Right-wing Trolls Back To Lead Berkeley “Free Speech Week”

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“Free Speech Week” is coming to Berkeley. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Brett Erlich, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you who’s attending and not. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://tytnetwork.com/join/

“Conservatives are rallying at UC Berkeley for four days starting on Sunday. But the events won’t focus on defending President Donald Trump, propping up “family values,” or spreading the gospel of free market capitalism. Instead, organizers want to stand up for free speech — or, if their critics are right, outright bigotry and hate.

“Free Speech Week,” as organizers are calling it, will reportedly include big names such as Breitbart executive chair (and former Trump adviser) Steve Bannon, disgraced ex-Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, and author Ann Coulter. These are by and large far-right activists with similar political ideologies. But what’s bringing them together this time around is a belief that free speech is now being stifled in political discourse across the country — and particularly at Berkeley, which activists have targeted because it was the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s.

These fears are built on a belief that American universities have deteriorated to shield students from opposing political views — through “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” and a general tilt toward “political correctness.”

They have been further buoyed by the recent rise of the “antifa” movement, which purports to stand up against fascism but has violently protested conservative events to the point that some of these speeches and rallies had to be canceled for security concerns. Some of the speakers, including Yiannopoulos and Coulter, had to cancel their own events at Berkeley earlier this year due to violent protests — and antifa’s actions have helped support the idea that people are trying to silence them.”

Read more here: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/9/21/16333260/free-speech-week-uc-berkeley

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Brett Erlich

Cast: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, Brett Erlich


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