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    Campus lefties don't believe in free speech when the speech is conservative.

    I arrived in Austin, Texas, one evening recently to give a speech about academic freedom at the university there. Entering the hall where I was to give my speech, I was greeted -- if that's the word -- by a raucous protest organized by a professor and self-styled Bolshevik, Dana Cloud. Forty protesters hoisted placards high in the air and robotically chanted "Down With Horowitz," "Racist Go Home," and "No More Witch-hunts."
    Fortunately, a spokesperson for the administration was present to threaten the disrupters with arrest if they continued on this course. (The threat was administered very carefully, with three formal warnings before any action could be taken.) This quieted the crowd enough that I could begin my talk, which proceeded without further serious incident.
    Even so, there were occasional heckles and demonstrative cheers from the group when I mentioned the name of Sami Al-Arian ( whose organization, Palestine Islamic Jihad, is responsible for the deaths of more than 100 innocent victims in the Middle East), Black Panther Huey Newton (convicted of killing an Oakland police officer in 1967, although he was eventually released on a technicality), or when I uttered the word "communist" -- even though I did so to remind the audience that communists killed 120 million people in the last century trying to implement Marx's ideas.
    Among the organizations participating in these outbursts were the International Socialist Organization, whose goal is the establishment of a "dictatorship of the proletariat" in the United States; Iranians for Peace and Justice, supporters of Hezbollah and Hamas; and Campus Progress, the unofficial college arm of the Democratic Party.
    One of the local members of Campus Progress had written a column in the campus newspaper attacking me in advance of my talk, and defending Sami Al-Arian as a victim of political persecution. The conservative students who invited me to the University of Texas told me that organizations such as the Muslim Students Association routinely join with College Democrats in protests against the state of Israel.
    At the end of the evening, Prof. Cloud stepped up to the microphone to ask a question, which was actually a little speech. Even though the protocol for such occasions restricts audience participants from making their own speeches, I did her the courtesy she tried to deny me by letting her talk.
    She presented herself as a devoted teacher and mother who was obviously harmless. Then she accused me of being a McCarthyite menace. Disregarding the facts I had laid out in my talk -- that I have publicly defended the right of University of Colorado's radical professor Ward Churchill to hold reprehensible views and not be fired for them, and that I supported the leftist dean of the law school at UC Irvine when his appointment was withdrawn for political reasons -- she accused me of whipping up a "witch-hunting hysteria" that made her and her faculty comrades feel threatened.
    When Ms. Cloud finished, I pointed out that organizing mobs to scream epithets at invited speakers fit the category of "McCarthyite" a lot more snugly than my support for a pluralism of views in university classrooms. I gestured toward the armed officers in the room -- the university had assigned six or seven to keep the peace -- and introduced my own bodyguard, who regularly accompanies other conservative speakers when they visit universities. In the past, I felt uncomfortable about taking protection to a college campus until a series of physical attacks at universities persuaded me that such precautions were necessary. (When I spoke at the University of Texas two years ago, Ms. Cloud and her disciples had to be removed by the police in order for the talk to proceed.)
    I don't know of a single leftist speaker among the thousands who visit campuses every term who has been obstructed or attacked by conservative students, who are too decent and too tolerant to do that. The entire evening in Texas reminded me of the late Orianna Fallaci's observation that what we are facing in the post-9/11 world is not a "clash of civilizations," but a clash of civilization versus barbarism.
    Mr. Horowitz is the author, most recently, of "One-Party Classroom: How Radical Professors at America's Top Colleges Are Indoctrinating Students and Undermining Our Democracy" (Crown Forum, 2009).

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    It's always been that way. Left wingers are always trying to get conservative speakers shut down. Remember the campaign to get Dr. Laura off the air because of the remark she made about homosexuality? I didn't agree with her, but I think she has as much right to be heard as anyone.

    Here, any conservative national politician brings the unwashed into the streets to do damage and protest.....
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    You just have to love the peace-mongering , tolerant , open-minded liberal left. If your not a baby killer, a prisoner on death row or an atheist you have nothing to say that they want to hear.
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    Many of my generation were cloned at Berkeley in the "Free Speeech Movement" of the 60's. Ron Dellums, Huey Newton, Jane Fonda, H.Rap Brown, Tom Hayden. Campuses have spawned the "political correct". Now there are many "hatcheries" for "leftist" or "anarchist" tadpoles. Same moldy old Marxist faculty, you can smell them before you see them.

    The old line Marxists (Soviets) did not shout down dissent, a bullet in the back of the neck was their method of acheiving "democracy" ,"justice", and "peace" or verifying an election.....

    Labor unions have undertaken the same standards and re-definitions of free speech. The "union shop" in public employee unions gives them a lock on part of every employee's money, to spend on telling members how to vote, Dissent is shouted down with the same group-speak and slogans....
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtbear111 View Post
    Labor unions have undertaken the same standards and re-definitions of free speech. The "union shop" in public employee unions gives them a lock on part of every employee's money, to spend on telling members how to vote, Dissent is shouted down with the same group-speak and slogans....
    That's one good thing I can say about my old union, the only money they used for political purposes was PAC money. And PAC money was given voluntarily. No money from union dues went to that.

    My wife's union with the state is a different ball game, it's run by socialists . But I was always pretty happy with the way mine went on most things. For one, they only contributed money to politicians running for city office, none went to state or national campaigns. And each member of the executive board was a grunt and accessible to the membership, plus the minutes of every executive meeting was posted and a listing of how each member voted. It's the most open union I ever saw.

    And they got me good pay and a nice retirement!
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