One person’s unconventional ideas and robust debate is another’s incitement and hate speech. Germany is wading into an area that does not admit of principled distinctions. From The Daily Bell Staff at thedailybell.com:
Germany has taken its war on “hate speech,” also known as free speech, to the people.
Already Germany has pretty strict laws against citizens using Nazi symbols and denying that the Holocaust happened. Apparently, lawmakers miss the irony of going full Gestapo on citizens for free speech, as offensive as it may be.
But they are not stopping there. The German government has raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful posting on social media.
Most of the raids concerned politically motivated right-wing incitement, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office, whose officers conducted home searches and interrogations. But the raids also targeted two people accused of left-wing extremist content, as well as one person accused of making threats or harassment based on someone’s sexual orientation.
“The still high incidence of punishable hate posting shows a need for police action,” Holger Münch, president of the Federal Criminal Police Office, said in a statement. “Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence and violence either on the street or on the internet.”
In order to keep our society free, we must severely restrict the freedom of the people. War is peace, hate is love, and so on and so forth.
You would think that given Germany’s history they would understand the utmost importance of open discussion and debate.
There was a time when children were turning in their parents for what was said in their own homes against the German Nazi government. People were afraid to speak their minds, have political discussions, or debate important issues because there were so many spies around who would gladly turn them into the government.
That is why the Nazis were able to take their insane philosophy so far. People were restricted from talking about it and criticizing the government.
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