There is a strand of thinking running amongst some of your correspondents that confuses liberty with licence. Freedom of expression does not always require that we must endure the type of hyper-aggressive abuse that you have been subjected to in recent days. It happens that my mother is German - of Jewish family - and she grew up in Berlin during the inter-war years. She witnessed exactly the same patterns of abuse - used systematically as a tool for intimidation and subjugation by the thugs of the far-right - and the tactic proved vary effective since ordinary people withdrew from the political space of the centre left and centre right because it was made frankly too unpleasant and scary. Only the most courageous were prepared to take a stand, and they were physically beaten up and worse for their troubles.
The language employed by some of your detractors, the Devil’s Kitchen blog providing extreme examples, is appalling, and to justify this in the name of free speech is pure humbug. This is no more nor less than an attempt to intimidate you. Full marks to you for standing your ground and retaining your dignity.
Yup, that's right: being angry and sweary on a blog that you don't have to read is, in fact, analogous to the repression practised by the Nazis. As Timmy says, ain't this the Godwin's to end all Godwins...?
Yes, really, the Devil ‘effin’ and blindin’. Obnoxio and his potty mouth, this is indeed the same as the Nazis and their suppression of public debate.
I think we might need to retire Godwin’s Law now, eh?
Maybe I should join in and say that Richard Murphy's moderation of comments is absolutely analogous to the suppression of free speech practised by the Nazis, eh? Or rather, given the man's leanings, that of Stalin's Communist Party.
Or maybe we could all calm down and point out that Richard Murphy is still a know-nothing fuckwit who simply can't take robust criticism of the reams of utter shite that he publishes. And, of course, that his commenters are hysterical loons...
P.S. For your delectation, here's some more Turd Sandwich from The Kitchen archives...
PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS OF MURPHY'S LAW
- Murphy's Law #1
- Murphy's Law #2
- Murphy's Law #3
- Murphy's Law #4
- Murphy's Law #5
- Murphy's Law #6
- Murphy's Law #7
- Murphy's Law #8
- Murphy's Law #9
Enjoy the wisdom of Richard Murphy in bite-sized chunks! And then realise that he influences government policy! And then blow chunks...!
UPDATE: I enjoyed this comment by Smigeon, over at Timmy's place...
They don’t like it when their own tactics are applied to them, do they? For 40 years, starting in the late 60’s, the left has been shouting down anyone who thinks differently, heaping abuse and ridicule on them, making out that they are morally bereft, and generally making anyone who holds right-wing views feel beleaguered and harrassed in such a way that they think twice about expressing their views in public.
So now a few obscure bloggers start applying that treatment back to the left, and the left immediately goes crying that they need government protection. Well, fuck you, you fascists — have a taste of your own medicine.