Flashback from Robert Gehl: The student newspaper at UC Berkeley has gone full fascist by running a series of articles defending the use of violence as a response to speech.
Under the headline “Violence as Self-Defense,” The Daily Californian published articles by students and alumni that try to make the claim that the use of violence in shutting down a speech by Milo Yiannapoulos was somehow justified.
In the first one, alumni Nisa Dang libels Milo while trying to justify violence by saying not being violent is itself violence:
To people with platforms who decide when a protest should and should not be violent: You speak from a place of immense privilege. As I recently wrote in a tirade against this brand of idiocy, asking people to maintain peaceful dialogue with those who legitimately do not think their lives matter is a violent act.
First, Nisa – I’m not a fan of Milo, but he has never said that anyone’s life doesn’t matter. Second, you’re using the word “legitimately” wrong in that sentence. And finally, your argument that “asking people to maintain peaceful dialogue with those who legitimately do not think their lives matter is a violent act” is utter nonsense.
Another student – and an illegal alien, Juan Prieto – called vandalism and destruction of property “so-called” violence.
Yet another student, Desmond Meagley, said that condemning the violent protesters is the same as condoning hate speech.
I can’t impeach Trump, and I can’t stop the alt-right from recruiting nationwide. I can only fight tooth and nail for the right to exist in my hometown. So it’s time for those waiting in the center to pick a side. Either wake up and stand against nationalistic fear-mongering, or allow it to spread and divide your neighborhood through inaction — just enjoy your ability to be complacent while it lasts.
Student Josh Hardman wrote, “The principle of freedom of speech should not be extended to envelop freedom of hate speech, for the unchecked normalization of hate speech will have real consequences.”
Columnist Ben Shapiro breaks this down in The Daily Wire:
If leftists were truly worried about normalizing Yiannopoulos, burning things and breaking windows did more to make Yiannopoulos a mainstream victim than anything Yiannopoulos has ever said or done. It gave Yiannopoulos the ability to don his College Republican outfit on Tucker Carlson, dump all the talk about “thick-as-pig-shit media Jews,” and pretend to be a normal conservative.
The students at UC Berkeley don’t seem to understand the crucial mistake they made last week. That means they’ll repeat it. And that’s no good for anyone.