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Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee

I’m sure you’ve heard about the riots at UC Berkeley.  Milo Yiannopolous was invited to speak there.  Students rioted, throwing bricks and fireworks, attacking students who tried to attend, and calling Milo fascist and hateful.  UC Berkeley failed to give Milo sufficient police protection, and instead the event was canceled.

If you look on social media, you’ll find people disgusted by the actions of the rioters and the spinelessness of the university.

There are also plenty of people applauding their actions, for expressing their views and protecting others from hate-speech.

It must take a lot of double-think to call someone else fascist while threatening and attacking others and destroying property to keep someone from expressing their opinions.

Not to mention, Milo is not a policy-maker.  He’s also not an American – he’s from the UK.  He has zero ability to directly affect American laws and regulations.  He’s a journalist and senior editor for Breitbart News.  What was he going to do at UC Berkeley?  Talk.  That’s it.  All he was going to do was present his opinions.  Contrary to the accusations, Milo has not advocated for violence against anyone.  (If you don’t believe me, go find out for yourself.)  Non-violent talk never merits a violent reaction.

The riot and cancellation say a lot more about the rioters than the speaker.  If you become so unhinged at just the thought of someone articulating an opinion contrary to your own that you start throwing things and attacking people, I suggest you seek professional help.  If this was a calm and calculated decision, you are a psychopath who needs to be in jail.

The school claims it wasn’t Berkeley students who were the rioters.  Their evidence?  “That’s not our students’ behavior.”  But, since the individuals who started the violence were masked, and not arrested (reports vary between zero and one arrest), I can’t say that the university’s assertion (repeated as fact by the left-leaning media), is terribly convincing.

Back to the irony of violent protestors calling someone else a fascist.  Fascism means (according to Merriam-Webster): 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.”

I’d like to highlight that last part: “Forcible suppression of opposition.”  Which side of the political spectrum is actually practicing the forcible suppression of opposition?  It certainly wasn’t the Republican club on campus who invited Milo to speak.

If you really are confident that you are right, why not let someone else speak?  If you are right, and they are wrong, other people will be able to figure that out, and they will side with you.  If someone is resorting to violence to prevent someone else from speaking, maybe it’s because they know, deep down, that they aren’t so right after all, and they’re afraid that if they let someone else speak, other people will realize it too.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide who really is the fascist.

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