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May 3, 2017

The Ann Coulter Brouhaha

Filed under: Culture,Education,Politics — Steve Ruis @ 9:25 am
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I don’t get it. Ann Coulter is taking umbrage at being denied a speaker’s platform at the University of California’s Berkeley Campus. Commentators are going some what berserk over this as being part of a trend in which well-known conservatives are being shut out of liberal bastions, the universities. Issues of free speech are being bandied about.

In the case of Ms. Coulter I must ask:

  • Has she ever inventing something?
    • Has she ever discovered something?
    • Has she created ideas that are new?
    • Has she ever done anything important?
    • Does she have anything to offer but her own opinions?

Our universities are places in which we educate people, should not these invited speakers have done something, created something, or discovered something that would enable them to pass on their wisdom to newer generations? Is our only criterion an “invitation” from a campus club?

Is having provocative opinions now “enough” in the way of societal credentials to have a platform at a major university?

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8 Comments »

  1. So, a couple things Coulter won’t be forthcoming about vis a vis Berkley. She had sponsors who pulled out so it’s not “free speech” it’s “paid speech”. She could still speak, but during the day to limit possible violence on the main campus. Well, that’s a bridge too far innit? SHE cancelled, not the University.
    The other thing about RW agitators is when their “opinions” venture into revisionist fantasy from the land of AltFactIstan. I can listen to informed discussion about things I disagree with as long as they have some basis in fact. Coulter’s often don’t.
    Much of what they say is analogous to shouting fire in a crowded theater. They have a right to express their opinions but not to platforms that are inappropriate for what they’re saying.
    I’m sure Ms Coulter’s next book and tour will start shortly.

    Comment by persedeplume — May 3, 2017 @ 10:09 am | Reply

  2. If you’re invited to speak, then yes.

    Comment by tildeb — May 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

    • This is the problem of multitudinous entities claiming the same space. A “club” is an authorized (presumably) entity on campus. It has a right to reserve spaces set aside for such purposes. So far so good. But some filters might not be a bad idea. When people say one has had a speaking engagement at (famous institution) all kinds of surmises are made. So, some filters need to be created to protect the reputation and identity of the institution. Free speech means that the speech that person intended for the occasion can be made, just not at that spot. One could argue that we have never had speech this free in the history of mankind.

      Personally, I would have preferred that her speech were allowed to continue and only 12 people showed up.

      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 3, 2017 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

  3. I wonder if I would be permitted to speak at Liberty University?

    I’

    Comment by john zande — May 3, 2017 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

    • Depends on how long it took for the pyre to have an effect on your breathing.

      On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 1:51 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — May 3, 2017 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

      • Bah ha ha!
        Ain’t THAT the truth….

        Comment by persedeplume — May 3, 2017 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

        • I am a purveyor of truth! Step right up. Five truths for one thin dime! What? I can’t use that line? Why … Oh, the President has taken it … Sorry.

          On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 2:09 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — May 3, 2017 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

      • LOL

        Comment by john zande — May 3, 2017 @ 2:14 pm | Reply


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