ACT have rebranded themselves from a far right punitive crime vigilante Party who want flat tax to a far right punitive crime vigilante Party who want flat tax and to scare you into believing free speech is being threatened.
The bloody problem is that the response by the Left will probably inadvertently give Seymour the victimhood he so desperately wants.
The relaunch of the same vile selfishness masquerading as self-sufficiency was made interesting by David’s sudden yearning for the right to use racist, sexist and homophobic slurs in public.
I’m not sure who exactly we are wanting to make free here. Racist, sexist homophobes?
Seeng as we so rarely invoke hate speech laws, (preciously because we value freedom of speech in a progressive liberal democracy), fearing mass arrests for racist abuse is optimistic but highly unlikely. To dismantle Human Rights law we uphold when we sense the debate has genuinely crossed the line between that quaint garden variety racism most people over 70 intrinsically have and a cross burning Nazi is actually removing our right to enforce these issues when we are motivated by actions to respond.
The casual laid back manner in which we treat these issues can actually be one of our saving graces.
Seymour’s solutions are garbage and actually corrosive to the progress of human rights. He wants to legalise hate speech, that’s not progress, that’s creepy and a tad fascist.
Sadly however, Seymour’s wider concerns of free speech and the constrictive self censoring nature of social media (thanks to the micro aggression policing outrage olympics brigade) will find fertile ground.
There are plenty of good reasons to disagree with Jordan Peterson, but the manner in which his detractors protest against him by shouting him down and attempting to deplatform hm generates an automatic knee-jerk defensive response that actually empowers Peterson, it doesn’t counter him.
That’s the effect Seymour will be trying to generate here now for political relevance. The manner in which the woke will scream to limit free speech will give ACT all the evidence and ammunition they need.
The activist Left should be championing free speech, acknowledging that restrictions are always used by the State to suffocate those voices they don’t want heard. Instead the woke have empowered Molyneux, Southern and Brash while National called on Chelsea Manning to not enter the country.
Seymour’s simplistic neoliberal solutions to free speech should be rightfully mocked, but the blind anger and depltforming wokeness brigade will attempt to interpret Seymour as a Nazi and drown him in all the bile vegans can manage to retch up.
The ease with which the Left can be goaded into doing what the Right want to convince the middle that we are the threat and not them is as disappointing as it is effective.
A cracker with no rhythm who twerks does not deserve this level of relevance dammit!