Earlier in the week, Breitbart News Editor Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley, but the institution (I can’t call it a school) canceled his appearance two hours before its start because protestors enrolled in the institution protested, violently with fire and smoke bombs.
Security allegedly was present, but the violence and damage occurred anyway. UC Berkeley issued a statement about its decision that said, in part,
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and unlawful behavior that was on display, and deeply regret that those tactics will now overshadow the efforts to engage in legitimate and lawful protest against the performer’s presence and perspectives[.]
The institution’s management talked about condemnation of the violence, but it chose to do nothing about it, it chose instead to allow the violence contribute to the destruction of free speech within its facilities.
Notice another thing in that statement. The institution’s managers regret that violence “overshadowing” other protests against free speech, but they don’t have a minim of regret for the protests against free speech.
Nor is free speech in the Berkeley institution helped by the timidity of the Berkeley College Republicans.
Pieter Sittler, a spokesman for the Berkeley College Republicans, said the club doesn’t support everything Yiannopoulos says but “he gives a voice to repressed conservative thought on American college campuses.”
There’s no need for the protective qualifier; it isn’t relevant to the matter at hand: whether a man will be allowed to speak aloud a contrary opinion in the institution.
The cowardice, or the tyranny, of the Left says the only speech that may be freely spoken is that which the Left will permit and no other. The timidity of the others functionally condones this tyranny. The overt actions of the institution’s managers, limited as it is to idle chit-chat, actively condones this tyranny.
The only question remaining concerns Yiannopoulis’ description of the event:
[T]he Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.
Are they such cowards? Or do they really favor such tyranny? Or is this the cowardice of tyranny?