Berkeley activist: No, “fascists” don’t have a right to speak in public

By:  @xxjefferson51, 11 months ago
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A top-notch “bop-bag segment” from last night’s Tucker Carlson show, executed with the guest’s enthusiastic participation to demonstrate just how illiberal far-left liberalism is. The meat of this one comes in the middle when Carlson presses her on whether an alt-righter like Milo Yiannopoulos should have the right to speak in public. No, she finally concedes — with something of a novel theory as these things go. Normally the argument for shutting down right-wing speakers is that they’re committing rhetorical “violence” with their opinions, such that the left is entitled to defend itself with actual violence and intimidation. This woman’s theory is that alt-right speech, at least in a campus setting, is actually an attempt at recruitment, and therefore it must be tamped down in the name of keeping a dangerous fascist movement from growing. All political speech is a form of recruitment, though; essentially she’s complaining that Yiannopoulos might actually persuade members of his audience if they’re allowed to freely listen to him, and so of course they shouldn’t be. Rarely do you hear a defense of the “heckler’s veto” stated as forthrightly as that: You’re too susceptible to speaker X, but luckily progressive America is here to make sure his words never contaminate your ears. I wonder how many extra book sales Yiannopoulos will owe to people like this helping to make his work the height of right-wing radical chic.

Whodunit: Brother of North Korea dictator murdered in Malaysian airport
Exit question via WaPo: Is Berkeley actually looking for the rioters who shut down Yiannopoulos’s speech or is that just something they’re telling the press to make it seem like they care, kinda sorta, about free speech?
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Heartland American
link   Heartland American    11 months ago

Really?  People who disagree with the progressive left dogma have no free speech rights?  How arrogant!

link   Cerenkov  replied to  Heartland American   11 months ago

Another example of the failure of liberal ideology. Progressives are the new fascists.

Heartland American
link   Heartland American  replied to  Cerenkov   11 months ago

They always have been fascists.

Sean Treacy
link   Sean Treacy    11 months ago

totalitarianism at its' finest.

link   Cerenkov    11 months ago

Many young progressives are laughably ignorant and hypocritical. 

Buzz of the Orient
link   Buzz of the Orient    11 months ago

Seems to me that liberal progressives would like to amend the Constitution and delete the First Amendment.

Of course what can anyone expect from those who ban books:

Book-burning parites coming up next.

link   Spikegary  replied to  Buzz of the Orient   11 months ago

Well, you can have your first amendment, as long as you say what we want you to.  Sad to see this be a prevailing attitude at so many institutes of higher learning.  There is only 1 side that matters, and we will shout down anyone that doesn't parrot our position.

Heartland American
link   Heartland American  replied to  Spikegary   11 months ago

University campuses have become hotbeds for just that and it's sad.  


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