The far left elements of New Zealand are cheering and slapping each other on the back after successfully denying Lauren Southern & Stefan Molyneux a stage in front of 600 people (who probably mostly already agreed with them) in Auckland on Friday night.
Threats of violence, intimidation & harassment of venues made it effectively impossible for the pair of celebrity YouTube commentators to say what they had to say to the now disappointed audience. This is what we should get used to hearing more about: the “Thugs’ Veto”.
Yes, you may think you have the right to free speech, the right to political expression, or the right to peaceful assembly, but keep dreaming. The violent leftists merely need to threaten a protest, boycott or worse, and your rights will evaporate like a morning mist in the withering heat of self-righteous activists who deem everyone who disagrees with them “racist”, “fascist” and “nazi”. Such pure evil (disagreeing with a leftist) justifies whatever lawless, uncivilised response they may take.
And so to the sounds of their raucous self-congratulations, Southern & Molyneux went live on New Zealand TV Friday afternoon to discuss their failed event. I was one of the promoters of their Australia and New Zealand tour, and a cancelled event is indeed a tragedy for a tour. But my mission isn’t to promote a tour and sell tickets. Nor is Lauren & Stefan’s.
Ours is a mission of national conversations about important public issues.
The gift of the Far Left is that they took the private conversation just a few thousand people might have had in a private venue after parting with $80+, and they gave it copious amounts of additional, new audiences. They spread the message of sensible immigration priorities and intellectual debates sans feelings via their hate of unapproved opinions, and they did it for free.
In New Zealand especially, the media have given Southern & Molyneux wall to wall, prime time coverage since Auckland City Mayor Phil Goff shouted his virtue from the rooftops as the sole arbiter of which political opinions would be given a platform in his city… and these two were not welcome with theirs.
But forget the non stop internet, newspaper, radio & TV interview requests I received for them for weeks beforehand. The one single live interview with Patrick “I’m An Objective Journalist” Gower hot on the heels of the final cowardly venue cancellation gave the pair a far wider audience than they ever would’ve had if the Far Left had just ignored them. The mainstream media couldn’t get enough of them and were salivating for every statement, comment or quote.
They even flew a crew over to the Sydney event to interview them the day before in my hotel room, and the controversial but sensible opinions will again get an extended airing to a national audience tonight.
Are the Far Left activists really so stupid that they don’t realise how much free publicity their poisonous bile and harassment actually gives the ideas they’re trying to veto? It must be millions of dollars of free marketing. I don’t care about a cancelled event anywhere near as much as I care about the future of Western democracy, and I truly thank the Far Left here and now for doing so much to increase awareness of the dangers we’re facing, the debate we’re having, and the articulate individuals like Lauren Southern & Stefan Molyneux who are running rings around their ideological opponents in the contest of ideas.
What else can you do when you’re so thoroughly trounced except vilify and marginalise your opponents with irrelevant insults and pedestrian labels like “racist”? It’s not like you can actually argue the merits of your positions that immigration should be unlimited, or that Western culture faces no real threat from extreme “multiculturalism” such as is observable in England, Sweden, Germany, France…
The gift of the Far Left is that they always go too far. Their power-hungry preference for authoritarian control over what the majority say, think, do and pay for is a bottomless pit, an insatiable vortex of irrational anger, hate and violence that eventually becomes obvious even to the sleeping masses.
So many people have commented to me through this tour via email, social media and in person at the events that they had never even heard of Lauren Southern or Stefan Molyneux before the violent leftists started their tantrums.
But now, not a few thousand, but thousands times more – millions more people – have seen these ideas in the media which has had a far wider platform than would have been possible without the Far Left.
I can tell you that every single savage hit piece about them had a corresponding increase in ticket sales in Australia. Positive or negative, it made little difference.
It’s a huge factor in how Trump got elected. I wonder if they’ll ever learn.
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