Free speech is the first to go
The debate is over — for the time being, at least (the optimist in us wants to believe). The Maoists are smashing capitalist oppression. We’re in the midst of the Great Terror. You may speak “The Truth” as determined by the easily triggered Committee for Public Safety.
⇒ My next door neighbor has been chewed up and spit out by Madison’s cultural revolution. Said he would move to a conservative state. He found one: Oklahoma. Moving out this weekend.
⇒ Accompanied a good friend to the gun shop last week. He’ll practice shooting, get his concealed carry permit, and purchase. Home protection.
⇒ Friend in St. Mary’s hospital neighborhood putting in more cameras.
Silence the police, the rest is easy
The police have been ordered to stand down. (First they came for the police … ) During the riots, “Our command post passed down the order that we would not be making any arrests at all, even of suspects that were able to be taken out of the area,” Madison police told Paula Fitzsimmons..
The business community is boarded up and hunkered down. Brenda Konkel is running the Madison Public Safety Review Committee. Her agenda is Mayor Satya’s agenda, which is Progressive Dane’s agenda and now, that of the teacher’s union. Their agenda is Freedom Inc., Brandi Grayson, and the Party of Socialism and Liberation. All want cops out of our schools and the jails emptied.
The Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department as a “toxic” institution. (Jonathan Turley has more.) Kids stole your car and house keys? Call a social worker.
“It’s white privilege, we are told, to express a desire for order and security.” — Ann of Althouse on signs posted in Madison’s University Heights neighborhood.
Grievance studies, graduate level
America’s universities helped create the anarchy so it is no wonder that 42 of 100 businesses on State Street — that formerly great street that connects the University of Wisconsin-Madison with the state capitol — say they are kaput. Decades of campus “deconstruction,” grievance studies, and politically correct speech codes have crippled the First Amendment. Young people are “triggered” by independent thought.
The New York Times published an opinion essay from a U.S. Senator, Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, that laid out the constitutional case for the deployment of federal troops as a last resort to quell rioting. Rank and file reporters and low-level editors rebelled. The editorial page editor was forced to resign. Presumably, stripped of his epaulets in a public humiliation, to the beat of a drum.
The “brutal aggression [of] organized militants … is politically effective and only mildly condemned. They are the mailed fist of a broader movement that has infected academia, the media, popular culture and politics with the notion that Western traditions are oppressive and should be destroyed. … Italian communist Gramsci identified Western values as the barrier to power. — Mary Anastasia O’Grady in the Wall Street Journal.
The Science Is Settled!
Lord have mercy on the psychology professor who faces the star chamber court at the University of Central Florida. The school launched a full-scale “investigation” after Charles Negy tweeted these hateful (SNARK ALERT!) words: “I have a sincere question.”
“If African-Americans as a group had the same behavioral profile as Asian Americans (on average, performing the best academically, having the highest income, committing the lowest crime, etc.), would we still be proclaiming ‘systematic racism’ exists?” the New York Times reports.
His university was majorly triggered. “Being actively anti-racist means calling out and confronting racist comments,” the university wrote. “We are aware of Charles Negy’s recent personal Twitter posts, which are completely counter to UCF’s values.”
⇒ This just in: GoFundMe suspends Candace Owens after she criticizes George Floyd.
⇒ For extra credit: “Welcome to French Revolution 2.0: How a movement for reform is becoming a platform for radicalism” — Jonathan Turley.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Central Florida U’s values being conformity to the mailed fist of the mob rather than the search for truth, apparently. Waiting for the ACLU to intervene, newspaper editorial pages to speak out, and the Second Coming.