It’s good to see the tolerant left engaging in civil debate with stances they don’t agree with in a calm educational setting.
That was sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell…
For those that don’t know, an alt-right Breitbart news editor, Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at Berkley tonight.
Instead of voicing their opinions through debate, peaceful protests, or public education/awareness efforts, the students of Berkley chose to create the scene pictured above. The rioters started fires, threw moltov cocktails, lit fireworks in buildings, and ultimately destroyed a lot of both public and private property.
Their main goal? To seemingly silence Yiannopoulos from voicing his message to those who wanted to listen.
What did they accomplish instead? They destroyed their own campus. On top of that, they ensured hours of coverage for Milo on numerous news networks across the country; they’ve only amplified his voice a thousandfold.
I by no means agree with Yiannopoulos’ ideals, but this is simply unacceptable. Universities are meant to be a place for free speech and healthy intellectual conversations.
What if I were to tell you that you can disagree with someone, and not create literal dumpster fires?
*unless that free speech is not preapproved and accepted by the radical leftists that run this Communist institution.
**if preapproval is not granted our liberal hounds, and their antifa friends, will threaten your personal safety in order to intimidate you into silence.
***if preapproval is not granted, and you decide to risk your own life, our university police will stand down and sit in their squad cars eating doughnuts and making jokes (at your expense) while our liberal army beats the ever-loving crap out of you.
****free speech is awesome!
A Yiannopoulos, Bannon, Trump Plot to Control American Universities?
The events at
Berkeley Wednesday night have been a boon to Milos Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart
News, and to Steve Bannon, formerly head of Breitbart News and now Trump’s consigliere.
As you may know, on Wednesday night, February 1, Berkeley gave Yiannopoulos a major forum to spout his racist
and misogynistic vitriol. But police had to cancel the talk because
about 150 masked agitators threw Molotov cocktails, smashed windows where
Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak, and threw rocks and fireworks at the
police – delivering made-for-TV images of a riot.
a promotional Breitbart story that ran before the event, Yiannopoulos was going
to “call for the withdrawal of federal grants and the prosecution of university
officials who endanger their students with their policies.”
exactly what Trump did via tweet early the next morning: “If U.C.
Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people
with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?”
Yiannopoulos had a friendly interview on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” –
a show that, according to the Washington Post, has ridden anger at left-wing
activism into best-in-class prime time ratings.
The conversation focused on how Berkeley proved the point that the Left was ceding its right to
federal grants by cracking down on free speech.
Which raises the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Brietbart were
in cahoots with the agitators, in order to lay the groundwork for a Trump
crackdown on universities and their federal funding.
Thursday night on CNN, I said “I wouldn’t bet against” that possibility. Almost immediately an
indignant article appeared in Breitbart News, misleadingly headlined “Robert
Reich Lies, Claims Breitbart News Organized Berkeley Riots.”
Hmmm. Connect these dots:
(1) Yinnopoulos writes for Breitbart News, which Steve Bannon – Trump’s strategy director – ran before joining Trump.
(2) Before Yiannopoulos speaks at Berkeley, Breitbart publishes an
article saying that Yiannopoulos will call for the withdrawal of federal grants
and the prosecution of university officials who endanger their students with
(3) Berkeley opens its doors to Yiannopoulos, but campus
police have to cancel the event because of masked agitators.
(4) Hours later, Trump
issues a misleading tweet, accusing the university of not allowing free speech
and promoting violence against innocent people with different views, and threatening to withhold federal funds.
next night, Yiannopoulos on Fox News says the incident proves that universities
like Berkeley don’t deserve federal grants by cracking down on free speech.
That same night, on CNN, I raise the possibility that Yiannopoulos and Breitbart could
have been collaborating with the agitators – saying “I wouldn’t bet against it.” This generates a belligerent column in
Breitbart with a misleading headline calling me a liar for claiming that Breitbart News organized the riots.
I don’t want to add to the conspiratorial musings of so many about this very conspiratorial administration, but it strikes me there may be something worrying going on here.