On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his now famous “Beyond Vietnam” speech before the Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam at the Riverside Church in New York City. One of the key takeaways for me from that speech was the way Dr. King articulated the uncertainty that comes with choosing to speak out against the policies of one’s government, and the agonizing costs associated with opting to do so.
Just a heads up NAFO doesn't stand for "North American Fella's Organization" it stands for "North Atlantic Fella's Organization". My twitter account got put on one of their Discord targeted hitlist's month ago. They mass swarmed every tweet until I got permanently suspended from Twitter.
Welcome to the new McCarthyism, a world where only one opinion is the 'right' opinion, and all others are pure evil. What makes this especially crazy is that, technically, the US is not at war. The Russian/Ukraine conflict can be categorized as a border dispute, although we all know it's much more than that. More people need to ask what dog do we have in this fight. But that would lead to another question: what has the US been doing in Ukraine all these years, and why did it stick its nose into Ukraine's affairs? And why does the West need to suppress free speech in order to protect Western 'values?' Again, most don't want to look too deep into these questions, might cause some discomfort.
Scott, from devil dog to devil dog. Vlada Von Shats is a sweet person. But, most people only have a small fraction of your strength of character. Most people would have cracked a long time ago if they had been through your life. Don’t worry about getting canceled from Twitter it’s a badge of honor in the end
"Silence, they say, is the voice of complicity. But silence is impossible. Silence screams. Silence is a message, just as doing nothing is an act. Let who you are ring out & resonate in every word & every deed. Yes, become who you are. There's no sidestepping your own being or your own responsibility. What you do is who you are. You are your own comeuppance. You become your own message. You are the message." -- Leonard Peltier
When Leonard was tried for the murder of 2 FBI agents, the prosecutor in his closing remarks said -We do not know who killed the 2 FBI agents, but someone has to pay and that person is sitting in front of you. He is still rotting in prison. When he was up for parole, FBI agents marched in Washington DC protesting his possible release.
A former convict, Dostoevsky (“Notes From The Underground”) did not fear evil. He feared a society that no longer had the moral fortitude to confront evil.
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil; God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I follow you on both platforms. I like twitter more because it's much easier to share the content. But telegram is good also. Much more clean, almost no nafo Bs. Stay strong.
I admire you so much Scott. I don't know what I can do for you, I am not in a position of power, but I am here if you need me. Even if it is just washing coffee cups. Long live Russia. Long live Scott Ritter.
This one sided perspective isn't new, and since childhood teachers and parents spoke of Russia only in negative terms. I gave up their kind of thinking when I was 8, since I didn't want them using Russia as another boogeyman to scare me. I think the democrats used Russia as a boogeyman not only to delegitimize Trump's presidential win, but with Clinton's loss they also used it as a bridge to connect the 2014 coup in Ukraine which Obama supported right up to Biden's presidential win. A neocon agenda was in place for a long time and dead set on bringing down Putin. There are a lot of people in positions of power, and many in the Biden White House that are hell bent on a win and you and no one else is going to stand in their way. I always thought that if Clinton had won in 2016 the conflict would have started during her presidency, and the first thing on her agenda would be to take back the Crimea. During Trump's presidency a complicit press pushed the democrats agenda, as did the so called left that were blinded by their hatred of Trump. What they are doing to you is really scary, since they seem to have a lot influence and can exert so much power to see there is no opposition to their agenda. Merkel describes the Minsk agreements as “an attempt to give Ukraine time” to build up its own military capacities. Russia surely knew they would never be implemented. I admire your courage to engage the truth. I despise those that are willing to lie us into the possibility of nuclear war. If anything at the very least you are on the right side of things.
Yes it is hard for us who value freedom and free speech. Utmost dangerous at a time. But life is short and we have only one so we must speak up what is on our mind not matter where when and to whom. Otherwise we will become one of those idiotic mindless sheep regurgitating lies they are being fed with. Stay strong my friend. You are doing great job.
I'm so glad your book event has been rescheduled at a different venue. I can't abide these anti-free speech NAFO idiots. I'm pretty sure they're at least one group behind my blog being shadowbanned on Twitter and elsewhere. It does suck when one can't make a living as a writer when writing is what one enjoys doing the most. One of these days we'll see the end of this cancel culture nonsense and we'll be able to hold our heads high as supporters of free speech and discourse. Power to the people!
Ironically, and sadly, The Russian Samovar would have had a better chance had it stood up, as many folks would have protected them.
And specifically gone there for that reason, free speech and all that.
But now, people like scott, will not go there, not go out of their way to protect them.
And they will STILL be attacked by the idiots that can't tell the difference between Russia, and Russian Salad Dressing.
This is so sad. "Ministry of Truth" is getting stronger. More and more "animals" are becoming far more equal than others. West started its experiment with Ukraine in 1991. Actually it started earlier, in 70th of last century. But with obtaining so called independence after collapse of Soviet Union it got full power. With baby steps, little by little, West made out Ukraine a nazi state. Zelensky's government has put a final touch. Totalitarian nazi regime. No one has any rights unless they are in full compliance with regime. Now this "game of compliance" is here, in USA. It seems to me that we are on brink of another civil war.
I read all your articles posted here and on any other source that you provide in your telegram , watch practically all videos. You are and I quote you "on the right side of the history". You are the man of brave heart and soul and I wish you all the best.
keep calm and carry on!
Never let yourself get bogged down.
Your cause is worthy.
I'm one of your avid readers in Germany and greatly appreciate your work.
May sanity prevail!
All the best to you and your family
P. S. Just donated 30 USD, should come in handy.
US is no longer a crypto Nazi state, it is official now. All in the name of freedom and democracy.
the 'anti russian' crowd has interest in ukraine only as it is a colony from which to attack russia.
the 'anti russian' crowd are direct heirs to the libensraum objects of german national socialism.
pure evil who would destroy a hundred forty million lives in their lust to outdo hitler.
i am a sac veteran, russia is justified in preparing for mutual assured destruction.
” I had every right to say what I said. Free speech isn’t some abstract concept, but the very essence of who we are as Americans. It is the DNA of American democracy, the building block of a nation which draws its strength from a citizenry empowered by the debate, discussion, and dialogue which is engendered by free speech.
While those who harassed Vlada Von Shats did so ostensibly in support of the Ukrainian cause, their actions took place on American soil, making their efforts to suppress free speech inherently un-American.”
The question is: HOW DO YOU DEFINE THE FREE SPEECH? Ok, a debate…… but take Scott’s discussion of Twitter……the attacks on ‘his speech’ is trolling. I can see that - no analysis is offered and the response is an attack on his speech…..ok, but what can be done? How can people LEARN to engage in a debate. I doubt that it is as simple as calling those attacks un-American. Sorry. They might be, if you are a passionate debater as Scott, but he has learned analytical skills through educational system. This might be the way to start thinking about it. How to teach people to debate. It does not come from no-where. To defend free speech, there must be an understanding that free speech does not mean simply to say what I feel saying. I just do not know anymore how to think this through….
they can't stop us all. speak truth to power.