Fewer old-time pro-free speech liberals left on campuses
“the loudmouths and the bigmouths, and the social justice warriors, really have intimidated just about everybody”
I appeared on Monday evening, October 30, 2017, on the Mark Levin Show to talk about my recent experiences at Vassar College, as previously documented in these posts:
- Safe Spaces and Safety Teams at Vassar College for My Lecture on Free Speech
- Actual Malice at Vassar College
The short version is that I had a scheduled lecture on “hate speech” and free speech on campus, including a discussion of whether “hate speech” should be banned at Vassar, and if so, who decides what “hate speech” is. I intended to present the legal reality that “hate speech” is still free speech, even after Charlottesville.
The topic made me a target. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff were whipped into a frenzy by factually false accusations against me and regarding my appearance. Among other things, the campus was misled into thinking that I, and supposed “neo-Nazis and white supremacists” who were likely to attend with me, were going to target non-white, LGBT and Jewish students. It was all a fabrication.
The Vasser Student Association even tried to get Vassar’s president to cancel my appearance.
The appearance went forward under heavy security. Over 200 students listened to my 45 minute lecture that was followed by a Question and Answer period that was almost twice as long. You can view the lecture here, and the Q&A session here.
I discussed these events with Mark Levin.
My main point for the interview was how this is part of a concerted effort to silence conservative voices on campus. Mainstream conservatives are smeared as being the equivalent of a White Supremacist like Richard Spencer, and claims are made that such mainstream conservatives are a threat to campus safety.
Even when we are allowed to speak, the price to pay in harm to one’s reputation (not to mention the stress) helps silence others, including old-time liberals who might otherwise agree with us on free speech issues. Those old-time pro-free speech liberals remain silent while the social justice warriors run the show.
Here is the interview:
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Great segment with Levin, Professor.
Let me know if I can be of help.
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