In her comment to my post on Michael Lucas, Leah noted that, according to her son at Stanford, when the iconoclastic porn star “spoke at Stanford earlier this year, [he] as booed and shouted down.”
Such behavior, booing and shouting down, seems pretty standard behavior for some left-of-center students when speakers come to their campuses (campi?) presenting ideas that these high-minded intellectuals don’t like.
A year before its Administration invited the malicious and murderous president of a theocracy to speak at Columbia, students “booed and shouted” during an event featuring “Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minutemen, a group that patrols the border between America and Mexico.” They later stormed the stage when that opponent of illegal immigration rose to speak. They didn’t even given him a chance to express his opinion.
Despite attending a prestigious university which supposedly only admits very smart people, they didn’t have the patience to listen to his arguments and ask him tough questions. If his ideas were so bad and they were so smart, then couldn’t they better show the superiority of their ideas by posing questions which would stump him? Why did they choose to shout him down instead of challenging his views?
Perhaps they hought they didn’t need listen to his remarks because they, being so smart, already “knew” what he stood for. And being so smart, they deemed that his ideas being inferior to theirs, they shouldn’t be aired.
Just as a woman once told me she didn’t need read Jeane Kirkpatrick’s book because she already knew what the then-United Nations Ambassador stood for. Of course, when the time came for her address her adversary’s views, she misrepresented Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s arguments.
What is it about some on the left, so self-satisfied in their own smartness, that not only do they work to prevent those with whom they disagree from speaking, but regularly misreprsent their views? Why do we hear frequently of students (and even professors) shouting down conservative (and other non-PC speakers)? Why do they, particularly at colleges and universities, refuse to engage them in the battlefield ideas?
At the same time, they accuse conservatives of being narrow-minded. Yet, we hardly ever hear of conservative students shouting down liberal speakers.
The high-minded object to Michael Lucas speaking at Stanford not because of his background in porn, but because he had taken issue with the politically correct view on radical Islam. Others shout down Ann Coulter when, if their goal is discrediting conservative, they might better be served by letting her speak. Advocates of open borders prevent an opponent of lax border security from expressing his views.
Why is it so many on the left are so afraid not just of conservative ideas, but of any opinion which might upset their worldview?