The Death Of Facts

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Douglas Murray via The Gatestone Institute,

  • Needless to say, none of this is true. Nowhere has Heather Mac Donald suggested that black people or any other type of person has "no right to exist". The accusation is levelled without evidence. But as with all anti-free-speech activists today, the line is blurred not merely between actual words and violence, but between wholly imagined words and violence.

Every week in America brings another spate of defeats for freedom of speech. This past week it was Ann Coulter's turn (yet again) to be banned from speaking at Berkeley for what the university authorities purport to be "health and safety" reasons -- meaning the health and safety of the speaker.

Each time this happens, there are similar responses. Those who broadly agree with the views of the speaker complain about the loss of one of the fundamental rights which the Founding Fathers bestowed on the American people. Those who may be on the same political side but find the speaker somewhat distasteful find a way to be slightly muted or silent. Those who disagree with the speaker's views applaud the banning as an appropriate response to apparently imminent incitement.

The problem throughout all of this is that the reasons why people should be supporting freedom of speech (to correct themselves where they are in error, and strengthen their arguments where they are not) are actually becoming lost in America.

No greater demonstration of this muddle exists than a letter put together by a group of students at Claremont McKenna College earlier this month to protest the appearance on their campus of a speaker with whom they disagreed.

Heather Mac Donald is a conservative author, journalist and fellow of the Manhattan Institute in New York. Her work has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious journals. Of course, none of that was enough to deter students at Claremont from libelling her as much as possible in advance of her speech and then preventing her speech from taking place. At Claremont McKenna College, where Mac Donald was due to speak about her recent book, The War on Cops, angry students surrounded the building, screamed obscene words and banged on the windows. Mac Donald ended up giving the speech to a mainly empty room via live video-streaming and then fleeing the university under the protection of campus security. As recent events, such as the hospitalisation of a professor at Charles Murray's recent speech at Middlebury College have shown, intimidation and violence are clearly regarded by today's North American students as legitimate means to stop people from speaking.


Heather Mac Donald, speaking at Claremont McKenna College on April 6, addressed a mainly empty room via live video-streaming, as angry student protesters surrounded the building. She then fled the college under the protection of campus security. (Image source: Claremont McKenna College video screenshot)

The reason, if any, may well come down to the possibility that facts have become diminished in importance on American campuses and have gradually lost out to the greater imperative of short-term political "narratives" and victories that come from thuggish intimidation. A letter sent to university authorities at Claremont ahead of Mac Donald's speech is one of the most important recent documents chronicling the descent of this most crucial American value, freedom of speech.

The letter to university authorities from "We, few of the Black students here at Pomona College and the Claremont Colleges" loses no time in libelling their subject:

"If engaged, Heather Mac Donald would not be debating on mere difference of opinion, but the right of Black people to exist. Heather Mac Donald is a fascist, a white supremacist, a warhawk, a transphobe, a queerphobe, a classist, and ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live."

Needless to say, none of this is true. Nowhere has Mac Donald suggested that black people or any other type of person has "no right to exist". The accusation is levelled without evidence. But as with all anti-free-speech activists today, the line is blurred not merely between actual words and violence, but between wholly imagined words and violence. Thus the students write:

"Advocating for white supremacy and giving white supremacists platforms wherefrom their toxic and deadly illogic may be disseminated is condoning violence against Black people. Heather Mac Donald does not have the right to an audience at the Athenaeum, a private venue wherefrom she received compensation. Dictating and condemning non-respectable forms of protest while parroting the phrase that 'protest has a celebrated' place on campus is contradictory at best and anti-Black at worst."

Amid the semi-literacy, linguistic ostentation and intellectual dishonesty, it is hard to single out what is worst about this letter. But, against stiff competition, what is worst is that the whole thing is built on one massive misunderstanding which might also be described as a false premise.

