How would you react if you sought to give a 90 minute self-improvement talk to a group of men and as a result, thousands of activists, journalists, and politicians all teamed up in a concerted effort to forcibly shut you down?
In summer of 2015, Roosh V set out to visit six cities and give a series of lectures on subjects ranging from how to be successful with women, societal problems that men face today, and the effect that feminism has had on western culture.
But when it was time to speak in Montreal and Toronto, the Canadian establishment responded with a nation-wide smear campaign and frothed up an angry mob intent on hunting Roosh V down in the streets and denying him his right to speak.
Free Speech Isn’t Free is the first-hand account of what happened when a group of everyday men fought back against the powers-that-be and against all odds, pulled off a successful free speech victory in the face of massive, and at times, violent opposition.
Roosh begins the book by chronicling the speaking tour from it’s inception as just a passing thought on a cold, wintery day, to its preparation in the form of public speaking classes coupled with many hours of work, all the way through to the first speech set in Germany.
In the calm before the storm, we follow Roosh on the first four stops of his lecture circuit – Berlin, London, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Here he conducts his speech without incident and fields a wide array of questions from attendees on topics such as basic dating advice, sacrifices the modern man must make, and how one can best respond to the decline of the west both as an individual and as a group.
Roosh connects with his readership, meets many longtime fans for the first time, and of course, hits the bars, descending upon each city with a group of men ready to seize the day and celebrate life. We’re introduced to new and intriguing characters such as the charismatic ladies man Tokyo Joe as well as the reliable brother-in-arms, Tipu.
In Washington, D.C., one in-depth conversation with a reader causes Roosh to have a startling revelation with regards to Progressivism and Globalism. The “missing link” of Roosh’s ideas and philosophical thought is stumbled upon and explicated in harrowing detail.
In the days leading up to the speech scheduled to take place in Montreal, a Change.org petition to deny Roosh entry to Canada begins circulating around the web. We see the beginning of the outrage to come as leftist entities and activists deploy their weapon of choice on those who may oppose them – the idea of ”Hate Speech”.
As we come to see in this eye-opening memoir, the problem with the idea of “Hate Speech” is that it can be (and often is) used to shut down anything and everything that a person or entity could find offensive, politically incorrect, or even just disagreeable.
Included in the book is a full transcript of the speech Roosh delivered in the various cities on tour. And as any reader can plainly see, Roosh’s talk was merely a thoughtful critique of modern society and suggestions on how to best live in a culture so consumed with degeneracy. Contrary to the portrayals in the Canadian media, the speech included no calls to violence or hateful rhetoric.
So how did it all get blown out of proportion?
A small group of antagonizing feminists took a controversial blog article Roosh V had penned earlier in the year entitled, How To Stop Rape. In it, Roosh makes the satirical proposition that if a society were to legalize rape on private property, it would lead to a rapid decline of date rape as women would no longer allow themselves to get wildly inebriated in sketchy situations and would not enter into private residences with men they did not trust.
When asked if this was a serious suggestion, Roosh has gone on record to say the idea is absurd and has made every effort to communicate that the article was a thought experiment not intended to be taken literally.
Unfortunately, the article still served as ammunition for those in Canada who oppose free speech to slander and defame Roosh while misinforming the public that a “rape advocate” was coming to town to give his “pro-rape” speech.
When you see a story on the news or even a petition circulating the web, how much research does one really do to see if it’s credible? The typical person takes what they see at face value. As we see on multiple occasions in the book, this innate flaw of the human species has been exploited by established media outlets time and time again to sway public opinion. And this is exactly the kind of attack that Roosh found himself up against in Canada.
Roosh must go to great strategic lengths in order to outmaneuver the angry mob and media frenzy in Canada that is hellbent on stopping his speech. His strategy is outlined in detail and through a careful process, the men in Canada go all in and stand up to the fierce opposition.
Just as the dust begins to settle from the free speech battles in Canada, a worldwide meetup of Return of Kings followers comes under the same type of attack that was seen in Montreal and Toronto, only this time it’s on a global scale.
Having personally attended Roosh’s lecture in Washington, D.C. and also serving as a host for one of the worldwide meetups, I was elated to see this alarming story be told in full. The views expressed by the men in this book are not hateful or evil. They are simply unpopular when compared to the mainstream.
Free Speech Isn’t Free is a wake up call showing us that any views which contradict the mainstream can be stifled under the guise of “hate speech”. Ideas inconvenient to some are being silenced and individual rights are being compromised so that nobody feels offended. The men involved in this story were forced to put themselves in precarious circumstance just so they could fulfill their free speech rights. How far are you willing to go to prevent yourself from being censored?
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