Students Demand Censorship of George Will, Won’t Listen to Someone They Don’t Like Reply

Totalitarian humanist student activism means brownshirting those with whom you disagree.

By Robby Soave

Reason

Another day, another group of insolent students demanding that their university censor a prominent speaker and deprive the rest of campus of the opportunity to learn from him.

George Will is slated to give Michigan State University’s fall semester commencement address on December 13th and receive an honorary degree from the university. But because one of the thousands of columns he has written in his life was deemed controversial by those on the far-left side of the campus sexual assault issue, some students want him disinvited from campus.

Will strikes me as conservative with some good libertarian instincts; as such, I don’t agree with everything he says. I will note, however, that he has recently made very smart contributions to the cause of criminal justice reform. In a column lamenting the brutality that caused Eric Garner’s death and the miscarriage of justice evident in the grand jury’s decision not to indict, Will wrote, “Overcriminalization has become a national plague.” He explicitly described solitary confinement as “torture.”

(Perhaps he should have just written #BlackLivesMatter and stopped at that—the only parlance deemed acceptable by campus crusaders.)

Of course, whether one agrees with an invited speaker entirely, partly, or not at all is beside the point. In fact, a strong case can be made that it is even more important to hear from notable people whose views differ from one’s own—especially on campuses, where opportunities to hear opinions critical of liberalism are in short supply.

Some students, however, took a different view, according to Bloomberg:

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As Student Activism Grows, So Does Campus Resistance to Free Speech Reply

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Reason

“Free speech all the time. Not just when admin says when, where, what about,” read one side of the neon-yellow sign fielded by Ali Cohen, an education major at Coastal Carolina University, during a recent campus rally. On the sign’s flip side: “#BlackLivesMatter. And I should not be facing charges for writing that… in chalk.”

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Cohen is one of a handful of Coastal students facing disciplinary action for sidewalk chalk messages protesting racial injustice and the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s shooting. Three of the students—those caught in the act—were handcuffed and detained by CCU police. Cohen was identified by surveillance camera footage from the night before. “The video showed multiple people,” says Cohen. “They identified me from a picture of me in the library.”

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Harvard University offers students ‘Anal Sex 101’ class Reply

The state of higher education at America’s most prestigious university.

Russia Today

A student stands in the entranceway of a building at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi)

Harvard University is renowned the world over for the Ivy League education its students are offered, and the curriculum there this week indeed contains a class or two you’d be hard press to find elsewhere.

As part of its annual Sex Week, “a week of programming that is interdisciplinary, thought-provoking, scholastic, innovative and applicable to student experiences in order to promote a holistic understanding of sex and sexuality,” a student-run group at the school will be hosting classes that contrast quite sharply with the comparably run-of-the-mill offerings a Harvard education typically involves.

Starting this Monday, Sex Week attendees can sit-in on events that range from a sexual health career panel on Tuesday evening, to a class offered that afternoon called “What What in the Butt: Anal Sex 101.”

“Come learn everything about anal sex from the experts of Good Vibrations, a sex-positive store located right in Brookline!” reads the course description posted on the official Harvard Sex Week website. “They will dispel myths about anal sex and give you insight into why people do it and how to do it well.”

According to the website, topics that will be covered during the class include anal anatomy and the potential for pleasure for all genders; how to talk about it with a partner; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more!

“Learn the facts about this exciting yet often misunderstood form of pleasure, find out the common mistakes people make, and get all your questions answered!” continues the course description.

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Ralph Nader: “The left is seized by fear and the right is driven by brass” Reply

This is the most interesting development I’ve seen in mainstream U.S. politics since the Ron Paul phenomenon. Hopefully, it will have a similar effect. The Ron Paul campaign not only spearheaded massive growth in the mainstream libertarian movement, but served as a “gateway drug” that led many of these new libertarians to a more serious form of anarchism. Now, let’s hope Nader’s ideas create a lot of the new enthusiasts for a left/right convergence against the system, and serve as a “gateway drug” to new forms of radicalism that challenge the left/right model.

An interview with Nader by David Daley.

Salon.Com

Ralph Nader: "The left is seized by fear and the right is driven by brass"Ralph Nader (Credit: AP/Evan Vucci)

Say what you will about Ralph Nader — and most of you probably have — the man is tireless and persistent.

Now 80, Nader has a new book with the triumphant title of “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” And even if you’re not convinced that alliance is emerging, let alone unstoppable, Nader beats on, a relentless, articulate and sometimes very lonely critic of big business, media mediocrity and politicians who put corporate interests ahead of the public interest. Which means most of them.

