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Barbara Kay: The ‘Free Speech Movement’ was a sham

Posted on 2014-10-01 06:37:44

Happy 50th birthday to the Free Speech Movement. Those of us who were young adults at the time well remember the galvanizing effect on students everywhere of those culturally game-changing protests at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. Their leader, Mario Savio, compared the Free Speech Movement to the civil rights movement, the university administration to the “Bull Connors” of the racist south and the campus cops to “Eichmann.” That stuff was edgy then. Even at the time, mind you, as a student at the University of Toronto, I was puzzled by the protesters’ ferocity. Who exactly at liberal Berkeley was repressing free speech? In retrospect, nobody. Ironically, today’s stringent campus speech codes are enforced by the very individuals who participated in those protests 50 years ago, and who then went on to become “tenured radicals.” One of that crowd, a featured speaker today at Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement anniversary rally, is Bettina Aptheker, a feminist studies professor at the University of California’s Santa Cruz branch. Aptheker ranked second only to Savio in movement leadership, and her history helps us understand just what a misnomer the “Free Speech Movement” was. RelatedMark Steyn: The slow death of free speechSecurity guards seize ‘free speech wall’ at Queen’s University Bettina is the daughter of Herbert Aptheker, founder of the American Institute for Marxist Studies and chief theoretician for the American Communist Party (CPUSA). He and his wife remained unregenerate supporters of Stalin all their lives. Bettina drank her parents’ Kool-Aid undiluted, and was a member in good standing of the CPUSA when she joined Savio’s team. That was a watershed moment for the New Left, which had previously viewed Communists as betrayers of the progressive cause. Freedom of speech was of course anathema to the CPUSA, where dogmas were downloaded by elites into the brains of an unquestioning rank and file. With Bettina’s support, the........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


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Barbara Kay: The ‘Free Speech Movement’ was a sham

Posted on 2014-10-01 06:37:44

Happy 50th birthday to the Free Speech Movement. Those of us who were young adults at the time well remember the galvanizing effect on students everywhere of those culturally game-changing protests at the Berkeley campus of the University of California. Their leader, Mario Savio, compared the Free Speech Movement to the civil rights movement, the university administration to the “Bull Connors” of the racist south and the campus cops to “Eichmann.” That stuff was edgy then. Even at the time, mind you, as a student at the University of Toronto, I was puzzled by the protesters’ ferocity. Who exactly at liberal Berkeley was repressing free speech? In retrospect, nobody. Ironically, today’s stringent campus speech codes are enforced by the very individuals who participated in those protests 50 years ago, and who then went on to become “tenured radicals.” One of that crowd, a featured speaker today at Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement anniversary rally, is Bettina Aptheker, a feminist studies professor at the University of California’s Santa Cruz branch. Aptheker ranked second only to Savio in movement leadership, and her history helps us understand just what a misnomer the “Free Speech Movement” was. RelatedMark Steyn: The slow death of free speechSecurity guards seize ‘free speech wall’ at Queen’s University Bettina is the daughter of Herbert Aptheker, founder of the American Institute for Marxist Studies and chief theoretician for the American Communist Party (CPUSA). He and his wife remained unregenerate supporters of Stalin all their lives. Bettina drank her parents’ Kool-Aid undiluted, and was a member in good standing of the CPUSA when she joined Savio’s team. That was a watershed moment for the New Left, which had previously viewed Communists as betrayers of the progressive cause. Freedom of speech was of course anathema to the CPUSA, where dogmas were downloaded by elites into the brains of an unquestioning rank and file. With Bettina’s support, the........

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