2100 years ago Cicero said, “Since our ancestors came out of the hills to live in civilised communities it has been understood there can only be one law, which must apply equally to all.”
In relation to US free speech law and a few other constitutional rights, many people need to be reminded what ‘equally to all’ actually means.
A few days ago on Medium I came across an article that looked as if it might be quite interesting even though the title blamed the internet for “the radicalisation of young white guys.” About 3 paragraphs in I encountered the phrase, “Nationalism is a cancer.” The article then became an anti — white rant which would have been racist had the writer not been white himself, (probably too busy being self righteous to notice that small point,) which mentioned all the buzz words, incel, cisgendered, islamophobic, homophobic, transphobic, racist etc. etc.
He didn’t like anything to do with ‘white’ society much but he had a particular down on nationalism. It is nationalism that is responsible for the radicalisation of young men and nationalism that causes terrorist attacks by radicalising “young white men.”
Well I agree up to a point, the internet — while not able to be responsible for anything — has been instrumental in the radicalisation of many young men, among them the ISIS guerillas and recreational head amputators involved in middle east conflicts, most of the brown faced perpetrators of terrorist incidents in UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Belgium, and Islamic preachers who call on their followers to kill all non Muslims. But nationalism? That’s a bit of a stretch. But of course our nationalism hating author would ban nationalist sites and nationalist opinion from the internet.
So being in a devilish mood I pointed out that Gandhi and The Dalai Lama were nationalists.
That caused him to go off on one about what a vile person I am, and inform me that he had been using the term nationalism ‘in the colloquial sense.’ In other words, like Humpty Dumpty in Through The Looking Glass this guy thinks words can mean whatever he wants them to mean.
Me? I defend free speech at all times so long as it remains decent and does not incite crime.