April 05, 2016

Who's really behind the war on free speech — left AND right?

Tiffany GabbayRebel Host
 

How did liberals – the so-called champions of free speech -- become so intolerant? And why are some conservatives imitating them, and trying to be censors themselves?

The intolerance and censorship we’re witnessing right now on campuses, on the web and beyond has been 100 years in the making.

I’ll explain the history of so-called “Critical Theory” and “Cultural Marxism”: Who founded these movements, and how they slowly took over universities, then the rest of society.

My first guest is Gad Saad, the outspoken Professor of Marketing and Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption at Concordia University in Montreal.

(He gives all his students a “trigger warning"!)

Saad will explain what “social justice warriors” really want, and how we can restore some sanity.

Then syndicated columnist and author Diana West joins me to discuss a lesser-known phenomenon:

That of professional conservatives slandering Donald Trump and his supporters in outrageous ways. They sometimes even sound just like... angry progressives.

I don’t endorse Trump or any current GOP candidates, but this uncivil behaviour is wrong, no matter who does it. It could also have disastrous consequences in the November election.

Thanks for watching my very first show! Please tell me what you think in the comments...

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commented 2016-05-17 15:20:19 -0400
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commented 2016-05-03 22:26:05 -0400
I am just watching this now, a month after it was produced, and I’m impressed: interesting topic, good monologue and excellent guests (Gad Saad and Diana West). Unfortunately, I am now going to have to stay up and watch the newer “Culture Wars” shows – so if I fall asleep at the office tomorrow I’m holding Tiffany Gabbay and the Rebel responsible!
commented 2016-04-16 11:16:29 -0400
This is THE BEST commentary on this topic that I have Ever seen! Please keep it up. I have passed this to many of my friends, who have been asking themselves how the universities became so ridiculous, with their trigger warnings and safe spaces, why most of us are scared to speak the truth in public and so on. This explains it very clearly – and frighteningly! BRAVO!
commented 2016-04-16 07:09:03 -0400
Great new show. Looking forward to future episodes
commented 2016-04-11 10:39:49 -0400
Re: Trump disinformation – Trump is and always has been an independent businessman with political connections in both parties – you need this to crack the golden ceiling these days (an unfortunate byproduct of the party system corruption of the US political process – we have the same issue here).

Personally he is a “reformer” neither left nor right by the bogus polarization of the ideologies pimped by the venal political class today. Personally I think Trump could have fit in nicely as a Camelot era JFK classic liberal – nationalistic, fiscally responsible and wary of prive central banking, willing to protect America’s interests and borders but aware of the corruption in politics and central banking which are screwing both the constitution and free market capitalism.

Ask yourself if Kennedy would whip up race wars and anti-police murder sprees to deflect his ineptitude, or leave diplomats and soldiers to die in enemy countries, or rum trillion dollar public debts, or oppress gun owners instead of street gangs or leave a national border open to invasion – I don’t think so.
commented 2016-04-10 15:35:59 -0400
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commented 2016-04-09 12:38:27 -0400
Thanks Tiffany .Good show .Welcome
commented 2016-04-09 02:22:53 -0400
Whatever you say against Trump, his existence, like a bright and shining light, has revealed to the political right AND left the real fascists among us…and fascists are “us”: anyone who believes force, of any degree, is justified in silencing either the left or the right…in this respect, Trump has become a lightning rod to identify the dangerous elements among us who believe they, AND THEY ALONE, have the right to speak and that those who disagree are worthy of death.

These are those among us who actso as to prevent their opponents from being heard, silencing others and at the extreme, “killing”, either literally or figuratively, those who dare to disagree with them. Excellent insights Tiffany G!
commented 2016-04-09 01:36:40 -0400
Whatever you say against Trump, his existence, like a bright and shining light, has revealed to the political right AND left the real fascists among us…and fascists are “us”: anyone who believes force, of any degree, is justified in silencing either the left or the right…in this respect, Trump has become a lightning rod to identify the dangerous elements among us who believe they, AND THEY ALONE, have the right to speak and that those who disagree are worthy of death.

These are those among us who think they are “God” in that they don’t stop at marching, writing, speaking, which are all permissible expressions, but they go much farther, acting so as to prevent their opponents from being heard, silencing others and at the extreme, “killing”, either literally or figuratively, those who dare to disagree with them. Excellent insights Tiffany G!
commented 2016-04-08 15:10:35 -0400
Tiffany, great new program, welcome to THEREBEL.MEDIA. I have one thing I’d like to point out concerning Trump, which is this: He isn’t a conservative, he is a lifelong liberal (check his record) who recently approvingly re-tweeted a fascist quote from a fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, not realizing the quote was from him. What does this say about who Trump is? It says plenty to me: he has fascist tendencies and is dangerous.

As to conservative reaction to Trump: Conservatives haven’t been disrupting his speaking appearances and denying him free speech, like the left has been doing for years to conservative speakers on campuses across North America. We don’t use brownshirt tactics to deny others freedom of speech, and we don’t deny others freedom of speech, like the left does continuously and contemptuously. Conservatives have used speech, some of it harsh or brutal, but speech nonetheless, to expose Trump and warn people that he is dangerous.

It’s a false comparison to liken harsh conservative speech against Trump with the kinds of fascistic brownshirt tactics the left regularly uses against their political and ideological opponents. I think when you think this through, you will agree. I’ll take harsh language over speech suppression any day, and I’m sure you would also.

