Full disclosure: I backed Silenced on Kickstarter, like lots of other people.
I threw a tiny bit of money this documentary’s way, because I like Mike Cernovich, or at least what I know of him from social media. I know that officially, Loren Feldman is the filmmaker, but I backed this on Mike’s name. I even watched American Milo, which was adorable and made me think the filmmaker is a woman – is Loren a woman? I have no idea. Who cares?
I watched the whole version of Silenced last night on Vimeo, and it is well worth your time and money.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/189830058″>Silenced. Our War On Free Speech</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user45569588″>Michael Cernovich</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
The narrator really doesn’t interject much, and just lets the main ideas percolate across the screen. Milo makes a brief appearance, but it’s really David Horowitz and Alan Dershowitz who steal this show. Interesting that two Jewish men are the brightest, most thoughtful, compelling advocates for free speech. I’m a little perplexed by the anti-Semitism of much of the alt right. I can’t figure out if this is justified or not. I understand the Jews have been kicked out of virtually every society in which they have ever gained influence, but this is hardly compelling evidence for the global Jewish conspiracy theory that seems to captivate so many.
In many ways, this could simply be a self-fulfilling prophesy. I am admittedly woefully ignorant on this topic. I understand that many powerful Jewish interests back the idea of a global government, which will be entirely impossible as long as European cultures have anything to say about it, but men like Dershowitz and Horowitz appear to be pushing back against the global government with as much energy as the rest of the alt right. So I don’t know what the fuck is going on. I reserve judgement until I have acquired some reputable knowledge. I’m weird that way – I like my opinions to be based on evidence.
Silenced takes an interesting approach to the First Amendment from a technical perspective. I don’t know if it’s deliberate (I will give Loren the benefit of the doubt and assume it is), but the camera crew is often visible in reflective surfaces like the glass covering background pictures and posters. The camera crew has an affinity for stripes, which I find quite hilarious – like some twisted combination of prison garb and concentration camp pyjamas. For me, this has the decided effect of serving as a reminder of just where censorship can lead. It begins with the chilling effect of self-censorship (as many in the film talk about), and leads inevitably to the shadows of the grave.
170 million people died in the last century as the direct result of communism and totalitarianism.
The left is absurdly, childishly, terrifyingly naïve to think the wheels they set in motion will somehow not crush them, too. The rabbi who tells the story of the Four Questions is far more optimistic than I. Cultures can indeed be destroyed. Ways of life can perish. Ideals can be obliterated. Let’s not be stupid.
Mike Cernovich is a smart guy. He is a very knowledgeable man, too. His books Gorilla Mindset and Danger and Play are worth your time and investment, and Silenced even moreso. You can stream this at Vimeo for a very, very reasonable amount. I highly encourage you to do so.
As commentators in the film note, free speech is the meta-right upon which all other rights are scaffolded. And in the age of the internet, free speech is just one mouse click away, provided America remains the beacon of hope and freedom is has been for the past 238 years. The Left would like to see Liberty blinded and restrained. They want her to lower her torch and plead for acceptance and forgiveness. They want Liberty to be the subservient wife to Dogma.
I can see the attraction in a submissive wife. A subservient one? Not so much. And Dogma is an abusive husband. There is just one thing to do with men like Dogma.
And let freedom ring.
Lots of love,