February 10, 2017

Free speech on trial: Persecuted cartoonist Mike Diana

Gavin McInnesArchive

Though recent events such as the riot outside Milo's Berkeley talk, Ezra's fire alarm pull, and me getting pepper sprayed at NYU might lead you to think we are reaching an anti-free speech zenith, but all this is nothing new. 

Back in the 1990s, it was the Right who was censoring people and they were just as strict. Name any creative media and you had lunatics trying to shut it down. Even comic books were under siege.

This week we talk to cartoonist Mike Diana. He is the first artist to be criminally convicted of artistic obscenity in America.

His punishment included not even being allowed to draw (privately, alone, with no intention of showing it to anybody) in his own home.

We also speak to cartoonist Peter Kuper, who testified at Mike's trial.

There is a documentary coming out about all this shortly. Even if you see comics as totally esoteric, you should check it out.

The enemies of freedom keep moving the goal posts and changing sides, but they are ubiquitous and they've always been around.

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commented 2017-02-11 18:56:47 -0500
The big aspect of this show that I took away was Kuper being anti-Trump towards the end, and McInnes letting him flow. Then taking issue. Then continuing the discussion. The Corrupt Broadcasting Corporation, LPC propaganda arm, would have cropped before any view expressed alternative to theirs.
commented 2017-02-11 16:22:41 -0500
As to censorship; have not a large number of Rapes & Sexual abuse been purported by “Perps” after’ viewing readily available Hard Core Porn? ? ?
commented 2017-02-11 13:18:57 -0500
This woman is blatant liar and needs to be removed from government She claims “When I moved to Canada in the 1990s ― a young girl trying to make this nation my home ― some kids in school would yell as they pushed me, ‘Go home, you Muslim’ — but I was home,” Who thinks in the 90s the words were probably closer to “Go home you dirty fucking Paki” Muslim wasn’t on tips of many kids tounges in the 90s. IF she heard antimuslim taunts they sure wouldn’t be ‘Go home, you Muslim’ LIAR, LIAR LIAR

commented 2017-02-11 11:11:33 -0500
I never read anything about charging the person who pepper sprayed you, but you conservatives never do anything when attacked (except ask for donations for body guards), as the left would have done where such person would have been charged and jailed, and the university made accountable
commented 2017-02-11 01:05:24 -0500
Socialism always trys to work for the “good of society”. But does so by implementing restrictions and laws. To all my lefty friends, your intent is sound but your execution is fascism. Its time to accept capitalism is the most moral solution even if some become more rich than you. If your motivated enough you too could become rich and help employ 97 people hopefully with full medical, even if you are currently a sheep shearer or waiter. Make that idea a reality. Another awesome show Gavin. Wish you posted daily. I’d watch every one. And I’m coming out to listen if you speak anywhere. Wear googles dude. The left have pepper spray.
commented 2017-02-11 00:07:29 -0500
Civil war on its way and we can thank the leftards for it!!
commented 2017-02-10 21:39:44 -0500
- The violation of our rights & freedoms is always done “for our own good”. Freedoms once lost must often be repurchased with blood.
commented 2017-02-10 21:06:52 -0500
Actually it was both in the 90’s Tipper Gore was not on the right.