William M. Briggs

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The Violent Rule America’s Campuses

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Stream: The Violent Rule America’s Campuses.

Time for our News Quiz! How many were arrested and punished in Berkeley among those who rioted, vandalized, and violently beat a man with shovels, almost killing him, when the right-wing comedian Milo was to visit that campus?

Hint: the total was the same as the number of student militants menacingly brandishing automatic weapons who violently occupied Cornell’s Willard Straight Hall in 1969 in protest of Cornell’s “racist attitudes” and “irrelevant curriculum”.

Still not sure? Then here, at the risk of being too generous, is another hint. The number of violent actors arrested at Berkeley is the same as the number punished for their violent storming of the stage at the University of Wisconsin, Madison to prevent mild-mannered Ben Shapiro from speaking on the subject of decency, an event at which “Campus police watched but did nothing to stop the interruptions.” Violent students also blocked Shapiro from UCLA.

If you still don’t have it, the number you’re looking for is the usual count of those arrested, expelled, or otherwise punished for their use of violence to further political causes at colleges and universities all across this fair country. It is a number fewer than the fingers on your right hand to the left of your thumb.

No more clues. Unless you find the answer too distasteful to admit, you have at least an inkling of this circular figure.

Now that we have finished the first question, it is time for our—

—Political Science Quiz! Ready? What do we call those people in a society who are licensed or allowed to use violence?

No hints this time. We call these the people in charge.

Since the violent are in charge, and since folks regularly use violence on college campuses as a means of politics, and that this violence just as regularly goes unpunished or is countenanced, we can therefore say that there is an officially approved climate of violence on the majority of campuses in the United States.

It really is this simple. Violent students (and professors) are in charge, have been in charge, and will continue to be in charge as long as they are allowed to use violence.

Violence in and around universities is so commonplace that its presence is thought natural and necessary. Pepper sprayings, calls for muscle, assaults of speakers calling for free speech (another Berkeley incident), a brawl and students rushing the stage, students occupying by force various campus offices…

Go there to read the rest. Look over your shoulder first if you are on campus.

Editor’s edition: Berkeley activist: No, “fascists”” don’t have a right to speak in public


  1. This is also happening in Cape Town and other universities in South Africa.

  2. The mistake is to label violent, fit-throwing students as they crowd into “safe spaces,” fill their diapers and demand to be changed, with being “snowflakes.”

    But that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous. Ask anyone buried by an avalanche how dangerous snowflakes can be.

  3. Here’s a thought. How about if President Trump were to give a speech at, say, Berkeley on ‘Violence and Restriction of Free Speech on College Campuses’ with full media coverage. He would be there to deliver the message that any college or university that did not control and punish and eliminate student violence would no longer receive Federal funds.

  4. Return to the 60’s (except with fewer arrests right now). Colleges always were the violent, spoiled areas in virtually every country across the globe. In China, the college students were the ones that tried for freer thinking—and were squashed. Idealism in most countries may not work out well. Reality smacks you down eventually. Or kills you. Reality doesn’t care.

    I think it has to do with huge percentages of colege occupants not having to earn a living. Too much free time and too much free money to throw around. Affluence breeds stupidity. Always has. Since the students are not paying for the degree, the students just don’t care if they get one or not. It’s party time—or riot time, depending on the day.

    The bigger problem seems to be parents have always been willing pay to have their children turned into violent spoiled brats. I don’t understand it, but that’s the way it is. Pay $100,000 so the child you hopefully tried to teach manners can burn down the student center. Oh, wait, these are the people who were in college in the 60’s. Now it all makes sense…….

  5. All we are saying,
    is give peace a chance.


  6. Little do they know that, even if they are successful with their “revolution”, they will be among the first to be sent to the camps for “re-education.”

    Sheri, in China, students were also at the core of Mao’s Red Guards during the cultural revolution. It is the temperament of youth to be all-in for the cause-du-jour. Ideology was tailor made for the young.

  7. I started college in 1960 and remember the student demonstrations. The administration always talked a good game and then caved like a wet paper sack. We joked that there was nothing more craven, cowardly and hypocritical than a college president.

  8. A protest organizer who advocates violent shutdown of speech including physical attacks. Listen to the irony:


  9. Seems we have come full-circle to the late-60s and early-70s turmoil and gnashing of teeth. I was fortunate to have attended a university in the deep south during that era and did not suffer too much grief being enrolled in the ROTC program. The big differences: the Vietnam war and Civil Rights are supplanted by one’s political ideology or earning leftist-rancor if expressing support of Trump; and, the deep south has lost Virginia and North Carolina. Unfortunately, I presently live in Virginia.

  10. A hundred years of creeping MSM Marxism go back and
    listen to them praise the Soviets and Chi-coms, never a discouraging
    word for Uncle Joe, Lenin, Mao, or their cohorts. Proof of the
    pudding is in the eating, traitors FDR and Truman threw
    Poland and half of Europe under the bus sparking a 70 year
    cold war that left existence itself in the hands of madmen. Now
    we’re bankrupt and they’re desperately trying to spark Cold War 2.0
    to sustain endless war, tension, and the anxiety of nuclear
    annihilation. American racism and misogyny are made up issues
    to divide the country down the middle, an amazing and pernicious
    apparatus this so called free press which functions solely to serve
    the interests of it’s owners and benefactors never the people,
    they are viewed as mere chattel to be manipulated and fleeced.

  11. Revolution in their minds the CHILDREN start to march
    Against the world in which they have to live
    They’re tired of being pushed around
    And told just what to do
    They’ll FIGHT the world until they’ve won

    Above lyrics are excerpted from Black Sabbath’s “Children of the Grave” — in 1971, when the album (Master of Reality) came out, the context was rebellion against the U.S. – Soviet arms race.

    It made no logical sense then, and it applies equally well and just as logically now to current events.

    Some things never really change…

    …well, maybe not quite:

    In doing some ad hoc “research” the following turned up:

    “”I wanted to write a song called ‘Walpurgis’ – you know, the Satanic version of Christmas – write it about that Satan isn’t a spiritual thing, it’s warmongers. That’s who the real Satanists are, all these people who are running the banks and the world and trying to get the working class to fight the wars for them. We sent it off to the record company and they said, ‘No, we’re not going to call it that. Too Satanic!’ So I changed it to ‘War Pigs’.”
    – Geezer Butler, lead guitarist, Black Sabbath reminiscing, among other things, about how he came up with album ideas and the mega hit, War Pigs, including mention of a topic — bankers & other corporate leaders — being evil … the very same targets modern youth continue to hate…
    …going on:

    In his autobiography, I Am Ozzy, Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne recalls, “It was originally going to be called ‘Walpurgis’ … which was a term for a black magic wedding or something. Then we changed it to ‘War Pigs’, and Geezer came up with these heavy duty lyrics about death and destruction. No wonder we never got any chicks at our gigs.”

    And there we see the difference — now, the “chicks” ARE turning out for such….

  12. I found the following video quite interesting from around the 42min mark:


    If that is what has been happening in the last few decades it certainly fits with a lot of obvserved evidence. Whether fact or fiction it is a fascinating point of view. Certainly explains all the watermelons.

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