Now this will be interesting to follow - Berkeley, CA

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From the Los Angeles Times:

UC Berkeley chancellor unveils 'Free Speech Year' as right-wing speakers plan campus events
Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s 11th chancellor and the first woman to lead the nation’s top public research university, unveiled plans Tuesday for a “Free Speech Year” as right-wing speakers prepare to come to campus.

Christ said the campus would hold “point-counterpoint” panels to demonstrate how to exchange opposing views in a respectful manner. Other events will explore constitutional questions, the history of Berkeley’s free speech movement and how that movement inspired acclaimed chef Alice Waters to create her Chez Panisse restaurant.

“Now what public speech is about is shouting, screaming your point of view in a public space rather than really thoughtfully engaging someone with a different point of view,” Christ said in an interview. “We have to build a deeper and richer shared public understanding.”

One student's reaction:

Christ’s focus on free speech heartened Alex Nguyen, a sophomore studying molecular cellular biology. She said she took the issue especially to heart because her parents were born in Vietnam, where criticizing the government could lead to imprisonment.

“I want her to really protect free speech because there’s really high political tensions here,” Nguyen said of the chancellor. “We’re at the university to learn new things and disprove our ideas.”

Very good news indeed - if the little snowflakes try to act out, they will show themselves to be the intolerant little bigots that they deny being.

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A Progressive's progression: Look down, Put down, Shout down, Shut Down, Beat down, Burn down, then revise history and move on to next issue while preaching tolerance.

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