March 23, 2017

From Free Speech to Proscribed Speech in 50 Short Years

or “The Triumph of Antinomianism”. Yesterday, students and others engaged in a riot at the University of California at Berkeley in protest of the scheduled appearance of Milo Yiannopoulos. Piles of trash and some building were set on fire. A few people were injured in fights. Barricades were used in an attempt at breaking down the doors of the venue. CBS San Francisco reports:

BERKELEY, Calif. (CBS SF/AP) — Protesters armed with bricks and fireworks mounted an assault on the building hosting a speech by polarizing Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos Wednesday night, forcing the event’s cancellation.

Several injuries have been reported and at least four banks have been vandalized after demonstrators marched away from the scene of a violent protest at the canceled speaking event by controversial far-right writer and speaker Yiannopoulos on the University of California at
Berkeley campus.

UC Berkeley officials said the protest was infiltrated by vandals.

Yiannopoulos was making the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on college campuses.

Personally, I find Mr. Yiannopoulos obnoxious. Worse, he is a provocateur. He is clearly deliberately outrageous and offensive, something I categorically reject. Nonetheless as a child of the Enlightenment, I may disagree with everything he says, etc.

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