Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Alt-Left

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Berkeley Protest
Free Speech VS Social Justice, round 2... FIGHT!

On Tuesday the Youth American Foundation in association with Berkley College Republicans announced they would be sponsoring Conservative Author Ben Shapiro to speak at Berkley Campus.

In a statement by spokesman Spencer Brown the YAF affirmed their belief in free speech, and advocating diversity of thought saying,

“Berkeley has a choice: To uphold the the First Amendment rights of all students, or once again cave under pressure from extreme leftists and unconstitutionally censor conservative speech…Berkeley administrators would be wise to offer the same platform to Ben Shapiro and the conservative students hosting him that they’ve given the parade of leftist speakers who’ve appeared at Berkeley.”

The campus has beena battleground between leftist groups and free speech advocates before.

In April, Anne Coulter had been slated to appear at the campus; however attempts at arranging a suitable venue had been cut short when the campus authorities claimed, that they could not host the speaker at a location where they could ensure no risk to those involved.

Speaking to Tucker Carlson after the incident Coulter certainly wasn’t buying those excuses, stating, “There are ways of dealing with violence…We do have a police force.”

Alongside the YAF, Coulter also threatened the University with legal action for failing to protect conservative speakers.

The protests had seen heavy police presence, with a “riot-like” atmosphere expected. As hundreds of free speech advocates assembled near the University to protest the cancellation were met by a heavy leftist and Antifa presence at the scene. While no serious violence was reported 6 people were arrested in the standoff, with knives and other weapons reportedly confiscated by law enforcement.

Whatever allegations campus liberals may have cooked up against Coulter, it’s impossible to argue with Shapiro’s credentials. A summa cum laude from UCLA and cum laude graduate from Harvard University at just 23, he has been an advocate for free speech and Conservative thought at over 30 campuses already.

For his part the author welcomes the challenge and isn’t shrinking in the face of leftist pressure responding to reports of another campus boycott by saying,

I look forward to speaking to students of all viewpoints at Berkeley. I expect that the administration will not hide behind the heckler’s veto of despicable groups like Antifa to prevent this event from moving forward. The home of the free speech movement has an obligation to protect free speech.”

It remains to be seen whether the concerned authorities will step and take the challenge by confirming that the University will not be blackmailed by the thoughts and opinions of a violent minority. For those Antifa groups who want to silence growing conservative thought amongst students breaking away from liberal groupthink, a strong message is necessary.

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Antifa Gym
Ironically, his arms are almost bent into the shape of a swastika...

Recent efforts by so-called “antifa” groups to step up in their fight against the “Alt-right” and “white-nationalism” have caused a few chuckles across the country.

Speaking to Tucker Carlson, a Chicago antifa group representative under the pseudonym “Naila” said that the “Haymaker Collective” is looking to fight the apparent rise of “hate crimes” in the city.

Although curiously silent on how many of these hate crimes make up the more than 2000 shootings that plague Chicago on a yearly basis, the representative reiterated her group’s desire to “grow strength together.”

To this end, they’re looking to open up a gym by raising funds through a very professional campaign put up on indiegogo. Check it out yourself if you’re wondering why they were only able to raise $6000 towards their efforts. For those with weaker stomachs, here’s a taste of their manifesto,

“Naila is a student and activist who has been pursuing racial and gender justice through organizing policy and initiatives. When hate crimes began rising during the presidential campaign, she knew her appearance put her at an even higher risk for attack. She wants to create a space where femmes and people of color can strike back.”

Really strikes fear into your heart doesn’t it.

Anyone looking to join in on their self-defense routines beware, because while the organization is willing to take anyone who makes a donation to their efforts. They aren’t willing to extend that courtesy to anyone who has links to the police or holds right-wing views. I suppose that rules out anyone who actually knows how to throw a punch then.

While seemingly harmless, these efforts do point out an alarming trend of violet advocacy overtaking leftist groups.

Recently, “Going Down” a “digital community center for anarchist, anti-fascist, autonomous anti-capitalist and anti-colonial movements,” published an open letter encouraging less active liberals to support the efforts of these antifa movements. The message reads,

“Confrontational and disruptive social movements have been the only thing which have helped defeat some of Trump’s proposed policies, such as the Muslim Ban 1.0, and it is only mass disruptive action which has the only hope of putting a wrench in the gears of everything from the deportation machine to the drive to war.”

Going on to urge progressives to start, “fighting against domination and exploitation.”

For their parts, authorities aren’t blind to the rising threat, with New Jersey going so far as to classify antifa organizations domestic terrorists.

So far, efforts at a domestic uprising have been limited to isolated incidents of vandalism such as the “kill trump” graffiti campaign started in Olympia Washington.

However, these groups are becoming increasingly political, organizing efforts to target student protests. For example, antifa thugs are suspected of attacking a free speech themed protest organized at Evergreen College, hurling projectiles and slashing tires in response to the peaceful protest.

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