on speech or unfettered behaviour works effectively in Singapore. There are lessons for other countries, each with its own problems and peoples and opportunities.

    Note the wise words of revered Lee Kuan Yew when he said his following quotes.

    “A nation is great not by its size alone. It is the will, the cohesion, the stamina, the discipline of its people and the quality of their leaders which ensure it an honourable place in history.”

    “A society to be successful must maintain a balance between nurturing excellence and encouraging the average to improve.”

    “You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you’ll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again… my asset values will disappear, my apartments will be worth a fraction of what they were, my ministers’ jobs will be in peril, their security at risk and their women will become maids in other people’s countries, foreign workers. I cannot have that!”

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  18. Xiep says:

    Congratulations as*hole, you won the Stalin Prize.

  19. @FKA Max

    If they’re smart — and self-respecting — they’ll start using or Gab, or something else. Fakebook is cracking down hard on dissenters, even as they begin in earnest to bombard us with profit-seeking advertisements from other companies. Don’t let Fuckerberg profit off our misery!

  20. @Priss Factor

    As is often the case, Priss is on right on point!

  21. @Priss Factor

    The liberty of linguistics must be absolute.

    This is where the alt-right must recognize that the salvation, and renaissance, of our civilization lies in celebrating, nurturing, and zealously protecting individual liberty. The West has fared best when the ambitions, aspirations, and enterprises of the individual are not subordinate to the interests of the king or his court.

    Is it a coincidence that art, business, creativity, discovery, innovation, invention, knowledge, quality of life, and spiritual understanding all flourished most when individuals were relatively free to pursue their own ends and not the bidding of the Bolzhevik or tending to the tasks of the tyrant?

    This means that the alt-right must not find sanctuary in the houses of progressive iniquity. One such house of iniquity is the suppression of speech. Restricting speech is an odious, profligate end that should never be the province of those who would emulate the Prince of Peace. Limiting free expression is for the Pharisee, not for the preacher; it is for the Rudy Julie Annie, not for the Ron Paul; it is for the Hitler, not for the Hoppe.

    The alt-right should embrace the absolutism of the First Amendment. The founding generation had a myriad of flaws, including a desire to have their own, more truculent version of mercantilism than the Crown, but at least some recognized and rejected the proposition that speech should be cabined lest there be feelings hurt or insurrections inspired.

    What about the proverbial shouting fire in a crowded theatre, you ask? Better that the speaker shout than whisper if there is a fire.

    What if the speaker falsely shouts fire in a crowded theater? Well, he may just want a better seat to view the motion picture. Is that any different than holding a placard that falsely reads that “Springsteen is here” in order to enable your boss to move to the front of the class registration line?

    Back to…the point. If, by falsely shouting fire in a crowded theatre, the speaker causes cankles Clinton to careen and then fall on the floor breaking her hip, the Hildebeast would have a remedy in tort.

    However, just because falsely shouting fire MAY, in limited circumstances, lead to injury to another, is no reason to support prior restraint or post expressive punishment. If one falsely shouts fire in a crowded theatre and there is no cognizable injury sustained as a direct and proximate cause thereof, why should the speaker be punished?

    Examine the people who push for prior restraint. Do you admire such people? Do you consider such people to be defenders of our civilization? Do you consider such people to be defenders of liberty and free enterprise and the primacy of the individual?

    Those who push for prior restraint are, quite frankly, pussies.

    Why would you want to embrace their values?

    • Replies: @Stephen R. Diamond
  22. Jason Liu says:

    Well, he’s not wrong. Suppressing some moral ills IS more important than abstract ideas like free speech.

    The world would be a much better place if egalitarians faced serious legal, political, and social consequences for advocating equality and equality-based values.

    I prefer my totalitarianism to be right-winged, thanks. Beijing just threw three little Hong Kong pro-democracy activists in jail. I’m dancing.

    You nice white folks can go with the “‘free speech” and “neutral discussion” bit. See what that gets you in the end.

    • Agree: Nico
    • Replies: @Randal
  23. KenH says:

    The loony, (((anti-white left))) and “race doesn’t matter” cucked right is losing the argument and losing it badly. So there’s obviously a coordinated conspiracy afoot among seemingly private entities to do the job that the government can’t do which is to censor and deplatform thought that is nationalist, pro-white and those critical of Jewish historical claims relating to WWII and Jewish power generally.

    One example is the American Conservative which seems much more tolerant of leftist trolls than nationalists in its comments sections.

    • Replies: @Nico
  24. MarkinLA says:

    Some restriction on speech or unfettered behaviour works effectively in Singapore.

