Activist Anjum Rahman recounts her experience at a recent media event as a way of examining what’s at stake in the free speech debate.
It is interesting to note all of what’s at stake . Tricky to do proper justice to doing so thoroughly too?
Having read through all what gets discussed within this fairly recent article (linked to above) . I find myself agreeing with Anjum Rahman in many ways ,while i’d still disagree with her on one or two points
I specially take note of how the struggle of the Maori was mentioned in this article by Anjum Rahman . I agree with so many of the points what she’s pointed out.But at the end of the day, it is “still the very same existence of freedom of speech” even for Maori also too , of what will still help to provide a way forward, so as to retain hope to see improvement
That freedom, perhaps shouldn’t be removed . Or denied
As perhaps that would then allow for a situation (like their situation) to have become completely hopeless ?
Had our colonial government removed NZ citizen right to have freedom of speech. Then perhaps Maori would have then also been denied their own right, to even be able to protest “injustices” themselves as well
That’s the strangely interesting paradox type feature, that comes along with territory of freedom of speech. Isn’t it. As it (freedom of speech) can act like a two edged sword.
Personally i don’t see removal of speech, as likelihood of ever honestly being like any real long term “solution” to this problem of unrest here in NZ (or anywhere)
It would only serve to bury the discontent from public view
Rather than having less discussion (by censoring discussion) . Perhaps instead of that, our government might rather be best to help fast-track matters so as to “foster far more prompt genuine discussion” on subject of interest to Kiwi
Perhaps the main problem has always been, the problem of prevailing attitude of indifference.
For instance, take the Israel Folau drama . See info here https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/113529927/folau-launches-fresh-attack-on-gay-and-transgender-people
Rather than censoring the freedom of speech
How about, turning the freedom of speech, into a form of motivation to help cause more Kiwi citizen to take full ownership of interest in this issue. That way fostering citizen who’d take interest and that way also learn how to act less like sheep flocks do. To motivate kiwi to get more of us involved and actively interested to want to get right down to discussion over all nitty gritty details
Even down to discussion of very fine detail of exactly how the bible had came together. To level of fine detail of what can even help PUBLICLY thoroughly explain all the inconsistency and possibility for error and so on
This would then amount to a form positive action? (one of which might also at least then serve to help bridge misinformation gaps)
This action could then help to lesson the impact of “power” of people who’d choose to promote misinformation too?
My point is. Our government ought to be trying-out something completely different to what’s been tried previously before already. Time they now tried something from a brand new approach.
It is citizen indifference in regard of white supremacy , which then allow room for white supremacy to thrive. Same way that citizen indifference toward cult-affect, also allow for exclusive brethren to thrive, as well too
Government could start to do certain pro active things FAR MORE OFTEN themselves, so as to then begin to help to remedy that element of indifference
First off they might start by acting to foster far more public interest .
If government wont choose to step in themselves. Soon enough, all our children most certainly will begin to step in themselves, so as to do so
Because our children “can generally sense” the importance far easier than what adults do. Our children are already taking charge of matters, themselves, of situation with regard to our environment issues . Correct?
Well plainly because they also can sense how its dangerous to continue to rely on the adults “unconcern” mannerism, to rely that they’ll ever care to do so
Adults continually prove themselves to be highly sluggish and unreliable in their ability to quickly attend to certain highly important issue of what really do often require far more prompt action
Children are just acting naturally. They will also have their own survival mechanism what will naturally begin to motivate them to “take action”
Human need to widen the scope for discussion