Campus thought police: Even silence can be violence

From Bari Weiss at Wall Street Journal:

The Berkeley episode Mr. Haidt mentions illustrates the Orwellian aspect of campus orthodoxy. A scheduled February appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos prompted masked agitators to throw Molotov cocktails, smash windows, hurl rocks at police, and ultimately cause $100,000 worth of damage. The student newspaper ran an op-ed justifying the rioting under the headline “Violence helped ensure safety of students.” Read that twice.

Mr. Haidt can explain. Students like the op-ed author “are armed with a set of concepts and words that do not mean what you think they mean,” he says. “People older than 30 think that ‘violence’ generally involves some sort of physical threat or harm. But as students are using the word today, ‘violence’ is words that have a negative effect on members of the sacred victim groups. And so even silence can be violence.” It follows that if offensive speech is “violence,” then actual violence can be a form of self-defense.

Heterodox Academy is not the only sliver of light. Following the Middlebury incident, the unlikely duo of Democratic Socialist Cornel West and conservative Robert P. George published a statement denouncing “campus illiberalism” and calling for “truth seeking, democracy and freedom of thought and expression.” More than 2,500 scholars and other intellectuals have signed it. At Northwestern the student government became the first in the country to pass a resolution calling for academic freedom and viewpoint diversity. More.

Reality check:  Here’s the statement. If your local profs won’t sign it, drop courses, cancel donations, and recommend a university where most profs have signed it.

Don’t wait, as Haidt has warned, until the junior jackboots are spilling off campus to run our lives or else have lifelong freakouts at our expense.

See also: Why free speech infringes on “liberty” It is easy for the naturalist prof to dispense with liberty of the mind because she does not accept the existence of the mind.

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  • robins111

    Herein lays the brilliant concept of Fucking for Virginity.

  • UCSPanther

    Spoiled Antifas: Take note. This is how a real live dictatorship dealt with a group of protestors little different from yours’ and possibly engaging in the same actions:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_Gloria_Quintana

  • WalterBannon

    Free speech triggers nazis

  • Hard Little Machine

    Snatch a few dozen of them and throw them in front of trains

  • iowaan

    Well, when you get right down to it, effective self-defense is real physical violence or the fear of it. You can talk all you want, but if you don’t want to be robbed, beaten, raped, or(and) killed and your opponent wants to do these badly enough, he(she) won’t be stopped until you hurt him(her) enough that they don’t want to (or can’t) anymore.

    (this is not to agree with the protestors, they are effing nuts)