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Has Chris Hedges Been Reading ATS? 15

He sure sounds like it. Hedges is an example of what a serious Left would look like, although he’s still obviously not as radical as ARV-ATS.

Attacking Diversity of Thought Reply

By Jonah Goldberg

Real Clear Politics

Cancel the philosophy courses, people. Oh, and we’re going to be shuttering the political science, religion, and pre-law departments too. We’ll keep some of the English and history folks on for a while longer, but they should probably keep their résumés handy.

Because, you see, they are of no use anymore. We have the answers to the big questions, so why keep pretending there’s anything left to discuss?

 At least that’s where Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College, seems to be coming down. Her school invited a famous left-wing Princeton professor, Cornel West, and a famous right-wing Princeton professor, Robert George, to have a debate. The two men are friends, and by all accounts they had an utterly civil exchange of ideas. But that only made the whole thing even more outrageous.

“What really bothered me is, the whole idea is that at a liberal arts college, we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion,” Ching told the Daily Gazette, the school’s newspaper. “I don’t think we should be tolerating [George’s] conservative views because that dominant culture embeds these deep inequalities in our society.”

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Anarchism and Spirituality Reply

Attack the System
Anarchism and Spirituality: An Interview with Jay Cypher

February 22, 2014

Keith Preston interviews Jay Cypher, anarchist anthropologist and scholar of the relationship between spirituality, religion, and social movements. Topics include:

Topics include:

  • Her recent lecture “Anarchy and Spiritual Practice.”
  • Libertarian tendencies within various religious traditions.
  • Her involvement with the National-Anarchist Tribal Alliance of New York.
  • Do-It-Yourself activism and intentional communities.
  • Anarchism on the macro-level and micro-level.
  • The human instinct for freedom and resistance to oppression.
  • The importance of alternative sources of food production.
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Majority of US college campuses becoming ‘no-free-speech’ zones – report Reply

Russia Today

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Despite the explicit protections of the First Amendment, a majority of US institutions of higher learning enforce rules that severely restrict free speech on campus, according to a new study.

According to a report by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), 59 percent of US colleges and universities received a ‘red light’, meaning that the schools endorse policies that the watchdog group says impede on First Amendment rights.

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Texas student reports rape and gets suspended for ‘public lewdness’ Reply

Raw Story

Rachel Bradshaw-Bean (NBC News/screen grab)

A former Texas high school student has come forward with accusations that school officials suspended her for “public lewdness” after she reported that she had been raped in a band room.

In her first extensive interview, Rachel Bradshaw-Bean told NBC News that a boy had asked her to go into the band room at Henderson High School in East Texas on Dec. 6, 2010 while they were waiting for a Key Club meeting to begin after school. That’s when things turned violent and the boy raped her.

After crying and cleaning herself up in the bathroom, she went to an assistant band director to report the crime.

“He told me to work it out with the boy,” she recalled. “There’s no way I would do that. But I didn’t know what to think. I was 17.”

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US schools attempted to ban 49 books in 2013 Reply

Russia Today

Andrew Burton / Getty Images / AFP Censorship in American schools and libraries is on the rise as more institutions attempt to ban books tackling racial and sexual issues, as well as those written by minorities, according to the anti-censorship group Kids’ Right to Read Project.

In a report by the Guardian, the KRRP stated it has dealt with 49 separate cases of book bannings across 29 states this year, up more than 50 percent compared to the previous year. November alone found the group, part of the National Coalition Against Censorship, investigating three times the typical number of book bannings in the United States.

“Whether or not patterns like this are the result of co-ordination between would-be censors across the country is impossible to say,” said Acacia O’Connor to the Guardian. “But there are moments, when a half-dozen or so challenges regarding race or LGBT content hit within a couple weeks, where you just have to ask ‘what is going on out there?’”

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Federal government books $41.3 billion in profits on student loans Reply

Detroit Free Press

The federal government made enough money on student loans over the last year that, if it wanted, it could provide maximum-level Pell Grants of $5,645 to 7.3 million college students.

The $41.3-billion profit for the 2013 fiscal year is down $3.6 billion from the previous year but still enough to pay for one year of tuition at the University of Michigan for 2,955,426 Michigan residents.

It’s a higher profit level than all but two companies in the world: Exxon Mobil cleared $44.9 billion in 2012, and Apple cleared $41.7 billion.

