Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.–Voltaire
Leftards are insane.
So, apparently responsibility for the Shoah lies with this most noble defence of liberty and tolerance rather than a fascist regime not noticeably overburdened with a fondness for either. Anyone under the impression that pre-war Nazi Germany suffered from a surfeit of free expression – or a surfeit of freedom of any kind for that matter – would do well to revisit the topic and reacquaint themselves with the facts.
The broader parallel being drawn – that pre-war persecution of European Jewry is somehow analogous to what is called ‘Islamophobia’ in the West today – is no less stupid. Â (read it all)
Coming back to Voltaire:
The quote “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” may beÂ (mis)attributed to French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire; but the following one is not:
“But that a camel-merchant should stir up insurrection in his village; that in league with some miserable followers he persuades them that he talks with the angel Gabriel; that he boasts of having been carried toÂ heaven, where he received in part this unintelligible book, each page of which makes common sense shudder; that, to pay homage to this book, heÂ delivers his country to iron and flame; that he cuts the throats of fathers and kidnaps daughters; that he gives to the defeated the choice of his religion or death: this is assuredly nothing any man can excuse, at least if he was not born a Turk, or if superstition has notÂ extinguished all natural light in him.”
One wonders if the enlightened progressives at Harry’s would have Â reported Voltaire to the Home Office to ban him from entering Britain.