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Middlebury Social Justice Mob Represents Everything That’s Wrong on US College Campuses

By: David Unsworth - Mar 7, 2017, 2:34 pm
American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray was at the center of a protest at Middlebury College that turned violent (
American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray was at the center of a protest at Middlebury College that turned violent (Daily Wire).

Two generations ago there was a conservative establishment in the United States that ran the nation’s political and economic affairs. While moderate and benevolent in comparison with other regimes of the twentieth century (Germany, Italy, Spain, the Soviet Union, China), they censored freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

When this establishment, in conjunction with the military-industrial complex, began to send hundreds of thousands of young Americans to Vietnam in the second half of the 1960s, the establishment vs. activist battle had its catalyst. The Free Speech Movement emerged at UC Berkeley as a call to defend individual rights against this establishment: freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, civil rights, freedom of the press, and individual liberties.

60 years later, the greatest threat to freedom of speech is not posed by a right-wing “establishment”, but by the American Left: speech codes, trigger warnings, “safe spaces”, a perpetual “victim” mentality…and now…as we have seen at Middlebury College…it has extended beyond words (screaming, shouting, name calling, obscenities, cursing)…to actual violence.

Today’s campus protesters are not interested in being part of an academic community: they are interested in attending a politically correct day care center. If someone comes to campus who holds views that do not concord with their politically correct narrative, then it’s acceptable to shout, scream, throw a tantrum, pull someone’s hair, or even punch a female professor at the Middlebury College campus.

Just this weekend, the “social justice warriors” revealed their true ugly nature at what is normally a quiet, bucolic, and tranquil liberal arts campus nestled at the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains. The professor in question, Allison Stanger, agreed to host a discussion with political scientist Charles Murray, author of the controversial book The Bell Curve, which, among other things, addresses the relationship between race and intelligence.

Mind you, he was not at the Middlebury campus to discuss this book, but that was of little consequence to the mob of several hundred protesters who swarmed the event with the express purpose of shutting it down.

As professor Stanger soon discovered, a free and open exchange of ideas and dialogue is of little interest to today’s generation of radical “social justice” warriors, or to some in the academic establishment who encourage them. Stanger addressed the violence in a lengthy Facebook post:

“I am a Democrat…all of my courses are nonpartisan, and this was a chance to demonstrate publicly my commitment to a free and fair exchange of views in my classroom. As the campus uproar about his visit built, I was genuinely surprised and troubled to learn that some of my faculty colleagues had rendered judgement on Dr. Murray’s work and character, while openly admitting that they had not read anything he had written. With the best of intentions, they offered their leadership to enraged students, and we all now know what the results were.”

So a group composed of Middlebury students, Middlebury professors, and some outside agitators, did the very best that they could, not just to drown out speech that was disagreeable to them, but to use violence to ensure that controversial (conservative, libertarian, XYZ) speakers will know that they are not welcome on the Middlebury campus. In the future, professors will think twice about inviting speakers who do not fit into a neatly packaged, mundane, and inoffensive politically correct worldview.

What is very, very fortunate is that the “activist” left-wing student protester of 2017 constitutes an extremely small minority of Americans. Even among this subset of American college students, I doubt very few would consider it appropriate to behave the way that the Middlebury mob did this past week.

This incident should be troubling for anyone who cares about freedom of speech on today’s college campus. Cheers to the University of Chicago, whose faculty recently said (in so many words)…this is a research university, not a day care center. Here we are not going to have “speech codes” “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces”…if you don’t agree with someone on campus, then you are free to oppose their point of view through any number of wondrous technological mediums at our disposal in this wondrous age we live in. But you do not have the right to punch them, pull their hair, or drown out a campus speaker with showers of obscenities.

Every college and university professor in America should be discussing what happened at Middlebury College this weekend. Unfortunately, few will.

