Sep 302011
 

Back in my college days, I had my share of run-ins with the campus “embrace diversity or else, damnit” cops over cartoons posted to my door. Such radical bits of far-right racist propaganda as Calvin and Hobbes caused all kinds of ruckus, and got me some fun meetings with people who, in a rational world, would have been unemployed. Shrug. Well, it seems that things have *not* improved:

‘Firefly’ and Anti-Fascism Posters Get Professor Threatened with Criminal Charges on University of Wisconsin Campus

Short form: a professor stuck a poster on his door showing Captain Mal Reynolds from “Firefly” with the quote “You don’t know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you’ll be awake. You’ll be facing me. And you’ll be armed.” And so the local sensitivity gestapo came along, stole the poster, and threatened the professor with *criminal* charges. The professor did the proper thing, and put up a new poster:

And so the same events play out… poster stolen, threats of legal action made.  Professor repo0rted to the university “threat assessment team.”

Sigh.

I just wish that *another* Mal Reynolds quote was the one that actually started this: “You’ve got the right same as anyone to live and try to kill people.”

 Posted by at 7:30 am
  • Michael Holt

    At a university near me, “KILL BUSH” posters weren’t touched. University life is all about fitting in.

  • AK

    University today is about goose-stepping with the herd and not to engage in doublethink. If you manage to do that, you’re doubleplusgood.

  • K

    Another way of looking at it is that present day free speech activists are pussies. It would take a few dozen students running a “free speech” movement to open things up on any campus. All you need are a not easily arrested and held group of students who feel strongly enough about free speech to get themselves beaten up and arrested over it.

    • Michael Holt

      Anyone who does that is quite likely to be asked to leave long before they get beat up.

  • Trimegistus

    What’s really disturbing: the combination of anonymous thuggery and vandalism with official indifference and contempt. That’s true fascism. The Party needs both brownshirts to hassle people in the street and a propaganda ministry to define correct thought.

    Modern America is descending into fascism. They just call it anti-fascism.

    • Brianna

      The entire free world is descending into fascism, and America isn’t the worst of it by a long shot. There are Europeans and Canadians (don’t know about Aussies) who wish to God that someone had written them a First Amendment.