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Alan Dershowitz Says Stanford Law Protest was Orchestrated by Well Known Left Wing Group

Alan Dershowitz Says Stanford Law Protest was Orchestrated by Well Known Left Wing Group

“The disruption was organized by the local chapter of National Lawyers Guild as part of a nationwide effort to suppress conservative speech.”

This makes perfect sense, and Dershowitz seems to have all the receipts.

He writes at the Gatestone Institute:

Stanford Law Disruptions Were Orchestrated by the National Lawyers Guild

It turns out that the disruption by several dozen Stanford University law school students of a speech to be given by federal judge Kyle Duncan was not a spontaneous exercise of freedom to protest.

It was a well-planned and carefully orchestrated effort to prevent other Stanford students from hearing the judge’s conservative views. The disruption was organized by the local chapter of National Lawyers Guild as part of a nationwide effort to suppress conservative speech. Although not all the participants were associated with the NLG, the main organizers were. The Guild praised “every single person” who participated in the disruption, and called it “Stanford Law School at its best,” suggesting it would confront “judicial architects of systems of oppression” with “social consequences for their actions.” Here the consequences went beyond “social” to censorial.

Let us understand what the National Lawyers Guild is. Begun in the 1930s as an alternative to the American Bar Association, its original membership consisted of traditional left-wing liberals and communists. After Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union made the notorious Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact in 1939, most of the liberals resigned. Adolf Berle, a prominent “New Dealer,” quit because it had become obvious that the Guild “is not prepared to take any stand which conflicts with the Communist Party line.”

When Hitler then broke the pact and invaded the Soviet Union, the Guild changed its policy and rejected Hitler. After Japan attacked the United States in 1941, the Guild “remained silent” rather than oppose the internment of more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent.

In 1948, the Guild “supported the establishment of the State Israel” because that was the position of the Soviet Union. In 1967, the Soviet Union began to turn against Israel and increased support for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), so did the Guild. Since that time, the Guild has been a strong supporter of Palestinian terrorism and other efforts to destroy Israel.

The Guild, in addition, refused to support Soviet or Cuban dissidents.

The Guild has never abandoned its Marxist-Leninist provenance. It supports Antifa, (see hereherehere and here) which also employs violence to disrupt speakers.


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I thought we had already discussed this point here at LI. I know I saw the NLG’s involvement heavily exposed.

Steven Brizel | March 24, 2023 at 4:10 pm

Professor Dershowitz gets much kudos for exposing the sordid record of the NLG