"Historically, white supremacy has venerated the idea of objectivity, and wielded a dichotomy of 'subjectivity vs. objectivity' as a means of silencing oppressed peoples. The idea that there is a single truth--'the Truth'--is a construct of the Euro-West that is deeply rooted in the Enlightenment, which was a movement that also described Black and Brown people as both subhuman and impervious to pain. This construction is a myth and white supremacy, imperialism, colonization, capitalism, and the United States of America are all of its progeny. The idea that the truth is an entity for which we must search, in matters that endanger our abilities to exist in open spaces, is an attempt to silence oppressed peoples."

As the English philosopher Roger Scruton wrote in his book Modern Philosophy, "A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is 'merely relative,' is asking you not to believe him. So don't."

Of course, the students at Claremont go farther than this. They make claims about people that are lies, yet state them as though they are categorical truths. And then they declare that "truth" is a "construct" -- and one that they do not believe in. Their letter makes that plain, without them having any need to state the fact. But that they have stated it is convenient; it saves any honest observer from having to expend much energy considering the validity of their other claims. Anyone studying the decline of education in privileged Western democracies in the early 21st century will find documents like this immensely rewarding as historical testaments, and also a warning of what can happen when the thinking goes wrong.

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JLee2027's picture

Expel the students and this crap ends overnight.

Blue Balls's picture

I was a prof. 25 years. A typical class is 50% propaganda.  

D Nyle's picture

The students are facing a dismal future, jobs being replaced faster than they are created. They will be true Debt Slaves for life. To top it off , they lack forsight, getting arrested while protesting and a Felony added to there record has destroyed their chance of any meaningful employment.

Many think that they can go into a Liberal arts career, But the days of Actors, Artist, musicans and writers are quickly being replaced by Computers with AI. When is the last time you heard of a Cast of Thousands?

If they think a Law degree will help, they are in for a Shock. They already have programs in the finishing Stages to replace Lawyers in Finacial, Tax, Construction and many more (Crimminal Law is still at the bottom of the List)

The Medical field is out too, Much of the new equipment being developed is to replace Care Technicians, surgeons, etc...

philipat's picture

Just to be clear here, The Gatestone Institute (= John Bolton = Radical neocon Zionism) is all for free speech UNLESS it is critical of Israeli policy towards The Palestinians and their land grab which is disguised (lightly) as "settlements" on Palestinian territory for which under International law, Israel should be acting as "conservator". Unfortunately, free speech is free speech, even the bits you don't agree with.

D Nyle's picture

You nailed it, but remember The Palistinians and Israelis do not want peace. Each side recieves from 4 to 7 billion a year from opposing sides in aid and amenities. A lot of money considering only around 8.6 mill Israelis and 12 Mill Palistinians. There is no profit in Peace

FrozenGoodz's picture

This President will be referred to in History books [sparringly] as the Death of Facts

BennyBoy's picture

 

Was this article about global warming facts?

iamerican4's picture

By Bible prophecy "Zion" ("Perfection" in Hebrew) is God's "Promised Land" and according to Ezekiel and Isaiah only America meets the given signs.

Makes sense as the inventor of "Zionism," which the Mildenstein medal proves put the ZI in NAZI, Theodor Herzl, was a vociferous atheist, and worthy of note, fully accursed by God (check his bio). 

Chuck Walla's picture

Fuck the Palestinians. 

SeuMadruga's picture

And the other half is pure brainwashing.

Keyser's picture

Expel them my ass, make them take the podium and substantiate their words, actions and claims... Then when they melt into a pile of unintelligible goo, that's when you banish them from campus, forever... 

VWAndy's picture

 They might give then guns and badges. Then look out moma.

Troy Ounce's picture

 

Arrest Soros, liquidate his empire and this will go away.

Is-Be's picture

Except that I think Soros is the hand picked front man. Think! He went from a man selling trinkets on the beach to a billionaire by investing $2.30 on shorts?

And B) why should he care? He only has 2 years tops left. (" I wanna take over the world".Yeah, right. No old man. You want a fresh diaper and nursey must kiss you night-night.

