It goes without saying that the Left today has a free speech problem. Rather than interact with opposing ideas, liberals have been deplatforming them. Ironically enough, this has been on the rise at America’s universities – institutions that exist to facilitate open dialogue and opposing viewpoints. And it’s gotten so bad that even Bill Maher weighed in on the matter, via IJ Review:
Comedian Bill Maher, though left-leaning himself, has broken with his own side on a number of key issues — most notably, the way the left treats Islam and those who practice it.
But this past week, after UC Berkeley nearly went up in flames — literally — over the fact that internet celebrity and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak on campus, Maher illustrated another point on which he differs: free speech.
On a “Real Time” panel that also featured The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren, Maher brought up the subject of the violent protests that broke out on the UC Berkeley campus Wednesday evening. Lahren was the first to respond, stating “Nothing that happened at U.C. Berkeley the other night was good. It was militant. It was a riot. It was not a protest.”
And Maher lamented the fact that the left was engaging in “shutting people up” instead of promoting free speech: “They protested someone that I think we’ve booked on our show. So I guess we’ll be putting on extra security…
Look, I’m not against free speech. Believe me. I’ve been a longtime critic of colleges shutting people up. That is a problem on the left that we need to deal with very much so.”
Bill Maher on the UC Berkeley ritos pic.twitter.com/hDuByS1d4n
— Matt Palumbo (@MattPalumbo12) February 7, 2017
You know what they say – even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Conservative speakers on American college campuses are often dis-invited due to student outrage, and those who do get to speak are met with protest.
Sometimes, those protests turn violent, as we saw at the University of California, Berkeley, last week. Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was set to speak – which prompted so-called “antifascists” (a more appropriate name for them would be “fascists against fascism”) to destroy their own campus, breaking anything in their path and assaulting anyone who could be identified as a Donald Trump supporter or Milo fan.
This opposition of free speech is most ironic coming out of Berkeley – the birthplace of the free speech movement.
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