Friday, May 29, 2009

Nasvhille Hotel cancels English Literature conference over speech by Dutch Libertarian Geert Wilders

by Eric Dondero

Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders was set to appear this weekend at a conference on Western Culture and the rising threat from Radical Islam, scheduled for the Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. But Managing Director Thomas A. Negri cancelled the entire conference upon learning that Wilders would be a speaker.

New English Review: Cultural Libertarian Warriors

The Conference was sponsored by the New English Review, a traditional English Literary society. Their website features opinion pieces celebrating Western Cultural values and reviews works of English literature. The Society takes an unabashedly Pro-English language stance.

The site is the project of the World Encounter Institute, which is:

a non-profit corporation dedicated to defending the values of Western civilization, including the freedom of the arts and music, women’s and children’s rights, the abolition of slavery worldwide and the defense of the Constitution of the United States of America through research, publications and educational outreach.
The Society Editor is retired Medical Doctor Theodore Dalrymple of London. Dr. Dalrymple has written for National Review, The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph and the Cato Institute. He's also a contributing Scholar for the free market Manhattan Institute. He is active with Britain's Libertarian Alliance (video of his speech to LA conf.).

In a review of his book "The Politics and Culture of Decline," the Washington Times Paul Hollander wrote in 2007:

Theodore Dalrymple is a prolific British author of wide-ranging interests whose previous book, "In Praise of Prejudice," I reviewed on these pages in November 2007. He may best be described as a culture critic and essayist, but he has also written several unusual and riveting travel books, erudite literary criticism and books about health issues since he also happens to be an M.D. and psychiatrist. In the latter capacity, he worked in a British prison for many years and acquired firsthand knowledge of present-day social pathologies...
Society stands up against Political Correctness in the English language

The Society is also known for having defended London's iconoclast and often times "libertarian" Mayor Boris Johnson against charges of using politically incorrect speech. Johnson was castigaged by Leftists for using the term "Bollocks," (cow's balls in British lingo) at a City Council meeting. The Society was one of his most ardent defenders.

Wilders was set to give a talk and a screening of his film Fitna, at the invitation of the society. Many American liberals have sought to ban the film as too "offensive" to Islam, and keep it from being shown at various venues.

Nashville Hotel may have just snubbed the next Prime Minister of the Netherlands

NewsMax reports that Negri cancelled the conference immediately upon learning of Wilder's attendance, "for the health, safety and well-being of our guests and employees." Though, the hotel management admits no threats to security over Wilders' appearance were received.

New revelations emerging indicate that Negri may have had another agenda.


According to NewsMax:

Negri serves on the board of advisors of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, TIRRC, an activist group that states its mission “is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice” and “defend their rights.”

The group boasts of having helped to defeat an “English only” amendment this January that would have required all Nashville government communications to be in English.

Earlier this month, the group won an award from the Migration Policy Institute, which is funded by grants form the J.M. Kaplan Fund, a left-wing group that also funds the ACLU, the Tides Foundation, the Tides Center, the Sierra Club, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and other left-wing causes.
Additionally, Negri appears to have ties to local Somali immigrant groups, and was even a speaker at a Pro-Immigration Rally for Muslim Somali immigrants in Nashville in 2003.

The very latest polls out of the Netherlands indicate that Wilder's Freedom Party, holds a narrow lead over the Christian Democrats, 27 Members of Parliament seats to 26. Elections are set for June. Ironically, by late June, MP Wilders could very well be the next Prime Minister of The Netherlands.

LINKS

This story received a link from Memeorandum. The site listed LR and Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs, as the two blogs covering the story.

22 comments:

Conservative Scalawag said...

Huh, wonder if there might be cause for a law suite or a boycott against this one hotel, perhaps the whole chain?

For this sort of shutting up dissenting views has to stop. The liberals in the UK might be able to get away with this PC garbage,but it should never happen here in American. For once it does, and it kind has, it will manifest into abosolute tyranny.

Eric Dondero said...

Recall, this is the same State where Muslim Radicals just tried to shut down a restaurant in Knoxville, for serving beer.

And the naysayers on the libertarian left, say, "Oh, golly gee, there's no such thing as Islamo-Fascism... they're just peaceful loving individuals who want to live life here in America, and not bother anyone."

Yeah, right! Gimmee a fuckin' break!

Knapp, are you listening???

Kn@ppster said...

Eric,

Yes, I'm listening. Not sure I see your point, though. Either there was a contract, or there wasn't. If there was, either the hotel violated that contract, or it didn't.

Eric Dondero said...

Which has absolutely nothing to do with the issue at hand.

This is all about the rising tide of Islamo-Fascism in this country, and how they are now even to the point of pressuring major Hotel chains to cancel libertarian conferences.

If you can't see that you're blind as a David Paterson. Oops, excuse me, was that too politically incorrect? Hope I didn't offend you Tom.

Kn@ppster said...

"This is all about the rising tide of Islamo-Fascism in this country, and how they are now even to the point of pressuring major Hotel chains to cancel libertarian conferences."

Maybe, maybe not. If you think that's the case, feel free to prove it instead of just yelling about it.

As of now, here's what we know from your post:

A hotel manager, who happens to be a member of an organization that's apparently at least as libertarian as Wilders' "Freedom Party" is anti-libertarian on immigration, said his hotel can't be used by an organization to run a conference promoting Wilders.

That's it. That's all. If you want to assert Islamist influence (and maybe mislabel it "Islamo-fascist"), fine -- I'll be glad to look at your evidence, if you have any.

Eric Dondero said...

Umm, excuse me Tom, but since when are libertarians anti-sovereignty. The correct libertarian position is to protect our borders, and protect ourselves from rampant illegal immigration, particularly from hostile countries in the Middle East and Africa, like Somalia!

