But then I’m not sure Germans have really had freedom in over a Century. Not during WWI, and definitely not during WWII. And I don’t think they’ve had much since then. It isn’t getting better. Angela Merkel and German ‘Freedom’ of Speech.
Germany can limit “Hate Speech.” Define Hate Speech. It isn’t possible. I don’t like communism. I point out how communism has killed hundreds of millions of its own citizens. You get triggered and call me a hater for casting aspersions on your hero Marx, or the Russians or the People’s Republic of China. It gets even worse if we talk about illegal immigration because then you call me a racist. My speech about economics and history and open borders gets censored.
Instead of violence, which is a physical act, language is entirely abstract. Merkel’s definition applies an immeasurable emotional filter to language in order to drag it from the abstract to the physical. By speaking of hatred and dignity as if they are physical bodies of flesh and bone that can be torn or cut, Merkel deliberately destroys the boundaries between words and violence. Is it any wonder why the phrase “speech is violence” is now widely accepted?
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