Richard Spencer Speaks at Florida University

Richard Spencer Speaks at Florida University


Richard Spencer Speaks at Florida University
Richard Spencer Speech at Florida University and the Battle for Free Speech Richard Spencer’s speech has set off a firestorm
of reactions from those who vehemently oppose his views. In that firestorm lies the ugly specter of
a different tyranny than the one they are rightly rejecting. This
video is being made before the scheduled speech today, October 19th, 2017 by Richard Spencer
at the University of Florida, but it is not so
much about the speech itself as it is about what is emerging from the rise of Spencer
and his white nationalist goons, the polite, well-dressed Nazis that are still, at the
end of the day, just Nazis, every bit as hateful and dark as the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany. The State-Run media is painting the event
as a challenge to the notion of free speech and defining when speech goes too far and
loses its first amendment protections. University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs,
speaking to CNN, said that the event is going to change the complexion of the campus. “It’s not going to feel like a research university
for 50,000 students, and the whole purpose of that is to keep people safe.” Fuchs added that he was advising students
to shun Spencer and to also speak against Spencer’s “message of hate and racism.” Here are a couple of the reactions from the
students on campus that CNN chose to highlight. From Fara Moskowitz, “There’s a lot of fear,
there’s a lot of anxiety. There’s a lot of just unknown what’s going
to happen.” Wes Li, 20-year old, “It’s very tense
and upsetting. A lot of people aren’t going to be around
campus because they’re worried.” The narrative is being pushed, the way CNN
covered the story, in the way the Florida President talked about the speech, and in
the two examples CNN chose to highlight as responses to students. This narrative, in large part, is being aided
and abetted by anarchists, Antifa, anarchists who fundamentally reject the state but whose
tactics seem to be emboldening the very state they purport to hate. It was the Antifa cry of “punch a Nazi”
that gave legitimacy and fuel to the narrative that existed before the current rise of Antifa,
the notion of Hate Speech, the idea that speech that is deemed offensive, speech that is deemed
hateful is not protected speech and should not be allowed. Antifa themselves are not really participating
in the debate about is it or is it not protected speech. That question lies outside of their worldview
altogether. In their worldview, the whole notion of public
space is a non-starter. They are almost treating public space as a
sort of march, a land between two kingdoms that no kingdom claims. As such, within their parameters, someone
is free to say what they want, but they’re not free from the consequence of their actions. Intellectually, I understand the points they make. No one wants to see the rise of White Nationalism,
in any form, save for the small minority of actual white nationalists that exist in this
country today. When you exist within the reality of the coercive
enterprise, the state, the First Amendment as a protection of speech in a public space
does indeed create a safe haven for groups like White Nationalists to organize and gain
legitimacy. If you believe as Antifa does, that White
Nationalism has a real chance of actually seizing power if it is not stopped early,
you can understand why they would feel compelled to go into those marches and confront the white
nationalists with violence, to destroy every attempt they make to organize. First of all, I do not agree with Antifa that
white nationalism has a real chance of seizing power now or in the near future. I do agree with Antifa that white nationalists
having the power to gather in public spaces and spew their hatred and vitriol does empower
them, does help them grow their numbers and this, definitely, is troubling to me. But now, you have Antifa, and the threat of
that violent repercussion to a white nationalist rally, creating a false legitimacy of the
state limiting free speech on the basis of hate speech. After all, if you raise the cost of security, a cost raised not so
much by Spencer as by the threat of violence by Antifa and other counter protesters (but
not most), you give the state an emotional appeal to the masses to convince them to agree
to new laws, maybe even a new amendment, that will give the state the power to determine
if your speech is hateful, if your speech is offensive or not. Make no mistake, Antifa will find itself on
the brute force end of these laws, this new amendment, and their hope of moving toward
statelessness, rather than being advanced by punching Nazis, will be hindered. To put it more
plainly to Antifa, and I know some of them, and some of the people who support the punch
a Nazi philosophy, your tactic of punching Nazis will build a stronger state. Whatever happens today, Richard Spencer will
come out still being portrayed as the villain he is, a man whose ideas are anathema to anyone
