Campus Life

Free Speech (Not!): Part II

I wrote earlier about the violent leftist demonstration at UNC-Chapel Hill. In that blog entry, I noted that, in order to be fair and balanced, I did a Web search for examples of conservative demonstrators shouting down liberal speakers on campus. I couldn't find any examples.

In my daily review of news sites this past week, I did find yet another example of leftist demonstrators at work. In this Wall Street Journal report, "Campus Leftists Don't Believe in Free Speech: Conservative speakers now have bodyguards when they visit universities," David Horowitz tells of his experience speaking at the University of Texas at Austin. An excerpt:

I arrived in Austin, Texas, one evening recently to give a speech about academic freedom at the university there. Entering the hall where I was to give my speech, I was greeted -- if that's the word -- by a raucous protest organized by a professor and self-styled Bolshevik, Dana Cloud. Forty protesters hoisted placards high in the air and robotically chanted "Down With Horowitz," "Racist Go Home," and "No More Witch-hunts." . . .

Among the organizations participating in these outbursts were the International Socialist Organization, whose goal is the establishment of a "dictatorship of the proletariat" in the United States; Iranians for Peace and Justice, supporters of Hezbollah and Hamas; and Campus Progress, the unofficial college arm of the Democratic Party . . .

Horowitz wraps it up with this:

I don't know of a single leftist speaker among the thousands who visit campuses every term who has been obstructed or attacked by conservative students, who are too decent and too tolerant to do that. The entire evening in Texas reminded me of the late Orianna Fallaci's observation that what we are facing in the post-9/11 world is not a "clash of civilizations," but a clash of civilization versus barbarism.

Perhaps the most meaningful statement comes in the subhead of this article's headline:

Conservative speakers now have bodyguards when they visit universities.

That about says it all on behalf of this topic. "Free speech for me, but not for thee."

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