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Left-Wing Activists Stifling Free Speech on German Campuses, Says Leading Professors Association

Left-Wing Activists Stifling Free Speech on German Campuses, Says Leading Professors Association

“In the name of political correctness, an attack is being waged on the essence of the university: the freedom to do research, to thinking and to debate”

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Free speech is under attack on German university campuses, the leading association of Germany’s professors and lecturers warned. A small minority of left-wing activists has succeeded in stifling freedom of expression in universities, German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV) said on Friday.

“In the name of political correctness, an attack is being waged on the essence of the university: the freedom to do research, to thinking and to debate,” DHV president Bernhard Kempen told German newspaper Die Welt. A radical minority was trying to silence dissent on campus “through threats, shitstroms, blockades and sometimes physical violence,” he added.

University research projects that go against the leftist ideology were being abandoned, speakers disinvited, and professors shouted down by angry students, said the head of the DHV, a university body that represents around 30,000 professors and lecturers across Germany.

The attempts to shut down free speech were exclusively coming from left-wing student groups, an article published by Die Welt on Friday confirmed. The target of the leftist agitators included those affiliated with the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as well as Christian and conservative groups on campuses.

Die Welt reported the comments made by the head of Germany’s university professors association:

The freedom of speech is increasingly been restricted in nation’s universities, the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV) warns. The reason behind this is a small radical minority (…)

Professors have documented many cases where research projects have been abandoned due to rowdy groups, or discussions that can only take place under police protection, or speakers who have been shouted down in the name of anti-Fascism. The state government [of North Rhine-Westphalia]  has now responded to this. It has added a paragraph in the Higher Education Act that will come into effect in the winter semester starting tomorrow [September 22] and makes provisions for disciplinary steps [that include] ending students’ enrollment if they restricts free speech in colleges. It is doubtful whether the problem can be solved by this, considering that many of the restrictions do not happen by blockades or threats that are punishable by law, but legally — for instance, through constant public pressure.

The DHV president [Bernhard] Kempen is therefore calling for “above all for one virtue: the liberal courage.” After all only a small minority tries to restrict the freedom of speech. “The large majority, also in the university administration, must give up its comfort and cowardice, the Cologne-based jurist [Kempen] demands. (…)

Politicians of the Linke party [successor of the East German Communist party] that are being monitory by the domestic Intelligence agency [BfV] can campaign freely in the universities. The Left-wing extremists who profess violence, such as the Interventionist Left, was able to organize event at the University of Cologne. This, however, is impossible for those belonging to the AfD. Most of the AfD students groups have been driven out of the campuses. (…)

It is interesting how the rioters justify themselves. In summer of 2019, a strongly conservative student group invited a speaker to the University of Bonn to talk about the conservative initiative “Demo für all” [pro-life March for All]. Around 200 troublemakers shouted “keep your mouth shut” and “f*** you,” till the event was cancelled. The AStA [university’s general student body] praised the students, who de-platformed the “group-based misanthropy,” as the “core of the democratic university.” [Translated by the author]

One of the incidents cited by Die Welt was that of a student named Mario S. from the Cologne University. The student was thrown out of a course for daring to talk about the nationality of the culprits involved in the mass sexual assaults that took place on the New Year’s Eve in the city three years ago. “The origin of the attackers is irrelevant. The only important [thing] is that they were men,” he was told. He was accused of “cultural racism.” He was bullied by other students, and the teacher told him to leave the course and not to make such “cultural racist” remarks in the future, the newspaper reported.

Many of these left-wing groups, including the notorious Antifa, were being funded by German government, local media reports show. “[U]nder the auspices of the federally-funded program called “Live the Democracy” (Demokratie leben) various “Antifa” groups were apparently promoted by the Ministry of Family Affairs,” German weekly Tichys Einblick reported in June 2018. “We are financing thug squads with our tax money. [Squads] similar to the ones that rampaged through the city during the G20 summit in Hamburg and did everything to possibly kill police officers,” the weekly added.

The campaign against the free speech on German and European campuses is part of a larger project of the socially engineering Western civilization from within. Any dissent, especially criticism of the open border immigration policy, is labelled as racist and far-right.


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Maybe we should stop using the term “political correctness” and start using something more accurate. Maybe “Forced conformity” or “obedience to approved lies.”

THIS is the real bullying problem.

    2smartforlibs in reply to irv. | September 22, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I noticed the same myself. I asked a low IQ liberal the other day why it is any nonconforming view was marginalized (bullied) I guess I used to big a word. I got no answer. I should have remembered ists right out of the liberal playbook. Liberal views are not to be questioned, challenged, or opposed.

    I think the terms “communist” or “Stalinist” are appropriate. The red hammer-and-sickle is a pretty good indication of the little monsters’ views.

the caption photo is telling–what is it with all these soyboys and butt-ugly women?–pity they lack the courage to off themselves–would definitely put them out of our misery

Leftists – the same all over the world.
It doesn’t matter if they were Nazis, Stalinists, followers of Il Duce, Maoists, they all look to remove freedoms in the name of freedom.
When I was younger I wasn’t exactly anti-establishment, but when I was told I have to believe things I’m told, or hold my tongue on certain subjects, I would do the opposite. It rubbed me wrong to be part of a herd rather than an independent thinker.
What happened to today’s youth? Sheep. Almost every single last one of them.
And nary a brain cell to divide between them all.

“Free Speech” is not a value of communism, though it is for capitalism. Communism is incompatible with Western Civilization.

You’d think if anyone would recognize totalitarianism when it crops up again, it’d be Germans. But you’d think wrong.

In any event, this is probably too little, and far too late. They have to try, anyway—look what happened to them last time they didn’t try hard enough.

. He was accused of “cultural racism.” He was bullied by other students, and the teacher told him to leave the course and not to make such “cultural racist” remarks in the future, the newspaper reported.

A nonsense concept. All races are morally equal, but all cultures are most definitely not. There are no superior and inferior races, but there are definitely superior and inferior cultures. That is a completely mainstream opinion and a university teacher who won’t allow it to be expressed in his class needs to be disciplined.

“Racist, Sexist, Neoliberal”.

One thing / doesn’t belong to this group / one thing / the odd man out; / all the rest are much the same / so try your luck and pick the name / of one thing / the odd man out.

    Vijeta Uniyal in reply to Milhouse. | September 22, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    German Left uses neoliberal as shorthand for everything Capitalism, not the actual dictionary definition. They think adding neo- as prefix makes things sound more sinister.

Less than 50 years ago people were shot for trying to escape East Germany. How naive (or stupid) these young people are.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to bw222. | September 22, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    They long to be the shooters next time, or better yet to be in charge of the shooters. Replace East Germany with the EU and they will be having . . . private moments . . . in Brussels at the thought.

    Subotai Bahadur

Ah, but wasn’t Erich Mielke, the guy who ran the Stasi, a self-proclaimed “humanist”?

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