Free speech prof shut down at Vassar amid hysteria

From William A. Jacobson at Legal Insurrection:

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff were whipped into a frenzy by factually false accusations against me and regarding my appearance. There were many false accusations. In this post, I’ll address just one aspect, that I supposedly posed a threat to campus safety.

The campus was misled into thinking that I, and supposed “neo-Nazis and white supremacists” who were likely to attend with me, were going to target non-white, LGBT and Jewish students. It was a fabrication.

Two campus forums attended by hundreds of people were held by a student group called Healing 2 Action to prepare how to protect the campus from the supposed threat I posed. Among other statements reportedly made at the meeting was the false claim that the “speaker himself is trying to incite violence….” That was a lie without any factual basis. More.

Reality check: Vassar is producing Orwell’s Outer Party, the bureaucrats who enforce policy on an unfree people. Their hysteria against free speech is understandable and, for them, necessary. Whether they are necessary evils for the rest of us is another matter.

See also: Germany: Who wins from official censorship? It’s obvious who ultimately wins: Lazy duffs at both new and old media who need only avoid trouble with the censor. It’ll end, as in Eastern Europe, with the criminalization of all actual news. Actual news is always offensive to somebody. Real journalists become criminals.


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