The Milo Riot: Berkeley’s Anti-Free Speech Movement


 

If only Berkeley Latinx Studies major Pablo “They” Gomez could be there to fan the flames …

Evidently, some people like violence against women:

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The first Latino mayor of Berkeley encouraged the rioters on Twitter yesterday:

Heckuva job, Mayorie!

And now the antifas are running amok smashing up Berkeley businesses:

 

Note that the criminals aren’t necessarily Berkeley students.

A Starbucks was ransacked. Oh the irony. Do you think Howard Schultz ever has any doubts?

Admittedly, the other possibility is that they wear masks so that they can beat people with impunity:

Why is it legal to wear a mask to a riot?

In contrast to what happens when Milo tries to speak at Berkeley, famous for the Free Speech Movement of 1964, here’s the kind of intolerance we see when Bernie Sanders speaks at the Falwell family’s Liberty U.:

Seriously, what % of the political violence in the U.S. over the last 18 months has been from Trump’s side of the spectrum and what % from the respectable side?

5% vs. 95%?

2% vs. 98%?

I resist the 1% vs. 99% ratio as improbable (although, admittedly, possible).

Here’s the beginning of the NYT coverage:

Speech by Milo Yiannopoulos Is Canceled Amid Protests at Berkeley
By CHRISTOPHER MELE FEB. 1, 2017

A speech by the divisive right-wing editor Milo Yiannopoulos at the University of California, Berkeley, was canceled on Wednesday night after demonstrators set fires and threw objects at buildings to protest his appearance.

The university announced the cancellation on Twitter around 9:15 p.m., about an hour after a section of the campus erupted in protest. There were no immediate reports of arrests or injuries.

Nothing to see here, folks, just move along.

Update: As of 7 am EST, the word “Berkeley” does not appear anywhere on the NYTimes.com home page.

Problem solved!

And then the Twitterer-in-Chief weighed in:

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How expensive would that it be for Berkeley to maintain its policy of accommodating violence against free speech?

Each year, the UC Berkeley campus receives well over half a billion dollars in research and other support from external sources. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, UC Berkeley attracted $673.9 million in new awards. Many of these awards fund multiyear research projects and support expenditures that will be reflected in subsequent years. The federal government provided 55 percent of these funds, and California state agencies and other government sources, industry, and the nonprofit sector supplied the rest. Of the research funding provided by the U.S. government, the largest contributors are the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

But that’s not counting federally-subsidized student loans …

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