Pour La Canaille…

Our commenter Robert has sent us a link from MindingTheCampus.org: What To Do When Angry Students Plan To Cancel A Speech. It is brief enough to quote in its entirety here (emphasis added).

So the Chancellor of the University of California put out a defense of free speech when violent rioters threatened to cancel a talk by a far-right agitator at Berkeley (see following item). So the violent rioters overwhelmed the insufficient force of municipal and campus police and canceled the speech. Then what have we learned here? That high-minded statements unaccompanied by not enough law-and-order often do little or nothing for free speech.

What to do? The same thing we advise whenever this happens: don’t let the censors win. Be sure to invite the speaker back, even if it is the obnoxious Milo Yiannopolous, after negotiating enough local police and enough rent-a-cops to handle the feral young. This will make your commitment to free speech very clear.

I approve (as would Tom Petty and Winston Churchill). And if that fails, of course, there’s always grapeshot.

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  1. Whitewall says

    I have read more than once that there is no coward quite like a university administrator. This rescheduling should be initiated by a person with gravitas and as a challenge to the integrity of the administration, staff and faculty and last of all, to the children who attend school there. The “brown shirt veto” can’t be allowed to stand.

    Posted February 3, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink
  2. Whitewall says

    Tom Petty and PM Churchill in the same sentence ain’t bad either!

    Posted February 3, 2017 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    The “Brown Shirt veto” must not stand.

    Posted February 5, 2017 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  4. redan says

    ” …there’s always grapeshot.”

    Or a water cannon.

    Posted February 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm | Permalink