China cracks down on Mao critics

(From The FT)

Chairman Mao’s legacy has became a battleground for “leftists” and “rightists” over the past year, 50 years after he launched the chaotic and violent Cultural Revolution. The rancorous debates come as current president Xi Jinping tightens control over the party and society. On Friday, censors closed down the social media accounts and website of a think-tank founded by 88-year-old economist Mao Yushi, a frequent target of neo-Maoists (and no relation with the Communist leader),

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The “Leftist” totalitarians will shut down speech if they are allowed, A dispatch from Europe, The New Dark Age?

The author of this article is a bit too wedded to the “Right-Left” spectrum but it is an important story so we post it. Too often people assume that they are on the “Right” or the “Left” without really thinking what that means. Politicians take advantage of this. “Right” and “Left” are really very antiquated terms.

Free speech is not a value shared by everyone anymore. (It really was in the West for years and years on both what is called the Right and Left.) There are those who really do think now however that speech should be prosecuted,

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Obama Enters the Media Wars – Why His Recent Attack on Free Speech is So Dangerous and Radical

Obama is no friend to free speech as many journalists can attest, even some within the #oldmedia like Susan Page at The USA Today. He clearly dislikes the emergence of an alternative narrative to the one he has sought to craft from the beginning of his presidency. Obama’s White House had “journalists” flowing in and out of it all the time. Even Jon Stewart had secret meetings with the President. And Obama is concerned that the “truth”

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Judge Napolitano: A Truly Free Press Will Always Be an Inconvenience To The Government

This is absolutely true, and thank God we still have a mostly free press in this country.

A free press must be fought for because the powers that be don’t like being held accountable. They will shut down the questioners if they are able. Watch out for (even more) serious assaults on free speech in the immediate future.

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Thought police at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Certain views are “nonnegotiable”

Funny, that’s pretty much what the Nazis thought too. “Nonnegotiable” thinking patterns are part of all totalitarian ideologies actually. Not that they are strapping on jackboots at UNL yet.

But make no mistake, this speech given by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Chancellor is about chilling free speech. He is making it very clear, while using the nicest of terms, that any divergence from the officially accepted norm will not be tolerated. He might as well have just said “

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