Via Chuckles, a timely reminder.
“We recognize that as a public institution, we are legally bound by the Constitution to allow all viewpoints on campus. However, there are forms of speech that are not protected under the First Amendment,” the letter said. “These include speech that presents imminent physical danger and speech that disrupts the university’s mission to educate.”
If the Left now think they can determine the limits of free speech they are more trapped than empowered, captives of their own stare decisis. They are on a treadmill sometimes called a “national conversation” from which they cannot get off. Often when the Left talks about having a national conversation they mean the thoughts that occur to them and no one else. Then having adjudicated their own internal reflections they author what they regard as binding opinion on themselves and all the rest. As Mark Lilla told David Remnick in the New Yorker the only flexibility ever available to a progressive is tactical.
And this is all it has ever been – having the numbers to impose one’s vision. Most in the cente grew up with a certain bourgeois vision, even perhaps God, Queen and country at its heart, plus many other points of view which did not get a major look-in, e.g. paganism in these isles.
That’s politics, that’s the way it goes. Now there is a different vision which has crept up over 50 years and many of us don’t like it. It’s quite right to attack the left as PJM did above but we’re the same in terms of having the numbers to impose our vision.
The difference is that we at least allow of a different vision to be spoken. The left will not allow of it in the least.