Category Archives: Free Speech

April 24, 2017

Free Speech: “Best opening statement by Judge Jeanine ever” – Must Watch (Video)

Watching the news about the violent Berkeley riots is akin to watching “a silencing in real-time,” said Pirro, “where people are not allowed to express their opinion if it does not align with the thinking of others.”

In reaction to author Ann Coulter’s travails in trying to speak to students at the University of California, Berkeley, Judge Jeanine Pirro warned viewers, “America is in trouble. They are trying to silence you,” in the opening statement of her Fox News show, “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”

Referencing the First Amendment, which guarantees free speech as the most basic and fundamental right of Americans, Pirro said putting an end to this right puts “our nation at risk and in danger of extinction.”

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April 22, 2017

Jordan B. Peterson – Disinvited to Linfield College: My response (Video)

In February of 2017, I was invited to speak at Linfield College (http://www.linfield.edu/), a small liberal arts institution in McMinnville, Oregon, about an hour outside of Portland. I agreed, and the talk was scheduled for Monday, April 24. This caused some controversy, as the typical suspects began to express their concern about safe spaces. On April 18, the talk was summarily canceled, despite the flight and accommodation bookings. I gave the host students permission to use my honorarium to book an alternative venue.

Milo Yiannopoulos Plots Comeback at UC Berkeley

Yiannopoulos wouldn’t say who is backing the effort, financially or otherwise, nor would he say which, if any, student group has invited him to speak at Berkeley.

Milo Yiannopoulos is plotting his comeback, allegedly to take place at UC Berkeley, whether university administrators like it or not.

“In light of recent controversies, I am planning a huge multiday event called Milo’s Free Speech Week in Berkeley later this year. We will hold talks and rallies and throw massive parties, all in the name of free expression,” Yiannopoulos said on his Facebook page Friday.

Yiannopoulos wouldn’t say who is backing the effort, financially or otherwise, nor would he say which, if any, student group has invited him to speak at Berkeley. When he was last set to speak there in February, protesters set fires, threw rocks and attacked fans, and the UC Police Department shut down the event.

Administrators are preparing for a similar reception for Ann Coulter when she attempts to speak on Thursday even after administrators told her she didn’t have permission to do so and moved her event to a different venue in the following week.

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April 21, 2017

Don’t Know Much About History: Politico Blames Trump for Berkeley Violence

Politico’s David Siders offered a revisionist history of the violent suppression of free speech at the University of California Berkeley on Thursday with an article titled: “How Berkeley became a hotbed of violence in the Trump era.”

In a classic example of question-begging, Siders, assuming Trump is the catalyst, began his farcical explanation with a visit by Trump supporter (and then-Breitbart editor) Milo Yiannopoulos to the Berkeley campus in February.

But suppression of free speech at Berkeley by leftist mobs began long before.

As recently as 2014 — during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Free Speech Movement, no less — a mob of left-wing radicals broke up a speech by entrepreneur Peter Thiel, bursting into the hall where he was speaking to students and forcing him to flee for his physical safety. The event occurred long before Trump declared his candidacy for the presidency, and even longer before Thiel became a Trump supporter.

In 2000, as Breitbart News’ Daniel J. Flynn recalled, “a similar mob, including many looking like they had crawled out from under a dock in the marina at the end of University Avenue, drowned my words with shouts of “murderer,” “racist,” and “Nazi.” They attempted to rip the microphone cord from the wall. A hirsute man ‘mooned’ me. And, in one last indignity, the hecklers seized my writings to fuel an actual book burning.”

Flynn added: “This all happened under the watchful eyes of two pleasant Cal policewomen.”

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April 20, 2017

Jack Posobiec: The Coming Censorship of Livestream (Video)

TheRebel.media’s DC Bureau Chief Jack Posobiec warns that social media companies will regulate livestreams in the name of “public safety,” but really to maintain the MSM’s monopoly.

