Thursday, February 9, 2017
Free Speech Is Determined By Who Burns More!
Berkeley Student Op-Ed: We Had To Get Violent In Self-Defense To People Saying Stuff
On Tuesday, in a self-immolating display of narcissistic stupidity, The Daily Californian – the student newspaper for UC Berkeley – ran an op-ed defending
the use of violence in shutting down a speech by alt-right popularizer and
professional provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. The op-ed, titled “Violence as
self-defense,” was a whole series of op-eds talking about why violence was
useful in shutting down political debate.
“To people with platforms who decide when a protest should and should
not be violent: You speak from a place of immense privilege. As I recently
wrote in a tirade against this brand of idiocy, asking people to maintain
peaceful dialogue with those who legitimately do not think their lives matter
is a violent act,” wrote Nisa Dang, an alumna of the university.
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This is actually evil – the notion that words are violence when the words do
not explicitly call for violence is an excuse to beat the living hell out of anyone
with whom you disagree. It’s also worthwhile noting that Yiannopoulos, for all his myriad faults, has never said that individuals’ lives don’t matter.
That’s a baseless slur.
Illegal immigrant student Juan Prieto explained in an op-ed titled “Violence
helped ensure safety of students”: “We share our stories and provide insight
to the reality of the flawed immigration system. To out us is to remove that
agency from us.” In other words, he’s here illegally, so more illegal activity
is necessary to promote the original illegality. Got it.
Neil Lawrence, a former Daily Californian columnist, wrote that the so-called
Black Bloc “was made up of people with the most to fight for and the most to
lose,” and “did what campus should have.” Except that the vast majority of
such protesters live in Mommy’s basement and all the students at UC Berkeley
are sponsored by taxpayers to be there majoring in Useless.
One Desmond Meagley wrote, “I put my safety and my freedom on the line
because letting Yiannopoulos speak was more terrifying to me than potential
injury or arrest.” First off, you shouldn’t be terrified by other people speaking
unless they’re violently threatening you. Second, no one worried about
protesters putting their own safety on the line. We all worried about protesters
beating the bejesus out of anyone who disagreed.
Finally, Josh Hardman wrote, “The principle of freedom of speech should not
be extended to envelop freedom of hate speech, for the unchecked
normalization of hate speech will have real consequences.” If leftists were
truly worried about normalizing Yiannopoulos, burning things and breaking
windows did more to make Yiannopoulos a mainstream victim than anything
Yiannopoulos has ever said or done. It gave Yiannopoulos the ability to don
his College Republican outfit on Tucker Carlson, dump all the talk about
“thick-as-pig-shit media Jews,” and pretend to be a normal conservative.
The students at UC Berkeley don't seem to understand the crucial mistake
they made last week. That means they'll repeat it. And that's no good for