Free Speech – with government approval!

Luke Hauser Denied Free Speech Rights – click here!

Free Speech and the Alt-Right – talk about being unclear on the concept.

Right wing opportunists and talking heads lambast UC-Berkeley for hypocrisy around the First Amendment – as if UCB is somehow the historic patron of free speech!
UCB has never been about free speech, you boneheads. The Free Speech Movement was against UCB, not of, by, or for it. The University did everything they could, from police and teargas to rewriting history, to destroy the FSM and later political movements.
The point of the Free Speech Movement was and is to exercise free expression in public, with no official sponsorship. In fact, its essence is a willingness to speak freely even when institutional power tries to shut you down.
It’s not whining and moaning about how you are being denied university approval and a private room and police protection to have your little moment of freedom.
Free Speech is not something you do behind  a security cordon, or from a podium, or for a speakers fee.
Free speech is when you go out in public, set up your soapbox, and start talking.
Others may or may not listen. They may yell or talk over you.
It’s the chance you take in a free country.
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Why I Joined the Black Bloc

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Or, Where Are the Clowns of Yesteryear?

by Luke Hauser / images by @AlanYuhas

Berkeley, April 15 2017 – Reporting from the amorphous front lines of Berkeley after an afternoon counter-protesting the “Hate Speech Is Free Speech” rally.

I woke Saturday morning and knew I needed to get downtown to oppose the Hate Speech rally.

This wasn’t my kind of event – a lot of standing around listening to people exercise their freedom of speech by yelling at each other, punctuated by interludes of frightening mayhem.

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