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Berkeley (and free speech) survive Hurricane Ben

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With all of the preparations and disaster-readiness actions that took place before DailyWire’s Ben Shapiro appeared at UC Berkeley to speak, one could easily confuse it the situation with an upcoming natural disaster or act of war. They did what they could to prevent him from coming. When that wasn’t going to happen, they decided to organize boycotts, protests, and counseling sessions to keep their liberally indoctrinated student body from suffering massive derangement syndromes for too long.

They couldn’t stop him. They could only hope to contain him.

When the speech was over and the dust settled, miraculously there were no casualties. Even free speech was preserved. Not only did Shapiro get to speak without many challenges, but protesters were able to voice their concerns with minimal violence and only a few weapons-based arrests. No snowflakes were harmed in the presentation of this conservative.

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Here’s the One Thing You Should Take from the Ben Shapiro Berkeley Event | Peter Heck, The Resurgent

http://theresurgent.com/heres-the-one-thing-you-should-take-from-the-ben-shapiro-berkeley-event/What does it say about the current state of the American left that this is the response they give to someone like Shapiro? Why are they protesting? What are they protesting?

 

Watch What Happened When Ben Shapiro Spoke at UC Berkeley | Peter Trinko and Christopher Piquette, Daily Signal

http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/15/watch-what-happened-when-ben-shapiro-spoke-at-uc-berkeley/Peter Trinko and Christopher Piquette went to University of California Berkeley to check out the protests ahead of conservative commentary Ben Shapiro’s speech on Thursday. Here’s what they saw and what some on the scene had to say (please be aware some protesters used curse words):

 

Ben Shapiro Is Causing Liberals Psychological Problems | Joe Scudder, Eagle Rising

http://eaglerising.com/47170/ben-shapiro-is-causing-liberals-psychological-problems/Why should Ben Shapiro speaking at the University of California in Berkeley cause students psychological problems? Shapiro is a regular conservative of the National Review type. He used to work for Breitbart but broke with them over their support of Donald Trump.

 

UC Berkeley counselors about to treat first Shapiro-triggered patient (who didn’t even hear his speech) | Doup Powers, Twitchy

https://twitchy.com/dougp-3137/2017/09/14/uc-berkeley-counselors-about-to-treat-first-shapiro-triggered-patient-who-didnt-even-hear-his-speech/Yeah, somebody could have been joking around with the reporter, but given the events that have transpired of late, there’s a high degree of likelihood she was being totally serious.

Ben Shapiro speech at UC Berkeley results in arrests at protests | Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/15/ben-shapiro-speech-at-uc-berkeley-results-in-arrests-at-protests.htmlUC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said the security measures could cost $600,000. Mogulof called the speech “a successful event” and said the university was committed to hosting speakers like Shapiro in the future.

 

Ben Shapiro Has a Message Aimed at Everyone Calling Him a ‘White Supremacist’ | Caleb Hull, IJR

http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/09/974931-ben-shapiro-message-aimed-everyone-calling-white-supremacist/Shapiro, a 5’9“ Jewish, yarmulke-wearing man is being accused of being a ”white supremacist“ and a ”Nazi“ because he holds differing views. A massive sign was hung near the building where Shapiro was speaking on campus reading, ”we say no to your white supremacist bulls**t.”

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It’s ironic that they tried to quash Shapiro during “Free Speech Week.” Kudos to YAF for a successful engagement and to Shapiro and crew for making it in and out without anyone getting hurt. It was touch and go for a bit, but they managed.

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  1. James McKelvey

    September 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Amen Ben!!!!

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Students who attack teachers should be harshly disciplined regardless of race

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Students who attack teachers should be harshly disciplined regardless of race

It’s hypocritical to call for equal rights on one hand, then distribute discipline differently based on a student’s race. As crazy as it sounds, that’s a thing nowadays and efforts to reverse course from the Obama-era educational abomination have been thwarted at nearly every turn.