    If your population is mostly Chinese. I doubt caning people for spitting on the sidewalk would work well in Harlem.

    • Replies: @Nico
  25. Nico says:

    One example is the American Conservative which seems much more tolerant of leftist trolls than nationalists in its comments sections.

    I have noticed this for quite some time. Most of the AmConFags are the sort of “conservatives” under the delusion that they can be pertinent to and respected by the dominant duscussion in the “mainstream” (the left). At term that road leads either to the adoption of leftism or to bitter ruin and disappointment. Rod Dreher is on-track to end life a very lonely and sad man.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  26. Nico says:

    No, but we used to have something called “segregation” so that blacks who wanted to act, well, “black” could have their space to do so without bothering the rest of society.

  27. Randal says:
    @Jason Liu

    Well, he’s not wrong.

    Yes, he is.

    Suppressing some moral ills IS more important than abstract ideas like free speech.

    The world would be a much better place if egalitarians faced serious legal, political, and social consequences for advocating equality and equality-based values.

    If the writer’s desires for suppression of political dissent are fulfilled, it isn’t the “egalitarians” who are going to be harassed and locked up.

    And that’s the general problem with your position – it always sounds fine as long as it’s your side that’s wearing the jackboots.

  28. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    It’s all and only about power, deception: grabbing it for those who don’t have it, preserving their own for those who have it.

    The means change… the dynamics don’t.

    Amusing how the actors of the timeless human play never realize they are acting the same script as their forebears… with aesthetic variations.

    As for: what side is better?
    Well, that’s merely situational: the weaker side, without power, is the one that behaves better, lies less, is more tolerant…

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  29. Greg Bacon says: • Website

    WE DON’T NEED to CENSOR SPEECH, that is an odious and sleazy attack on our freedoms. If you don’t like what someone is saying, tune them out or engage in a civil counter-argument that doesn’t include sending in govt Storm Troopers to shut people up.

    This author is probably with the same group of repressive thugs that want to blow up Mt. Rushmore.

    With regards to the Antifa protesters; one should always wonder, when the government, MSM and police are on your side, who exactly you are protesting against?

  30. MEH 0910 says:

    The Time Matthew Walther Had a Bad Trip After Lena Dunham Told Him She Liked His T-Shirt
    BY: Matthew Walther
    October 19, 2016 10:15 am

    I like to think that mine has been a very safe life. I have been in three car accidents (one while in utero) and have undergone surgery once. When I was nine I used to jump 20 feet from the top of the old barn about twice a week, but my bones were young and flexible. I broke my arm at age five when a cousin kicked me off a picnic table during a game of Ninja Turtles. I have driven drunk twice. In the past week I have had around 34 alcoholic drinks—which, according to the National Institutes of Health, means I am “at-risk,” though for what they don’t say—and smoked approximately 175 cigarettes. I am slightly overweight, but I am now riding my 1969 Raleigh three-speed bicycle to work and back, a round trip of some 22 miles. I suspect that in old age I shall become a vegetarian again.

    I am, as I say, a health- and safety-conscious, risk-averse, methodical, punctual adult American male who has never worried in the least about dying before his time. Except for last week, when I spent just under an hour in a Toyota Camry saying Marian devotions and begging God to spare my soul, and wound up on the stoop of the rectory at a friend’s parish watching the Virgin smile at me—remote, beautiful, covered in a brilliant golden light that shone from the ingang past the stoop to the hanging leaves.

    • Replies: @DFH
  31. DFH says:
    @MEH 0910

    Imagine being so pathetic that you devote thousands of words to a blow-by-blow account of meeting a repulsive (in every way) nobody like Lena Dunham.

    These are the calibre of ‘men’ standing up to ‘white supremacism’.

  32. An internet image search for “Matthew Walther” is actually a fairly potent argument against “white supremacy.”

    • Replies: @Rifleman
  33. Svigor says:

    They know White Americans have no defense against White Zionist arguments. “Yeah, Jewish Zionism is great, Israel is great, but White Zionism, Zions for Whites, those are bad Bad BAD!” Even a child can see the power and appeal of equal rights argument.

  34. Svigor says:

    Alternative headline: “Zionist Establishment fears White Zionism.”

    Cucks fear Alt Right because, in an open forum, Alt Right is winning the arguments. Alt Right is white folks as free wolves. Cucks are white folks as dogs of AIPAC seeking approval at all times.

    Cucks fear White Zionism because they are Uncle Toms working for Jewish Supremacists. White Zionism will be established over the heads of Jewish Supremacists; Jews will adapt by reverting to genuine Jewish Zionism, leaving behind this “have cake and eat Whitey’s cake too” Jewish Supremacist BS.

