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Samizdata quote of the day

“Yeah, the reason the speaker can’t come here is because he promotes violence – by us, his enemies.”

Robert Murphy

Quoted by David Thompson.

4 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • Hugh

    The wife-beaters lament: “Don’t make me hit you”

  • Mr Ecks

    If violence is all they understand….

  • The speaker’s speech is violence; the PC violence against it is speech.

    This reminds me of the old socialist mantra: ‘property is theft’. If property is theft then theft is not wrong – so then property is not wrong. (As a P.G.Wodehouse character put it, “Socialism; it’s a grand scheme. You work for the equitable distribution of property and you start by collaring all you can and sitting on it.”)

    It also of course reminds me of Orwell’s 1984: ‘Freedom is Slavery’ and etc.

    I suppose that people who have decided to shut down debate through violence can consistently say that it matters not to them if anyone offers to debate an inconsistency in that; it’s just another remark to shut down. But they do seem to be telling us that any violence used to shut down their ‘violence that is speech’, and so their speech, would not be actually wrong in their terms, just needing to be as well organised as theirs.

  • Paul Marks


    “If this person is allowed to speak there will be violence and destruction”.

    How do you know that?

    “Because we are going to organise violence and destruction if this person is allowed to speak”.