Testifying before a joint congressional hearing on the state of free speech in academia, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro exposed the radical, anti-free speech ideology of the Left to members of Congress, showing why college campuses have become hotbeds of extreme intolerance and violence.
Shapiro knows firsthand just how much university students and administrations are hostile to opposing viewpoints — and the lengths they will go to shut down any and all dissenting opinion.
In just over five minutes speaking before the House Oversight Committee Thursday, Shapiro demonstrates a mastery of the Left’s political philosophy, explaining the roots of college campus bigotry, and how college administrators are compliant in this dangerous and ever-growing culture of censorship and uniform, monolithic thought.
“In order to understand what’s been going on at some of our college campuses, it’s necessary to explore the ideology that provides the impetus for a lot of the protesters who violently obstruct events, pull fire alarms, assault professors (and even other students), and the impetus for administrators who all too often humor these protesters,” Shapiro said.
Shapiro then explained a three-step argument made by the Left, advocating violence, against free speech. First, the Left says the validity or invalidity of an argument can be judged solely by the ethnic, sexual, racial, or cultural identity of the individual making an argument, Shapiro explained. Secondly, the Left says that those who say otherwise are engaging in “verbal violence.” Finally, the Left believes that physical violence is sometimes justified to stop said verbal violence.
“All of this destroys free speech. But, just as importantly, it turns students into snowflakes — craven and pathetic, looking for an excuse to be offended so they can earn points in the ‘intersectionality’ Olympics and then use those points as a club with which to beat opponents,” Shapiro said.
“A healthy nation requires an emotionally and intellectually vigorous population ready to engage in open debate at all times. Shielding college students from opposing viewpoints makes them simultaneously weaker and more dangerous.”
“We must fight that process at every step. And that begins by acknowledging that whatever we think about America and where we stand, we must agree on this fundamental principle: All of our views should be judged on their merits — not on the color, or sex, or sexual orientation of the speaker. And those views should never be banned on the grounds that they offend someone.”
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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