In his latest video, conservative comedian and commentator Steven Crowder takes on the Left's increasingly more abused method of silencing those who dare voice opinions that threaten to disrupt their political narrative: "hate speech."
"Hate speech, that term’s so hot right now," says Crowder. "Seems everyone’s talking about it, but here’s the thing. Hate speech doesn’t actually exist."
Crowder told the Daily Wire that he felt compelled to produce the video in response to "the flood of college students intimidated into silence for fear of 'hate speech' post-election."
"Often, we're forced to make the case for 'free speech' when someone says something offensive," he added. To push back against this silencing tactic, Crowder decided to expose the term for the political "weapon" it truly is.
Noting that while banning hate speech "would sound nice on its surface," Crowder points out that the problem is when you start to get into questions like who gets to decide what is or isn't "hate speech" and how the First Amendment plays into it. Crowder eventually gets to the question of the origin of hate speech and its twin, political correctness. The concepts, he explains, are inextricably connected with Cultural Marxism, which has as one of its primary goals the silencing of dissent.
"It's important to understand that the idea of political correctness, from its inception, was designed as a political weapon to silence voices of dissent," he says. The tactic folds nicely into the designs of the progressive Left, who has continued to use constantly changing rules of language to silence other views:
CROWDER: This is why political correctness, or Cultural Marxism,… lends itself so fashionably to easy labels. Transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, racist, bigoted, Uncle Tom, white privilege, mainsplaining. All of these are slapped on people with "politically incorrect" opinions in an attempt to silence you...
Hate speech is inextricably tied to political correctness, or Cultural Marxism, and that creates intellectual conformity—or intellectual authoritarianism. And that’s where you start to things like “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings” or speakers banned from campus, or people with unpopular opinions banned from social media.
Though it at times can seem "trivial," he warns, "today’s social media outrage can be tomorrow’s laws."
In the article that accompanies the video released on Louder with Crowder, contributor Courtney Kirchoff sums up the central argument: "Do not allow anyone to separate 'hate speech' from 'free speech.' It’s a trap." Kirchoff hammers home Crowder's point by providing some famous quotes from some famous Americans, including this profound line from Benjamin Franklin:
"Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech."
Franklin also famously slammed the idea of political correctness before "political correctness" had entered the public lexicon, stating, "If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed."
The folks at Louder with Crowder also helpfully provided some additional free speech sources, a few of which are included below:
- Great American Thinkers
- Cultural Marxism and Our Current Culture Wars
- To Reclaim a Legacy of Diversity
- European countries with hate speech laws
- Origins of Political Correctness
- On Cultural Marxism/Political Correctness and Critical Theory
- Canada Hate Speech Laws
- “Civil Rights Movement” on Hate Speech Laws in UK
- On Obama and Hate Crime Laws (Goal being Hate Speech Laws)
- New Hate Speech Attack Targets the Internet