Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee!


This is NOT an Onion parody:

Canadian student who tore down ‘free speech wall’ defends his actions, views

The Canadian student who wrecked a “Free Speech Wall” at Carleton University less than a day after it was installed continues to create headlines.

Before Arun Smith destroyed the wall — really a very large board wrapped in white paper — students had written messages on it such as “QUEERS ARE AWESOME,” “Obama Murders with Drones” and “traditional marriage is awesome.”

That last statement seems to be the one that aroused the violent ire of the gay rights activist.

On Wednesday, Smith appeared on Sun News, a Canadian news and opinion cable channel, to defend his previously expressed view that “not every opinion is valid, nor deserving of expression.”


“We have to operate on affect and harm to marginalized communities,” the human rights and sexuality major added.

Smith went on to describe his anti-free speech views at some length, frequently harping on his concern about “the context of the words.”

“Inclusive, safe spaces are not places where you can have unregulated free speech. Unregulated free speech is something that leads to hate speech every single time,” the human rights and sexuality major said.

“There’s a difference between sort of what we say colloquially — ‘I hate this,’ ‘I hate that’ — and what is fundamental hate speech, which is a form of oppression,” Smith carefully contrasted. “If I were to say ‘I hate bigots,’ that’s not hate speech and, you know, everyone in the world is willing to agree with me on that, and anyone who doesn’t probably should reexamine their personal convictions.”

Smith also assured viewers that there is “a difference between hate and oppression” and called himself a simultaneously powerful and powerless person.

Carleton College is a small liberal arts college in Minnesota best known for setting a Guinness world record for the largest number of people spooning.

Tomorrow’s leaders today.

(Fucking idiots)

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. – Andrew Shepard


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24 Responses to Free Speech For Me, But Not For Thee!

    • fernschild says:

      Read this just before coming here. And yeah, what the writer said. Her “what difference does it make” remark is the most heartless response I could imagine. Yes,Hillary, they are all just as dead whether you told the truth or you lied, whether you were mistaken or misleading. There’s a difference to someone now jailed, to the families of the dead, and to more disillusioned former supporters.

  1. HELENK says:

    I guess they no longer teach debating any more. Used to be both sides had to come up with a valid argument for their opinion. A lot was learned by both sides in those classes.

    • votermom says:

      Not to mention learning to recognize logical fallacies.
      No wonder they all fall for appeals to emotion & authority.

      • elliesmom says:

        The sad thing is that kids still like to debate. I did a unit with my 8th graders about the consequences of building a dam. Each kid was assigned the role of one of the stakeholders in the outcome. They were expected to research what impact the dam would have on their property, livelihood, access to clean water, recreation, or whatever the issues a person in their role would face. Then the “governor” held a open forum where everyone got to speak, and at the end the class would vote on whether the dam would be built. I taught 5 different sections, and one of the things that bothered the kids was that not all five classes made the same decision. They were also bothered that there were not an equal number of people assigned to each side of the argument. IOW it was like real life. Besides teaching kids about management of water resources (this was an earth science class), I wanted the kids to understand why even non-scientists need to understand some science. Year after year the kids ate this project up. On parents’ night parents who had older kids would ask me if I was going to do the project again because it provided lively dinner table conversation at home. Kids aren’t incapable of learning how to debate. We just don’t teach it much anymore.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I remember those classes. They would divide up the class into 8-10 teams and we had to pick sides on one of 4-5 issues like abortion, gun control and legalization of marijuana. Since it was the dark ages before computers were discovered we had to go to the school library and use the Reader’s Guide To Periodical Literature for research.

      Then the pro and con groups on each issue would face off in a debate.

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  3. HELENK says:

    I guess the republican party will not call me any time soon.
    just got a call from them.
    told them I am fed up with democratic party and I am fed up with the republican party.
    when the republican party get some balls call me, until then do not waste my time

  4. HELENK says:

    here is a good example of my fundraiser is ok but his is not.

    I do not care whether people like Christi or not. The can vote him out when the time comes.
    how many hollywood fundraisers for backtrack?? How many fundraisers for dems running for congress??

    If Zuckerberg wants to have a fundraiser, why not. Do not go if you do not want to contribute. It is his right to put his money where he want to contribute

  5. HELENK says:

    glad i missed this

  6. John Denney says:

    Typical prog logic:
    1) Make business and tax regulations so onerous that only the one percent who are geniuses can run a business.
    2) Observe that the 1% are doing well.
    3) Demonize the 1%

    But I digress.

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