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TOPIC: Those who fail to defend the freedom of speech do not deserve the right to protest

Those who fail to defend the freedom of speech do not deserve the right to protest 11 Dec 2013 17:44 #1

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Students in London and Sussex are outraged that their right to protest is under attack. And well they might be. Management at both the University of London and Sussex University have been extremely heavy-handed in their dealings with student protesters over the past week. In Sussex, five students who occupied a building in protest at the privatisation of certain university services were suspended. Their suspensions have now been lifted but they've been told they will still face "disciplinary processes". Things are even worse at the University of London (ULU), where management has outlawed protests on its campuses for the next six months. ULU students have nonetheless promised to protest against this "erosion" of their right to protest

It is refreshing to see students standing up for their rights. And yet, something about modern students' demand for the right to protest, for the right to express their political views and grievances as they see fit, rings hollow. For over the past decade and more, students – or at least their representatives in the National Union of Students and various student unions – have become addicted to censorship, thinking nothing of expelling from their campuses views, newspapers and music they feel offended by. They've become extraordinarily cavalier about the value and importance of freedom of speech, denying it to far-right groups, Zionists, sexists and others with strong or offensive views. And the right to protest, which they now demand, is but the offspring of the far more important right to freedom of speech. Students who fail to defend freedom of speech don't have a leg, or foot, or even a toe to stand on when it comes to challenging restrictions on their right to protest.

It is astonishing how detached modern students have become from the great democratic and enlightened ideal of freedom of speech. Every week one reads about yet another student union banning from its bars an offensive song, or removing the Sun newspaper from all union buildings on the basis that Page 3 makes female students feel uncomfortable, or, more seriously, demanding, and very often winning, the banning of a speaker whose views run counter to the generally Leftish, PC outlook of most student organisations. Everyone from BNP spokespeople to speakers who merely want to put up a robust defence of Israel will find themselves surrounded by shrill, screeching, censorious students demanding that their wicked, toxic views be "no platformed" – that is, expunged from otherwise right-on, right-thinking campuses.

blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100250187/those-who-fail-to-defend-the-freedom-of-speech-do-not-deserve-the-right-to-protest/
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Those who fail to defend the freedom of speech do not deserve the right to protest 11 Dec 2013 18:08 #2

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Oxymoron or what?
If you do not have the right to protest, you have no freedom of speech to defend.
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Those who fail to defend the freedom of speech do not deserve the right to protest 11 Dec 2013 19:08 #3

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When Peaceful Protests stops working, Violent Revolution becomes the only option

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