Reverse racism. Â The mindset of the totalitarian. Stopping an “old rich white male” from speaking also means stopping many other people, not necessarily rich, white or male, from hearing and deciding an argument for themselves. It is to treat people as fundamentally stupid, to be trusted only with the news and views that a political class deems fit.
Q&AÂ panelist Mona Eltahawy last Monday indulged in the fashionable racism of the anti-racist:
[The] people who go on the most about freedom of expression and it’s my right to say this and my right to say that are usually old, rich, white men who parade under the term libertarian. And what it ends up basically meaning is: I have the right to be a racist and sexist shit ..
They have deep pockets, these libertarian, you know, old rich white men… This is why I am bringing in the rich, old, white men… I don’t have rich – you know, rich, old, white men who are racist who are going to provide the money for this.Â
“Rich old white men” is code for Jews. Islamofascist Mona Eltahowitzer is well aware of that.
THEY ALL AGREE (free speech is baaad)
[On] last Monday night’s episode of ABC1’s Q&A, the “human rights” panel unsurprisingly debated the Abbott government’s proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act…
But there is an insidious argument now creeping into the debate: that free speech protects “old rich white men”.
Getting past the obvious hypocrisy of using race and gender-based abuse to defend a law that seeks to outlaw unjust prejudice, the intention of the argument is that “old white rich men” have both money and power to communicate their views and therefore restrictions on their speech are justified to make things fairer for those who are weaker…
But it is actually a dangerous argument for censorship. First, it misrepresents what the universal human right to free speech is. Free speech is for everyone….
[This] is a deliberate tactic to dehumanise and delegitimise the opinion of anyone who doesn’t conform to identity-based politics and fit into a minority group.
Putting aside Monday night’s silliness, this attitude was amply demonstrated on an episode of Q&A a few weeks earlier where Lisa Wilkinson asked Attorney-General, George Brandis, if his position on 18C was based on being a “white, able-bodied, heterosexual male”?
I’d add that stopping an “old rich white male” from speaking also means stopping many other people, not necessarily rich, white or male, from hearing and deciding an argument for themselves. It is to treat people as fundamentally stupid, to be trusted only with the news and views that a political class deems fit.
It is the mindset, in short, of the totalitarian.