We will not allow you to speak

By Paul Ackerman | Apr 27, 2017

How many invited speakers at universities around America have been shouted down by mobs of radicals, assaulted or cancelled in the past year? Does that sound like a divisive question?

Does one get accused of divisiveness merely for pointing out that such behavior is becoming very obviously orchestrated by the leftist organizers on campuses?

If so, I am OK with that. It has become tiresome to find that the mainstream media does not see its own hand in minimizing these occurrences, if not excusing them with misinformation about the cause. Here is a brief summary that illustrates how this pernicious trend has been fostered by today’s pathetically PC academia.

The figures here are distilled for brevity, and many more details can be researched through the database of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, including details of how the event/speaker was disinvited, if officially, or by campus disruption, etc.

2010 – 13 speakers were attempted to be disinvited or disrupted by the left, three by the right. The only firm institutional disinvite was for unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.

2011—13 speakers opposed by the left, seven by the right

2012—12 speakers opposed by the left, five by the right

2013—20 speakers opposed by the left, nine by the right *

2014—21 speakers opposed by the left, four by the right

2015—12 speakers opposed by the left, nine by the right

2016 – A banner year for snowflakes; 35 speakers opposed by the left, five by the right

2017—as of April 20, we have seven speakers whose views the left does not want to hear, and zero complaints from the right.

From their high horse of diversity/inclusion, the leftist hypocrites tally up 133 attempts to silence, spiking their total in 2016 with a record 35 in one year. Comparatively, the right has only 42 speakers they objected to hosting at their college or university.

A better than three-to-one ratio, favoring the leftists, tells you something about the level of indoctrination on campus. This is illiberal fascism, not education. The absurdity of demands for “safe spaces,” coupled with the irony of ignorant students supporting a sort of educational sharia where anyone who doesn’t adhere to their ideology is demonized — or assaulted, as some speakers have been — demonstrates that this problem needs addressing, firmly, and soon.

As I write this, commentator/author Anne Coulter is awaiting a decision from the University of California at Berkeley on her speaking engagement there this week. This is another leftist disinvite attempt to force the university to rescind an invitation and to noisily keep her from speaking. Coulter suggests that because of her contract with the university, she is justified to bring legal action when it attempts to abrogate the agreement at the last minute.

Perhaps when Chancellor Nicholas Dirks considers the ridiculously bad precedent they seem to be setting by violating her contract, along with the $110,000 or so in damages that leftist radicals caused there recently over another speaker, he might come to his senses.

Rewarding this sort of bullying behavior will only encourage more of it. Unfortunately, given the reputation of the University of California system, where leftist politics rules, the outcome is not likely to be a positive one for freedom of speech.

*A great irony of 2013 is that among the several well-known speakers “disinvited”, was the doyen of illiberal contempt, the former IRS honcho, Lois Lerner, unbelievably set to speak at Western New England Law School. Too bad, she could have repeated her recitation of the Fifth Amendment multiple times, as available on YouTube, for their enlightenment.

Comments (12)
Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 06, 2017 11:54

Sorry, Jan, but you really have to bone up on your debating skills and learn when a "discussion" has ended.  As you rarely answer any charges I might make I don't really see that the effort to answer yours has any merit. My support for any politicians that leans toward real progressive change is unwavering.  Yours, like most conseratives these days, is only situational.  So it is with your party's suppost for Trump.    It will last as long as it is profitable.  Franklin, Warren, or any on the left who wants to undo the hideous mess Trump is currently creating is fine with me.  As for those "Republican reactionaries who do riot, burn and loot like the black garbed thugs of the far left" They are out there but they call themselves militias and they're busy marching around with their guns to intimidate immigrants, scrawling Nazi symbols on synagogues, demolishing Jewish cemeteries, and "escorting" brown people out of Trump rallies.  And really, your views are you own?  As far as I can see they're simply "cut and paste" from the conservative handbook for fools and about as honest as your party's recent health care bill which trump has claimed "will cover everyone."  And if you believe that then you're on something stronger than meds.  (Careful.  Mental illness is a pre-existing condition and probably won't be covered -or even acknowledged- in TrumpCare.)

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | May 05, 2017 11:46


Has the cat got your tongue? I have asked you about your opinion of the "limelight trio" of Democrats, Warren, Waters and Franken as they pursue their parties nomination for president.  I also asked you to comment on the Republican reactionaries who do riot, burn and loot like the black garbed thugs of the far left,. Seems you are not capable of responding with anything but a criticam of  Fox news..  My views are my own and are conservative values and yours appear to be mostly cut and paste from loony tunes. Come on Ron, can you not espouse support for your anointed.ones?  I can understand when anyone explores the outstanding, gleeming qualities of the "limelight trio." that is really a tough job.  Ron, stay in now and be sure to continure on the same meds.

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 05, 2017 06:54

Poor pathetic Jan - Sorry, Jan, but it's impossible to argue rationally with someone who only repeats the nonsense of Fox News as though it were reality.   Indeed, Mr. Bartlett is more than correct when he describes your favorite non-news source as "nothing more than an echo chamber of misinformation that is being used by the current crop of Republicans as a propaganda machine designed to indoctrinate viewers with falsehoods."  Certainly it has worked successfully on you and all your ilk having “drank heavily from the Fox waters.”

