Category Archives: freedom of expression

Protests against Trump at the University of Chicago

I read the twice-weekly University of Chicago student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon, and have noticed over the past few years a clear movement towards identity politics and Regressive Leftism. There is pretty much a unanimity of opinion among its writers, with little attempt to present alternative viewpoints, and many of the op-ed pieces are written by privileged […]

New Yorker goes Regressive Left, criticizes freedom of speech (Milo’s, of course)

It’s no surprise that the New Yorker, a reliably liberal magazine that doesn’t want to offend its fanbase, has been leaning towards Regressive Leftism. While their criticism of Trump is generally good, their osculation of faith is irritating, but of course for the magazine to state outright that there’s no evidence for God would be, well, too strident, […]

More censorship, this time of Israeli ambassador to the UN

It’s not just Milo who’s demonized; it’s anybody connected with Israel. This tweet was posted yesterday evening, and reportedly shows Columbia University students “shutting him down” by disrupting his talk. When will they ever learn? Danny Danon, #Israel's Ambassador to the UN is currently speaking at #Columbia University. Audience members have shouted him down 7 […]

A liberal tells us what liberals “don’t get” about free speech, but she’s the one who doesn’t get it

We’ve met Katherine Cross before, in a piece she wrote defending the punching of Nazis. Identified as “a pizza loving feminist sociologist, trans Latina, and amateur slug herder, working on her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Centre,” she writes for The Establishment, which I don’t read but, upon perusal, seems to be a slightly upscale […]

Berkeley students defend violent protests over Milo Yiannopoulos talk

Prepare to be disheartened, at least if you’re in favor of peaceful protests against speakers you don’t like. As you may recall, last week Milo Yiannopoulos spoke—or rather, was scheduled to speak—at the University of California at Berkeley.  The University and the sponsoring organization (the Berkeley College Republicans) provided ample police protection, but a number of […]

Jonathan Pie on the Berkeley protests and the moral decline of the Left

Here’s comedian Tom Walker, in his role as newsman Jonathan Pie, ranting about Milo Yiannopoulos’s speech and the Berkeley protests, claiming (correctly) that the Berkeley violence “hands the moral high ground to Trump.” This is serious satire, not just pure comedy. Pie’s only error: blaming UC Berkeley on the protests and justifying Trump’s threat to rescind […]

Benighted woman justifies the punching of “Nazis”

Dan Arel continues to defend the punching of Nazis (read: “any white supremacist”), tweeting a link to one of the most misguided articles I’ve seen in the past year: “Why Punching Nazis Is Not Only Ethical, But Imperative” by @Quinnae_Moon — Dan Arel (@danarel) February 3, 2017 Yes, go have a read at The Establishment […]

French scholar prosecuted for “incitement to racial hatred” for noting the culturally inherited anti-Semitism of French Muslims

I don’t write much about “hate speech” laws in other countries, although many have them (even in Europe), for I simply don’t know much about their history, or how they’re enforced. But, as in the U.S., I don’t think that they’re justified in any democracy, for democracy depends vitally in freedom of speech.  We know that […]

Milo Yiannopoulos speech canceled at UC Berkeley amidst protests and violence

According to the New York Times and SFGate, Milo Yiannopoulos’s scheduled appearance at the University of California at Berkeley last night, sponsored by the College Republicans, was canceled after initially peaceful protests turned violent. The situation isn’t completely clear, but it looks as if “outside agitators” (i.e., non-students) attacked police barricades, threw paint, and then went on […]

A reader’s comment on free speech: not for white supremacists!

It’s comments like the one below, which I simply threw into the bin, that make me want to keep defending free speech. As long as we have misguided folks like this one, who think that free speech is only for themselves and their friends, then someone needs to keep emphasizing what free speech is about. This […]