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Apr 12 2017

University of Michigan Nixes Resolution Defending Freedom of Speech

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery,” said Thomas Jefferson. But Thomas Jefferson is a dead white male thought criminal slated for the memory hole. The more intellectually fashionable will avoid dangerous freedom at any cost — even when the danger is trivial, as when a resolution defending free speech was voted down by the student government of University of Michigan:

Some students who voted against the measure cited concerns that, if approved, it’s essentially “legitimizing certain hate speech,” “delegitimizing minorities on campus” and “putting people at risk,” according to the minutes of the March 28 Central Student Government meeting.

At risk? Seriously?

Realizing that it is an essential component of any healthy, dignified society, people used to risk their lives for free speech. Now they won’t risk having their feelings hurt, or their adolescent worldview challenged.

University of Michigan isn’t alone:

In November, a similar measure was rejected by Tufts University’s student government, whose members called the effort to broaden and clarify students’ First Amendment rights “unsafe.”

Other examples abound of students at campuses across the country rejecting the notions underpinning the First Amendment.

Those who are not worthy of freedom will not have it for long. The words of Ronald Reagan ring true once again:


If they don’t do the same, the chain is broken. The ensuing darkness will swallow up our accomplishments and those of our ancestors.

But at least no snowflakes will be forced into a painful confrontation with the idiocy of their politically correct ideology.

On a tip from Torcer.

13 Responses to “University of Michigan Nixes Resolution Defending Freedom of Speech”

  1. Mr. Freemarket says:

    When a friend takes you aside and tells you that you have done something wrong, is that hate speech? When a parent corrects a child, is that, too, hate speech.

    People have to be told the truth. If the emperor has no clothes, it isn’t hate speech to tell him. If college students have an incomplete understanding of an issue, they need to be told the truth even if it seems painful, or even if it makes them feel bad.

  2. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Courts at various levels, up to and including the SCOTUS, have been pretty clear on this. What the universities are doing is unconstitutional. They simply do not have a legal leg to stand on. This should be a fight that is winnable in the courts (perhaps more so now).

  3. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    But that might lead them to question collectivist authoritarianism.

  4. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Heh, when you can defend your infringements on basic human rights using money taken from your victims by force, it’s not as bad. Remember, comrade, in the great fight for utopia, no amount of other peoples’ money is to dear a price to pay.

  5. Mr. Freemarket says:

    We must not panic the sheep.

  6. ICEvictim says:

    just a bunch of infantile morons being baby sat at “college” so mom and dad don’t have to deal with them.

  7. Wilberforce says:

    And that, precisely, is why it’s being so vigorously continued…

  8. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    I’m guessing many of you stop by Pookies toons regularly (if not, highly recommended):

    Anyway, here’s a particularly relevant one from today

  9. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Yep, at least until all the sheep have been fleeced and peacefully entered the slaughterhouse of their own free will.

  10. KHarn says:

    Make all these freaks take a “vow of silence” during their college years. That may even be a good thing; instead of protesting, they would silently attend classes and LEARN. And if they break their vow, even to say “good morning”, they should be BEATEN TO DEATH by their fellow students on the spot.

    OR… they can suffer a little freedom.

  11. Voltaire says:

    I am offended by what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

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  13. JeffersonSpinningInGrave says:

    Good point. I personally don’t mind paying to defend victims of illegal censorship, but it would be better if that were not needed in the first place. And the profs and admins get their fat salaries and obscene pensions regardless. I wish it was possible/easier to hold offenders personally responsible for the civil rights violations they commit.

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