As of right now, conservative speaker Ann Coulter is going to speak at Berkeley, I guess tonight? Nobody quite knows what the situation is, whether she’s going to go there, or what she’s going to do. There’s a lawsuit filed against the college by the Republican Committee at the college, saying freedom of speech is being violated because they don’t want Coulter to come this week, they want it next week, or whatever it may be.
I fear for Coulter’s safety and for others, conservative people primarily. I fear for their safety and the others that want to listen to Coulter. These people on the far left are really insane and dangerous. But, is it worth it because people might get hurt?
But also attached to that story of these snowflake fascists on college campuses trying to keep opposing points of view away is a column on free speech by a Provost at NYU named Ulrich Baer.
This is amazing, absolutely amazing. I’m going to quote from this column, because this is frightening. Ready?
So Baer says:
As a scholar of literature, history and politics, I am especially attuned to the next generation’s demands to revise existing definitions of free speech to accommodate previously delegitimized experiences. Freedom of expression is not an unchanging absolute. When its proponents forget that it requires the vigilant and continuing examination of its parameters, and instead invoke a pure model of free speech that has never existed, the dangers to our democracy are clear and present.
We should thank the student protestors, the activists in Black Lives Matter and other “overly sensitive” souls [with quotes around “overly sensitive,” Ulrich’s being sarcastic] for keeping watch over the soul of our republic.
This is so much garbage, I can’t believe it.
Now, what this guy is saying is that free speech is not an unchanging absolute. It’s the old evolution of the Constitution, and that we in the precincts of academia, will decide what’s worthy speech, and what isn’t.
We know that Ann Coulter’s ideas are de-legitimate. That’s what he uses, de-legitimate. Therefore, not worthy of being heard. This is fascism, totalitarianism, Stalinism.
That’s what happened in Russia. The Soviet Union.
So you don’t have any right to say something that’s “de-legitimate.” And this is what is being taught in the nation’s schools. This is New York University. This guy’s a Provost, it’s outrageous. Dangerous.
He’s a fascist, ought to wear an arm band! Really makes me angry. But this is what’s happening.
The only exception to freedom of speech is if your speech is threatening to someone. If you are threatening harm, not putting forth an idea. And it’s not psychic harm, or emotional harm – it’s physical harm.