David Unsworth David Unsworth

David Unsworth is a Boston native. He received degrees in History and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and subsequently spent five years working in real estate development in New York City. Currently he resides in Bogota, Colombia, where he is involved in the tourism industry. In his free time he enjoys singing in rock bands, travelling throughout Latin America, and studying Portuguese.

Homeless Venezuelans Aren’t the Only Ones Eating From the Trash — Blue Collar Workers Do Too

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Mar 7, 2017, 1:41 pm
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EspañolBeing in charge of a family, having a job and earning a minimum wage but not being able to feed your loved ones is now the harsh reality for hundreds of Venezuelans across the country. Venezuela is in a crisis that continues to worsen, and with it comes an increasing number of Venezuelans — from the homeless to people with steady jobs — that are digging through the trash to find food. Food shortages and Venezuelans' decreasing purchasing power have been attributed to the phenomenon, which has resulted in weight loss for over 70 percent of the country. Venezuelans affected by this situation earn minimum wages, but also own their own homes. Some of them are elderly people who don't earn enough anymore to cover basic needs. Venezuelans in various parts of the country have taken up an initiative to feed people who dig in garbage dumps. The "Make the Difference" movement was started by Diego Prada in Caracas. They distribute soups, sandwiches and local corn flower bread in the streets of the capital. ¿Qué opinas de lo que ves en la calle todos los días? ¿Cómo nos puedes ayudar para tener mayor impacto positivo en estas personas? Una publicación compartida de Haz La Diferencia (@hazladiferencia) el 26 de Feb de 2017 a la(s) 8:29 PST In an interview with PanAm Post, Prada said the most shocking thing about the initiative was seeing the number of hungry citizens increasing over the last year, and realizing that 1,000 plates isn't enough. Prada said he has seen mothers cry as they accept a bowl of soup, which they can use to feed their children. The founder of "Make the Difference" pointed out that there are not only homeless people scavenging among the garbage, but also grandparents and blue collar workers. Read More: Ecuador Elections: Outsider Lasso Poised to Defeat Leftist President Correa’s Candidate Read More: Stability, not Socialism, Made Rafael Correa a Popular Leader "There are Venezuelans who have jobs and you can still see them poking through the garbage because the money they earn does not last the 30 days of the month," he said. "It's amazing how priorities are changed," he said. "If they are large families, the dishes are first given to the children, then the women and ultimately the men." He said though they sometimes feed the same people, they are always seeing new faces as well. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); The initiative is not only taking place in the capital. The state of Carabobo in the central region of the country has seen Father Miguel Romero work through the "Foundation Señor Que Todos Escuchen Tu Voz" (Lord, may all hear your voice) program to deliver at least 200 soups to people every weekend. Romero explained to PanAm Post how sad it is to know that it's not only homeless people roaming the streets, but Venezuelans with low incomes who have no choice but to approach restaurants and bakeries in hopes of getting something extra at the end of the day. "Between five and six in the afternoon they approach the trash to check if there are leftovers," Romero said. The priest stressed that many of those who look through the garbage initially did it to search for items to sell, but during those searches found edible waste that was worth taking advantage of. Now, it is common practice. "We used to prepare solid food like meat, rice and other things, but we have seen that the number of hungry people has increased and soup feeds more," he explained. "We have found desperate people, it is a very difficult scenario." "Everyone should have the ability to obtain their food in a more dignified way," he added. "Restaurants and bakeries should cooperate more and instead of throwing away food, they could donate and organize." Animal Depredation Venezuelan hunger and malnutrition have caused the population to seek alternatives to food and avoid going to the trash to eat. Researchers at the University of Zulia revealed that protected bird species have become the most recent victims of the crisis in Venezuela. In the Zulia state dump, dogs, cats, donkeys, horses and pigeons have lain dead and dismembered since last year, are peeled or torn into pieces, with signs of having been eaten. The university researchers said dozens of slow-moving creatures, classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have also been slaughtered for food. For a Venezuelan family, buying food has became an uphill battle. In fact, the quality of life survey, Encovi, said 93.3 percent of the households consulted claimed to lack enough income to purchase food.

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