    I think the problem goes well beyond the left in a narrow sense. Viewing “racism” as absolutely the worst thing imaginable is the dominant position among many “conservatives” as well, not least religious/social conservatives like this Walther seems to be.

    A completely phony position, given the establishment’s (left and right) enthusiastic support for Jewish Zionism, Jewish Supremacy, Israel, etc. It’s all about the shekels. Period.

  35. Svigor says:

    I agree with Liu: free speech is a White Thing.

  36. Tulip says:

    Liquidate the Kulaks as a class!

  37. El Dato says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    I rather think they fear Antifa and the Goodthink inquisition.

    “Progressive! Kauft nicht bei Alt-Rechten!”

  38. Svigor says:

    I rather think they fear Antifa and the Goodthink inquisition.

    “Progressive! Kauft nicht bei Alt-Rechten!”

    True. It is the left that fear the alt-right, White Zionism.

  39. Rifleman says:
    @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    An internet image search for “Matthew Walther” is actually a fairly potent argument against “white supremacy.”

    Of course. There are 100 million of ugly, dumb White people on the political left and right who are biological arguments against “White supremacy”.

  40. I have nothing but contempt for either group, but as long as BLM is allowed to freely exist on the web, so should any white supremacist group. First amendment is set out to protect unpopular speech, not the popular speech.

    • Replies: @interesting
  41. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Hardcore porn is okay, but political speech is not okay. What a Jew??

  42. @Incontrovertible

    “First amendment is set out to protect unpopular speech”

    and right there is the rub. “what do we want? dead cops, when do we want them? now!!” IS POPULAR SPEECH.

    so is “pigs in a blanket, fry’m like bacon”

    things have gotten insane. This is going to lead to a complete rewrite of history and reparations there can be no other outcome at this point. BUT, will that lead to an end of the violence in the black community?….that isn’t even part of the discussion.

  43. Stogumber says:

    This guy Walther has always distrusted liberty and now he’s glad that, in the end, the fight against liberty becomes more mainstream – even it is a left mainstream.
    Reminds to me the German luminary Professor Arnold Gehlen. Gehlen feared anarchy and praised a strong state, which had been the Nazi state in his youth – but in the end of his life he praised the Maoist state in China, which was the best he could get.
    In Germany it is well known that Bavarian state conservatives are the best friends of the socialist left, als long as it’s about suppressing (rightwing) oppositional movements.

  44. Bill P says:

    This guy is a trad Catholic, which means he’s an utter moron for supporting censorship. If he had any brains, he’d realize that the real prize isn’t the few fringe nazis, who have proven themselves very useful to elites, but larger game, like religious establishments.

    If he thinks his church would be free from leftist assault, he’s dead wrong. Maybe he’s one of those cowards who think they can get a free pass by jumping at the chance to denounce others in the hope that they will be spared when their turn comes. Doesn’t work that way, comrade.

    • Agree: Daniel Chieh
  45. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Here’s this pseudo-intellectual creepster’s 5 favorite books:

    Matthew Walther @matthewwalther

    Gibbon’s Decline and Fall
    Newman’s Apologia
    Complete Ghost Stories (M.R. James)
    Wind in the Willows
    Right Ho, Jeeves

    Dude, you’re from Michigan, not Brideshead.

  46. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I have noticed this for quite some time. Most of the AmConFags are the sort of “conservatives” under the delusion that they can be pertinent to and respected by the dominant duscussion in the “mainstream” (the left). At term that road leads either to the adoption of leftism or to bitter ruin and disappointment. Rod Dreher is on-track to end life a very lonely and sad man.

    Lol, agreed. I no longer have the patience to read the preening bullshit I see on AmCon (comments section and Dreher).

    Dreher: “You know what’s really great about being a narcissist? Me!”

  47. Ragno says:

    Well, in either case, allow me to extend him a heartfelt


    In the interest of pretending the brain trust of the “Left” is made up of some sort of Catholic traditionalists, let us just say that 40 and 50 years ago, when they were merely ascendant but not yet omnipotent, the, uh, “Left” proudly – giddily, even – championed the most extreme speech, political or otherwise. (It was how William Kunstler achieved sainthood. You remember Kunstler, don’t you? He was a colorful and flamboyant Catholic traditionalist.)

    But now they’re IN. They have picked the lock of every door marked KEEP OUT and they now run things to an extent they could never have even idly dreamed of back in the shtetl. (No, no…. the Catholic one! )

    Surprise! All the self-flagellating idealism and deathless adherence to principle …..well, that sort of leftism is fine – for losers (kinda like the white man is now)- but little more than useless ballast to life’s ultimate winners.

