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“Kill the Rich”: How Irish media tolerates violent Leftwing rhetoric

On September 17th 2020, almost exactly two years ago, Irish media reported on a gross story about some highly offensive racist graffiti on the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin.

Some low-IQ troglodyte had written the words “n***ers out” – uncensored – in red chalk on the iconic bridge, no doubt with the intent of offending anyone from an immigrant community who might see it and feel insulted.

As this was so obviously nasty and unacceptable, Ireland’s media rightly came out in their droves to draw attention to it. The story was covered by the Irish Times, Dublin Live, Newstalk, GCN.ie, the Irish Post, TodayFM, 98FM, and more. And of course NGOs like the Irish Network Against Racism and the Immigrant Council were all over it. All of which is fine and good.

Within 24 hours it was removed by the local council, with a spokeswoman for the authority saying it would be removed “as a matter of urgency.” It was replaced instead with flowers and messages of support for Dublin’s black community.

Not only that, but the Gardaí opened a full-scale investigation into who might be responsible for the message, to hunt them down and hold them accountable. As reported by the Irish Times:

“Investigations into the vandalism, which is being treated as “a possible racially motivated incident”, are ongoing, said the spokesman. “An Garda Síochána takes hate crime seriously, and each and every hate crime reported to us is professionally investigated and victims supported during the criminal justice process,” he added.”

So the entire country took it deadly seriously – it was seen as not just an offensive message, but as a legal matter worthy of police time and potential prosecution. And naturally, it was condemned most loudly by those who support “hate speech” legislation.

In fact, it’s worth talking about hate speech legislation as the government defines it. Because while race is one protected category, it’s not the only one.

The Department of Justice lists many other groups and characteristics it aims to defend with hate speech laws, including:

“Hate against any given group for a common, definable characteristic – for example, address, socioeconomic background, homelessness, etc.”

So, socioeconomic background is included as a protected category by the Irish government. Remember that as we fast forward now to 2022.

For at least a month now, around certain parts of Dublin, many streets have featured pavement graffiti with the same slogan: “KILL THE RICH,” as pictured above in this article’s thumbnail (slightly eroded by rain, but still quite visible). If you live in Dublin you may well have seen it, as it’s been there for weeks. Apparently no effort has been made to remove it.

I’ve personally seen this in Dublin 1, Rathmines and Harold’s Cross, and it could easily be in other areas that I simply haven’t traveled to recently. So whoever is doing this, they’re clearly trying to spread their message in a systematic way – it’s not on a whim or a “heat of the moment” kind of thing. They actively want the city of Dublin to know about their desire to see rich people killed.

Not only that, but it’s located in mostly affluent areas like Rathmines – i.e. where the rich people in question are going to see it, maybe while they’re walking their dog or bringing their kids to school.

Now, truth be told, this is not something I would normally take particularly seriously or give much thought to.

In fact, you may be thinking “Who cares? It’s just some Communist eejit – it’s probably a 14-year-old Trotskyite who just got his People Before Profit membership card, and he’s now a tad too eager to start the revolution.”

And it’s true – it’s probably not a particularly serious matter. It seems unlikely that there are going to be Leftwing FARC-esque militias setting up guillotines in Harold’s Cross park to eliminate Dublin’s bourgeoisie. The culprit is more than likely a morbidly-obese elite college student who thinks their dyed hair and face piercings will compensate for their lack of personality.

But it’s not me who has set the standard of what constitutes “hate speech” – it’s the Irish establishment. And by their own definition, this clearly qualifies.

It is unambiguously a pre-meditated message of hatred and a call to violence, based on class (i.e. a protected category), and it’s located in an area where the target is guaranteed to see it. That is textbook “hate speech.”

Imagine subbing out “rich” for any other group in society. Imagine someone writing “KILL THE GAYS” and leaving it on rainbow crosswalks outside the George. Or any other group, for that matter. “KILL THE POOR,” “KILL THE WORKING CLASS,” “KILL WOMEN,” etc.

What do you think would happen? Well all know it would be national news for weeks – we’d be hearing about it from now until the end of time. There’d be a nationwide manhunt with Gardaí scouring the country like they were hunting Osama Bin Laden.

And yet a month later, this message of violence is still there, perfectly visible and untouched by Dublin City Council (or anyone else). Not only is there no moral panic surrounding it, but it hasn’t even been reported by a single major media outlet – basically nobody cares.

No one has called Joe Duffy to speak of their offence and say how “bleedin’ awful it is Joe.” No one has asked the Gardaí to investigate, or review one of the countless CCTV cameras that line the route, to see who’s responsible. The Garda Commissioner hasn’t spoken of sinister “far-left forces” at work in the State, nor has any TD from the areas said one word on this attack on their constituents.

And this is despite the fact that, as my colleague Gary Kavanagh showed in a recent article, Leftwing terrorism is far more common in Europe than rightwing offences.

What this highlights is the following: hate speech laws, as many of us have long suspected, are clearly not about “hate.” The people pushing them don’t care one bit about hate, or bigotry, or division. It’s not even about stamping out extremism.

It’s about stamping out certain kinds of hatred, and certain kinds of division. It’s about combating certain types of extremism.

If you are a hate-filled extremist towards the right kinds of people, nobody is bothered a jot. As long as you’re a nice far-Left hateful lunatic, rather than a nasty far-Right lunatic, you’ll have no problems in tolerant Ireland. Just make sure your violent rhetoric and bile is directed at the right classes and groups, and you won’t go far wrong.

If the powers-that-be want us to take their crusade against intolerance remotely seriously, they need to drop the double standards and start getting serious about all radicalism – not just the sorts that are trendy to rail against.

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