There has been an enormous amount of pressure behind the scenes to convince Labour that the Hate Speech fiasco would be the nail in Labour’s coffin.
Faafoi now admitting that the law won’t be passed this term is recognition that they know they can’t win this.
Drop a drip of power onto your average Middle Class Identity Politics Spinoff/Stuff subscriber and they mutate into a thousand Tiny dictators, a phalanx of little sisters whose eyes gleam with the same Dogma Cult of Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
What we are seeing is cult of woke fascism fixated on cancelling or deplatforming all that triggers them.
The glee with which the Woke will purge everything for their grim Identity Politics utopia should cause all Left wing people of conscience to recoil from this cultural virus and turn on it first before we take out National and ACT!
It’s time the adults of the Left stepped up and sent the children to bed without their vegan supper or cycle powered wifi!
I agree the 50year law needs changing and there should be an expansion of anti discrimination protections but criminalizing speech to satisfy the Woke’s low threshold for hate in a triggered outrage culture is a recipe for fucking disaster!
Look at how badly the Middle Class Marxists screaming NAZI damaged the wider Left over the Dumb Lives Matter protest on Parliament’s Lawns, triple that if the Hate Speech Law proceeded!
Incitement to violence is a clear threshold and we allow the Human Rights Commission to act as a filter for that bigotry by bringing people together to educate and attempt to resolve discrimination issues, but the Woke don’t want a filter, they want a weapon!
They saw this Hate Speech Law as a means to smite the dirty filthy racists, the evil transphobes and raping misogynists.
This wasn’t social policy, for them it’s a revenge fantasy!
Their daily to do list would look like this
-self actualize while taking selfie for Instagram
-correct others on their te Reo pronunciation
-cycle to drop off recycling while militantly supporting all Womens sport
-call police and report a misuse of pronouns as a hate crime
-get into Twitter argument about Meghan Markle living her best life, report to Police as hate crime and try to get the person sacked
-bake bread & be present with gratitude
Throwing someone in jail for 3years using a law defined by the police is not a liberal progressive democracy no matter how noble the life goals!
It’s gotten to the stage where I can’t tell the difference between a woke lynch mob and a sensible sentencing lynch mob!
For fucks sake, we are the NZ Left dammit! We don’t shy away from debate! Our forefathers bleed on foreign dirt against the Nazis in World War 2 so that no citizen should be forced to live under the tyranny of Fascism! Our forefathers fought for the belief of the individual protected before the might of the State, that no Government should abuse the gifts of Democracy by enslaving its own people!
Everyone in a liberal progressive democracy deserves the same agency. Muslims, Queer or Trans people shouldn’t feel abused and threatened or frightened of simply being in public. Graeme Edgler has written extensively upon this and makes excellent points on how we could balance freedom of speech with the right to not feel threatened.
The debate must be focused on anti-harassment, not free speech!
Adding gender identity and religion to the existing discrimination legislation is absolutely righteous, our fellow citizens and comrades deserve to live in a society that can’t discriminate against them!
The solutions here are beefing up and expanding our current systems to ensure people aren’t harassed or discriminated against, the solution is not handing the power to censor opinions to the State!
We must also be focused on better public broadcasting and more regulations on social media (including taxes to fund that journalism) to stop the algorithms from weaponising debate.
If Government wants to make NZ more ‘socially cohesive’ they should build more houses, use a wider range of taxes against corporations and fully fund mental health, education and public health – they shouldn’t implement blasphemy laws and criminalising misuse of pronouns!
Labour backing down is such an enormous relief, the only winner of this would have been ACT.
There is a God!
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