1) STOP BANNON: HATE SPEECH IS CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
Committee, Communist Party of
Steve Bannon and his campaign of hate argue that he
has the right to speak under
That’s the argument in today’s Toronto Star, headlined “Don’t Fear This Debate”.
But it’s the Toronto Star
that’s wrong. The ideas that Bannon promotes are
racist, xenophobic and misogynist. They are intended to stoke feelings of
hatred and fear against immigrants and especially Muslims and racialized peoples in
Bannon is not here to exchange ideas about hate. He’s here to build a movement that’s based on hate.
Bannon is here to unite the growing number
of hate groups that exist in
David Frum is a radical neo-conservative who coined the phrase “axis of evil” as a speech-writer for George W. Bush. His book, The Right Man, is larded with chapter upon chapter of rightwing polemic, brimming with contempt for European “appeasers” and the “stinking bowel” of the Arab world. (The Guardian)
David Frum has a lot in common with Bannon. In fact this debate is more of a discussion between two racists, one of whom is a fascist organizer and the other a war-monger.
20th century history is rife with examples of where hate speech and organizing leads. The genocide of millions in Nazi concentration camps, and the killing of millions more in World War II is the horrific consequence of fascism in full flower, elevated to state power.
In Europe, the US, and Canada we are already seeing fascist mobs, attacks on racial and religious minorities, and murders carried out or motivated by hate and by the ideas and the organizations advocated and supported by Bannon.
This has nothing to do with democracy and free speech. This is about hate.
The murders in a
The defence of democracy and
free speech demands that
We stand united with the many
(The above article is from the November 16-30, 2018, issue of People's Voice, Canada's leading socialist newspaper. Articles can be reprinted free if the source is credited. Subscription rates in Canada: $30/year, or $15 low income rate; for U.S. readers - $45 US per year; other overseas readers - $45 US or $50 CDN per year. Send to People's Voice, c/o PV Business Manager, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 3J1.)