The Incitement Fallacy

The Incitement Fallacy is that free speech incites violence and so must be regulated.  However, the truth is that the failure to condemn incitement is what leads to violence.  For example, Hitler succeeded not because he was a brilliant speaker, but because no one challenged him.  Why not?  Because people expected their government to control people like him.  In fact, top Nazi propagandists were prosecuted under Weimar ‘blasphemy’ laws originally intended to protect the Jews from the ‘blood libel’.  So Jews were mostly silent as the Nazis were radicalized while sitting in prison, and then as they rose to power.  The rest is history.

The ADL and SPLC propagate the fallacy with the message, “Report Nazis to the police (who we trained) and go home and do good deeds.”  The result will of course be another disaster.  They even say, “Don’t go to Nazi events because then you deprive them of an audience, which is what they want.”  As if we would be radicalized along with the other bitter white men!

Fortunately a small number of Jews (along with lots of Americans) see through this perfidious fallacy, and showed up and said, “Don’t even.”  And fortunately that’s all it takes.  As many wise men have explained, the problem is not the existence of evil people, but the failure of the ‘good’ ones to speak out.  (Ironically another reason many Jews are silent even when there is no threat to their safety is that they don’t want to ruin their chances of being selected as kapo by the Nazis.  I call them kapowards.)

People think if you give people freedom then they’ll just go crazy with it. For example, the drug war: if you let people do drugs they’ll all go crazy and rob drug stores and kill themselves. But Portugal shows that in fact the opposite happens – decriminalization results in a decrease in drug use, crime and death.  (Which makes the Philippines drug war particularly baffling or perhaps explains it.)  Same for religion: Europeans think if you let people practice religion freely that they’ll concoct increasingly crazy religions and end up ruining everything.  This is the justification for Laïcité – the French Secular Caliphate.  But of course, we really become more conformist. And this dynamic is especially true with guns. Europeans think we’re crazy to have such lax gun laws and imagine we’re shooting each other in the streets or will at any moment.  But in fact the most violence is where gun laws are most strict, like Chicago. Whereas cities like New York are actually safer than London.

Similarly British people think that libel laws are great even though they lead to the Grenfell Tower fire (whistleblowers were threatened with lawsuits) and thus the solution is even more government regulation.  They think free speech is a free for all and you can just come here and say whatever you want, even if you ruin other people’s lives.  This, they imagine, is the spirit of American rebelliousness, and why they lost the war 250 years ago, even if they are the better and more ‘civilized’ because of it.

Nick Denton, who founded Gawker, came here with exactly that attitude:

I believe in total freedom and informational transparency…I’m an extremist when it comes to that. That’s why I love the U.S. I love the presumption that expression is free and I want to make fullest use of that liberty that the internet provides.

He published Hulk Hogan’s private sex tape, and was completely stubborn and unapologetic when asked to remove it.  His website was destroyed by Hogan and Peter Thiel’s $140M lawsuit.  The American jury could smell the impudence on his breath and punished him for his presumption.  Free speech is not a free for all.  It comes with responsibility.  (Having said that, I think the judgment was too large and no one really cares about Hogan’s sex life, or Thiel’s sexuality.)

It’s a strange paradox about freedom.  We fear it will bring on the apocalypse.  In fact a favorite canard of the socialists is that libertarianism will result in a country like Somalia.  But in fact, Somalia was corrupted by Western intervention, and freedom (along with a fair legal system) actually results in peace and prosperity.  America is a great example of that, and Europe needs to follow our lead and rescind its oppressive web of ‘hate speech’ and ‘incitement’ and ‘holocaust denial’ and other such laws before it’s too late.  Ironically it will be Piers Morgan’s despised ‘gun nuts’ and “people who shouldn’t own firearms” who will come to their rescue – again.

The transition to freedom is frightening because people think that they might go crazy.  For example, people thought that California would break off into the sea as a result of pot legalization.  But so far that hasn’t happened.  Just make reforms gradually, and people will naturally develop healthy habits of self-control, whether it’s with speech or drugs or anything else.  Everyone will be fine.

We’re Safe Now

American Jews renounce birthright citizenship in Israel

Birthright citizenship in Israel – the Law of Return – is used as an excuse by both neo-Nazis and Zionists to expel us and worse.  However we have freedom of speech and religion and can therefore protect ourselves here.  We’re safe now and must renounce birthright citizenship – for the sake of Jews around the world who don’t share our freedoms or safety. Continue reading We’re Safe Now

Next Fall

By the sweat of thy brow shall ye toil in sorrow all the days of thy life until ye beg for death.

If you commit a sin at the Kotel such as not wearing a kippa or praying too loudly, a black hat may approach you with a reprimand. If they persist, a simple “Go away” usually works and if not then yelling at them will do the trick.  They are actually pretty timid and will scatter at any sign of disturbance.  Nevertheless, the secular Jewish community is terrified of them because their children will give them a vicious side-eye and may even call them blasphemous names and this could quickly escalate to getting stoned to death in the center of the plaza.  Therefore secular Jews are going directly to the government to demand that the IDF crack down on these religious extremists who are more dangerous than ISIS. Continue reading Next Fall

The Road to Utopia

People in the defense and private security industry are frightened because they think: if war and crime are resolved, then they’ll have nothing to do and will be out of a job.  While this is true, this bodes very well for the economy overall, as well as the standard of living.  Because instead of destroying people and lives and property, these people can focus on BUILDING lives and property and making people happy.  Of course there is less money in such endeavors – but that’s ok.  Because they will have a lot less to worry about and can sleep easy at night. Continue reading The Road to Utopia

Bing, Bang, Bongo

I’m not sure why I’ve never written an article on the causes of terrorism, as I’m the world’s foremost expert on the subject.  But I haven’t.  I’ve written a million and a half comments on internet articles, though never extensively as a blog post.  Perhaps because I could go on forever.  I’ve written about Omar Mateen and Elliot Rodger in my blog, so maybe that’s why I didn’t feel the pressing need. Continue reading Bing, Bang, Bongo

The Convergence is Nigh

  Socia lism Putin Bibi Assad Trump Terr ism Addi ction Free
S/R/P
Adx Myth bad bad bad bad bad fake fake yes
Oz bad bad bad bad real  no
Eli Lake bad bad good good real  ?
Prop OrNot bad bad ?  bad bad no
ENB bad bad bad ? yes
Charles good bad  ? bad bad
High-Minded good bad bad bad ?
Antony good bad ?
Max good good bad good ? fake
Eli Valley good bad bad  bad bad yes
 
Adx Myth bad bad bad bad bad fake fake yes

I was hoping to do a complete circle with only one degree of separation between each person.  I don’t think that’s possible, but hey it was worth a try!

Foiled Again

Scooby Doo – where are you????

Israel is awash in foreign funding and Trump just promised to increase the budget of the Palestinian Authority even as he slashed foreign aid to all other countries.  Israel is addicted to foreign aid.  They receive about $4B a year for their ‘defense’ budget to protect them from the Palestinian ‘terrorists’ among others who are funded by the US and the UN and other countries, even as they use the money to incubate ISIS to attack Europe (and which recently apologized for accidentally attacking Israel).   Continue reading Foiled Again