Quote of the day—Robert J. Avrech

If only the government and its various agencies possess weapons than the Right to Free Speech becomes an empty promise.

We then live in Orwell’s 1984.

That’s why both Hitler and Stalin passed laws that forbade the private ownership of gun.

Robert J. Avrech
October 25, 2017
Jews With and Without Guns
[I once watched a movie where only the police and the military had guns. It was called Schindler’s List (I forget where I stole this line from).

Also, via Nomen Nescio, “As the old Soviet joke went, everybody in the USSR had freedom of speech, but the law never guaranteed freedom after speech.”

And finally, from Joseph Stalin, “Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t let our people have guns. Why should we let them have ideas?—Joe]

4 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Robert J. Avrech

  1. A bug to you and me is a feature, or selling point, to the Progressive coercives. To whom are we talking?

    I have to wonder if there is a significant number of people who don’t already understand it, and see it either as a selling point or a warning depending on their allegiance.

    Let’s play a little thought experiment. What if everyone already understands it? What if you’re stating the clear and the obvious to both sides, and both sides would say “Well, of course; that’s why we advocate what we advocate. What’s your point?”

    What then? What if your job were to concentrate on people’s allegiance only? Now you must give all people credit for understanding the nuts and bolts of the situation, and their allegiance is the only matter at hand. What then? What if allegiance comes first and the points of arguments come as the result of allegiance?

    • For the most part it does look like the sides are already chosen, and I’d bet to such an extent, that the liberal who is robbed, or raped, or otherwise personally exposed to violence still wouldn’t understand his or her right to self defense and the imperative thereof.

      • While I get your point, I wasn’t trying to say that one’s alliance is irrevocably decided. My point is that maybe there’s another set of dynamics at play that we sometimes don’t address. We may think we have a real zinger of a good point, sure to seal the deal, so to speak, but in thinking so we may be missing the point altogether. Just a little thought puzzle there.

        “The truth will set you free” it is said. I believe it to be true, but then how do you address someone who hates the truth, and hates you, when presenting the truth is to make him hate you all the more?

  2. “[I once watched a movie where only the police and the military had guns. It was called Schindler’s List (I forget where I stole this line from).”
    I saw this most recently at Tam’s site, but I don’t know whether it’s original to her.

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