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Columbia Prof Wants Universities to Rethink Commitment to First Amendment

Columbia Prof Wants Universities to Rethink Commitment to First Amendment

“technology is now used to incite people to engage in cyber-bullying that did not exist before”

How do we know the academic left is against freedom? They keep telling us they are.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Columbia Professor Urges Universities to Rethink Commitment to First Amendment

A Columbia University comparative literature professor’s recent urging of universities to rethink their commitment to the First Amendment in light of “new technologies,” such as video cameras, has prompted criticism from across the political spectrum.

Judith Butler argued that “in a world of changing technology where incitement and harassment take on new forms,” so-called “free speech absolutists” must understand that the First Amendment can “clash with other basic values,” according to a blog post based on her remarks delivered at a panel on free expression at the University of California-Berkeley earlier this month.

The gender theorist and passionate supporter of the academic boycott of Israel cited the trolling methods of fringe right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopolous, who has publicly mocked LGBTQ individuals during his campus appearances, as evidence for the need for widespread reform.

“Maybe we shrug our shoulders and say that this is expressive activity, but surely it crosses the line between expressive activity and threat; and that line was crossed in a new way—and is crossed all the time now in new ways—because of the way technology is now used to incite people to engage in cyber-bullying that did not exist before,” wrote Butler.

“So the legal vocabulary we have for distinguishing expressive activity from actual threats, or an incitement to engage in illegal activity—those latter two are not protected as expressive freedoms under the First Amendment—changes when new technologies, or new uses of technology, produce new possibilities for incitement, harassment, and the commission of illegal activities,” continued Butler.

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Comments

How about rethinking our commitment to Columbia University? Where do they find these bozos? Actually, I know that one as I did my time in the whackademic Gulag.

As soon as I saw the professor in question was Judith Butler I was able to predict the rest of the article with uncanny accuracy.
If she really wants to make a difference in the world, she should leave her privileged perch at the Ivies and teach freshman composition at a community college in the Bronx for a few years.

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