Columbia students: Shouting down conservatives is ‘free speech’

Hundreds of Columbia University students are rallying in support of the “free speech” of the protesters who shouted down a Tommy Robinson lecture earlier this month.

At least 15 students out of 200 are under investigation by the Columbia University administration, The Columbia Spectator reports. If found guilty of causing a substantial event disruption, the protesters could face expulsion.

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  • canminuteman

    If shouting people down is free speech, so is knocking teeth out. They might not want to go there.

  • Editor

    ” If found guilty of causing a substantial event disruption, the protesters could face expulsion.”

    A lot of conditional words in just that phrase. I’ll be surprised if the administration that fostered a climate that permitted such behavior now punishes the students for it. It is, after all, the result of their own indoctrination. I bet you they are discretely proud.

    • LauraS

      Like you, I’d be shocked if anything happens.

      However, if a university made examples out of the worst offenders, there would be less campus strife. Who knows, expelling these students and enforcing free speech for all might be good for alumni donations.

  • CodexCoder

    While shouting down an opponent MAY be free speech, it is not discourse and like childish whining, solves absolutely nothing. It never convinces anyone (ask a good parent, and they will tell you) and is usually rewarded with a timeout, or worse. If you give into the whining, you lose control because that which is rewarded is repeated and to reverse the rewarded bad behavior takes a lot more punishment than the initial “No”.

    • Clausewitz

      Your rights only extend as far as the moment when they start impinging on the rights of others. Something leftist just can’t get their heads around.

  • simus1

    Columbia is commie HQ from way back. No doubt these days the front office will make the necessary suitable noises they hope will steer away any thoughts re fed defunding of their red safe space.

  • Manual Paleologos

    Set up rock concert speakers, and turn the volume up until their ears bleed.

    • Clausewitz

      Conservatives need to rent the “Crap Cannon”. Turn it to 11.

  • kkruger71

    It wasn’t that long ago that the left was arguing that free speech wasn’t even just the right for both sides to be able to speak, but that they had to be given equal space and time in an unfiltered manner, even in private company’s publication (Macleans).

  • Chinese students used to do that in the Sixties.

    Then it got very, very dark.

    • Clausewitz

      Especially on June 4, 1989.

  • Hard Little Machine

    If speech is violence then violence is speech. Beat Columbia students to death.