who values even the remotest notions of liberty. But, thanks to the threats of violence by
Antifa and other counter protest groups, those who would wish to roll back what little liberties
are left in America will be given vast storehouses of ammunition with which to fire at those
of us who still cling bitterly, even hopefully to liberty. After the speech, and whatever event emerges
from it, is over, we will update the article this video is based on, which you can find at
the upper right corner of this video, as well as in the description and comment sections
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  1. Richard Spencer Speech at Florida University and the Battle for Free Speech
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    Richard Spencer’s speech has set off a firestorm of reactions from those who vehemently oppose his views. In that firestorm lies the ugly specter of a different tyranny than the one they are rightly rejecting.
    This video is being made before the scheduled speech today, October 19th, 2017 by Richard Spencer at the University of Florida, but it is not so much about the speech itself as it is about what is emerging from the rise of Spencer and his white nationalist goons, the polite, well-dressed Nazis that are still, at the end of the day, just Nazis, every bit as hateful and dark as the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany.
    The State-Run media is painting the event as a challenge to the notion of free speech and defining when speech goes too far and loses its first amendment protections.
    University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs, speaking to CNN, said that the event is going to change the complexion of the campus.
    "It's not going to feel like a research university for 50,000 students, and the whole purpose of that is to keep people safe.”
    Fuchs added that he was advising students to shun Spencer and to also speak against Spencer’s “message of hate and racism.”
    Here are a couple of the reactions from the students on campus that CNN chose to highlight.
    From Fara Moskowitz, "There's a lot of fear, there's a lot of anxiety. There's a lot of just unknown what's going to happen."
    Wes Li, 20-year old, “It’s very tense and upsetting. A lot of people aren’t going to be around campus because they’re worried.”
    The narrative is being pushed, the way CNN covered the story, in the way the Florida President talked about the speech, and in the two examples CNN chose to highlight as responses to students. This narrative, in large part, is being aided and abetted by anarchists, Antifa, anarchists who fundamentally reject the state but whose tactics seem to be emboldening the very state they purport to hate.
    It was the Antifa cry of “punch a Nazi” that gave legitimacy and fuel to the narrative that existed before the current rise of Antifa, the notion of Hate Speech, the idea that speech that is deemed offensive, speech that is deemed hateful is not protected speech and should not be allowed.
    Antifa themselves are not really participating in the debate about is it or is it not protected speech. That question lies outside of their worldview altogether. In their worldview, the whole notion of public space is a non-starter. They are almost treating public space as a sort of march, a land between two kingdoms that no kingdom claims.
    As such, within their parameters, someone is free to say what they want, but they’re not free from the consequence of their actions. Intellectually, I understand the points they make. No one wants to see the rise of White Nationalism, in any form, save for the small minority of actual white nationalists that exist in this country today.
    When you exist within the reality of the coercive enterprise, the state, the First Amendment as a protection of speech in a public space does indeed create a safe haven for groups like White Nationalists to organize and gain legitimacy.
    If you believe as Antifa does, that White Nationalism has a real chance of actually seizing power if it is not stopped early, you can understand why they would feel compelled to go into those marches and confront the white nationalists with violence, to destroy every attempt they make to organize.
    More sources: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-protests/florida-police-brace-for-protests-with-speech-by-white-nationalist-idUSKBN1CO1BM
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/19/us/university-florida-richard-spencer-speech/index.html

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  2. It's not a praise of Antifa, it's recognizing what is. I do not say in this video whether I agree or disagree with their stance of ending the state. I agree with their stance of preventing white nationalism from rising. I don't agree that it is as immanent a threat as they do, and I don't believe that their tactics will ultimately stop the rise of white nationalism, but rather will simply embolden the state they say they are against.

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