“Warren Kinsella's book, ‘Fight the Right: A Manual for Surviving the Coming Conservative Apocalypse,’ is of vital importance for American conservatives and other right-leaning individuals to read, learn and understand.”

- The Washington Times

“One of the best books of the year.”

- The Hill Times

“Justin Trudeau’s speech followed Mr. Kinsella’s playbook on beating conservatives chapter and verse...[He followed] the central theme of the Kinsella narrative: “Take back values. That’s what progressives need to do.”

- National Post

“[Kinsella] is a master when it comes to spinning and political planning...”

- George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC TV

“Kinsella pulls no punches in Fight The Right...Fight the Right accomplishes what it sets out to do – provide readers with a glimpse into the kinds of strategies that have made Conservatives successful and lay out a credible roadmap for progressive forces to regain power.”

- Elizabeth Thompson, iPolitics

“[Kinsella] deserves credit for writing this book, period... he is absolutely on the money...[Fight The Right] is well worth picking up.”

- Huffington Post

“Run, don't walk, to get this amazing book.”

- Mike Duncan, Classical 96 radio

“Fight the Right is very interesting and - for conservatives - very provocative.”

- Former Ontario Conservative leader John Tory

“His new book is great! All of his books are great!”

- Tommy Schnurmacher, CJAD

“I absolutely recommend this book.”

- Paul Wells, Maclean’s

“Kinsella puts the Left on the right track with new book!”

- Calgary Herald


The new media duality

Publish anti-Muslim material: it’s free speech.

Publish anti-Kate Middleton material: it gets your newsroom raided.

And some wonder why large swaths of the world mostly detest us.

Wonder no more, etc.



35 Responses to “The new media duality”

  1. Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Warren,

    And speaking of raids — hopefully most Conservative MPs have decent locks on their doors. You never know when someone might swoop down in search of a particular runaway pension!

  2. Bob says:

    What makes it even better is that the pictures were taken from a public road. Apparently walls are just too complicated for our future head of state.

    • David says:

      The Governor General is the head of state for Canada.I thought everyone knew that.

      • Michael says:

        Apparently David you did not get the memo. ;)

        Governor General Michaëlle Jean got herself into what some regard as a bit of trouble in a speech before the United Nations cultural agency in Paris. In this speech she referred to herself, twice, as Canada’s “head of state.” This has irked the diminishing forces of monarchism in the country, who like to stress that formally, or technically, Queen Elizabeth II is still Canada’s head of state.

        Even though the Governor General nowadays does virtually all the work of a Canadian head of state. Yet, according to the still unamended old colonial document now known as the Constitution Act, 1867, the holder of this office is merely the offshore monarch’s representative in Canada.

      • wsam says:

        Then why is the Queen’s picture hanging in the foyers of Canada’s embassies?

        I would hope that when William ascends to the throne the Conservatives will simply hang a framed reproduction of the recent French tabloid photo spread in embassy foyers. That is what everybody will be thinking of whenever they look at his portrait anyway.

        That would be better than a Vic Toews sex tape.

  3. James Gordon says:

    Hey, America: I’ll trade you Warren Kinsella for Glenn Greenwald.

    “It is exceedingly easy to invoke free speech values in defense of political views you like. It is exceedingly difficult to invoke them in defense of views you loathe. But the true test for determining the authenticity of one’s belief in free speech is whether one does the latter, not the former.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/16/conservatives-democrats-free-speech-muslims

    Personally, I like my leftists without the strange itch to censor people they disagree with.

  4. James Gordon says:

    In sum, free speech is not intended to protect benign, uncontroversial, or inoffensive ideas. Those ideas do not need protection. It is intended to protect – to foster – exactly those political ideas that are most offensive, most provocative, most designed to inspire others to act in the name of its viewpoints. One could say that every significant political idea, on the right and the left, has that provocative potential. If speech can be constrained on the ground that it can inspire or provoke violence by others, then a wide range of political ideas, arguably the only ones that really matter, are easily subject to state suppression.

    Read it well, asshole.

