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College Professor Wants To Limit Free Speech On Campus — For One Side

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College Professor Wants To Limit Free Speech On Campus — For One Side

 

PJ Media

By Chris Queen

August 25, 2017

 

Excerpt:

 

Earlier this week in the Washington Post, Skidmore College professor Jennifer Delton wrote an opinion piece in which she challenged university administrators to confront the notion of free speech on campuses because the alt-right engages in "weaponizing the concept of free speech." She argues that conservatives on campus have led to the anger-tinged tactics of the alt-right, while ignoring the fact that the left has its share of violent actors who take free speech to its extreme just as often.

 

Oddly enough, Delton spends much of her piece patting the left on the back for weeding out communists from its ranks in the mid-2oth century by denying them the right to speak out and assemble.

 

That’s right, New Deal liberals and unionists — including President Harry S. Truman, Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey, black labor leader A. Philip Randolph and Walter Reuther of the United Auto Workers — were staunch anticommunists who effectively shut down the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), forcing communists out of unions, civil rights organizations, jobs and universities.

 

They did so because communists were a disruptive force that was baiting and dividing the liberal left. Communists were also in a party directed by Moscow just as the Cold War was commencing. Their presence in liberal organizations made liberals vulnerable to Republican and conservative attacks. So those liberals interested in political success (and in preserving the New Deal) drove them out of politics.

Somehow Delton makes this assertion while ignoring or forgetting that the Democrats and unions of that time were crawling with communists and we had actual Soviet spies in the government. But none of that matters because it doesn't fit her narrative that it's fine to deny free speech when it's convenient to do so.

 

What about constitutional protections of free speech and assembly? Ah yes, the pesky Bill of Rights. Delton addresses how the First Amendment gets in the way of squashing ideas with which she disagrees:

 

What about the First Amendment, you may ask? Well, this was a point of contention that likewise divided the liberal-left community. Liberals had historically supported freedom of speech and assembly; they saw themselves as champions of the First Amendment. To deny communists freedom of speech and assembly — to run them out of politics on the basis of their ideas and political connections — seemed like the height of hypocrisy. Communists constantly pointed this out, as did those liberals who rejected the anticommunist agenda.

 

So anticommunist liberals made a series of arguments that justified denying communists these rights on account of their disingenuous intentions and totalitarian ideology.

Don't agree with somebody? The answer is simple: just make "a series of arguments" that they don't deserve the right to speak, and you can deny their rights. I'm sure that's exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they put their belief in free speech into action.

 

*snip*

 

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ThePatriot

You can't fix stupid...

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Taggart Transcontinental

Nuance, it's whats for breakfast. As long as the nuance cuts the way you want it to cut.

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LSJ

I often wonder what it's like to live in such a small minded world...

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ilja

Ugh! So embarrassed that I once voted for Democrats. :hole:

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east dallasite

Ugh! So embarrassed that I once voted for Democrats. :hole:

 

Same here, Ilja. Bill Clinton made me see the light about the evil of the donkey party...

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Liz

Ugh! So embarrassed that I once voted for Democrats. :hole:

Same here, Ilja. Bill Clinton made me see the light about the evil of the donkey party...

Just chalk it up to a youthful indiscretion. :shrug:

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deener

Same here, Ilja. Bill Clinton made me see the light about the evil of the donkey party...

 

I got puked out by Jimmy Carter.

 

 

Deener

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