Larger numbers of modern conservative/GOP voters have continued to repeat the primary talking points of hard Right disinformation machines with regards to indignation over increased controls being placed by Universities with regards to sponsored campus access for selected Hard Right operatives and presenters.
Allow me to offer up a bit more of an in depth perspective….
Right wing/Nationalist and deeply anti-Semitic and racist operatives aided and abetted by an incitement driven hard Right Corporate propaganda machine all supported by a feckless corporate paid for GOP ‘leadership’ and friends who have nurtured a racially-framed, anti-Semitic and class-driven framework for many years have now been temporarily and sharply empowered by the Trump/Bannon White Supremacist/Nationalist White House cell.
Of you could still believe it is all actually the ‘fault’ of the Kenyan born, Madrassah educated; secret Islamist; anti-colonialist, falsified birth certificate holder, college pot smoking, deliberately ‘divisive’ and partisan President Obama who, along with his wife and children, were forced to repeatedly tolerate the most vile, hate filled, sometimes overtly violent/threatening racist propaganda and incitement of any American President or senior National political leader.
The modern hard-Right propaganda machine has long used its own provocateurs to disrupt and trigger massive disruption; assault – even murder – as part of its deeply anti-American processes in desperate pursuit of never again available antebellum American demographics. They certainly do not want POC; those from alternative economic classes; ‘dark skinned’ immigrants to move increasingly into positions of American authority and leadership; to be elected as state and national representatives
Remember the 2000 elections…?
A large proportion of those suit and tie boys violently and vociferously ‘demonstrating’ while Florida was making a judicial decision as to whether W Bush operatives had engaged in an administrative coup-d’etat were paid and sent to Florida rather than being spontaneous and local.
There indeed is rank stupidity on both sides of America’s political divide. ANTIFA, however, is a response to rather than – in about any way – a cause of hard Right incitement and orchestrated racist/anti-Semitic framed anti-constitutional and anti-America violence and assault.
For instance, the peaceful clergy at Charlottesville credited ANTIFA activists with – literally – ‘saving (their) lives’ from being crushed/physical assaulted when cowardly and violent organized Supremacist and other hard Right Nativist activists started to attack their line with bats and other weapons as the clergy, themselves, were trying to protect PEACEFUL anti-fascist counter protestors from the violence of hard Right participants.
Have groups of ‘progressive’ oriented college students become a bit overly sensitive about and less willing to listen to the destructive, lie strewn propaganda shows of the hard Right on their campus? Well….yes. Has this tendency become a bit overgeneralized? LIkely ‘yes’ again….
Have universities become a bit more reactive in their attempt to ensure safe campus environments? Perhaps.
But schools – from public to private to higher education – also simultaneously have absolute ethical and legal obligations to manage their respective campuses to the benefit AND safety of ALL their students, their staff and their immediate community.
If there were still functional ‘conservative’ thought and thinkers, I’d would be particularly supportive of their having the full range of open forums. For instance, while I may not have routinely agreed with William Buckley or James Kirkpatrick, I always read and wanted to know what they had to say.
But modern ‘conservative’ incarnations to include Yiannopoulos, Coulter and Shapiro – many others – only bring an established history of repeated lies; propaganda and political/historical revisionism, calls to incitement – sometimes violence – assaults on the rule of law and the inherent constitutional rights of ALL Americans.
That we know exactly what such hard Right propaganda operatives plan to say and about what they plan to lie even before they step up to the podium also goes directly against the mission of higher education back to Aristotle of nurturing peaceful thought, learning, understanding and debate.
And from Fox and OAN to Breitbart and the Washington Times….the lies and incitement; those disinformation and propaganda campaigns are on display every single day for those who choose to watch.
I encourage any of the self-righteous hard Right supporters of provocateurs like Yiannopoulos and Coulter to instead send out a list of honest, original and individual conservative thinkers rather than these propaganda operatives since, then, your arguments will gain even a bit more credibility.