  5. Merrill Smith says:

    As an old fart, I was brought up to believe that free speech did not extend to shouting fire in a crowded theatre. It’s not a perfect analogy, but it strikes me that if you produce and disseminate material you know will provoke violence, you should not be surprised when violence erupts. Sure, it would be nice if Muslim extremists would learn to turn the other cheek, but it’s not going to happen overnight, so maybe non-Muslims should act accordingly. Is their exercise of free speech designed to serve any purpose other than provocation?

  6. Jon Powers says:

    I guess the topless pics of Kate Middleton explains all the Brits rioting all over the world, attacking the French embassy, killing ambassadors, etc. Oh wait, didn’t happen. Ah, the bigotry of lowered expectations.

    • wsam says:

      They don’t have to riot. The law and other countries deference to the British Monarchy and its wishes will protect the precious little princesses’ boobies from being widly published. Hate speech aimed at Muslims, however, is fair game.

      I am surprised Ezra Levant isn’t proposing the Innocence of Muslims be required viewing in Ontario public schools, as a civic duty of course. If you don’t continue to insult Muslims (excercising your Muslim-insulting muscle, as it were) you might find yourself stripped of the ability to insult Muslims and then will be unable to insult Muslims when it is a matter of CIVILIZATIONAL survival.

      • Jon Powers says:

        So, is it only Muslims we’re not allowed to insult? Holding Muslims to a lower standard then the rest of society is either a form of craven cowardice or racism. I suspect it’s a bit of both.

      • Stephanie Powers says:

        The two stories are not equatable.

        One is essentially a discussion about the right to free speech, including the right to insult millions if that is the aim, the other is an unquestionable invasion of privacy.

        You are confusing support for free speech, with cheering the insults to Muslims. I don’t approve of this movie, however I will defend the rights of the idiot who made it.

        The yelling fire in a theatre argument is a valid debating point about responsibility in the exercise of free speech, but how about this converse argument – how about all the people who defend the Slut Walk and say that how a woman dresses shouldn’t subject her to risk for rape. You can’t have it both ways – the movie was insulting, but in the end it didn’t kill anyone, an Imam-fomented radically disproportionate response to the insult is what has killed people.

        • wsam says:

          But those tabloids invade people’s privacy and publish the results all the time. Largely without sanction. They are only being condemned because it is the Princess’ breasts we are able to oggle. Because she is a part of the British monarchy. Kate Middleton is a symbol and a representative of that institution, an institution which, as out-moded and medeveal as it might be, lies at the heart of the British State.

        • wsam says:

          I see the connection. Slut Walk is about raising awareness about violence against women and the social stuctures and norms which allow this violence to continue and, even, thrive. The Innocence of Muslims was a deliberate piece of propaganda designed to inflame Muslims and therefore giving the anti-Muslim movement more examples of ‘Muslim’ backwardness.

  7. GPAlta says:

    Free speech can kill people, and the supreme court agrees that some people should be tried for that kind of speech:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A9on_Mugesera
    The lesson that the anti-Muslim movement has learned is that they can advance their hateful cause further by inciting fringe violence on the part of Muslims with their anti-Muslim hate speech than by attempting to incite violence in other anti-Muslims to attack Muslims directly.

    I believe that if you know your action will cause deaths (which we know very well in the case of insults to the Prophet), you should take responsibility for those deaths and be prepared to defend why a film or a cartoon is worth more than the lives that your action caused to be lost.

    Some speech is certainly worth more than lives and should be defended even if it costs them, but frivolous, malicious hate speech designed with the sole purpose of inciting violence to advance your own bigoted cause is not worth more than the lives it will cost.

  8. GPAlta says:

    The historian Norman Cohn suggested that Hitler used the Protocols as his primary justification for initiating the Holocaust—his “warrant for genocide”.[1]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protocols_of_the_Elders_of_Zion

    Is someone going to start defending the “fundamental right” or “personal freedom” to inspire genocide? Because that is what the anti-Muslim film makers are attempting to do. They are trying to trick the world into attacking Muslims just as the anti-Semites tricked much of the world to attack Jews, by using speech.

    Plus, could someone please let James know that [Muslim's] is possessive, while [Muslims] is plural. He’s made that fairly basic mistake in every single instance on this page.

