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The Progressive Left Continues to Normalize Political Violence

Posted by V the K at 11:14 am - September 20, 2017.
Filed under: Violence on the Left

Nearly one in five college students says that violence is acceptable in order to prevent opinions they don’t agree with from being expressed. You can say, “Well, come on, 81% don’t agree,” but the actual number of people who agree that violence is an acceptable alternative to free speech should be 0%.

By the way, the other day Nancy Pelosi got shouted down by a mob of illegal immigrants and their supporters; and one dingbat Democrat senator blames the Russians.

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  1. Puritanism: the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.

    Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.

    The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner.

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.

    That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.

    I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious.

    But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.

    I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech.

    On one issue, at least, men and women agree: they both distrust women.

    — H. L. Mencken

    Comment by Cyril — September 20, 2017 @ 12:10 pm - September 20, 2017

  2. (^ selected quotes)

    Comment by Cyril — September 20, 2017 @ 12:15 pm - September 20, 2017

  3. 19% is a minority, but it is a significant minority. And the people surveyed were not vagrants in a homeless shelter, or patients in a psychiatric hospital, they were college students. That is the pool from which future politicians, business executives, and journalists will be drawn.

    Comment by Tom — September 20, 2017 @ 12:34 pm - September 20, 2017

  4. Maybe Mao was onto something when he closed the Universities and frog-marched the whole lot of them out to the rice-paddies and collective farms for 5-years …”communing” with the peasants.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — September 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - September 20, 2017

  5. I have seen today’s crop of college students and in regards to some of them vagrants in a homeless shelter or mentally ill patients in a psych ward would be a step up morally, intellectually, and more mentally balanced.

    Given student loans and the govt shoveling out money to students, far to many unqualified morons are now in college which is why there is all this SJW BS and students are being triggered by tests, having to go to class, or actually have a real major beyond X studies featuring Beyonces butt.

    Comment by Sandra — September 20, 2017 @ 5:20 pm - September 20, 2017

  6. Blame the culture? Blame parents? Blame teachers? All of the above?

    ORA: Blame Canada!

    Comment by KCRob — September 20, 2017 @ 6:58 pm - September 20, 2017

  7. This is the result of stampeding generations of our kids into these left wing indoctrination camps, known as college. Well meaning middle income parents pressure, their kids and entire school systems into college prep. And why not , it is just about impossible to advance in any major corporate environment with out a college degree. Many of the college Social Justice Warriors will be the H.R. directors of the future. Promote somebody from the floor, you gotta be kidding, they are uncouth and probably think bad thought.

    Comment by Matthew the Oilman — September 20, 2017 @ 8:45 pm - September 20, 2017

  8. After the book, the 3D puzzle

    https://imgur.com/a/WNfXI

    #WhatYouCanTryToBuild

    Comment by Cyril — September 21, 2017 @ 12:56 am - September 21, 2017

  9. “Nearly one in five college students says that violence is acceptable in order to prevent opinions they don’t agree with from being expressed.”

    And 25% of Americans think that the sun revolves around the earth. And 30% of Americans believe that the world and universe is less than 10,000 years old. Yep, its not just 20% of college students that hold “odd” or “disturbing” opinions … indoctrination is not just a left wing phenomena. And these are not opinions held by “ill” people…

    Comment by Cas — September 21, 2017 @ 1:09 am - September 21, 2017

  10. And 25% of Americans think that the sun revolves around the earth.

    Well. See, that’s all there is to it — the difference of perspective:

    I don’t care much about what people think or say, until they act upon it.

    I have a problem with people who condone violence or infringing upon others’ rights to free speech, association, or property — because they are usually the same who take the first opportunity to acquire the force of law to deny said rights.

    I could not care less about people who think the sun revolves around the earth — as I am confident that, should it have undesirable consequences, them having the sun to revolve around the earth isn’t going to happen any time soon.

    Compare that to the fate of the several dozens-long list of countries which handed out their economies to the equality-of-outcome geniuses proudly calling themselves…

    https://imgur.com/a/n4Hlo

    Here, I just wish a lot more people would merely believe the sun revolves around the earth, only that, and that would be it.

    Comment by Cyril — September 21, 2017 @ 1:44 am - September 21, 2017

  11. It neither breaks my arm nor picks my pocket if my neighbor believes that the sun orbits the Earth. Or if he thinks that the Earth is flat, that the moon landing was fake, that professional wrestling is real, that Obama is a god, or that Trump is worse than Hitler.

    It is another matter if he sprays me with pepper spray or hits me with a bicycle lock just because I don’t agree with him.

    And it would be equally wrong if I physically attacked him because of his opinions.

    Comment by Tom — September 21, 2017 @ 1:45 pm - September 21, 2017

  12. Referring to # 11:

    What you said is [very, very, good], Tom.

    Very good.

    Comment by TR — September 21, 2017 @ 5:57 pm - September 21, 2017

  13. “I don’t care much about what people think or say, until they act upon it.”a

    Spot on, and I agree with you, Cyril. But V the K doesn’t much agree with you, since the poll he links to didn’t ask if these are the people who are OK with violence and who actively follow through on that… right? So, I am not disagreeing with you. My point is that you can easily find 20% of people who believe things that are not very good or helpful for society …

    The fact of the matter is that these folks who think that violence is OK have not as yet likely indulged themselves–and they can be left or right.

    So, from the poll V the K shared, the question was asked:

    “A student group opposed to the speaker uses violence to prevent the speaker from speaking. Do you agree or disagree that the student group’s actions are acceptable?”
    All Dem Rep Ind
    Agree 19 20 22 16. %

    That doesn’t look good from any perspective. Conservative and liberal students united in bad ideas. Something the left and right have in common! Awesome.

    Comment by Cas — September 21, 2017 @ 11:07 pm - September 21, 2017

  14. And the point of the post went right over Cas’ head.

    This is the Progressive Slippery Slope that CCP denies exists. This is what Progressive Colleges are teaching these days. There was never a distinction between political affiliation (which most likely was not verified). The Progressive Colleges are teaching violence is okay. That is the point. Of course, the silly Progressives don’t understand that the violence can be used against them. When it is used against them they invoke Progressive Privilege numbers 4 and 7.

    I am glad that boatloads of Progressives (like Cas and CCP) don’t see the Progressive movement for what it is. Their actions will make wonderful video clips for the 2018 mid-term campaigns.

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — September 22, 2017 @ 1:05 pm - September 22, 2017

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