Berkeley does Antifa’s work for them Will the Right Copy them?

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Berkeley does Antifa's work for them Will the Right Copy them?

Ok you’re Berke­ley, you imposed strict expen­sive con­di­tions on con­ser­v­a­tives to speak, they still come, when left­ist Antifa thugs come to riot you’ve given them free reign to throw rocks, explo­sives and pep­per spray at con­ser­v­a­tives, they still come and even­tu­ally over­power and drive the thugs from the field, what can you do to keep con­ser­v­a­tives away.

Why you ban them outright:

From the linked arti­cle:

Yes, it was offi­cially banned,” Coul­ter said of her planned April 27 appear­ance. “But they can’t stop me. I’m an Amer­i­can. I have con­sti­tu­tional rights.”

Coul­ter had accepted an invi­ta­tion from two cam­pus groups — the Berke­ley Col­lege Repub­li­cans and BridgeUSA — to deliver a speech about immi­gra­tion, the topic of one of her 12 New York Times best-​selling books.

If that’s banned, then no con­ser­v­a­tive can speak,” Coul­ter told THR on Wednes­day. “Mean­while, cor­rupt banana repub­lic lead­ers like Vicente Fox have the red car­pet rolled out for them on the taxpayer’s dime.”

Or put sim­ply you don’t need Antifa when the admin­is­tra­tion will silence con­ser­v­a­tives for you, yet they are still claim­ing they defend free speech:

“It has noth­ing to do with anyone’s polit­i­cal views,” said Mogulof, the school’s spokesman. “We believe in unqual­i­fied sup­port to the First Amend­ment. But we also have an unqual­i­fied focus on safety of our stu­dents.” He claims they’re try­ing to resched­ule her for some­time in Sep­tem­ber, which is the smart thing to say if you’re a pub­lic uni­ver­sity. Admit­ting that they’re shut­ting down Coul­ter because of her views would be uncon­sti­tu­tional view­point dis­crim­i­na­tion under the First Amend­ment; insist­ing that she’s wel­come even­tu­ally, just not next week, is more defen­si­ble as a time, place, and man­ner restric­tion. Prob­lem is, there’s no rea­son to think cam­pus will be any safer in Sep­tem­ber than it will be eight days from now. The idea that admin­is­tra­tors can sus­pend basic lib­er­ties in the name of “safety” is a far­ci­cal cam­pus mini-​version of the ratio­nale used by states like Egypt, which main­tained a state of emer­gency for decades after Sadat’s death so that it could bypass civil rights. If the school can bar Coul­ter indef­i­nitely in the name of the “safety of our stu­dents” then it has a de facto license to ban all right-​wingers from speaking.

How is this any­thing other than an incen­tive for left­ists to con­tinue to make threats con­cern­ing con­ser­v­a­tive speak­ers and given this incen­tive sys­tem give me one rea­son why the right should not start fol­low­ing suit when left­ist speak­ers come to cam­pus to put them in the same spot?

Now I strongly sus­pect that if a right wing mob did show up and threat­ened vio­lence if Vin­cente Fox or other left wing speak­ers came the uni­ver­sity would have no prob­lems pro­vid­ing all the secu­rity needed to make sure the speech went on as planned but one has to remem­ber that like all total­i­tar­i­ans left­ists demand tol­er­ance when they are out of power then demand obe­di­ence once they have it.

I fear it will come to that because his­tory shows that as long as such things do not affect the left the left­ists who run col­lege admin­is­tra­tions and media will not con­sider it a cri­sis, but once their own are placed at risk then it will become a national cri­sis that needs to be handled.

Of course none of this would be nec­es­sary if the prin­ci­ples of free speech were upheld on the grounds of uphold­ing speech, but then again power has always been the only prin­ci­ple of the left, not free­dom of speech.

Ok you’re Berkeley, you imposed strict expensive conditions on conservatives to speak, they still come, when leftist Antifa thugs come to riot you’ve given them free reign to throw rocks, explosives and pepper spray at conservatives, they still come and eventually overpower and drive the thugs from the field, what can you do to keep conservatives away.

Why you ban them outright:

From the linked article:

“Yes, it was officially banned,” Coulter said of her planned April 27 appearance. “But they can’t stop me. I’m an American. I have constitutional rights.”

Coulter had accepted an invitation from two campus groups — the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA — to deliver a speech about immigration, the topic of one of her 12 New York Times best-selling books.

“If that’s banned, then no conservative can speak,” Coulter told THR on Wednesday. “Meanwhile, corrupt banana republic leaders like Vicente Fox have the red carpet rolled out for them on the taxpayer’s dime.”

Or put simply you don’t need Antifa when the administration will silence conservatives for you, yet they are still claiming they defend free speech:

“It has nothing to do with anyone’s political views,” said Mogulof, the school’s spokesman. “We believe in unqualified support to the First Amendment. But we also have an unqualified focus on safety of our students.” He claims they’re trying to reschedule her for sometime in September, which is the smart thing to say if you’re a public university. Admitting that they’re shutting down Coulter because of her views would be unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination under the First Amendment; insisting that she’s welcome eventually, just not next week, is more defensible as a time, place, and manner restriction. Problem is, there’s no reason to think campus will be any safer in September than it will be eight days from now. The idea that administrators can suspend basic liberties in the name of “safety” is a farcical campus mini-version of the rationale used by states like Egypt, which maintained a state of emergency for decades after Sadat’s death so that it could bypass civil rights. If the school can bar Coulter indefinitely in the name of the “safety of our students” then it has a de facto license to ban all right-wingers from speaking.

How is this anything other than an incentive for leftists to continue to make threats concerning conservative speakers and given this incentive system give me one reason why the right should not start following suit when leftist speakers come to campus to put them in the same spot?

Now I strongly suspect that if a right wing mob did show up and threatened violence if Vincente Fox or other left wing speakers came the university would have no problems providing all the security needed to make sure the speech went on as planned but one has to remember that like all totalitarians leftists demand tolerance when they are out of power then demand obedience once they have it.

I fear it will come to that because history shows that as long as such things do not affect the left the leftists who run college administrations and media will not consider it a crisis, but once their own are placed at risk then it will become a national crisis that needs to be handled.

Of course none of this would be necessary if the principles of free speech were upheld on the grounds of upholding speech, but then again power has always been the only principle of the left, not freedom of speech.