Walter E Williams at The Daily Signal pointed out the problem by highlighting how it negatively affects students:

Obama’s Anti-Discipline Policies Set Our Students Up for Failure

https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/10/03/obamas-anti-discipline-policies-set-our-students-up-for-failure/President Barack Obama’s first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting rights.

Later that year, as a result of widespread support across the nation, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. Duncan titled his speech “Crossing the Next Bridge.” Duncan told the crowd that black students “are more than three times as likely to be expelled as their white peers,” adding that Martin Luther King would be “dismayed.”

Let’s take it a step further and highlight that this will have a tremendous negative impact on teachers, present and future. Who wants to get into a career where over 5% of teachers are attacked by the children they’re trying to help? Discipline is the only way to safeguard teachers and students. It’s not the teachers’ fault if more African-American males are committing the attacks.

Race should not be an issue here. If a student attacks a teacher, they must be punished. They cannot be allowed to have free rein over the classrooms they attend simply because a study concluded they were being punished more than others.

Read Williams’ article and ask yourself this question: When a student attacks a teacher, does it cause any less pain if the attacker is a certain race?

Teachers should not be put at risk to satisfy a leftist talking point.

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PragerU Video: Who Is Karl Marx?

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PragerU Video Who Is Karl Marx

He produced horrific results from ideas that were already several centuries old in his day – isn’t it time we rejected them?

Born in Trier, Germany in 1818, Marx didn’t invent communism. But it was on his ideas that Lenin and Stalin built the Soviet Union, Mao built communist China, and innumerable other tyrants, from the Kims in North Korea to the Castros in Cuba, built their communist regimes. Ultimately, those regimes and movements calling themselves “Marxist” murdered about 100 million people and enslaved more than a billion.

This is a man who spent a lifetime trying to popularise the societal slavery of socialism, presenting ideas that were already centuries old when he arrived on the scene. Even though these ideas had already failed in the American colonies, he tried to sell them to a new generation with horrific results. Despite the repeated failure of these ancient ideas, the Left continues on insisting that they’ve never been tried before. This video eviscerates that Leftist lie on Marx’s societal slavery.

Socialism’s fundamental flaw

The fundamental flaw of socialism is that it defies human nature, therefore it requires force to function. It doesn’t matter what it’s called or who is in control, it can never work. One cannot take ‘From each according to his abilities’ without the threat of force. If one’s property is under claim by the government, there is no incentive to produce more and the system falls apart.

That is why this form of government needs a secret police apparatus, concentration camps and the ‘pedagogy of the wall’ as Che Guevara put it. Most of all, it requires falsehoods and lies to sell it’s societal slavery. This is why the Left spends an inordinate amount of time lying about it’s base ideology. It has to do this because no free society would ever choose to enslave itself. These lies range from trying to pretend small, homogenous welfare states are ‘socialist’ to making the absurd claim that Leftist, authoritarian socialist dictatorships are supposedly “right-wing”.

One last point on due process

One last point, the video quotes the man whose face has launched a million T-shirts sales as saying: “I don’t need proof to execute a man, I only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him!”. Isn’t that the sort of due-process-free mindset that is disturbingly close to the nation’s Socialist Left at this point in time with Kavanaugh confirmation?

Something along the lines of ‘this is La Cabaña prison, not a court room should alarm everyone interested in the cause of Liberty.

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Pilot textbook for California 1st graders glorifies Gavin Newsome as “Champion for People’s Rights”

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Pilot textbook for California 1st graders glorifies Gavin Newsome as Champion for Peoples Rights

First graders are supposed to be getting their first taste of basic math, reading, and history, among other things. What many first graders in California may be getting is indoctrination to leftist perspectives and the crowing of gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsome as a historical figure.

It’s time for new textbooks in California and one in particular is sparking controversy. A book being considered by Elk Grove unified school district portrays the former San Francisco mayor and current Lieutenant Governor as a “Champion for People’s Rights.”

The focus of the controversy is that it sounds like campaign propaganda instead of something appropriate for first graders. What do you think? Is it over the top?

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