The modern “progressive” movement, which is really just a code phrase for communism, began on America’s college campuses in the 1960s, with liberal professors leading the “countercultural revolution” and filling young heads with ideas that were anathema to our nation’s founding.
American traditions – man-woman marriage; the Christian faith; hard work; taking responsibility; capitalism – were all attacked, replaced with Marxist-Leninist ideas of “the community over the individual,” “down with the establishment,” and “America is racist, bigoted and the root of all evil in the world.”
Back then, there were violent protests, conflicts with police, death, destruction of public and private property, and no shortage of Leftist agitators. We’re seeing the same thing today, in what has become not simply a movement to “oppose Trump,” but one which seeks to bring about violent revolution and a change in the way we are governed.
Back then, the Leftist movement relied heavily on the Constitution, noting that the First Amendment protected their right to voice alternative viewpoints and to assemble, peaceably, to voice them. When crowds turned violent and confrontational, they were dealt with. (RELATED: Stay current with all the news about America’s societal turmoil at Collapse.news)
The University of California-Berkeley was an epicenter for this progressive agenda, and in the mid-1960s, protesters there carried banners emblazoned with “free speech” to signify they had every right to say and support whatever they chose, even if it was a political ideology our forefathers knew was oppressive and authoritarian.
Today, on that same campus, the First Amendment still applies – as long as you’re speaking out in support of progressive, Left-wing Marxist-Leninist ideals. If not, you’re shunned, censored, banned and attacked; your mere presence is used as justification for violence and lawlessness, which of course has nothing to do with “fighting the good fight.”
This was in evidence Wednesday night, as Left-wing domestic terrorists (they’re not “protesters,” so let’s call them what they really are) disrupted an event featuring Breitbart senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay, conservative activist and loud-proud supporter of President Donald Trump. (RELATED: Find conservative news at Conservative.news)
Using steel bars as clubs, the mob beat at least one man unconscious, while setting fires across campus and causing damage to public and private property. One video shows a young lady wearing a “Make America Great Again” t-shirt sprayed with pepper spray as she was being interviewed by local media; another showed a man battered and bleeding from his forehead; others showed crowds of domestic terrorists burning trees, lighting and other equipment.
In 1964, UC-Berkeley was different. That year, Mario Savio, a student there, talked about how campuses should be harbingers of free speech, no matter what the point of view. In a speech to his fellow students and school faculty, he implored all to consider that all ideas are valid, and that even people who disagree should be allowed to do so peacefully, without suppression and without repercussion, as Breitbart reported. (RELATED: Keep track of the angry Left as they attempt to destroy America at Bugout.news)
“It’s been said, that… you know… we’ve been revolutionaries, and all this sort of thing… uh… in a way that’s true,” said Savio, leader of the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley. “We’ve gone back to a traditional view of the university. The traditional view of the university is a community of scholars… of faculty and students… get together who… um… you know, with complete honesty… who bring the hard light of free inquiry to bear… upon important matters in the sciences… but also in the social sciences… the question of just what ought to be… not just… what is.”
Later, in that same speech before students and other attendees, Savio laid out his movement’s demands: “We’re asking that there be no restrictions on the contents of speech, save those provided by the courts.” In other words, if it is legal to say (not slanderous or libelous) then people should be allowed to say it.
Today’s generation of Berkeley students and university Leftist academics have gotten so far away from Savio’s FSM that they no longer tolerate anything they don’t agree with. And if they have to attack, burn and riot in order to get contrary speech censored, that’s what they’ll do.
That’s not “free speech,” of course, that’s tyranny.