Shrikes and Butcherbirds: Berkeley Undermines the Academy's Core

On Berkeley's cancellation of Ann Coulter's talk--
 
Given Berkeley's concerns, hiring additional security would be reasonable; censorship is not.
Our nation and our schools have survived far worse division than we now endure without shredding the Constitution, a move Ms Coulter, who will get her fee, will use to further infect minds on the Far Right and Far Left always too ready, as she is, to abandon the Constitution. When in hell will self-righteous prigs learn? What further horrors will have to ensue before some on the Left grasp that freedom, liberty, and Democracy can never be protected by censorship in the sad, old, flimsy guise of 'safety'? The Bill of Rights is not what the censorious of the Far Left/Right want or have ever wanted.
 
We cannot abide and must be altogether done with academia undermining its own Liberal Arts Core Project. There are more than enough off-campus shrikes and butcherbirds whose aims include that death.

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(For JMAC and Mr Savio)

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 20, 2017 at 1:51pm

...and in any case, Ron, the Board may not have made this decision alone; the academic admin had to be involved and not as simply a rubber stamp

Comment by koshersalaami on April 20, 2017 at 2:07pm

I don't care what they think of Coulter. Keeping her from speaking is bullshit. For one thing, it shows no faith in students. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 20, 2017 at 2:09pm

nor in Democracy. Thanks, Kosh.

Comment by Ron Powell on April 20, 2017 at 2:24pm

You'd be surprised, possibly even shocked at how market place oriented academia has become....

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 20, 2017 at 2:27pm

No, Ron. I am wholly in touch w it and I think your initial response, while it has merit, is simplistic.

Comment by Boanerges on April 20, 2017 at 3:23pm

Read and rated, Jon. My comment on JMac's post applies here too.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 20, 2017 at 4:26pm

:)

Comment by Rodney Roe on April 20, 2017 at 11:05pm

Most comedians have taken college campuses off of their tour due to censorship in the name of political correctness.  There is apparently no controversy now in academia; no questioning of ideas and practices.  

We should all be afraid.

Comment by Rob Wittmann on April 22, 2017 at 3:36pm

this does little to help prepare intelligent and concerned youth for the real world after they graduate. they are going to be ill-equipped to handle participation inthe messy world of politics, and even more so, life. safe spaces, microaggressions, disagreement free zones are insane. there are now places in Philly which allow students to dine and study in their pajamas, because it's too stressful and objectifying to get dressed. 

we are promoting immaturity and infantilism among these kids. The GOP calls them snowflakes, and while unfair and simplistic, is not entirely without basis in certain cases.

Blue Collar folks in colleges are not and have never been this weak. These attitudes are the product of an overly privileged and sheltered existence.

 

 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 22, 2017 at 3:38pm

yes 

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