Ms No's picture

Soros seems to be a money front man.  He may be given some autonomy.  He gets to have his fun but he is the one taking most of the risk.  It doesn't seem to bother him.  ZBig and Kissinger are more operatives with brains.  They are behind a lot of strategy and planning.  I used to stalk anything those guys said or wrote but I haven't in a while.  People talk all this nonsense about secrets in folded dollar bills, colors and all this shit, if you want to be exposed to real measured and cryptic stuff just pay attention to Kissinger.  He is a probably a genius.  He is the only one Putin can seem to stand.  If Putin is going to die at the end of a chess game he at least wants a respectable adversary, rather then be insulted by the likes of John Kerry/the Heinz husband.  Soros is more delusional.  He even admits he has a god complex.  Kissinger is more of a stone cold, calm and highly intelligent psycho.

 

Ms No's picture

The Tsarnav case is turning into usual fuckery and cover up.  They classified the documents he needs for defense.  He didn't do it.  The spooks used them the same way they used Oswald.  The spooks murdered those people and Tsarnaev's relatives told everybody from the get-go that they were set up by the FBI (or what appeared to be FBI) and thought they were working for the FBI.  All of this terror and nightmare shit is leading to something.  Sorry if it upsets anybody's fragile constitution but we are in deep shit here.  There is an attempted Bolsheviking coming.

https://www.rt.com/usa/386770-tsarnaev-appeal-secret-documents/

ZIRPY's picture

 College today is for the most part useless.  It's useless to most of those attending who will not find work in their field of study, it's useless to those pursuing degrees that only universities have (limited) job opportunities,  and it's useless to society.  

College is a mechanism to create money from thin air and direct it towards themselves, while creating interest for the finance sector to skim. 

People like Heather Macdonald should stop legitimizing these ridiculous intuitions. 

rtb61's picture

All that will happen is a few universities will get a reputation for SJWs which will make those universities undesirable except for SJWs who will have to resort to attacking each other to the final collapse of those universities. The peak for SJW B$ politics was last year and is already fading as it no longer has sufficient main stream media as a distraction from real political issues.

The SJWs are being SJW attacked for failing to prejudiced attacks against others and the appropriate reposnce is finnaly being delivered to them, to put it succidently 'Fuck Off', is becoming the appropriate repsonce to SJWs and then walk away and ignore them.

The only reason it was a big issues last year was as an election cycle distraction pushed behind the scenes by major corporations. It is now becoming acceptable to not have to defend yourself from SJWs, simply reject them and walk away.

Is-Be's picture

I really would like some SJW to come here and Paint a picture for me.

Some such bul.   .  .   err point of view that it is all about "the Patriarchy".

There is no more Patriarchal a God than the Monotheistic God who banished Ashera so he could reign supreme.

Go for it. SJWs. Rip this fucker to shreds.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Unfortunately, the problem is not limited to "a few" universities.
It's epidemic at all but a handful of institutions.

VWAndy's picture

I found a zinger for that whats truth line that kinda stuns them. The truth is Im in love. It seems to put the cabash on everything they wanted to say. Without triggering them. just an FYI.

Ms No's picture

Speaking of lies false flags and the constant barrage of BS, that will eventually amount to something.  They are pulling their disease games again.  This is how they justified passing laws that allow them to detain any American who allegedly has the sniffles.  You never know what these crazy bastards are going to do from one day to the next.  If I was a tyrant ready to get things going I would definitely be reaching for the hundred years of biowarfare weapons. 

  https://www.rt.com/news/386961-disease-liberia-dead-ebola/

https://www.sott.net/article/349884-Top-health-officials-to-simulate-response-to-potential-global-disease-outbreak

 

Is-Be's picture

Mz No.. 

How awefully kind of you! 

Would next Tuesday be convenient?

Ghordius's picture

what amazing hyper-partisanship on both sides of this yawning chasm
I really don't know which side looks uglier
as a reminder, european universities, so far, have been spared from this madness
all attempts to make this US phenomenon a "western" one have, so far, failed

(we'll see if the Brits will manage to import some of it. Tories look the most interested, while Labour seems to be curious but ineffective in that)

kwaremont's picture

well, you know - the whole shit started when the aging cultural marxists and their pupils from so called "frankfurt school" managed to mindfcuk the whole first generation of the useless mass student of humanities... and these late sixties drugged flower-power radical leftist protested the establishment so hard that now they BECAME the establishment

 

end of civilization

HopefulCynic's picture

For this people even a full socailist state is to much responsability, they want to be slaves and forget about any form of responsability what so ever, this is whjy they are pushing, so that slaveryis instituted again, if not they sure want to piss people off, do tehy want to end their existance then?

zerohedge25's picture

We have entered a new stage of mental illness attacking us from the left.

