|Posted by Miri on September 22, 2020 at 4:50 AM|
And whilst we're in meme-worthy inspiring-quote mode.... If you ever doubt the power of your voice, just look at what they do to try and silence you, and... If you want to know who rules over you, find out who you're not allowed to criticise.
I wrote a few "controversial" pieces (highly uncharacteristic, I know, so apologies to everyone who visits my blog for my tepid, mild-mannered, and fence-sitting content) about last Saturday's protest in London, both before and after the event, which have attracted quite the level of opprobrium, including a stunning world first; a threat of being sued for defamation by someone who's name I have never publicly mentioned anywhere.
This individual has threatened me with legal action, stated publicly that I will "live to regret" expressing an opinion she disapproves of, and whipped up a frenzy of hatred against me for daring to state that I oppose illegal, violent protests, and that, in my view, people who arrange such protests deserve scrutiny and questioning.
As many have stated, that this was the reaction would seem to underline the veracity of everything I said. People who have nothing to hide don't try and threaten their critics into silence; they don't launch malicious public attacks using every trick in the "Rules for Radicals" handbook regarding how to silence and discredit those who challenge them (basically: refuse to engage with the essence of an opponent's argument, but instead viciously attack them personally, knowing they will get so distracted trying to defend themselves the essence of what they are saying will be lost).
So, I think we need to clarify something here. If you decide to make yourself a public figure, if you launch highly controversial projects, if you engage in extremely provocative public demonstrations that culminate in violence and, allegedly, death, then, brace yourself for this but.... YOU WILL GET CRITICISED. I know it's a shock to any thin-skinned narcissist who might only have got involved in the "truth movement" for status and attention, but it's the truth and it's an essential truth. You should be criticised and you should expect to be. If you can't handle criticism, you need to get out of the public eye. I get criticised all the time. I have been called every name in the book more times than I care to remember, and much of my abuse comes from people WITHIN the movement, not outside it, because inevitably in any large movement, not everyone will agree on everything, people fall out, tempers fray, etc. It is the human condition.
I often redirect such criticism away from my own page - my page is my platform to express my views, not a brawling room for my critics - but the idea I would ever make a public legal threat to try and terrorise people out of their God-given right to free speech and to criticism and questioning, is quite simply unimaginable. (And to just once more underline the true dizzying ludicrousness of the situation, the person threatening me with lawsuits and God knows what else, has never once been publicly named by me anywhere.)
What is so particularly insidious about this is that while I happen to be extremely conversant with defamation law and know my rights very well, most people don't. As a result of this individual's threats, I have had several people privately contact me to express concern I might be sued, and this is so awful and distressing, because the corollary of that is they believe they too could be sued if they ever express legitimate and important criticisms or concerns - and therefore, they won't do so. I'd say it's pretty clear from reading my stuff that I don't scare easily and threatening me is very unlikely to do anything but make me very displeased and cause me to vociferously express my displeasure (Scorpio moon, dontcha know - all makes sense now, eh?) - but for more cautious and sensitive people, it's going to scare them into silence, and THAT is why this individual did it. As a threat not just to me, but to everyone else - don't you dare cross me. Don't you dare question or criticise or think for yourself. Just see what I'll do to you if you do.
Well, please let me make it absolutely, abundantly clear - you CANNOT be sued for expressing an opinion, criticising someone, or questioning their motives. You have every right, on every single moral and legal level, to question, criticise, and yes, even (that dirty word...) "judge" them. There is NO legal recourse they can take.
I will tell you exactly what will happen if they are foolish enough to try to consult a lawyer because you expressed an opinion that wasn't theirs; first of all, I know law is quite complex and some concepts are quite tricky to grasp, but.... you do actually have to BE NAMED to even get through the first two minutes of a defamation consultation. Just imagine the situation, "Hi, Mr. £200-an-hour lawyer, I need to sue someone for defamation." "Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, what have they said about you?" "Well, admittedly, nothing about me PERSONALLY, but they expressed a view I hadn't pre-approved about something I was peripherally involved in."
Yeah, so that's not going to work. But even if you do name someone personally and criticise them - so? Have you ever visited social media? People are ruthlessly personally attacked all the time. Where are all the lawyers suing them all? If you're a major public figure, and a newspaper runs a hit piece on you, and you've got a lot of money and resources, you might possibly be able to get somewhere, if you choose to invest the enormous amount of time, energy and money that will be necessary, but the idea you could sue a private person for expressing an opinion on a blog or Facebook is just so utterly ludicrous and contemptible, and like I said, not because it will silence me (as you can see, it's actually been quite inspirational), but because of the inevitable effect it will have on all those others reading it who are unfamiliar with the realities of the law and frightened that legal action really could follow if they speak up.
So, please, please, please - do not let these people terrorise you into silence. There is nothing legal they can do and they know it. They are simply attempting to control the narrative and silence dissent through fear and threats - just like the "elite" do. Although, actually, the "elite" have never done it to me thus far. No member of the establishment has ever made any legal threat against me for criticising them, including when I accused Kirklees Council of domestic terrorism, and they haven't because they know such a threat would be baseless. I am allowed to have strong views and to express them. This isn't North Korea (yet).
(And indeed, the irony hasn't escaped me that I am being criticised for pointing out the actual law - that Saturday's protest was illegal (that's why the police were there and why they were able to disperse and arrest), whilst being threatened with a fake law - that I could be sued for taking this view.)
What a circus. And that's just what Saturday was; a performance, a pantomime, all set up and planned in advance to conclude the way it did, which is why I was able to warn about exactly what would happen before the event.
And if I see evidence another such event is planned, I will warn about it again. I'm not here to suck up to self-appointed "celebrity truthers" or to take crowd-pleasing positions because to dare to criticise anyone is "divisive". Yes, it is, and I want to be divided from poisonous and destructive people, thanks very much. Just because we might share a few opinions really doesn't mean anything - my standards for who I unite with are just a little bit higher than that. I'm sure most of the world agrees, for instance, that murder is wrong. So what? Does that mean I'm never allowed to criticise anyone who believes, like I do, that murder is wrong, because that would be "divisive" and all us anti-murderers need to unite and never question or challenge each other or we will never stamp out murder?
The fact is that all significant anti-establishment movements are infiltrated with controlled opposition, and controlled opposition is not always conscious or "bought" (many people are manipulated simply by appealing to their ego). Controlled opposition is designed to weaken and discredit the movement, so of course it's important to be vigilant about it and to question people, especially people who organise events that end in violence and (allegedly) death.
Genuine people don't fear questioning because they have nothing to hide. So, given we started this post with a few meme-worthy quotes, so we'll finish with one, too - one of my favourites, actually, and one more pertinent at this particular chapter in history than perhaps ever before:
The truth does not fear investigation.