“It’s actually neither accurate nor fair to characterize the student loan program as making a profit,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said during a July conference call with reporters after the Free Press and other news media reported on profits from student loans.

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Student Fined for Wearing Eagle Feather at Graduation Reply

Indian Country Today Media Network

An Escambia Academy High School student who wore an eagle feather on her graduation cap was denied her diploma after graduating May 23. According to a contract issued by the school in Atmore, Alabama, 17-year-old Chelsey Ramer, of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, would not receive her diploma or high school transcripts until she paid a copy,000 fine for wearing the feather.

“I feel like this wasn’t fair. It felt like it wasn’t legal,” Ramer said. “It really did hurt my feelings. I have watched others wear it and I looked forward to it my whole four years there. Now when it was my turn, [they said] I couldn’t.”

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Transgender Teen Voted Prom Queen At Middleboro High 4

CBS Boston

Cody Tubman had a dream prom night, the perfect dress and then the crown to go with it.

Cody was voted prom queen of Middleboro High School.

“I was all smiles,” Cody says laughing. “We were standing there and they announced I was prom queen. So I was like ‘oh yay, so exciting,’ But it was kind of surprising.”

It was surprising because Cody is transgender.

She was born a boy but she started dressing as a girl when she was a freshman in high school. She says she feels more confident and comfortable in her body.

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Harvard Students Call for the Repression of Free Inquiry Reply

Jason Richwine

Jason Richwine

I don’t apologize for any of my writing, but I deeply regret that it was used to hurt my friends and colleagues at Heritage. Seeing them struggle on account of me was the most painful aspect of the whole ordeal. I remember a particularly difficult moment when a Heritage spokesman went on Univision to defend the Heritage report. He explained, accurately, that I was just the number cruncher for the study. Here’s the question he was given by the host:

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Northwestern student govt nominee’s confirmation blocked because he is a ‘heterosexual white male’ Reply

By Timothy Dionisopoulos

The journey into the Twilight Zone continues.

A student’s bid to become associate vice president of diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University was derailed last Wednesday over accusations that his status as a white heterosexual male would make it impossible for him to perform the position’s duties.

Stephen Piotrkowski was apparently denied a position on Northwestern’s student government because he is a “heterosexual white male.”

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Duke University hikes student fees to pay for sex-change surgeries Reply

The Washington Times

Duke University is hiking student fees in order to cover the cost of sex-change surgery in its insurance plan.

“The addition of sexual reassignment surgery with a $50,000 cap makes Duke’s student health care plan one of the most, if not the most, transgender-inclusive plans in the country,” said Sunny Frothingham, the outreach chair for Blue Devils United, said in the Duke Chronicle.

The fee increase on students amounts to 0.3 percent, Campus Reform reported.

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School sets up ‘gender-neutral’ dressing room 1

The Local

School sets up 'gender-neutral' dressing room

A Stockholm high school is set to open a third changing room for transsexual pupils and those who don’t want to define themselves as being male or female, a move believed to be the first of its kind in the country.

“It’s for people who aren’t comfortable being divided into gender stereotypes,” Camille Trombetti, who sits on the student council at Södra Latin gymnasium, told The Local.

She said management at the central Stockholm high school at first welcomed the idea.

“They were very positive and welcoming but we had to figure out how to do it practically,” said Trombetti, who underlined that the student council has long pushed to expand the rights of LGBT students.

“We were the first student council to march in the Stockholm Pride Festival last year, and we encourage our teachers to use the pronoun ‘hen’.”

Trombetti explained that teachers now use the gender-neutral pronoun instead of the male and female “hon” and “han” in “relevant situations” rather than replacing them.

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Middle School Girls Receive Training for Dorm Life When They Go Off to College Reply

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Imagine 13 and 14-year-old girls being instructed to ask one another for a lesbian kiss in a class exercise.  The girls had no choice. The parents were NOT informed. But hey, if it falls under “anti-bullying,” than who are you to question it, right?

 Heather Clark over atreports this alarming development:

Red Hook, New York – A recent anti-bullying presentation at a middle school in New York that focused on homosexuality and gender identity has angered parents after their daughters have come home to tell them they were forced to ask another girl for a kiss.

According to reports, the session occurred last week at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, New York, near Poughkeepsie. A group of students from Bard College led two workshops for the youth, separated by gender.

During the workshop for girls, the 13 and 14-year-olds were told to ask one another for a lesbian kiss. They were also taught words such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.”

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