Totalitarianism is a strong word. Worth looking up. It’s as sad as it is dangerous.
Ann Coulter has been invited to speak at the University of California, Berkeley, and the threats against her, along with the event, have come rolling in.
Such is the state of play in too many colleges and American centers of higher learning. The commonplace, thankfully not universal mantra is: scream, destroy, and avoid debate.
Ann Coulter is highly articulate. That might be an inconvenient truth, but its veracity remains. That’s why the insecure must attempt to shout her down.
Coulter is an erudite elocutionist, and if educated individuals in pursuit of intellectual advancement cannot hear her views without melting down and mashing free speech, it highlights a much deeper problem.
Setting fires, breaking glass, and rioting as an extra-curricular activity, is the image UC/Berkeley seems hell-bent on putting out to the world.
Really? Is that OK with the Trustees and wider student body population, not to mention the parents paying dearly to foot the bill?
Some in that institution may shrug and laugh off the antics of those they deem part of the “lunatic fringe”.
But, if my degree had the imprimatur of that institution emblazoned across the top, I’d be very disappointed.