Milo and his free speech week
I like Milo Yiannopoulos. He’s a bad stand-up comic with great material. The great material, of course, is mocking what the left has become in this modern era — self absorbed snow flakes.
So Milo gets canned by Breitbart after a video gets dredged up of him using gay-speak that, when interpreted by straight folks, might be seen as supporting pedophilia. Rather straight out of the Alinsky playbook.
Milo does what most celebrities and celebrity wannabes do (I’m not sure where Milo really fits here) which is to write a book. Simon & Schuster cancels the book contract before it’s even written which, of course, is more great publicity for Milo who ultimately self-publishes. To be honest with you, I’m still trying to slog my way through it. Let me just say it’s not a real “page turner.”
Rather than tagging on to Hillary’s book tour, Milo decides to create something called Free Speech Week at Berkeley. As one might imagine, the university is none too pleased and Antifa is totally ready to disrupt the event. The event is more or less canceled for next week. Unless it’s not. We’ll see how it all pans out.
With all that background, here’s what I really wanted to say: I hate it when the left creates events for which they know they’ll be a negative reaction (i.e., Black Lives Matter marches) and I don’t like it either when the right does the same thing. Milo knew exactly what would happen here and it’s no doubt good for reinvigorating his career as well as driving book sales.
This, of course, leads us to the inevitable free speech discussion. Should Milo be able to speak? Of course. Ben Shapiro managed to sneak in a week or so ago and the world didn’t end primarily because the police refused to let anyone wear a hood (a tactic that was also effective with the KKK.) If you want to hear a snoozer of a speech, listen to Ben’s speech on YouTube and you’ll think “and this is what the fuss was all about?”
What appalls me more than anything is the total role reversals we see in today’s college kids from “when I was their age.” GAWD! That makes me feel old! Back in my day (GAWD!), the Administration were the “the old people” keeping we “young people” from advancing freedoms and culture. How dare they try to stop streaking! I was in engineering school so I didn’t have any time or interest in rebelling but I also took it as an axiom that the university setting should encourage protest and all points of view.
Today it seems that the “young people” want protection from “bad thinking” and look to the Administration to provide it which they are only too happy to do. Really? Really?
The only really bad thinking I heard on campus was when I went to hear George McGovern speak. Really scary shit but I survived it!
And, Milo, you’ve made your point and gotten your media attention. Hold the book up to the cameras and let’s move along before someone gets hurt.