    • Replies: @anarchyst
  48. @Liberty Mike

    Priss is a pussy. That’s why he’s always changing his name.

  49. MEH 0910 says:

    Matthew Walther wrote a piece last year making fun of the way alt-righter Richard Spencer dressed and looked:

    Richard Spencer responded with a tweet:

    • Replies: @DFH
  50. DFH says:
    @MEH 0910

    What is it about ‘traditional’ catholicism that attracts crypto-homosexuals?

    • Replies: @MEH 0910
    , @englishmike
  51. anarchyst says:

    The Vatican II “Ecumenical Council” was an infiltration of the Catholic Church by Jews and Protestants… the goal was to “Protestantize” and “Jewify” the Catholic Church while absolving the Jews of responsibility for the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Of course, the blame for Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and death was (erroneously) put on Pontius Pilate, who feared Jewish riots, if he did not accede to their demands. Then, as is the case today, the Jews got others to do their “dirty work” for them. The visceral hatred of Jesus Christ, his mother Mary, and Christianity exists to this very day. Allowing Jews into the inner workings of the Catholic Church was tantamount to allowing “the fox in the chicken coop”. Read the Jewish Talmud to see what Jews REALLY think of Christianity and us “goy”…
    Many traditional Catholic practices were outright prohibited, for one, the Tridentine Mass, by the imposition of new mandates, such as the “modern Mass”, and making the priest an “actor”, instead of a representative of the congregation by turning him around to face the congregation.
    The Jews and Protestants were almost completely successful in destroying traditional Catholicism except for one brave bishop–Cardina Marcel Lefebvre, who started the Society of St Pius X (SSPX), who was denounced as a heretic and apostate, later rescinded, and actually FORCED the Vatican to rescind the prohibition on the celebration of the Tridentine Mass, among other traditional Catholic practices.

  52. @Anonymous

    Quite correct. Free speech is a tactic, not a goal. The ultimate goal is to seize total power so we can censor Cultural Marxism out of existence.

  53. @anarchyst

    And the man who lifted the excommunication on Lefebvre’s bishops, Pope Benedict XVI, has now himself been forced out of office. The RCC is now total Cucksville.

  54. @anarchyst

    Vatican II was the largest surrender ceremony ever held. It should have taken place at the Appomattox Court House.

  55. MEH 0910 says:

    Or maybe he’s just a freak. Even if that’s the case, should he push it?

  56. In his penultimate paragraph, the author, Matthew Walther, dismisses the state as an “ill-defined” entity that is no longer any different than a powerful private organization. He then reasons that the state should have the same right to use its coercive power to censor citizens’ ideas and speech as does a private organization. Since corporations are powerful, society should abandon as a “fantasy” the notion that the state should have a legal monopoly on certain types of coercion. Extending this logic, de-facto monopoly power would justify a company, not just than an institution of the state such as a court of law, to authorize search and seizure of a person’s home.

    Earlier in his article, after disassociating himself from John Milton’s 1642 idea that our nation should be based on 17th-century Protestant notions of biblical morality, Walther then advocates basing it on his own sense of morality (and those who share it.) The latter includes the confused notion, an American “principle” as Walther declares it, that “discrimination based on race is immoral.” Really? No doubt for many, but I suspect most have not thought things through a great deal on this.

    For a time I had a very loving relationship with a Haitian descendent of Africans. For a number of reasons, including an eventual job transfer to another continent, the relationship phased out. But I would be a politically correct liar if I were to claim that race was absolutely not a factor in considering marriage and offspring. Was it immoral of me to take this into account? Probably according to Walther’s criterion, and he has a right to feel that way. But the state should not be in the business of regulating discrimination in all its manifestations. Discrimination in denying a constitutional right is and should be illegal. But it is not a constitutional right (to use one argument being made by right-wingers whom Walther would like to outlaw) for foreigners to live in the US, or for US citizens to at least discuss any criteria they wish to consider in determining who among the world’s population would most harmoniously and productively integrate into their nation.

    Walther claims a right for the government to dismiss unwelcome views if the government deems those views as “undifferentiated random noise.” He tries to defend government censorship of opinions through a spurious, irrelevant comparison with the right of a publication not to include every person’s view in a crime story.

    Walther further misses the point when he infers that only “speech” (that are) “expressions of potentially equal value” should be permitted by government.

    What is frightening about this extraordinary sophistry is that it seems to be gaining great currency among a generation of millennial for whom 20th century totalitarian societies are a distant abstraction, at most.

