David Seymour defends cancel culture
Accosted by cancelled Youtuber Lee Williams at an ACT party public meeting in Ashburton last night, David Seymour defended cancel culture as an expression of what he perceived as traditional liberalism.
Lee Williams was “cancelled” a month ago for speaking out against what he saw as the “maorification” of New Zealand. He perceived an elite group of activists acting under the name of Maori gaining political advantages at the expense of our one man one vote democracy. However it doesn’t matter what Mr William’s political views are. It is what happened to him that is important, and it was an expression not of traditional liberalism but of neo-fascism. Mr Seymour needs to get his head straight on this issue.
Lee Williams was targeted by a group loosely associated with Antifa. They have a campaign organised in NZ to stifle all opinion they disagree with. The BFD claims this operation has a name– ‘The Great Deplatforming of Matariki 2021’ (The BFD also claims journalist Marc Daalder is part of this organisation). The group had Mr Williams fired from his job, had his Youtube account cancelled, had his bank account cancelled, and stymied every attempt he used to try and raise money to defend himself.
Many people don’t fully understand Antifa. They think it is some harmless group campaigning against modern day “Mussolinis”. In fact Antifa’s own literature describes them as opposed to all political groups other than communists. This includes anyone even slightly to the right, including social democrats and modern liberals. To Antifa, its communism or nothing. They are representatives of the most vile murderous genocidal ideology that has ever existed in modern history.
They claim to have close contacts in govt, academia and media, and it is probably true. Many of them, perhaps all, are on the govt’s payroll. The MPs of the Maori Party helped them cancel Lee Williams. So it’s not anything that resembles classical liberalism. It’s the powerful attacking the weak.
Today govts do not have to silence people through edicts that would breach the bill of rights anyway. They merely apply pressure (through funding grants, and loans) to private sector companies and govt groups/ qangos to ensure they have that control.
If the recipients of this funding don’t echo the govt’s sentiments, that funding will be withdrawn. (Lee William’s past employer Synlait receives almost $1 million in govt funding) It is as far from classical liberalism as you can get, and in fact fits the definition of fascism.
Fascism is defined as a governmental system led by a dictator, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, and regimenting all industry and often emphasizing racism. Whereas Jacinda Ardern is not a dictator and is subject to our democratic system, it doesn’t matter much when she is using govt funding to control media, academia and pretty much every other politically influential group. The racism is expressed through the proposals outlined in He Puapua and being pursued aggressively by the Labour Party’s “Maori” faction. With the full approval of Jacinda Ardern.
Free people in NZ today have little power, and they see what remains of their freedom under more threat as each day passes. We need prominent people, namely politicians, to start speaking out loudly against cancel culture. Judith Collins is doing it to a small degree with her defence of Rachel Stewart.
David Seymour bills his party as the party for freedom, as Lee Williams points out emphatically in the video. David needs to live up to this. Screw on your courage Mr Seymour and help Judith confront this weird alliance of fascism and communism. They can’t cancel everyone.