UC-Berkeley student group backs out of free speech event

Academic fascism: The student group at the University of California-Berkeley that was sponsoring the “Free Speech Week” event that was scheduled to begin this coming week has withdrawn their sponsorship.

The student organizers of the “Free Speech Week” at the University of California, Berkeley have announced that they will no longer be hosting the event due to pressure from school administrators. Milo Yiannopoulos, however, insisted during a Saturday press conference that the event would begin as planned on Sunday, though he said Ann Coulter and Steve Bannon would have to be rescheduled.

It is presently unclear exactly what happened. The university denies that it was pressuring the student group to cancel the event, and is instead claiming that they were doing all that they could to make the event happen. Meanwhile, this story paints a bad picture of Milo Yiannopoulos’s methods for organizing the event.

My inclination now is to believe the student organizers, based on Berkeley’s recent track record supporting censorship and violence against conservatives. However, it is also possible the organizers were not very organized, as suggested by the university and the last link above. Either way, the real source of the problem here is the fascist intolerant culture of Berkeley itself, which encourages violence against conservatives or anyone else who happens to dissent from leftwing orthodoxy. That thuggish culture has made it very difficult to schedule any conservative speaker, since everyone knows that these speakers will require a fortune in security to protect them.

Yiannopoulos meanwhile says he still plans on speaking there, regardless. We shall see.


  • wodun

    The student group may be disorganized but Berkeley has a recent history of throwing up bureaucratic roadblocks.

    The Democrat’s militant activists never have to get permission, permits, pay for security or any of the other hoops non-Democrat groups are made to jump through.

  • pzatchok

    I am so proud of our little growing fascists.
    When they are finally all grown up and have real positions of power its going to be glorious.

    Its like we are watching new little brown shirts being born.

  • wayne

    good stuff. (sad, but true…)

    The Man in the High Castle Season 2
    ” We Pledge Allegiance…”

  • wayne

    “The Children of Midwich”
    “Village of the Damned” + Evanescence’s “Everybody’s Fool” mashup

  • Edward

    From the third article: “Ann Coulter and James Damore also declined invitations to speak.

    It sounds as though the violent environment that UC Berkeley has fomented over the years is now paying off for them. People that the administration doesn’t want speaking on its campus are losing interest in speaking there.

    When it became clear to me this event was being mismanaged on all sides, I really didn’t want people who were flying out and booking hotels to see me to be disappointed.

    People would have come, but even the university’s administration was mismanaging the event, discouraging them from coming. Perhaps the administration’s mismanagement was adversely affecting the student organizers’ ability to manage the event. After all, it is the job of the educators (administrators are also in the class of educator) to teach the students. What have the students learned? That organizing an event on a hostile campus results in invited guests bailing out and the campus shifting blame.

    The administration fascists are winning this battle and are trying to make it look like the student organization’s — Berkeley Patriots’s — fault.

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