The original story begins below, which ran on 14 February 2017. Events since then have confirmed the original conclusions.
Violent students at Middlebury College attacked and badly wounded Professor Allison Stanger who was escorting “neo-con” author Charles Murray on campus, where a scheduled speech of his was disrupted by a violent mob. As of this writing, Stanger injury caused by violent students requires her to wear a neck brace.
If you missed the allusion, it was violent students. They are also illiterate, vulgar, and ignorant students, judging by the posters they held as they attacked (see the link above). Students are, of course, ignorant by definition: that is why they are students: their goal is to dispel their ignorance. But these students are willfully ignorant, and their education calculated to enforce this ignorance.
It is past time for the police—I could not find any report of arrests, again—-to do as they do to other violent criminals. Which is to say, when students will not obey legal commands and when the students are violently attacking people, the police should use all available force to stop them, including lethal force. If not, it is only a matter of time before violent students kill someone. Over politics.
It is worth noting—and I say God bless him here—Jerry Coyne, with whom I have lightly sparred, is on the side of angels in this incident. “Those who consider words to be violence might ponder the actual violence that their mob behavior inspired: violence that was immediate, deliberate, and intended. Middlebury College and its students should be ashamed of themselves.”
It is also worth nothing the Washington Post is on the side of demons. Writing as minimally as they could about the violence caused by the violent students, forgetting to mention the extent of the injury caused, the Post quickly introduced a note that said the disgraceful Southern Poverty Law Center “considers Murray a white nationalist who uses ‘racist pseudoscience…'” The obvious intent was to excuse the violence as legitimate.
That wink-and-a-nod attitude will lead to an increase in student violence.
Charles Murray writes of the attacks (note the plural) himself. “But many looked like they had come straight out of casting for a film of brownshirt rallies. In some cases, I can only describe their eyes as crazed and their expressions as snarls. Melodramatic, I know. But that’s what they looked like.”
At least there were some arrests, though as the video above proves, police were reticent to do their duty. It appears as if they were not performing their duty based on orders from above. The image atop the post was found in a link to the video. Somebody wrote “Based Stick Man is not the hero we want, he is the hero we deserve.” Apt, that.
More details. 10 Arrested in Berkeley, Elderly Man Assaulted Following Violent Anti-Trump Protest. “Police reported items confiscated among the combatants were: ‘metal pipes, bats, 2x4s and pieces of wood. A group with bricks was detained, and their bricks confiscated.'”
UFC veteran and professional MMA fighter Jake Shields was even forced to rescue a man who was being assaulted by left-wing rioters after police allegedly refused to help…
“More chaos started happening, so I went up to the police and tried bringing them back, but they were just like ‘we’re not really going over there. You should just stay away.'” he continued. “I don’t know if they were taking orders from someone or if they were just being lazy. I don’t know what the situation was, but it was pathetic to watch. Our police, who are supposed to defend the citizens of Berkeley. It’s a sad scene that they would allow that.”
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