For a very long time, I carried this inclination that the Right/Conservatives has no respect for the 1st amendment, specifically the freedom of speech. However, I think I have changed my position on which political ideology respects the 1st amendment. Subsequent, to watching excerpts of the rally/protest of Milo Yannopolous this past week that clearly escalated into a full-out riot on the campus of the University of California, Berley.
And yes, the same Berkley that was the birth of the Free Speech Movement. The campus where Mario Salvio delivered his iconic Operation of the Machine speech:
There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!
On Wednesday, February 2, 2017, Milo Yannopolous was invited to speak at a Berkley in front of a crowd of his supporters. However, of course, the assembly was canceled after an amass of radical, terrorists decided to disrupt the protest; assaulting attendees and committing arson outside the hall where Milo was scheduled to have delivered his speech.
Many on the right are infuriated about what transpired on the campus of UC Berkley and rightly so. It is even more asinine when left passively defends the bullshit because they believe hate speech is not free speech.
Sorry, that is the furthest from the truth, the protection of hate speech by its very definition is free speech. The 1st amendment explicitly illustrates: Congress (that includes the state legislature) shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
So, was Milo Yannapolous’ freedom of speech violated under the constitution? The easy answer is No. The “Provocateur,” as he calls himself was asked by a private organization (Berkley College Republicans), to speak at the public university, in front of a private audience. There is a possibility the event may have been open to the public, despite the College Republicans spending over 7K on security to control the protestors. The Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union is one the largest facilities on the campus of the university, where the event was scheduled.
UC Berkley canceled Milo’s event because of the violence, arson, destruction of university property, and the safety of the attendees. So technically, the government never created a law discouraging him from voicing is ideology, the left calls hate speech. However, the event was interrupted, he was just met by the force of some crazed supposed anarchist who doesn’t even know the definition of free speech.
I probably would disagree with Milo on the majority of his positions, but his freedom of speech should certainly be protected. Because if the government decides to censor one type speech expect your speech will be next on the censorship list. The one problem I have with Milo is that he is a statist. Well isn’t that the case for most, well that is neither here or there, I digress.
Yes, a statist! Last year, during a White House Press Conference, Milo asked Josh Earnest, if the government can institute some type of mechanism/policy on silicon Valley from censoring free speech on online. Milo’s concerns evolved around the issue with companies i.e., Twitter and Facebook censoring conservatives’ speech on their platforms. Milo is correct, it is disheartening that a tool used to exercise one’s free speech is being censored because of the company’s liberal stance. Now, this asshole wants to cry wolf to big daddy government and advocate that Twitter and Facebook change their policy. That is one thing I cannot defend.
Milo Yannapolous has a huge enough following that he can create his own platform and won’t even miss a beat. Stop Bitching! The benefits of the free market are that a company like Twitter will be penalized for censorship. We don’t need the government intervening each and every time a company bruised us.
What so facetious is that the left, the biggest proponents of free speech. But when they are encountered with a dissenting position they are quick to denounce those view. The right commits the same bullshit but of course, the left is notorious. The means of civil discourse is far from an option amongst this new age of progressives. It’s like they will gun you down if they don’t agree with you.