Today is Milo day at UC Berkeley. Yup, Milo Yiannopoulos is speaking tonight for the College Republicans at a sold out event, and the professional left is planning a huge protest this afternoon in an attempt to shut Milo down. There is rain in the forecast, though, so we’ll see whether the left here is a fair-weather left. In any case, barricades are going up near Sproul Plaza, as the university administration, to its credit, has said it will actively defend Milo’s right to free speech here at the birthplace of the so-called “Free Speech Movement.”
There are lots of rumors about how radical the protest may become. Students at UC Davis succeeded in getting Milo’s scheduled talk there last week canceled at the last moment, and UC Berkeley’s left is not about to be outdone by those central valley hayseeds.
Stand by for updates, as Power Line’s news crew—well, me, that is—will be on hand this afternoon to document the fun and games. But be sure to pick up your free “official” anti-Milo toolkit here. Because you can’t be a leftist tool without an “official” toolkit.
Meanwhile, for any Bay Area Power Line readers, tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 4 pm, I’m hosting a lecture by Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center about his terrific recent book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. It will be in the library at Moses Hall right smack in the middle of campus. The complete notice from the Institute of Governmental Studies is here. Good to RSVP if you can, but not necessary.
UPDATE: Behold, the bravest and real counter culture on the Berkeley campus today:
Funny thing: most of these students are non-Caucasian. But Trump is a racist!