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Mark Steyn And Guests Talk About the Climate by The Elephant's Child

Mark Steyn has had a court case hanging over him for ages, by the noxious Michael Mann, he of the “hockey-stick graph”, which, of course has no relation to the real world.  Interesting conversation. Enjoy.

Mark Steyn on Problematic Speech and Free Speech. by The Elephant's Child

Mark Steyn had a long legal battle with the Canadian Human Rights Commission nearly ten years ago about free speech, for the Canadian Human Rights Commission believes that free speech does not include words with which they disagree. They had the force of law behind them, and the descent into totalitarianism is not far behind.

It’s hard for some to realize that free speech actually includes words or statements with which you disagree, especially political words and thoughts. But if free speech means anything at all, you must defend speech that you don’t like. You may disagree, refute their arguments, prove that they are wrong, but they get to say what they believe. There are few things that are so damaging to American colleges and universities than attempting to create tiny spaces somewhere on campus that are “free speech zones.” There is nothing so offensive to those who are pushing  for complete control, silencing any opposition, as free speech. That’s always where the totalitarians start, by silencing opposing voices and shutting them down.

We’ve had a lot of riots and demonstrations on our college campuses the past few years, protesting speakers who might say something  they don’t want to hear, because it might disturb them. The list of invited speakers who have been shut down is not only long, but includes prominent speakers who have important things to say. It’s pretty clear that there are some professors who are more interested in indoctrinating than teaching. So understanding the battle and the threats to free speech is one of today’s most important lessons.

Mark Steyn, Tucker Carlson: Clarifying the Russia Thing by The Elephant's Child

Here’s a good one: Tucker Carlson and Mark Steyn try to clarify the whole Russia thing. Lots more bombshells to come out, but now enough has emerged that we get a front row seat on the revelations.

Anyone going to be held responsible? Is this finally big enough that we will have a real honest-to-goodness shakeup? The American people are fed up. They don’t trust the press, they’re angry at the behavior of a bunch of overpaid athletes, they don’t understand why the IRS gets to pay off the folks they mistreated with taxpayer dollars, and John Koskinen gets to retire with a comfortable pension. And why can’t Congress get anything done?

Mark Steyn is in Australia Trying to Explain Free Speech to the Aussies. by The Elephant's Child

Mark Steyn was in Australia this week, trying to explain free speech to the Aussies. It’s an interesting panel discussion because it clearly explains the problem that always arises in any discussion of free speech. Everybody is absolutely for free speech, except no one should be allowed to make cruel, unpleasant, wrong, nasty, morally objectionable remarks or other things that might offend.

Shouldn’t there be standards? And there’s the rub.  People are still expected to have manners, be thoughtful, not advocate those things which society says are beyond the pale, and you can object, condemn them for what they said, smack them down or refuse to associate with them, but you cannot make a law against speech that you don’t like. Government has no role in abridging the right of free speech. None.

You can walk away, turn your back, or argue vociferously. If you punch them in the nose, you may get in trouble with the law for battery. But you may not silence them by force of law. Why? The minute you try to protect against one kind of offensive speech, there is no end to the speech your opponents will find unacceptable. It’s a very hard argument for even the Aussies and many Americans to grasp in full.

Mark Steyn Has Taken a Principled Stand Against Climate Alarmism by The Elephant's Child

Published on Apr 25, 2016

For the New Criterion, Ben Weingarten, commentator and Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media sits down with Mark Steyn, international bestselling author, political pundit, cultural critic and hardened climate change dissenter Mark Steyn for an in-depth interview.

During their discussion, Weingarten and Steyn discuss the chilling of free speech by the climate alarmists and their enablers in the political and legal system, the stakes of the defamation suit filed against Steyn by climate scientist Dr. Michael E. Mann over a critical blog post, why it is the scientific community that resembles a racket rather than demonized “Big Oil,” the misogyny of the “climate cabal” and its attack on Dr. Judith Curry, the parallels between climate supremacists and Islamic supremacists, why the West should celebrate increasing levels of carbon dioxide and much more.

Government Spending! Can They Be Stopped? by The Elephant's Child
May 29, 2010, 8:30 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Cool Site of the Day, Economy, Humor | Tags: , ,

Here’s your weekly Must Read piece from Mark Steyn, writing in Macleans, the Canadian magazine.  Mark Steyn is funny, witty and incisive; and under all the humor, he always has some important things to say, and we do well to pay attention.  Anyway, this is a particularly good piece entitled “We’re Too Broke to Be This Stupid.”  It’s worth your time.

Mark Steyn is the Guest on Uncommon Knowledge. by The Elephant's Child

Peter Robinson’s guest on Uncommon Knowledge this week is Mark Steyn, a self-described “happy warrior” and Cassandra.  His subject is demographics and the changes that the lack of babies and the dearth of religion are playing in Europe.   Combine demographics with Europe’s Social Democratic government and 3rd world immigration, and you have civilizational transformation, and the inevitable doom of the Western world.

This was the subject of Steyn’s last book, America Alone. The changes will be enormous, and an exhausted Europe is drifting mindlessly into something for which they are unprepared.

These dialogues are always fascinating.  Peter Robinson is a wonderful interviewer, and Mark Steyn one of our most interesting and thoughtful pundits.  Each of the five segments is about 7 minutes long, and you can watch them one at a time or all together.  All previous interviews are also available.  I recommend any of them unreservedly.

Mark Steyn Gives Credit Where It’s Due: by The Elephant's Child
January 6, 2010, 11:20 am
Filed under: Law, National Security, Terrorism | Tags: , ,

Mark Steyn this morning in the Corner at National Review:

2010: The United States Government revokes Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s visa a mere 12 days after he tries to kill 300 people.

2002: The United States Government approves Mohammed Atta”s visa six months after he’s actually killed 3,000 people — and is , in fact, himself deceased.

If that’s not objective, measurable improvement in the U.S. Bureaucracy, I don’t know what is.  Like they say, the system worked!