April 19, 2017

My Free Speech at Berkeley, Not by David Horowitz

How universities like Berkeley aim to kill free speech.

A full-page ad is appearing in today’s Daily Californian, calling on students to “COME HEAR DAVID HOROWITZ SPEAK AT BERKELEY ON APRIL 12.” Following this, the ad says, “COME HEAR HIM, THAT IS, IF YOU CAN FIND HIM!” Well actually you can’t. That’s because the UC Berkeley Administration, which is determined to keep its students “safe” from conservative speakers like me, chose to place such onerous restrictions on the event that its hosts, Berkeley College Republicans, felt they had to cancel it.

University officials will tell you that the restrictions were necessary to ensure public safety, but this will just be the most egregious of their self-serving lies. They will seek to validate this by invoking the February riot, which prevented Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus, causing $100,000 damage and physical violence to bystanders in the process. Milo was not responsible for that riot; the Berkeley Administration and the UC police were. It was their responsibility to present a show of force that would have prevented the mayhem, and failing that to arrest the perpetrators and see to it that they received long jail sentences and were required to pay restitution for the damage they caused. But the UC can’t be bothered with actual concerns for public safety. In fact, the UC Police Department led by Captain Alex Yao, did nothing to stop or arrest the rioters, who as a result will not have to think twice before rioting again, say at my event or at Ann Coulter’s which is scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

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April 18, 2017

Understanding the Campus Free-Speech Crisis

Without an intervention by the public through its elected representatives, the structure of the anti-free-speech university is locked-in for the foreseeable future.

What’s gone wrong on our college campuses and how can we fix it? This past week, Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald, a knowledgeable supporter of America’s criminal justice system and thoughtful critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, was repeatedly shouted down by protesters at UCLA, then silenced and forced to escape with a police escort the next day, during what should have been her talk at Claremont McKenna College.

These incidents follow the February riot that forced the cancellation of a Milo Yiannopoulos talk at UC Berkeley, and the March shout-down at Middlebury College of conservative Charles Murray, followed by the violent attack that sent Murray’s liberal interlocutor, Professor Allison Stanger, to the hospital.

The immediate lesson of the UCLA shout-down and the Claremont shut-down is that widespread condemnation by all sides of the Berkeley and Middlebury incidents has not restored campus free speech. On the contrary, America’s colleges continue their descent into low-grade anarchy.

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Pomona College Students Say There’s No Such Thing as Truth, ‘Truth’ Is a Tool of White Supremacy

Demand expulsion of conservative journalists for reporting on campus illiberalism at Claremont.

A coalition of marginalized students at Pomona College are demanding that the president of Pomona (one of the Claremont Colleges) take disciplinary action against student-journalists who write for The Claremont Independent, a conservative paper.

That’s not all. The students’ letter to the president also stridently rejects the very mission of a liberal arts college. The search for truth is little more than an attempt to silence marginalized people, in the view of these students. Accordingly, the campus administration must revise its commitment to free speech such that no one who espouses hateful views—as defined, in incredibly broad terms, by the offended parties themselves—is allowed to speak at Claremont.

“Free speech, a right many freedom movements have fought for, has recently become a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions,” the students wrote in their letter. “It has not just empowered students from marginalized backgrounds to voice their qualms and criticize aspects of the institution, but it has given those who seek to perpetuate systems of domination a platform to project their bigotry.”

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April 16, 2017

Free Speech Battle For Berkeley, California! | Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux (Video)

“I was walking through the streets of Berkeley just before this event and there’s a sickness here. All of the buildings, everything around the campus, it’s all spraypainted ANTIFA Zone. This place has a sickness of extreme Communism, extreme radicalization unlike anywhere else.” Lauren Southern

Assaulted For Free Speech! | Mike Cernovich and Stefan Molyneux (Video)

After being assaulted for exercising his freedom of speech, Mike Cernovich joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss being attacked by violent leftists, exercising self-defense and the free speech battle for Berkeley, California!