So much for free speech on campus — how ironic



That was then, this is now.

In the 1960s the Berkeley campus of the University of California was home to the so-called Free Speech Movement, which was closely associated with various liberal causes at the time and agitated for political activity on campus.

Last night violent protesters throwing rocks and metal barricades and setting fires caused the school administration to cancel a speech by arch-rightwing rabble rouser Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart editor.

There were an estimated 1,500 peaceful protesters outside where the speech was scheduled to take place but nearing the time of the speech they were joined by 150 masked people.

“This was a group of agitators who were masked up, throwing rocks, commercial grade fireworks and Molotov cocktails at officers,” UC Berkeley Police Chief Margo Bennet told The Associated Press, but there were no reports of arrests or serious injuries.

Apparently on California campuses free speech is allowed only for fellow liberals, because Yiannopoulos speeches were also canceled at UC Davis and UCLA.

President Trump tweeted: “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) sent out a press release saying, “FIRE condemns both violence and attempts to silence protected expression in the strongest terms. We also urge that decisions affecting long-term policy be made only after all the facts are gathered and with appropriate opportunity for reasoned discussion.”

It duly noted that the cancellation was for safety reasons and Berkeley as an institution made no effort to silence Yiannopoulos.

If free speech belongs only to those with whom one agrees, it is hardly free. The hooligans should be ashamed of themselves, but that is not likely.

FIRE concluded:

The events at Berkeley should alarm citizens from across the political spectrum who hold dear the liberal values enshrined in the First Amendment. FIRE will continue to insist that the proper answer to speech you hate is more speech, and we stand with the vast majority of Americans who live according to this principle every day.



The definition of fascism:

a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Look up the definition of irony.

17 comments on “So much for free speech on campus — how ironic

  1. deleted says:

    A ray of sunshine.

    Nice to know that even conservative gun owners know the value of public lands.

  2. Cultural Marxism on display…

  3. Steve says:

    When they cannot defend their own people, liberals try to change the subject.


  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    How many of those involved could rationally explain their grievances and whether it’s imagined or real? These riots aren’t spontaneous, they are planned, executed, and financed by far more devious and intelligent individuals, they want a death or deaths of students at the hands of the police or military for shock in the news media, and the news media would be more than willing to publish blood and guts in the name of liberalism/socialism, Scott Pelley and others of his ilk would glory in deaths on campus, mostly because it would be on Trump’s watch.

  5. Rincon says:

    What else would you expect from today’s extreme polarization and winner take all mentality of our citizenship and, therefore, our leadership? Defend yourself or be crushed. Liberals aren’t going to be crushed.

  6. Vernon Clayson says:

    Trump has no fear of stepping on toes, liberals may not get crushed but they’ve been found out and are flailing desperately to get their mojo back, they can’t do it by staying away or sitting on the floors of Congress and the rioting and protests won’t change Trump’s drive to make America First. The Clintons are done, Obama and Biden are done along with their posse, John McCain is so desperate for attention he wants to start wars, Pelois and Feinstein are babbling, so is the news media.

  7. Where were the police during this melee while these felonies were being committed by the paid anarchists (150) who slipped into the crowd of 1500 protesters? Non action by the police only emboldens the criminals who lit fires, damaged property and assaulted people who had come to watch the speaker. The troublemakers were easily identifiable by their masks and garb. The Marxist leftists were doing the crushing…any defense of these anarchists simply dilutes and drowns out the “so called” liberal causes or positions. Again…the advance of Cultural Marxism is the root of this corrosive evil…

  8. Barbara says:

    Instead of gun free zones, it appears we have a need to pass mask free zones such as exists in Washington DC. This would enable the police to be proactive and not wait until a violent act has occurred. The university and colleges need to issue statements that any student participating in conduct that disrupts the administration of the campus will be immediately expelled.

    When my sister attended college, some students organized a “sit-in” to protest the Vietnam war. The president of the college announced that the students had one hour to report to their classes and stop the sit-in. Any student not complying would be immediately expelled. A few students continued the sit-in and they were expelled. One was a friend of my sister. He lost his student deferment and found himself in Vietnam shortly thereafter. Big mistake.

  9. deleted says:

    “America needs a dress code”
    -Conservatives who apparently don’t read the Constitution

    (1st Amendment)

  10. It’s their behavior (arson, destruction of property, and assault) that are actionable. Progressive Marxists who not only don’t obey the law…but believe they are above the law are the ones who should pay a price for their anarchy…incarceration, stiff fines, and a record. (The fact that they are stupid enough to wear garb that makes it easier to pick them out of the crowd will hopefully lead to their ultimate down fall and arrests).

  11. Anonymous says:

    Apparently even in the world of toe tapping, wide stance, conservative republicans, protests against this guy happen.

    I await the column blasting these guys for their “anti” freedom of speech campaign.

  12. They did not deny his freedom of speech, merely the use of their podium.

  13. Anonymous says:

    And the student protesters didn’t deny him either the podium or his freedom of speech.

  14. It wasn’t their podium.

  15. deleted says:

    Sure it was, as taxpayers, it was as much theirs as anyone’s.

  16. So is the floor of the Senate, but try waltzing in and speaking from the well.

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