  9. Kelly says:

    It’s probably safe to say Muslim extremists would not be acting in the extreme if the regions where the violence is occurring didn’t have a history of invasion and colonization by Europeans and Americans. Those regions have been looted and abused directly by the west or by local Thugs (such as formerly Mubarak) for a very long time. If the sand didn’t have any oil under it , or wasnt on a strategic transit route nobody would care. At the end of the day the West deserves to get its ass kicked. The USA has now lost 2 major wars since 2003. Tragically our country’s been a party to it.

  10. Michael says:

    When you need and want publicity and can control the media, then televise your wedding to a worldwide audience.

    When you don’t like the pictures being published of you, cry about the invasion of your privacy.

    Simple solution. If you don’t want topless pictures of you on the front page, don’t go outdoors topless. Duh.

  11. wsam says:

    Yes. Deliberatly provoking a bunch of way-over-sensitive foreigners is a fundemental right. Snapping pictures of a foreign princess’ (rather small) ta-tas is immoral and illegal.

    Makes perfect sense. One harms the West (us) and makes our collective foreign policy harder to accomplish. One makes not a smigen of difference to anyone except the foreign princess who just had pictures of her ta-tas plastered all over a bunch of crappy magazines.

    I cannot wait for the sex tape.

  12. wsam says:

    If it is only Muslims who are so easily offended then why aren’t more crappy tabloid magazines publishing pictures of that foriegn Princess’ naked boobies? The demand exists, despite her being impossibly skinny.

    Or is it that you, JamesHalifax, have some sort of weird obsession with the supposed crimes and failings of the Muslim world? Hmmm …

    Maybe a contributing factor to some Muslims being pissed off at the West in general is that we keep mucking about in their affairs and then poking them with rhetorical sticks in order to demonstrate how crazy and sub-human they are?

  13. Stephanie Powers says:

    You’re obviously very eager to offer opinions on Kate Middleton’s figure and the aesthetics of her breasts. As a woman I’m insulted by the objectification. I think my sisters and I will begin a riot and kill some people so idiots like you will think twice about commenting inappropriately about our tits. Because it seems like you and your ilk believe the end justifies the means.

  14. wsam says:

    Ms Powers,

    I would like to draw your attention to the initial post which juxtaposed the free speech argument surrounding that brittle piece of propaganda, ‘The Innocence of Muslims’ and the immediate clamp-down on tabloids featuring Princess Kate Middleton’s exposed breasts. That juxtoposition, I think, illuminates the inner clockwork of our present moment. It lifts the veil so to speak. It is like in the best crime novels, where the course of the detective’s investigation exposes the workings of society’s normally carefully concealed power structure. It lays them bare.

    Additionally, to point out the Princess has small breasts is not to objectify them, but to state a fact. Her breasts are small. It is like pointing out that Justin Trudeau has an attractive cleft in his chin and almost Ben Affleck-like dimples.

    I am insulted by your claims of being insulted. But if it makes you feel better, Princess Kate appears to posess a sparkling personality. She’s a charmer.

  15. wsam says:

    Man. Jamie! You are so tough. the original hard man of the internet.

    But. Let me try to take you seriously. So if this mythical Muslim horde living in your mind (very unhappily, it appears) doesn’t shut up and take it, the West is going to do … what … Make another unwatchable piece of quasi-cinematic crap?

    Re-Invade Iraq?

    Punch ourselves in the face, again?

    Shoot off our foot?

    What?

    Put sanctions on Mexico?

    The tough guy moment died in Abu Gharib.

  16. wsam says:

    GPAlta,

    Me and my freedom salute you!

  17. wsam says:

    Sodomize? Wow!! Where did that come from …

    Jamie. You are playing with your cards facing the wrong way. Everybody can see what you are trying to hide.

  18. GPAlta says:

    James has said on this very page that he endorses violence against Muslims based on the fallout from the film:

    [wsam, what the muslim’s in question may not yet realize is……….if we in the WEST get tired of putting up with the bullshit, we will take action without regards to the “hurt feelings” of fanatics…..or the UN.]

    As such, James already has been “incited” to violence by the 100% predictable response by anti-Western elements in Egypt to the film. He is living proof that the film was “meant to incite violence.” In fact it was meant to incite violence twice over- first on the street, and then from the air.

    This film is not satire, these tactics are not satire, and the overall strategy is not satire. It is murder.

  19. Tim Sullivan says:

    You will not get an answer. JamesHalifax goes silent when his BS is called-out.

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