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 04, 2017 11:21

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Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | May 04, 2017 11:14

Poor Pathetic Ron,

You mention Alex Jones, a non entity, Micheal Flynn a fired person of little influence, and Steve Bannon, an adviser while I commented on 3 people Warren, Waters,and Franken who intend to run for president.for the Democrats.  It is b/s to suggest that the Klan, or the Nazi party are part of the Republican party  How many people of conservative viewpoints do you see at riots, burning and looting businesses   - answer ZERO   Skin heads were not policing Trump rallies, however, the hooded libs and flag burners were very active trying to commit chaos at Trump rallies.  Come on Ron, why not defend your counterparts ? I suspect you cannot or if you try, it would simply be another blame game distortion with a multitude of words which would be without substance.  Suggestion pal, Get a Life !!

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 03, 2017 16:57

Well, Jan, since you brought it up, just who do you think is the best face of the right?  Steve Bannon?  Michael Flynn?  Alex Jones?  Ted Cruz, the self-anointed one of god?  Or maybe you've convinced yourself that Trump is a real conservative now, or even a real Republican.  (Are you ready to accept his version of the Civil war?) And which of Trump's supportive organizations is your favorite?  The American Nazi party?  The Klu Klux Klan?  The rabid right-wing militias that point their guns at the legal authorities and get away with it because they're white?  How about the skin heads who police Trump's "rallies" and enforce their racial exclusion.  Which of them are "those that actually think and not those that act on emotions."  I'll bet none of them.


And who prevents Alex Jones from spouting his lunatic filth, or Limbaugh, or Hannity, or keeps Coulter from publishing the same book time after time for the brain-dead conservative choir?  I understand Milo's pedaphilia hasn't kept him from a new right-wing publishing job proving that American conservatism has no bottom to it.  Is that what you call thinking?  Barlett is right.  Conservatives in this country have dug their own hole so deep that they can't see out.  And all they have to contemplate are their own echoes and their own darkness.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | May 03, 2017 07:57

For the far left supporters   Who do you think is the best face of the Left ?, Elizabeth Warren, Maxine Waters, or Al Franken?  Which of these outstanding individuals inspires the average joe the most ?  Do the thugs dressed in black with their hoods that riot, burn and loot and prevent any  conservative speaker from being heard nspire the support of middle America or do the parades with the Black Lives Matter  and others of that ilk lead most to want to support the Far Left?  In fact they all are a major  turnoff to those that actually think and not those that act on emotions. Keep on digging and become less and less relevant

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | May 02, 2017 15:44

The left is digging a hole, Jan?  Even real conservative might disagree.

"Bartlett is perhaps best known as one of the top economic policy advisers to former President Ronald Reagan. But even though conservatives worship Reagan as a god, those who served in his inner circle are not impressed with the current state of the Republican Party and Bartlett blames Fox News for making it that way.

“Many conservatives live in a bubble where they watch only Fox News on television, they listen only to conservative talk radio — Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, many of the same people. When they go onto the Internet, they look at conservative websites like National Review, Newsmax, World Net Daily. And so, they are completely in a universe in which they are hearing the same exact ideas, the same arguments, the same limited amount of data repeated over and over and over again. And that’s brainwashing.”

Indeed, Fox News has become nothing more than an echo chamber of misinformation that is being used by the current crop of Republicans as a propaganda machine designed to indoctrinate viewers with falsehoods to scare them and make them hate anything that goes against the extreme conservative agenda. To Bartlett, once conservatives obtained their own personal media outlet, they all “drank heavily from the Fox waters.”


Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | May 02, 2017 10:44

Nothing to say about Richard Spencer?  Yes colleges should be places where a variety of view can be aired.  I think it was someone on the right that came up with, "Be open-minded, but not so much your brains fall out."  This platitude can work for both the right or left.  Sure, the left is irrelevant, climate change is a hoax, and health care is only for those that can afford it.

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | May 01, 2017 12:19

Mr Mosher

Your comparisons really are a big reach.  No NAMBLA is not part of our values.  An example of an alleged bumper sticker from years ago does not compare with the left's attempt to stifle free speech on college campus' . Colleges used to be a forum for various ideas and philosophies to be aired and discussed.   With the left, it is MY WAY or the highway. The left does not seem to understand, when you are digging a big hole for yourself you need to stop digging It. Seems to be the intent of the left to just become more irrelevant

Jan Dolcater, Rockport

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | May 01, 2017 10:07


Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | May 01, 2017 09:18

Yes, of course, conservatives who espouse American values deserve to reap the benefits of the First Amendment and be allowed to express their opinions even in the most liberal of public forums.  Do these American values include support for NAMBLA, as with Milos Yiannopolos?  Perhaps Richard Spencer should be allowed to tout white nationalism and other fascist ideals that call to question exactly what "the Greatest Generation" (remember Lewis?) battled against, without any objection from the left.  Years ago, Ann Coulter suggested that John and Elizabeth Edwards put a bumper sticker on their car saying "Ask Us About Our Dead Son," who had died in an auto accident at the age of 16.  She certainly deserves our attention.  Is it possible that the right is deliberately stirring the pot in a way that draws negative attention from the left?  It does stop short of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.

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