By Chip McLean:
“The times they are ‘a-changin'” – Bob Dylan
For those of us old enough to remember the revolutionary 60’s, the change in attitudes at Berkeley are surreal.
“Freedom of speech” was championed by the protesters of that era.
Indeed the whole point we were told of going to college was to be exposed to an entire range of ideas and opinions, many that would be very different than our own. The idea was to challenge our critical thinking skills, and our own set of beliefs.
College administrators who refused to allow certain speakers or ideas on campus were the “fascists”.
What has happened?
Now Berkeley seems to have developed an entirely new credo, or perhaps has simply redefined the concept of freedom of speech to “we allow only that which we agree with”.
Case in point would be the violence that occurred when a speech by Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopooulos was shut down by violent disruptors.
As reported by Breitbart:
There was something odd in the statement that the University of California, Berkeley issued on Wednesday night in response to the leftist riot that stopped a speech by Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopooulos and trashed the town (emphasis added):
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and unlawful behavior that was on display, and deeply regret that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives.
UC Berkeley, as an institution, was not only opposed to Milo’s views (or what it imagined those views to be), but also to his very presence on campus. Nothing could be further from the spirit of the Free Speech Movement.
The times are indeed ‘a changin’. The far left has taken over our educational institutions and indoctrinated their subjects with an agenda that allows no room for dissenting views – hence the violence against Milo.
The left has become exactly what they used to oppose. What we are seeing now from the left is fascism, pure and simple.
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