But I like you new show a lot, and again, welcome to THEREBEL.MEDIA, Canada’s last bastion of free speech.
commented 2016-04-07 17:09:58 -0400
A very concise historical and factual political perspective on the modern plague of cultural Marxism Tiffany. The agenda of CM, PC and SJWs is to normalize radicalism, authoritarianism and the martinet single party state. It is in fact a civil war we must become fully engaged in to win.

It is every rational person’s duty to expose and stop the spread of noxious ideas.
commented 2016-04-07 12:16:42 -0400
“Are you saying that people should be allowed to say anything they want to without consequences?” ? ?
Who in your mind should be the “Judge” . . . the Government?
And you pivot to Trump? H*ll . . . we have Justin Butts and the world is laughing !
Our schools and colleges are turning our loons today who espouse 100 year old marxist dribble . . . critical thinking and common sense are a rare commodity in the Failing Western Democracies today!
commented 2016-04-07 11:35:02 -0400
Peter Netterville, Are you saying that people should be allowed to say anything they want to without consequences? Are you condoning lying?, telling half truths, etc. You must love Donald trump and his stream of unsupported bull crap. And how many comments/statements from the Rebel bunch only tell part of the story or are biased? Its time to stop the hypocrisy and the pointing of fingers saying we are better than you because of our ideology, based upon whatever. The truth needs to trump all.
commented 2016-04-07 05:30:18 -0400
Very informative, Thank You//
commented 2016-04-06 23:03:15 -0400
As a former fan of the Rebel your actions of late have really pissed me of you seem to be more concerned with the USA election and the problem with refugees while completely ignoring a very serious problem here in Toronto regarding something that the Rebel seems to lack the courage to get involved in the VIOLATION OF CHARTER RIGHTS by the Toronto police who attacked a group of young black men and women protesting the murder of a black father carrying a knife by hitting and kicking these innocent young protesters and taking away there tents and heat for 4 weeks with no support by politicians or media and now the Supreme court has ordered and investigation of the police during the G20 summit plus the fact I have been trying to get the Rebel involved in my mission that started when I was 5 years old and I had a dream of dieing on the battlefield fighting for our rights and I will continue that fight till my death
commented 2016-04-06 20:40:14 -0400
Good pick Ezra. Brilliant. I like the theme and intelligent insight. I wish I could have someone like that where I work. Stay focused.
commented 2016-04-06 19:21:14 -0400
Sam Young said, “So I can’t criticize the show for being boring?”

You are correct Sam. My comment was inappropriate.
commented 2016-04-06 19:14:54 -0400
Robert Caughell said, “I don’t have a problem with free speech unless it results in slander and libelous, outright lying statements being made.”

Problem is that as soon as you star restricting free speech it is no longer free speech. In addition, who’s set of conditions should be applied.

And, why your set of condition and not any number of other sets of conditions?

By what criteria do we determine which set of conditions is appropriate and others conditions are not?

There are other mechanisms for dealing with the conditions you stated, such as defamation or libel suit.
commented 2016-04-06 18:31:45 -0400
What is going on with the Rebel?

You have beautiful females expounding theories about stuff that I don’t understand and to top it off they use too many Big words. This is definitely NOT the way it is supposed to be.
STOP using ‘trigger’ words because my ’safe space ’ is being threatened.
commented 2016-04-06 18:20:39 -0400
Daryl Herman: I think the problem you encountered trying to access Diana West’s website was an incorrect address. It is: dianawest.net
Note: “Diana” only has one “n” and it is dot net, not dot com. Hope this helps.
commented 2016-04-06 18:17:58 -0400
Robert Caughell: “SJW” is short form for “Social Justice Warrior”.
commented 2016-04-06 18:04:14 -0400
So I can’t criticize the show for being boring? It was basically more preaching at the choir. Actually, it was worse than preaching. It was about reading out quotes.
commented 2016-04-06 17:55:48 -0400
Political correctness is a powerful tool for social engineering. Hitler and others came to power through social engineering. Any thoughts on who is masterminding the social engineering and why – power, wealth?
commented 2016-04-06 17:06:52 -0400
The MSM Journalists are professional gossips now! They tow the line of the owner(s) which should be constantly stated, so that people know their bias. What we have is paid for propagandists who are outright lying and misleading the public, which should be a punishable crime. The only reason Trudie was elected, was due to the lying MSM, who were paid off by the UN, and the leftwing parties, in order to unseat the people’s PM Harper. Canada was in a great position under PM Harper, and now we are headed into the ditch, at the hand of the liberal government, and their collusion with the UN.
commented 2016-04-06 16:58:36 -0400
Sorry, but I did not find it a very interesting topic. The most interesting was Diana with her comments about Trump. Tiffany was the host of the show, but she very nearly interrupted her guest.
commented 2016-04-06 16:34:16 -0400
CBC are the worst in the western world when it comes to opinion shaping and censorship. The latest agregious example of course concerns our dear leader…ctv reports that the federal liberal crime family gave around $20000 to each of 2 liberal "think tanks "..1 of which is owned by a best friend of Justin’s. ..CBC not only did not report this in any way shape or form. .but censored any and all mention. ..how fascist can they be?..but the actual irony is that the small flock that they pander to are basically insignificant morons
commented 2016-04-06 16:10:50 -0400
“acuuna commented 4 hours ago Sjw’s simply refuse to listen….” What /who are Sjw’s. Is this some sort of code?