Tim Blair in Australia: The Joy Of Constraints


Scott Stephens

A panel of ABC idiots take “a hard look at the negative effects of free speech”. Here’s Scott Stephens:

There’s something quite disturbing about our response to the events we’ve witnessed in places like Orlando or Nice. I’m hearing things being said that not that long ago would’ve been unthinkable …

It seems to me that we are going through a period in the west of a moral regression, and because of that I’m wondering whether we as moral agents can still be trusted with the privilege of freedom of speech. I think we’re at the point where we have to re-examine what we mean by that and if there is a deeper moral obligation that puts constraints on what we ought to be able to say in public.

  • Spatchcocked

    Yes…..I agree….we should work if we have a job….eat and sleep of course….watch telly for entertainment that doesn’t contrast or conflict with anybody else’s reality or cause any discomfort.
    Ditto the wife the kids or the authorities whether local municipal provincial or the State(praise them!!)…..no unpleasantness please we’re British.
    No jokey stuff and heaven forbid irony is verboten……and no raising your voice thank you…..
    Any deviation from nice will be discouraged appropriately.

  • Millie_Woods

    I agree. And the first person that should be told to shut the fuck up is Scott Stephens for imposing his so-called ‘morals’ on other people.

    • Millie_Woods

      Heads like his are what AR15’s were invented for.

  • Dana Garcia

    They’re picking on Sabine Durden for “toxic and toxifying language”!!??

    She a grieving mother whose only child was killed by an illegal alien who should have been deported, not allowed to stay. Good grief!


  • simus1

    I was under the impression that the top saints in their religion, Lenin, Stalin, and Mao, had long ago resolved the issues that concern them.

  • Ed

    These people are historically illiterate. If they would trouble themselves to go to the library and read 19th century newspapers they would need smelling salts.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Indeed they would, along with an Afro pick to fix their newly curled hair. I happen to have written a thesis in my early years which required months of research into newspapers of the mid-Victorian period. Because of prevailing laws, the Victorians routinely resorted to actual court transcripts to provide their readers with the prurience and porn they so wanted. In short, mankind is no more perverse today than it was back then. Which is kind of a relief, actually.

  • ntt1

    Any moral regression must be laid at the feet of the reactionary progressive,who has deliberately attacked any moral certitude .
    Can we as a civilization really allow these Neo-Marxists to retain cultural control ?

  • ismiselemeas

    Waleed Aly is the Reza Aslan of Australia.

  • FactsWillOut

    Well, there should be constraints:
    Incitement to violence, yelling “Fire!” in crowded theater…
    If course, saying ” are scum” is not incitement to violence, but saying ” are scum, no go forth and kill them” is. A nuance that eludes most libs, and most conservatives too.

    • Alain

      Those constraits are already there.

      • occupant 9

        … but not for Mohammedans for that is the core of their message about all non-Mohammedans.

        Of course, all anyone has to do to confirm this is read the Mohammadan’s “sacred” battlefield texts; the battlefield being everywhere non-Mohammadan’s congregate like in their own nations in Dar al-harb.

      • FacvtsWillOut

        Those constraints are well surpassed by PC thugs policing what we can say.
        Honorable mention goes to crony capitalist thugs policing how we can make a buck and feed ourselves.

        • Alain

          That and the example given by occupant 9 demonstrate that we do NOT have free speech in Canada. The moment one invents such things as “hate speech” and “hate crimes”, one has tossed free speech (actually even freedoms too) out the window. Our supremes even declared that the truth is not a defence. When we actually had free speech before it was removed by the Liberals (Trudeau Sr.) the constraints already existed.

  • BillyHW

    Women and faggots can’t handle free speech because it hurts feelings sometimes.

    • FactsWillOut

      Jews get pretty uppity about it, too.