At the Guardian: Campus crackdowns on free speech are the fault of the right wing outrage machine

From Jason Wilson at the Guardian:

How do you make a speech at a provincial liberal arts college into national news? As it turns out, the basic requirements are simple: a shareable video, provocation and persistence.

For the past few months, this recipe was developed and fine-tuned in a series of speeches at Portland-area universities featuring controversial speakers. All have involved a small group of Portland State University students and faculty associated with an atheist student club.

Their efforts reveal the mechanics of a movement that energetically denies that it is rightwing, but works hand in hand with rightwing media and rightwing organizations to promote attacks on progressives.More.

Reality check: Funny then that the crackdown left always takes the bait.

Many of us would have just let those people say their piece and move on.

Now why might that be?

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