It’s sweet that our Capital banned their fireworks for the South Right Whale in their harbour.
I hope we can get the Whale an emotional support peacock.
I’m also glad our Auckland Mayor smacked down two far right hate merchants from using Council property.
Of course far right polemicists have the right to speak in NZ – what they don’t have a right to is community funded space to speak in – but nothing is solved by banning this toxicity – if the left can’t argue the far right and win, we’ve lost, not them.
Progressives didn’t win anything here, they’ve gained a propaganda win and will be live streaming their poison to us. Sunlight solves this, not rabid screams of ‘no platforming’. They show up, we show up and we counter argue their infantile debates. Better we reveal their weakness now than when economic shockwaves makes desperate people more open to its message.
Oh and if you are a Right Winger who can’t tell the difference between a crypto-fascist and Jane Kelsey when debating who can or can’t use Council buildings to speak in – you are not championing free speech, you’re failing basic comparison skills.