Category Archives: hate speech

The professional purifiers of our utterances

The idea, writes Dalrymple, that ‘hate speech’ can be banned is

a sign of impatience with the intractability of the human condition. It wants to legislate people into kindness, decency and fellow-feeling. It appeals to the sort of people who forget (or never knew) that supposed solutions to human problems frequently throw up further problems that are greater than that which the solution is designed to solve.

For its protagonists,

it has the advantage of creating a bureaucracy of virtue with pension arrangements to match.

Only the USA, he says,

with its constitutional commitment to free speech, has held the line against the encroachments of the professional purifiers of our utterances.

I’m angry, therefore I am

I’m angry, therefore I’m right. What a good person I must be to be so frequently angered!

Below is a photograph by Dr (Mrs) Dalrymple of an anti-hate-speech demonstrator. It was taken at a literary festival in England which the doctors attended and where Dalrymple spoke. Though the man is opposed to hate speech, his face, says Dalrymple,

seems hardly to express affection.

The protester is evidently one of those who have lost what Dalrymple calls the art of civilised disagreement — or have never known it. Such people, Dalrymple notes, become bitter and hate-filled the moment a contrariety among them arises.

Violent, illiberal, proto-fascist Britain

Dalrymple writes in the Salisbury Review:

Not many literary festivals end in violence, but the Lewes Speakers’ Festival last weekend did so. About 100 protesters tried to prevent Katie Hopkins, the Daily Mail columnist, from speaking there about her autobiographical book, Rude, and succeeded. She left when the police said that they could no longer guarantee her safety.

I spoke immediately before Hopkins (who was guarded by a close protection squad) was scheduled to appear (she was the last speaker of the day). The banging on the windows and chanting began just as I was ending. Two or three protestors wearing motorcycle helmets and masks broke into the hall with a crowbar, and a member of the audience hit one of them over the head with the leg of a chair. Then the eggs started flying. One of the policemen looked as if he were about to be scrambled. Despite the assaults on the police, no charges are contemplated.

My wife and I were advised by the police not to leave the hall as we had planned. Along with perhaps 40 other people, we were in effect imprisoned by the demonstrators. A couple of the women were very frightened, and one was in tears because she had been separated from her husband and did not know where he was and whether he was safe. In the end, we were escorted through a back entrance by the police and led in the dark through a graveyard.

Hopkins is said to be an apostle of hate, but the faces of the demonstrators were hardly those of universal love, to put it very mildly.

According to the reports of eyewitnesses, some of the demonstrators handed out eggs to their children for them to throw at the police. This, presumably, was because the children could not very well be arrested for assaulting the police in this fashion.

Apart from being cowardly (in the true and not in the false sense of the word often used about suicide bombers), to allow children to witness such scenes as occurred, or rather as were committed, in Lewes was surely a form of abuse.

Were there any social workers on hand to protect the nippers from their abusive parents? The question answers itself. It is more likely that there were social workers among the demonstrators handing out eggs to children to throw.

I can’t say that I was frightened personally, for I have been in far worse situations. And yet I thought that I caught in this little episode a distant glimpse of a possible future dictatorship or even civil war in this country.

The M’bala M’bala malignancy

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Dieudonné: his freedom of hate-speech and of hate-expression is guaranteed by the French constitution

Dalrymple writes that, a little like Hitler, Dieudonné M’bala M’bala

discovered antisemitism as the key to understanding the world. It also has been his key to success.

He appeals to people who think the Holocaust

was a good thing except that it did not go quite far enough.

He has a theatre in Paris devoted to his one-man show. It is booked out months in advance. Welcome, says Dalrymple,

to the world of French multiculturalism.