A passionate argument by Van Jones for free speech on campus

In this clip from the University of Chicago’s continuing Institute of Politics (IOP) discussions, CNN commenter Van Jones gives one of the best and most stirring arguments for free speech on college campuses that I’ve seen. Really stirring, especially for an extemporaneous answer to a question.  My favorite bit is this:

“My parents, and Monica Elizabeth Peek’s parents, marched; they dealt with fire hoses; they dealt with dogs; they dealt with beatings. You can’t deal with a mean tweet?”

Here’s the IOP description:

Clip from an event at the Institute of Politics with CNN commentators S.E. Cupp and Van Jones in conversation with IOP Director David Axelrod on the current state of politics in America. This event was part of “America in the Trump Era,” the IOP’s look at the changes – cultural, policy, media and otherwise – coming under a Trump administration.

This should be mandatory viewing for every college student in America!

h/t: Luana

25 Comments

  1. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I like Van Jones. A lot. I liked him back when he was getting slagged by the Far Right during the Obama administration, and I like him even more now from what I’ve seen of him from time to time on CNN.

    Good for him for speaking out for free speech.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted November 18, 2018 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

      I like David Axelrod a lot, too. He’s one of the most astute political analysts around. And both he and Van Jones, while both are plainly left of center, regularly engage seriously and respectfully with people from across the political spectrum.

      We could use more like them.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        And, hell, let me not leave out the third person on that stage, S.E. Cupp. She’s a conservative, so, perforce, I disagree with her on most thing. But she’s a never-Trumper, and she’s reasonably reasonable on some topics (especially since she got her gig on CNN), and we need to make common cause with such folks for the good of our nation.

  2. rickflick
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    “This should be mandatory viewing for every college student in America!”

    Yes.

  3. Keith
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    The world definitely needs to hear more from Van Jones.

  4. Frank Bath
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    ‘You don’t take the weights out of the gym.’ A great metaphor for the whole campus.

  5. CAS
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Nice!

  6. Posted November 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Good one!

  7. Vaal
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Wow that is absolutely terrific. I’m forwarding this immediately to my son in University! (I’ve basically given this same message to my son, but of course without such force and eloquence).

  8. BJ
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    “I’m not going to take all the weights out of the gym. That’s the whole point of the gym!”

    Brilliant. His whole statement is brilliant.

    • BJ
      Posted November 18, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      In addition to liking everything else he says in this clip, I also appreciate him noting that he gets to say these things without repercussions from the usual crowd because people like him and see him as a useful voice. If what he said here was said by Ben Shapiro…well, we already know what happens when that’s the case.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 18, 2018 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

        Ben Shapiro’s spouted his fair share of bad-faith bullshit over the years to earn people’s enmity.

        Plus, I haven’t cared much for anything he’s been in since playing Damien in The Omen. 🙂

        • BJ
          Posted November 18, 2018 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

          Well, that wasn’t really the point I was making. And I can’t reciprocate on your joke because I can’t think of another actor who looks like him.

        • BJ
          Posted November 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

          Wait, maybe he’s a more attractive David Arquette? That’s the best I can do.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted November 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

            Here and here — separated at birth?

            • BJ
              Posted November 18, 2018 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

              Holy shit. Better hope he doesn’t become President.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted November 19, 2018 at 5:11 am | Permalink

                I’d still take Ben Shapiro over Donald Trump — hell, I’d take Damien himself over the Donald.

  9. W.Benson
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Van Jones hits the bullseye once again.

  10. Taz
    Posted November 18, 2018 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    “You are creating a kind of liberalism that the minute it crosses the street into the real world is not just useless, but obnoxious and dangerous.”

  11. Posted November 18, 2018 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Great speech. Jungle with boots. Love the metaphor.

  12. Toni Jordon
    Posted November 19, 2018 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Van. THANK YOU!!

  13. Posted November 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    – – – I want you to be deeply offended.
    And then learn how to speak back.- – –

    When my kids began to walk and ride a bike, I wanted them to fall at least twice. If not, how would they learn to keep balance the rest of the time?

    What a pleasure to hear such wise advice at this level!
    .-

  14. Posted November 19, 2018 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on shakemyheadhollow.

  15. Posted November 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Excellent!

  16. Posted November 20, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    More Van Jones, less Alex Jones …


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