Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Antifa

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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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Even the leftist media has had enough.

While being a vocal and frequent critic of President Donald Trump, even Fareed Zakaria, a renowned CNN host, had to admit that liberal intolerance to conservative opinions and voices is a hypocritical epidemic that shows no signs of subduing. In his monologue on Sunday’s show, he described his feelings towards liberals’ intolerance towards the more conservative members of the society.

“We’re at the height of commencement season and people are imparting their words of wisdom on newly minted graduates,” Zakaria began. “I was honored to give the commencement at Bucknell this year. But at Notre Dame, where Vice President Mike Pence was giving the commencement address, the ceremonies were interrupted by a hundred students who turned their backs on Pence and walked out in protest.”

“A few weeks earlier U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos was booed while giving the commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University,” he said. “I talked about this issue at Bucknell and I wanted to share those thoughts here.”

“American universities these days seem to be committed to every kind of diversity – except intellectual diversity,” he continued. “Conservative voices and views, already a besieged minority, are being silenced entirely.”

“The campus thought police have gone after serious conservative thinkers like Sarah MacDonald and Charles Murray,” he explained, “as well as firebrands like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter. Some were uninvited, others booed, interrupted and intimidated.”

“It’s strange that this is happening on college campuses that promised to give their undergraduates a liberal education,” Zakaria continued. “The word liberal in this context has nothing to do with today’s partisan language, but refers instead to the Latin root, pertaining to liberty. And at the heart of liberty in the Western world has been freedom of speech. From the beginning, people understood that this meant protecting and listening to speech with which you disagreed.”

“Freedom of speech and thought is not just for warm, fuzzy ideas that we find comfortable. It’s for ideas that we find offensive,” Zakaria said.

“There is, as we all know, a kind of anti-intellectualism on the right these days. Denial of facts, of reason, of science. But there is also an anti-intellectualism on the left. An attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we are so morally superior, we cannot bear to hear an idea with which we disagree.”

“Liberals think they are tolerant, but often they aren’t,” Zakaria concluded.

Protests on campuses have witnessed a surge in rancor and number, especially since the Trump administration took charge, as so many leftists believed they were going to win the election. However, recently, some on the progressives’ side have also begun questioning if the protests, whether violent or non-violent, are proportional to the political opponent they are criticizing.

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My mom wouldn't buy me a new Playstation so I'm now an anarchist.

Listening to liberal college administrators waxing poetic from their ivory towers, one might conclude the greatest threat to higher education is not helicopter parents who turn students into helpless babes, or a chronic lack of civics education among incoming freshman, but rather “Diversity” — the new Holy Grail of post-secondary education. Campus bureaucrats have dumped millions of taxpayerdollars into “diversity training” materials and mandated courses based on theories such as one that concludes it is racist to expect punctuality in others. In this higher education alt universe, it is taught also that gender can take on any shape, form, or color. Deliberately missing from this world view of “diversity,” of course, is any notion of diversity in speech and thought.

Take, for instance, the recent protest of Heather Mac Donald, a well-known journalist and current fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Her scheduled presentation earlier this month at Claremont McKenna College on law enforcement, was short-circuited by violent protestors. As in similar incidents, the demonstrators appeared to have no actual understanding of who Mac Donald was or what she advocated; believing simply that she was “pro-cop” and did not align with the protestors was sufficient for them to use violence to silence her.

Adding to the absurdity surrounding Mac Donald’s visit to Claremont McKenna, students at Pomona College, a member of the Claremont Colleges consortium, justified the protest of Mac Donald in a letter calling free speech “a tool appropriated by hegemonic institutions…[giving] those who seek to perpetuate systems of domination a platform to project their bigotry,” while labeling the search for truth – a fundamental premise of classical education – a “myth” of “white supremacy.” The utter stupidity of this argument would be laughable if not for the danger of its implications, in which violence is the inevitable and acceptable conclusion.

For proof, one need look no further than the recent violence at the University of California at Berkeley, instigated by radical leftist demonstrators in response to speech they declared unfit for their campus. Tragically, this scenario depicts the future of college campuses if permitted to flourish without opposition. Yet, even with the writing on the wall, this is exactly how many campus administrators across the country have chosen to respond – doing nothing. It is as if they hope by ignoring the problem, it will go away. In reality, this naïve, hands-off approach only emboldens the thugs.

Perhaps even more disturbing than the infuriating-but-predictable inaction of liberal college administrators is the complicity of government authorities in allowing this violent behavior to go unpunished. As noted in the recent Berkeley protests of Milo Yiannopoulos, police stood on the sidelines as liberal anti-fascist fascists (yes, here too irony is lost completely on them) turned the campus into a war zone. It does not take rocket science to understand how in the absence of any down side to using violence as a protest, violence continues to escalate; no surprise, then, that last weekend’s Trump rally at Berkeley ended in violence as masked thugs decided to put a stop to the event with force.

If students, and faculty, and administrators, and local law enforcement including police and prosecutors, all refuse to take this threat to free speech seriously, is it now appropriate for the federal government to step in? Trump was originally mocked for suggesting U.C. Berkeley should lose federal funding for refusing to address campus violence in response to free speech events; yet, what other option is there?

Clearly, conditions are not improving in higher education; in fact, all signs point to a worsening trend if corrective action is not taken immediately. Especially at public colleges and universities, protecting free speech is a fundamental duty of elected and appointed officials associated with such schools; including officials with the administration in Washington, the Congress, state governors and legislatures. If revocation of federal or state funding is what it takes to get the attention of college administrators, then that is what must be done for the sake of protecting the integrity of public institutions of higher education and those students who actually desire to learn.

It may also be time for Attorney General Sessions to task his Civil Rights Division lawyers to re-focus their Obama-era efforts targeting police officers, to campus officials at state-run colleges and universities who are using their authority to deny students the ability to enjoy the civil right of an education for which they and the taxpayers are paying.

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Florida resident Gregg Dunay is a proud Trump supporter who attended multiple rallies in the state and even traveled to Washington D.C. to watch Donald Trump’s inauguration.

He never suspected that a simple “Make American Great Again” bumper sticker would land him in the hospital.

But that’s exactly what happened.

When stopped at a traffic light, an African American man, ran across five lanes of traffic to blind side Dunay, after shouting “F—k Trump!”

Police from Kenneth City have released photos of the man and his vehicle, which was parked at a nearby gas station.

Should this be considered a hat crime? Comment below.

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