Due to the agitations of left-wing protesters, yet another conservative speaker has been barred from speaking at the University of California, Berkeley. Lecturer David Horowitz now joins Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, and others on the conservative Wall of Censorship, having been deemed too controversial for a liberal college to abide.
The university’s reasoning behind cancelling Horowitz’s speech was that it was coming too hot on the heels of the Milo riots. In an uncertain, chaotic atmosphere, school officials feared they did not have the manpower or the resources to properly secure the event.
This, say the student Republicans who invited Horowitz to speak, essentially gives liberal agitators exactly what they wanted: A campus free of opposing ideas.
From the local CBS station:
The university’s efforts to prevent an encore of the violent protests that forced them to cancel a talk by conservative activist Milo Yiannopoulos, have, according to campus Republicans, stifled free speech and made it increasingly difficult to bring conservative thinkers to Cal.
Berkeley Campus Republicans spokesperson Troy Worden said, “There is such a thing as the heckler’s veto. Basically, if they’re loud enough and violent enough, then they succeed in shutting down your event.”
Can you imagine the university ever – EVER – shutting down a controversial Black Lives Matter speaker because anti-BLM protesters were rioting and starting fires? Not in a million years would UC Berkeley officials find their way to that conclusion. And if they did, it would be front page news the next day in the New York Times, and every Democrat in Congress would be issuing a statement denouncing the censorship.
But here, it’s just nothing. It’s just par for the course. Who cares, it’s just some whacko conservative? Besides, we said he could speak…off-campus…at 1:00 in the afternoon…and only if there was no attempt to advertise his appearance beyond the Campus Republicans.
Oh, and for that privilege, the university still had the audacity to charge the group $5,000 for security services.
“The Berkeley administration has taken a page out of Orwell,” Horowitz said. “Berkeley promotes itself as the ‘home of the free speech movement,’ but conservatives are free to speak only as long as they remain hidden.”
Just as mainstream Americans are getting their brains wrapped around the idiotic concept of “safe spaces,” the alt-left is already leaping past that idea; they want to make the whole world their safe space, starting with academia.
Surely there are at least a handful of students at these universities who wonder: What, exactly, is so dangerous about what these speakers are saying?
Censorship isn’t just ethically wrong; it’s psychologically backwards. You tell people – especially young adults – that they shouldn’t read/listen to this idea or that one, and it just makes them want to do it all the more.
But then, when you have no real arguments to refute these conservative ideas, what other choice do you have but to try and shut them down?