Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Brownshirts at Middlebury

Reflections on the revolution in Middlebury
Excerpt: A few months ago, AEI’s student group at Middlebury College invited me to speak on the themes in Coming Apart and how they relate to the recent presidential election. Professor Allison Stanger of the Political Science Department agreed to serve as moderator of the Q&A and to ask the first three questions herself. About a week before the event, plans for protests began to emerge, encouraged by several faculty members. Their logic was that since I am a racist, a white supremacist, a white nationalist, a pseudoscientist whose work has been discredited, a sexist, a eugenicist, and (this is a new one) anti-gay, I did not deserve a platform for my hate speech, and hence it was appropriate to keep me from speaking. (Below is the account of a distinguished author of how utter and total thuggery took over a campus, prevented him from speaking to the audience, mounted a prolonged assault that injured one of the professors accompanying him, and even continued to where some of the mob left the campus to follow him and his companions into town where they were having dinner. At one point several of the assailants in the mob showed up wearing ski masks, which should have immediately brought out a major response in security officers and police, but that didn't happen. Now the question remains as to what, if anything, the college will do to find and seriously discipline those students involved in this violence. If they don't do anything meaningful, it will, as the writer below says, be a fatal blow to civilized discourse on campuses and represent a great victory for thugs and those who encourage them. --Del)

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