We might all agree that Antifa, BLM and fellow socialist travelers are truly anti-free speech and they’re also probably insane.
But they’re not exactly stupid.
They’ve figured out that the quickest way to silence conservative opposition is to stage violent protests on and around campuses in order to give sympathizing leftist administrators a plausible excuse to refuse to host conservative speakers.
And if that sounds fantastical, just look at the official policy enacted this week by Middlebury College.
Their new ‘interim procedures for scheduling events’ state in black and white that if there exists a ‘credible likelihood’ of violence, events will be canceled.
Cue threats of violent Antifa/BLM protest.
Look for other leftist universities to follow their lead by unofficially banning conservative speech by officially ‘protecting’ public safety.
Twenty-first century America is looking more every day like eighteenth-century France.
Here’s more from Redstate…
This is the logical end point of the insanity we have recently witnessed across campuses nationwide. Middlebury College has announced an “interim” policy that enshrines the Heckler’s Veto, putting the power of who will speak at their institution in the hands of people who would threaten to disrupt events:
Interim Procedures for Scheduling Events and Invited Speakers
Until it is replaced or superseded, the following procedures will be in effect for all of Middlebury’s locations.
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4) In the event of a credible likelihood, based on prior incidents or current evidence, that an event is likely to be the target of threats or violence, the Threat Assessment and Management Team will conduct a risk assessment of the event, consulting with local law enforcement as needed, in order to advise the administration.
5) Representatives from Public Safety/Campus Security and Risk Management will review the risk assessment and determine resources or measures that might be necessary to ensure that the event can proceed without undue risk to the speaker and/or members of the community. This review will include a consideration of Middlebury Emergency Preparedness Plan and Emergency Operations protocols.
6) In those exceptional cases where this review indicates significant risk to the community, the president and senior administration will work with event sponsors to determine measures to maximize safety and mitigate risk. Only in cases of imminent and credible threat to the community that cannot be mitigated by revisions to the event plan would the president and senior administration consider canceling the event.
It all sounds so reasonable . . . until you think about what they’re saying. If they believe there will be violence, “based on prior incidents or current evidence” (i.e. threats of violence or previous incidents of violence), their response will not be to beef up security and promise arrests of anyone who tries to disrupt an event. It will be to “consider canceling the event.”