Imagine Believing Freedom Is Nazism

April 1st, 2022 | AR

One of the most tried and true methods in politics has succeeded in demonizing and vilifying people who oppose big government and laws that take away our ability as individuals to make choices. The method of using fringe groups and a few odd ducks to define an entire group of people has been used for centuries, sometimes with great success or great failure. We have seen it with Q-Anon used against Trump supporters and with the alt-right used against conservatives. With the trucker convoy in Ottawa, we saw the media use one man with a Nazi flag to define the entire movement. For the most part, it has succeeded. Canadians across every political spectrum seem to approach freedom and personal liberty with some hesitancy due to the way those who support these ideals have been portrayed by media and political opponents.

In no way are the concepts of freedom and personal liberty associated with Nazism. The very opposite has been true for most of post-war history, but the political sides that fear individual freedom, because their ideologies are incompatible with it, have found a way to demonize and taint the ideals of liberty with misrepresentation and falsehoods.

In nearly every situation when freedom is presented by a politician or group in Canada, the corporate media swoops in to make a link to fascism and neo-Nazism. In most cases, the link is non-existent and entirely fabricated.

In every case, comparing freedom to Nazism is nonsensical.

Vaccine Mandates

The way in which our society shifted gears since the onset of the pandemic is alarming. The political left, in this case, went to supporting full fascism to achieve their unrealistic pursuit of 100% vaccination rates. Inevitably, they failed to reach their goal and, as they began to realize they were going to fail, their attacks on so-called anti-vaxxers became more feral.

They began to call anti-vaxxers and those fighting against vaccine mandates “Nazis” and fascists. To prove an association, they pointed to a few odd ducks and fringe lunatics who not only happened to be against mandates, but also happened to have a history of racism. When the trucker convoy rolled into Ottawa, they pointed to a few deviants among a crowd of thousands who carried Nazi flags and a Confederate flag. As a small group of anti-trucker counter protesters arrived, those same people ignored the Communist flags carried by their own.

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Through their support for vaccine mandates, the fascist left created an alternate reality in which those who were opposed to forced vaccines were the real “fascists”.

To an ordinary observer without any cognitive impairments, this comparison is not only insane but completely nonsensical. In a sane reality, a fascist would not be one who opposes the forced vaccination of the entire population and threatens to harm, persecute and exile those who refuse to comply. As a matter of fact, the very opposite is true.

In psychology, there is a term called projection, in which a subject projects his or her own hidden desires onto another person. In politics, this is more of a tactic. To immunize themselves from being called fascists first, a political group or party will preemptively associate their opponents with the very thing they would be accused of. By calling freedom fighters fascists and associating them with Nazis, the radical left is able to get ahead of the narrative.

They did this from the beginning of the debate on vaccine mandates.

Free Speech

The term itself has become a sort of poison dagger in recent years. The association between free speech and Nazism has become so engrained within left-wing ideology that it has begun to creep into the mainstream. Journalists have begun to make the association in their columns and stories, while television shows have begun to write the “dangers” of free expression into their scripts.

An increasing number of fictitious police and crime dramas feature radical right-wing villains who talk about free speech and express their views in a violent, militant manner. In some shows, these radical villains plant bombs and engage in terrorist activities.

"In every case, comparing freedom to Nazism is nonsensical."

Free speech has become the term most frequently used to defend the goals and ideals of white supremacists, according to mainstream media. Writing for the Washington Post in 2019, Katie Mettler brought to light the difficulty in prosecuting white supremacists due to free speech and the laws that protect it. The article was published in the Washington Post's national security section.

Writing for the famous men's magazine, GQ, Mari Uyehara wrote about how free speech warriors “mainstreamed” white supremacy, lamenting “how the most ardent defenders of free speech allowed fringe beliefs to go unchallenged”.

Writing for The Nation in 2019, P.E. Moskowitz wrote an article entitled, “Everything You Think You Know About Free Speech Is A Lie”, where he lamented far-right operatives manufacturing a crisis about free speech in America. In traditional left-wing fashion, Moskowitz failed to reference the ideology of left-wing counter protesters at Nazi free speech rallies:

The police far outnumbered both the Nazis and masked groups [anti-Nazi protesters]. They spent most of the day protecting the white supremacists—ushering them around the city, and even over a bridge closed to pedestrian and car traffic so they could escape the wrath of Portland residents. Portland police tweeted that they were there to “protect everyone’s safety while facilitating everyone’s 1st Amendment right to gather and speak. It is the foundation of our democracy and critical to Portland’s identity.”

Events like this one happen like clockwork these days: A small number of Nazis protest somewhere, usually under the guise of freely expressing their opinions, and the police protect them under a mandate of upholding the First Amendment. By bolstering the narrative that speech should be protected at all costs, the police, perhaps unwittingly, help smuggle white supremacist thought, policy, and action into the American mainstream.

After failing to point out the ideology of “masked groups” that appeared to counter the Nazi protesters, Moskowitz goes on to parrot the notion that free speech is merely a “guise” for white supremacists to get away with being white supremacists and that police are unwittingly “smuggling” white supremacist thought into the mainstream by protecting them. Moskowitz spends the rest of his ludicrous essay complaining about free speech and those who defend it. He even goes as far as claiming that our old ideas about free speech have been false and that we, not he, have been misled about what free speech really means.

There is a myriad of pieces like these circulating in mainstream magazines and newspapers. The denunciation of free speech has been a trait of radical, fascist movements for centuries, but only recently has Nazism been falsely attributed to the advocates and defenders of free speech. Unfortunately, falsehoods and misrepresentations like the ones expressed in the articles discussed here are catching on with the mainstream public.

In most opinion polls, Americans and Canadians are becoming increasingly wary about the term and who it represents.

The very fascists who work to undermine our rights and personal freedoms have, at least somewhat, succeeded in poisoning the well for future generations. Using a classic political tactic and in some cases their own projection, have succeeded at convincing the public that free speech is a demonic guise for white supremacy, Nazism and fascism. By successfully tainting the term, even those who support free speech have become afraid to use it to describe their support. In extreme cases, many have abandoned the concept itself because of the negative connotations and associations with white supremacy.

As described earlier, all of these associations and connotations are false and fabricated.

As Adolf Hitler once said, if a lie is repeated enough, it will eventually be regarded as the truth. No one knew this better than the Nazis. Their attacks on free speech and free expression enabled the discrimination of Jews and it removed the ability of regular Germans to speak out and stand up to their wicked and evil ideology. Over time, following years of Nazi propaganda and persecution, Jews became the villains. Free speech was viewed as an enabling tool for what Hitler referred to as Judaization, or verjuden.

Allowing free speech in Nazi Germany would have allowed Jews and their sympathizers to have a voice and, therefore, resist Nazism.

It is clear that those who are working to demonize free speech and supporters of personal freedom are, themselves, the real fascists. Only in some nonsensical and upside-down reality could anyone with a sane mind believe that those defending personal freedom and free speech are the oppressors. By robbing the public of free speech and personal liberty, they believe they can suppress the resistance to their ideology. However, unbeknownst to them, by eliminating these freedoms for everyone, they would not be eliminating white supremacy, vaccine hesitancy, or capitalism. In a near or distant future, when they lose their positions of power, the very oppression they promoted could be used against them.

To save our society from Communism and Nazism alike, we must protect free speech and personal liberty at all costs—for everyone, even those whom we despise.

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