The end of free speech in Europe

“While the State exists there can be no freedom; when there is freedom there will be no State.”

The surprising author of this quote is Vladimir Lenin, speaking just before the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. But then again as George Orwell pointed out, under communism, “freedom is slavery.” Orwell also wrote in the same paragraph that “ignorance is strength,” for those in power, especially.

Your strength from ignorance may include not being aware of the work of the European Framework National Statute for the Promotion of Tolerance. Emanating from the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR), it was formed on 7thOctober 2008 by Aleksander Kwasniewski, former President of Poland and Moshe Kantor, President of the European Jewish Congress with the aim of being “an opinion making and advisory body on international tolerance promotion, reconciliation and education”.

It is arguably one of the most pernicious, anti-democratic, and authoritarian documents to be published since the European Union’s inception. It is effectively an instruction manual on thought suppression.

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