Free Speech

What is William & Mary prepared to do to defend free speech on campus?

Featured image As Steve discusses in the post just below, students affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement shut down a presentation at the College of William & Mary. They rushed the stage and prevented the invited guest from speaking. The invited guest was Claire Gastañaga of the American Civil Liberties Union. Gastañaga, a William & Mary alum, had intended to speak about “Students and the First Amendment.” She never got that »

The campus free speech crisis in a nutshell [UPDATED with comment by John]

Featured image In the video below, a student at the University of California who has stolen the “Make America Great Again” hat of another student defends her theft on the theory that the “f***ing hat” is promoting laws and legislation that are “literally killing people.” The video illustrates not only the campus free speech crisis, but also the staggering stupidity and blatant racism of the students who are generating that crisis. UPDATE: »

The campus free speech crisis and how to deal with it

Featured image Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered what Fox News calls a “blistering speech” in which he declared that freedom of expression is “under attack” on America’s college campuses. Though major media outlets tried to shrug off Sessions’ speech, his contention is beyond reasonable dispute. Anyone who doubts this should read Stanley Kurtz’s harrowing account of the campus free speech crisis. Stanley argues that an already parlous situation is worsening as »

Steeler alone [with comment by Paul]

Featured image The right to free speech is under serious threat in the United States — on campus and wherever else leftist opinion holds sway. Yet somehow the NFL players’ putative right to disrespect the national anthem has been turned into the crisis du jour. Yesterday the players’ putative right was transformed into a mass movement. Indeed, the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team remained in the locker room during the anthem, with the »

Victim of the SPLC (3)

Featured image As Scott has pointed out, the Southern Poverty Law Center is misnamed in the same kind of way the Holy Roman Empire was. The SPLC, a vicious left-wing attack machine, is neither poor nor devoted to law, though it is based in Alabama and may be a “center” of sorts. Former Vanderbilt University Professor Carol Swain is a victim of the SPLC. She wrote about the experience in the Wall »

Victim of the SPLC (2)

Featured image Former Vanderbilt University Professor Carol Swain wrote about her victimization by the fascist hate cult that goes under the absurd misnomer of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Professor Swain discussed her experience in the Wall Street Journal column “What it’s like to be smeared by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” I wrote about Professor Swain’s column here. Tucker Carlson invited Professor Swain to discuss her experience briefly last night on »

Victim of the SPLC

Featured image I have been calling the ludicrously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center a wealthy left-wing hate cult. The organization now serves as a handmaiden to forces of the left as they seek to stigmatize honorable conservatives and confine our public discourse to approved channels. Most recently, Minnesota Senator Al Franken showed how it’s done in his crude McCarthyite assault on Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Barrett in the Senate Judiciary Committee »

Free speech then and now

Featured image Michael Ledeen’s insightful take on the Charlottesville violence includes this passage: Have you seen the old movie “Skokie”? It’s about a Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois, and stars Danny Kaye. He plays himself, a Jew very upset that monsters are going to parade through the streets of his town, and he resolves to fight it. Which we all applaud. But the film stresses that the Nazis are entitled to march, »

A Colin Kaepernick update

Featured image Actually, this is a Ryan Mallet update. However, it’s relevant to Kaepernick because Mallet is the backup quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, a team that has contemplated signing Kaepernick. The Ravens starting quarterback, Joe Flacco, is injured. Thus, Mallet started last night’s pre-season game against the Washington Redskins. Mallet was awful. He completed 9 of 18 passes for only 58 yards. His rating was 57.2. Mallet’s actual performance was worse »

Will other Claremont colleges defend free speech?

Featured image In April, approximately 170 people marched to Claremont McKenna’s Athenaeum, disassembled a fence newly built to restrain protests, and blocked the entrances. Claremont’s security officers failed to control the crowd. Consequently, Heather Mac Donald, scheduled to address a live audience regarding her book The War on Cops, was forced to speak to a camera instead. Last month, Claremont McKenna punished seven of the violent protesters. Apparently, this represented a majority »

Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed

Featured image Last year, playing for a bad San Francisco 49ers team, Colin Kaepernick had a quarterback rating of 90.7, completed 59.2 percent of his passes, and threw for 16 touchdown with only four interceptions. These numbers, other than the touchdown passes to interceptions ratio, aren’t outstanding. However, they suggest that Kaepernick is one of the 32 best quarterbacks in football and certainly one of the best 64. Yet, as of today, »

North Carolina enacts Restore Campus Free Speech Act

Featured image Stanley Kurtz reports that the state of North Carolina has enacted the Restore Campus Free Speech Act. This is the first comprehensive campus free-speech legislation to be based on the Goldwater Institute proposal that Stanley helped develop. The final version of the Act passed the North Carolina House by a margin of 80 to 31. Ten Democrats, about a quarter of those present, voted for the bill. The final version »

A word from Andrew Busch

Featured image Professor Andrew Busch holds an endowed chair as professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. With John Pitney and James Ceaser, he is the author, most recently, of Defying the Odds: The 2016 Election and American Politics. He writes to comment on Paul Mirengoff’s post reporting on the disciplinary aftermath of the misconduct disrupting Heather Mac Donald’s appearance to speak on campus. Professor Busch writes: I am a faculty member »

Claremont McKenna punishes seven for obstructing speech

Featured image In April, approximately 170 people marched to Claremont McKenna’s Athenaeum, disassembled a fence newly built to restrain protests, and blocked the entrances. Claremont’s security officers failed to control the crowd. Consequently, Heather Mac Donald, scheduled to address a live audience regarding her book The War on Cops, was forced to speak to a camera instead. Now, Claremont McKenna has punished seven of the student-protesters. It suspended three for one year, »

Our leading hate group

Featured image The concept of a “hate group” could be useful. In practice, however, it is like the concept of “hate speech,” applied to shut down heterodox speech and confine the public square to dissemination of officially approved thought. The concepts somehow overlook the likes of the hilariously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center and its works, which direct something far beyond the Orwellian Two Minutes Hate to the likes of Charles Murray »

A Middlebury update

Featured image A reader alerts us to an important update on the Middlebury debacle with relevant information we haven’t seen reported elsewhere. Two or three days after the thug brigade assaulted Professor Allison Stanger, she returned to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a concussion. The initial incident occurred March 2; we believe the concussion was diagnosed on Sunday, March 5. Below is the undated message distributed to the Middlebury community »

Liberals Hate Free Speech

Featured image I am old enough to remember the free speech movement at Berkeley in the 1960s. By today’s standards, it was conservative. And I think its leaders were actually in favor of free speech, something that would excommunicate them from today’s Left. To see how low the Left has fallen in a few short decades, contrast the photo above with this one, taken yesterday at a pro-Donald Trump rally in Berkeley. »