The Daily Californian, a student newspaper at the University of California at Berkeley, published a series of essays justifying the violence at the Feb. 1 riot that shut down a speaking event featuring Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
The series called “Violence as self-defense” provides justifications for the use of violence to shut down speech that leftists disagree with.
One piece conflates criticism of the violence with condoning “hate speech”.
“If you call the left hypocrites for being “intolerant” of Donald Trump’s token gay, you may not know what censorship or homophobia or terrorism or fascism is, but you’re correct. I won’t tolerate queer or undocumented students students being outed and harassed in my home, no matter who’s perpetrating it. Don’t play “Who’s The Real Fascist?” with me because fascists win that game every time.” writes Desmond Meagley in “Condemning protesters same as condoning hate speech“.
“If you condemn the actions that shut down Yiannopoulos’ literal hate speech, you condone his presence, his actions and his ideas; you care more about broken windows than broken bodies.”
Meagley also appears to contradict the claim that black bloc rioters were all “outside agitators”.
“These so-called militants are campus students, Berkeley residents and Bay Area locals; teachers, journalists, musicians, parents and athletes, united by love and concern for their peers.” writes Meagly.
“The black bloc is not an organization with an agenda. It’s a strategic approach to protest that, in the case of the entire “Dangerous Faggot” tour, was highly effective. The violence that forms the foundation of Yiannopoulos’ ideology is far worse than any tactic the black bloc uses. You don’t have to like property damage, but understand that without it, Yiannopoulos would have released private and sensitive information about innocent students and encouraged assault against them.”
The claim that Yiannopoulos was to publicly name students in the country illegally at his event is one that he denies:
“Black bloc did what the campus should have” also directly and explicitly rebukes claims that the black bloc rioters were outside agitators.
“If you were in the crowd on Sproul Plaza that night, the antifa might have appeared to be a homogenous mass of agents of chaos descending on your “resistance dance party.” This is understandable. Black bloc tactics are primarily designed to protect the identities of the individuals in the bloc from doxxing, surveillance footage and being singled out for arrest. You couldn’t tell who was behind those masks, and that’s the point.” wrote Neil Lawrence.
“But don’t get it twisted. We were not, as the news, the chancellor and concerned progressives have alleged, “unaffiliated white anarchists.” Behind those bandanas and black T-shirts were the faces of your fellow UC Berkeley and Berkeley City College students, of women, of people of color, of queer and trans people.”
Former Labor Secretary and Berkeley professor Robert Reich claims that the riot was a false-flag operation organized by Breitbart and Yiannopoulos:
So let’s see: Yiannopoulos, who is an outsider to Berkeley and generally unwelcome there, succeeds in secretly arranging for more than 100 thugs to assemble in this city and then invade the Berkeley campus and cause more than $100,000 in damage, all to create a pretextual motive for Trump to alter federal funding for the UC system. And Yiannopoulos manages to do this without a single one of the thugs spilling the beans and tipping off the fact that this violent criminal conspiracy is organized by Yiannopoulos, not his opponents.
To even describe the plot is to make clear how phantasmagorical the whole idea is. Occam’s razor applies here. Or, as medical students are taught, when you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras. There is no way Yiannopoulos organized these protests, subjecting himself to serious criminal liability and placing the fate of his career on the sealed lips of more than 100 conspirators. Instead, the simplest explanation is the correct one: The persons responsible are left-wing anarchists, as the New York Times (among others) has described in this recent article.
The only thing that remains strange about the events last week is the fact that Berkeley police have proved so inept. While the police were praised for their “restraint” during the riots (and perhaps that praise was justified — I venture no opinion on riot-control tactics), they have been unable to now identify even a single one of these criminals.
Yiannopoulos was slated to speak to a handful of students compared to the presumable thousands who heard him live when he spoke with Tucker Carlson on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” after being evacuated due to security concerns:
Carlson’s program has nearly double the ratings compared to “The Kelly File” which Carlson replaced as Kelly left for a daytime slot at NBC.
According to The Hill, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” is up 95 percent among the 25- to 54-year-old demographic coveted by advertisers.
Yiannopoulos’ forthcoming book “Dangerous” also spiked to first place on the Amazon bestseller list for a second time.
Yiannopoulos joined Carlson on the Feb. 2 edition of his program to discuss the media’s legitimation of violence against conservatives, saying violence at the Berkeley riot is “the price you pay for being a libertarian or a conservative on American college campuses”: