Recently, the UK government passed a shocking piece of legislation – a "hate speech" law that prohibits "hate speech" on social media and carries a sentencing of "re-education camps" for offenders. The re-education camps were proposed in the US and circulated by an online manual,
but now the UK has actually activated them.
So who defines what is and isn't hate speech? Is someone's personal opinion about a politician hate speech or is it free speech?
Is it someone's "opinion" that Downing Street bureucrats forged academic papers about WMDs to fraudulently invade and go to war with Iraq – or is it hate speech?
On top of that, Tony Blair and Bush talked about going to war with Iraq an entire year prior to the invasion – or is that hate speech?
According to the new legislation, conspiracy theories are a form of hate speech. So holding our government accountable for its asinine behavior is now hate speech punishable by law in the UK. What happened to the duty to keep tyranny in check? To make sure fascist laws like this don't pass?