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February 08, 2017

The War on Free Speech: College Now Warning Students Not to Record Their Instructors During Their Embarrassing Political Tirades

They want to indoctrinate in secret, and will actually punish you for exposing their ideas to sunlight.

That's not a sign of a legitimate "intellectual" or moral movement.

Shortly after the election, Orange Coast Community College professor Olga Perez Stable Cox launched into a tirade during her class on human sexuality, calling Donald Trump a "white supremacist" and Mike Pence "one of the most anti-gay humans in this country."

While it's unlikely she was the only professor to make such statements, she did have the misfortune of being recorded by a student who was less than appreciative of her behavior.

OCCC claims they've launched an investigation. However, their target seems to be students, and not the professor.

They are posting signs warning students not to record instructors without permission....

The signs ominously state: "Video and/or audio recording without instructor permission is prohibited."

Meanwhile, college "bias response teams" have a strange tendency to only persecute conservative-tilting speech.

And yes, it's time to start seriously debating defunding the colleges that won't defend free speech.

The government should not be in the business of siphoning taxpayer money into political institutions. If these schools wish to act like private political clubs, that's fine, but they can do so on their own dime.

What avenues do we really have, apart from state-level initiatives? The two that seem worth pondering are congressional action and "dear colleague" letters.

Congressional action would take the form of a bill that would emphasize the importance of intellectual freedom at colleges and universities that receive public money. This would be a very hard bill to craft, especially in light of the skill with which the academic left typically inverts the purpose of legislation...

A "dear colleague" letter would emulate the form of Barack Obama’s action through the Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice, in which some thread of jurisdictional authority is traced to existing law to "advise" colleges and universities how that law would be interpreted. This was one of the ways Obama grabbed power for himself with direct congressional approval. Like many others, I didn't like it then and I don't like it now. But it may be the only short-term tool President Trump has to cut funding for colleges and universities that suppress free speech...

That’s the lay of the land. In the meantime, the "Resistance" to President Trump is likely to take us further and further into censorship, suppression of free inquiry, public disorder, and the hollowing out of faithful public purpose in higher education.

On the plus side, it will take us closer to National Divorce, which will benefit all parties.

I don't want revolution, I don't want "resistance," I don't want violence. I don't want to make others live under my heel (despite the fact they dearly wish to make me live under theirs).

I just want Done. I want Gone. I want Goodbye.

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