 

i too have had several events recently where I was attacked for holding viewpoint that are nowhere close to the viewpoints I actually hold.

I am befuddled as to how to respond, other than to try to figure a way to get the person out of my life as quickly as possible. 

She believes that we don't have the right to assasinate law enforcement officials, which automatically means that she feels black people have "no right to exist"... 

The left has completely lost its mind!

sheikurbootie's picture

It really is mental illness and it's going to kill them or get them killed. 

Zombies

iamerican4's picture

As God, America's named Sovereign, is the Author of all Truth, those who reject Truth reject God, and by their behavior show themselves satanically possessed...demons.

Last of the Middle Class's picture

We've degraded to nothing more than mob rule controlled by a few billionaire benefactors. Their goal is to maintain control of the mob and the narrative simply to maintain power and control over government. You see it everywhere from BLM to Paul Ryan and his refusal to kill off Obamacare along with Pelosi, Schumer and the like. There is this billionaire translator that vomits forth from the MSM their interpretation of what the Mob wants each and every day. And it is all placed under the guise of "what the people want". Nowhere is there talk of any sort of responsibility and there never will be as long as we're ruled by the elite providing bread and circus entitlements for the terminally stupid.

monad's picture

Discrimination against anyone on the grounds of race or gender is illegal.

Discrimination in favor of anyone on the grounds of race or gender is discrimination against someone else.

Discrimination against the best and brightest is not just a crime. It's enemy action.

Statists have been faking test results, reports, news for decades. Truth doesn't need quotas, subsidies, bailouts, lawyers or cleaners.

Every politician is acting outside the Constitution, or is accessory to the ones who are. Don't change the Constitution. Change the politicians. ASAP.

El Hosel's picture

Just shut up, and sell all your silver, even if you don't have any...Fuck

esum's picture

The problem is that in LIBTARD environments ...THE LAW IS NOT ENFORCED..... it is held in check by like minded politicians.... notice that all these places are shitholes, sanctuaries and drains on society...
BALIMUR
FERGUSON
CHICAGO
LA
DC
BERKLEY
NY
And that includes LAW against inciting riots or funding same like jewboy nazi soros does through his various fronts...

south40_dreams's picture

Millennials are the most follower oriented generation in history. They will absolutely believe whatever their "leaders" tell them without question. They may be the least creative and thoughtful humans in history, although they believe they are the best in every category possible. It's easy to get led astray when nothing is ever tested in the cold light of reality, they've become locked in a world of endless mental masturbation. The only way to improve this would be to kill the internet and cell network. Information does not translate into knowledge simply by osmosis

moorewasthebestbond's picture

That's true about millenials, but when they see their parents and grandparents thrown out into the street like dogs, they sometimes arm themselves and FIGHT THE EMPIRE.

 

Just look at Ukraine.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Oil up your guns and hide the WHITE WOMEN.

GRDguy's picture

"Death of Facts" you say.  

It's okay.  After all,

"Death of Common Sense" was originally published in 1994.

taketheredpill's picture

 

 

 

GOOGLE "Gatestone" & "Sears Roebuck"

American Snipper's picture

Time to unfriend all my commie Facebook "friends"!

sunkeye's picture

Courage is sexy and Heather MacDonald brave as all get out. Sorry can't help myself.

Small Government Is Better's picture

There is a simple solution.  Since these student protesters believe in violence, enact the draft into military service and focus draft students from institutions where violent protests occur.  

Suddenly, those who favor violence will discover that:  "those who live by the sword, die by the sword".

If the like violence so much, they will be well employed in the military.

The military experience might also teach them the principles upon which American freedom is based, including civility.

Civility has been obviously lacking from the student protesters, and they must learn it to become decent Americans.