Hate Speech
Hate Speech has been a subject of political discourse since the founding. Unfortunately, "Hate Speech" has now been established by the national Media as only a one-sided (Right) tactic. This message is regularly repeated and sadly even falsely identified as right wing hate speech (Tucson shooting of Rep. Giffords). The problem is actually non-partisan as it has always been. However, the venom being spewed by the Left is either not mentioned or obtusely justified by the national Media (Reps are racist). In the section below, to balance the message and present the true picture, we identify the "hate speech" on both sides. This page is different from the others on this site. The media outlet will usually be pointing the finger the other way. Thus, it is necessary to use "right leaning" media to identify "left wing" hate speech. And, use "left wing" media to identify "right wing" hate speech. So don't be confused when you read for example "Media Matters" on the right and the The Media Research Center on the left. It is necessary for you our reader to identify accurately the 'hate speech' sources, versus the media outlet, degrading the national political discourse. So left complaints about the right are reported on the right. Right complaints about the left are reported on the left.

10 university flashpoints over free speech

from BBC News,

Free speech - too much of it or too little of it - has become one of the thorniest and most emotive subjects for universities. At what point do strongly held views become extremism or hate speech? There have been violent flashpoints, particularly in US universities, about what can be said about race, gender and sexuality. And when does the ultra-liberal assertion of "safe spaces" and limits on language become intolerant and controlling? Or are these just first-world problems, missing the point about what freedom is really about? So as new academic terms begin, where are the significant battlegrounds?

  1. In Hong Kong, students are under pressure to stop putting up posters and flying banners promoting independence from China.
  2. The dollar price of free speech: The University of California, Berkeley, was a cradle of the "free speech movement" in the United States in the 1960s, when students were protesting against the Vietnam war. The university authorities said the security operation around the event cost them $600,000
  3. Looking west or east?: The Central European University in Budapest in Hungary has been at the centre of an international struggle, which the university says could see it being shut down.
  4. Illiberal liberals?:Republican lawmakers in the US state of Ohio are trying to put campus free speech into legislation - challenging what they see as excessive political correctness. They warn that a "mentality is creeping into our culture that views disagreeable speech as inherently hateful, or even violent".
  5. Torch ban: After the confrontations between torch-carrying white supremacists and protesters at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the universities have clarified that carrying such "open flames" will not be permitted by the campus police.
  6. Turkey trial: The trial of a university lecturer accused of terror-related charges began last week in Turkey.
  7. Carving out an argument: US universities have been caught in a series of symbolic battles over statues, the names of buildings and what constitutes campus freedom.
  8. Chelsea Manning, imprisoned after giving government information to Wikileaks, was named as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School last week. But two days later the university rescinded the appointment describing it as a "mistake".
  9. "My job is not to make you feel comfortable." The University of Oxford vice chancellor, Louise Richardson, warned fellow university leaders that they had a responsibility to protect free speech on campus. She told them that students needed to confront views with which they disagreed, even if it meant addressing attitudes that made them "uncomfortable" or they found offensive.
  10. North Korea: What are their worries about free movement? A private, English-language university in the country, the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, has been struggling with getting overseas staff through the US travel ban, but opened as planned this term.
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