The anti-libertarian position, or you might say pro-fascist position, is to invite one's enemies to come into one's Nation, and take it over.

Not accusing you of being a fascist or anything, but you seem to be apologizing a bit too much for America's enemies here.

Kn@ppster said...

"Umm, excuse me Tom, but since when are libertarians anti-sovereignty."

Since the word "state" was added to the front of "sovereignty." The only kind of sovereignty libertarians support is the sovereignty of the individual.


"The correct libertarian position is to protect our borders, and protect ourselves from rampant illegal immigration, particularly from hostile countries in the Middle East and Africa, like Somalia!"

In some alternate universe where "libertarian" means "idiotically authoritarian," perhaps ... but not here in the real world.

"Not accusing you of being a fascist or anything, but you seem to be apologizing a bit too much for America's enemies here."

I wouldn't dream of apologizing for you.

stefan said...

"The only kind of sovereignty libertarians support is the sovereignty of the individual".

That may be the definition of an anarchist or a wing of the Libertarian Party or an Ayn Rand definition, but is
an extreme position that has absolute minority status worldwide, as it should have. I simply cannot accept definition: I noticed it is defined as the ONLY, not the MAIN, or a MOST IMPORTANT.

Knapp, based on your argument nobody should have a passport and other countries should not restrict you from entering, as after all ONLY the individuals of that state would have sovereignty, and if you drill down, actually the state should not exist, as it has no sovereignty over the individual, not even limited govt, as this pressupose the govt. interfering in the absolute sovereignty of the individual.
No wonder the LP never managed to get through 1% even in the US. Tip: with neither you nor Root the LP will even get 1% base don this policy.
The only sovereigty of the individual also seems to be a negative liberty, e.g. reject the sovereignty that Christians (and other religions) confess God has over individuals and groups. It also rejects the sovereignty of the family structure, local govt. etc.

stefan said...

The term "Islamo-fascism" is so nonsensical, just like
'war on terror", how can one have a war against a tactic? Eric, we have already tried - in vain obviously - of shedding some light on the foolishness from using this term. Fascism - in Mussolini's definition - is the marriage of (big) govt and corporate state power to from a new leviathan, a sort of (false)god. Tell me with which giant companies Al Qaeda for instance has an alliance and in which countries are they the govt????

I'm simply wanting you to argue in logical terms.

Kn@ppster said...

stefan,

"Knapp, based on your argument nobody should have a passport and other countries should not restrict you from entering, as after all ONLY the individuals of that state would have sovereignty, and if you drill down, actually the state should not exist, as it has no sovereignty over the individual, not even limited govt, as this pressupose the govt. interfering in the absolute sovereignty of the individual."

We can play reductio ad absurdium games all day long.

Yes, anarchist libertarians reject any state at all.

Many minarchist libertarians recognize a very limited form of "state sovereignty" of the type described in the Declaration of Independence -- a sovereignty delegated to the state by the individual for the purpose -- and ONLY for the purpose -- of protecting the individual's rights. That sovereignty would obviously not extend to suppression of rights.

"No wonder the LP never managed to get through 1% even in the US. Tip: with neither you nor Root the LP will even get 1% base don this policy."

I doubt you'll see Wayne taking a libertarian position on sovereignty.

Eric Dondero said...

I could say the term "Stefan," is nonsensical.

If you don't like Islamo-Fascism, fine. I can switch over to my preferred term, which is more accurate: Islamo-Naziism.

After all the Grand Mufti was one of Hitler's closest friends.

bint alshamsa said...

Eric,

"Stefan" isn't a term. It's a name.

stefan said...

Hmmm "Stefan: is a name, not a term, and it does have a meaning, in ancient Greek, also used in the New Testament. It means 'rock", "crown" etc. Do you consider these words nonsensical? Ask me, I will know, as I studied ancient Greek as well. Another epic Eric fail.

bint alshamsa said...

Stefan,

"Ask me, I will know, as I studied ancient Greek as well. "

How fascinating! I didn't know this about you. :)

Eric Dondero said...

Stefan, what would you call an ideology that worships Hitler, whose main proponent, a man who was the undisputed leader of PanArabia in the 1930s and 40s - was close friends with Hitler, whose adherents subscribe to socialist/interventionist economic policies, and routinely torture and kill people on the streets who disagree with them. Oh, and not too mention just about all of them hate Jews?

I'd say that fits the definition of "Fascism," pretty well.

ccoffer said...

No. That's the definition of islam.

The vile nature of that particular pathology can't be accurately expressed by merely describing it as fascist. It is much worse than that. It's absolutely satanic.

bint alshamsa said...

Borg Baptist,

"It's absolutely satanic."

Oh noez!! Not the devil! Run for your lives, people!

*snicker*

Grace Explosion said...

Thanks for sharing this, Eric. I wouldn't have known. So, we have a Nashville fascist who thinks he gets to censor free speech.

I hope that hotel gets "censored" by customers (boycotted).

Grace Explosion said...

Hi Stefan,

Interesting about your name. My name is Laura. It means "crown" too.

Grace to you.

bint alshamsa said...

Dis-Grace,

"So, we have a Nashville fascist who thinks he gets to censor free speech."

You still haven't figured out what free speech really is. Evidently, the word "censor" is pretty confusing to you, as well. Private companies and individuals have no obligation to allow someone to use their facilities to preach a message they find despicable. Wilders is still free to say whatever he wants in America. He just can't say it anywhere he wants in America.

ccoffer said...

"If you don't like Islamo-Fascism, fine. I can switch over to my preferred term, which is more accurate: Islamo-Naziism."Islamo-Nazi is the most accurate way to describe them, Eric. They aren't "like" the Nazis. They ARE the Nazis. They're the same people with the same sick agenda and the same demented supporters.

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