  57. Sorry – In editing my own remarks, I omitted (once again) a few words that led to an inconsistency. I should also have noted that I was referring to the author’s entire linked article, only a portion of which is carried here.

    The 4th paragraph of my comments on the original (toward the end) should have read:

    “But it is not a constitutional right (to use one argument being made by right-wingers whom Walther would like to outlaw) for foreigners to live in the US, and it is a right for US citizens” etc.

  58. @DFH

    What is it about ‘traditional’ catholicism that attracts crypto-homosexuals?

    The comfort of knowing that, even if you look like that photo of Matthew Walther, God still loves you?

    • Replies: @englishmike
  59. Matthew Walther writes:

    As Stanley Fish argued in his famous essay “There is no such thing as free speech, and it’s a good thing, too,” the liberal concept of freedom of speech is not some kind of immutable principle woven into the fabric of reality; it is an idea and a very new, albeit frequently misunderstood one.

    As a Catholic, Mr Walther can probably explain the difference between “some kind of immutable principle woven into the fabric of reality” and “an idea”. But how is the former not an example of the latter? And into which category would he, ex cathedra, place the following?

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    In the history of the world, those self evident truths could be dismissed as mere “ideas”. From an atheist’s perspective, so could some of the “truths” which are the core of someone’s religious belief. For example, the inalienable right to liberty (including liberty of speech?) might have been endowed by Mr Walther’s “idea” of a Creator. But for someone who does not share that idea of Creation, a more coherent “idea” might be that a particular society at a moment in the world’s history decided that all men should be endowed with those rights.

    Thus, the idea became “some kind of immutable principle woven into the fabric of reality” – until “protestors” in black masks decided to assail it with blunt instruments, chemicals, flame-throwers, urine and faeces.

    As Stanley Fish reportedly argued, free speech is a frequently misunderstood idea, not least because for him it apparently does not exist. No wonder it is becoming increasingly difficult to defend, even in the land of the free.

  60. @englishmike

    I regret my remark and any offence it might cause to Mr Walther. I do not know him and – unlike Richard Spencer in his Twitter riposte – I was not justified in insulting him personally.

  61. @FKA Max

    What if – the gagging was not pre-meditated? (Personally, I think this massive gagging of dissent is what Obama’s “technology councils” were planning)

    What if the Left is so marching in lock-step they simply took a cue from one gag action, and the others copied?

    Like a school of fish that swim in sync as if one mind controlled them.

  62. Lot says:
    @FKA Max

    Loser anti-semites are not welcomed by respectable companies. Freedom of association, YNY!

  63. MEH 0910 says:

    My dream for my kids: celibacy
    by Matthew Walther
    posted Thursday, 19 Jan 2017

    As a husband and father of two, my highest ambition is to have no grandchildren

    Few passages in Holy Writ ring true like St Paul’s lines in 1 Corinthians about not being able to get a proper look at our own reflections. When I was a teenager, I told anyone who would listen that my sole aspiration in life was to direct critically acclaimed low-budget films heavy on atmosphere and romantic yearning, with that sort of hazy look you get in Jane Campion and Picnic at Hanging Rock. (I still wonder how they do that.) A few years later I wanted to be a professor of Restoration and 18th-century English literature at an ancient university. Now, as a 26-year-old husband and father of two and – no doubt – counting, my highest ambition is to have no grandchildren.

    I realise that this is not exactly the sort of thing you shout at parties. On occasion I’ve made the mistake of mentioning my anti-patriarchal enthusiasm in the presence of friends and relations (including, alas, my own lovely maternal grandmother). The response has nearly always been one of horror at what they seemed to regard as a vicious attack on the idea of childhood itself, as if I had just kicked Mickey Mouse in the face before setting fire to a whole library of Beatrix Potter first editions.

    A little over half a century ago, however, my fellow Catholics would have understood exactly what I meant. Like Louis Martin and Marie-Azélie Guérin, the holy parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux, my wife and I pray that all of our children embrace celibacy as a higher calling than married life. Canonisation in my own case seems a pretty remote contingency, but aut sanctus, aut nihil is our family motto, or would be if we had a family motto.

    • Replies: @German_reader
  64. @MEH 0910

    Interesting. People like this Walther freak are the reason why I think Christianity (and Catholicism especially) is ultimately incompatible with a rational form of conservatism and nationalism. People who make such obviously idiotic, and deeply nihilistic, statements like “We don’t need to breed at all” should be laughed at and ostracized from society. Their views are clearly harmful.

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