Here is Sahil's response to my response to his response to my comments on his original post. =)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Here's the latest one to come across the desk, this time from Don Feder, political consultant and 19 or so year writer for The Boston Herald.
Feder's argument is against the kind of dogmatic, PC censorship we've sadly come to see too much of on these campuses, but he specifically mentions David and Kyle's banning earlier this month. Here are the essential graffs.
With honorable exceptions, administrators do nothing to discipline the bundists, either for fear of making themselves targets or because they're in league with them.Feder is right to mention this double standard, which I have alluded to in other posts. If you remember back to the Karl Rove "protests," Dean Huang stood by when Pitzer students destroyed our fountains and then demanded that CMC students turn down their playing of "Slayer." Huang could easily have identified the students who prevented Karl Rove from leaving the Athenaeum -- many of them took photos which they put up on Facebook -- but he and the rest of the administrators did not look into it. Why not?
My encounter on the 11th was videotaped. It would be relatively easy for the university to identify those who kept me from speaking and punish them. One group, the Socialist Workers (an oxymoron if there ever was one), even bragged about their performance on their website and pledged to keep disrupting Republican events.
On the other hand, administrators have no trouble coming down like a ton of bricks on conservative students for almost any reason.
On February 19, two students from California's Claremont McKenna College attended a public lecture by a Planned Parenthood representative at neighboring Pomona College. The conservative students asked challenging questions and videotaped the response. (They turned off the camera when requested to do so by the speaker.)
Two Pomona deans went postal, claiming the students "interrupted the event" with "disruptive questions," which constituted "harassment or hostile behavior." The Claremont students were summarily banned from the Pomona campus. The ban was later lifted after a public outcry.
The Claremont students didn't chant. They didn't heckle or shout slogans. They didn't wave signs or laugh derisively. But, two (count 'em, two) conservatives were the equivalent of a lynch mob, in the eyes of pro-censorship administrators.
The left's double-standard on speech goes back to Herbert Marcuse. A new left icon, Marcuse taught '60s radicals that it was their moral duty to censor the right.
In his essay, "Repressive Tolerance" (published in 1965), the Marxist scholar explained that because conservatives are "oppressive," revolutionaries should be "intolerant towards the protagonists of the repressive status quo."
Marcuse's dictum was a great excuse for cowards and intellectual weaklings unable to deal with opposing views.