Public Comment

New: Free Speech on the Berkeley Campus?

Eleanor Walden
Sunday November 02, 2014 - 05:30:00 PM

The absurdity of trying to silence a commencement speech by Bill Maher on campus, in the aftermath of the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, is a throwback to the HUAC and McCarthy era of the 1950's. The reaction against a differing opinion is a screaming fit that overlooks evidence within recent history. 

Why is it that American students, whose parents spend copious amounts of money to have them educated, or who take out astronomical debts for their own education, cannot remember the history of their parents or their century? While they may pontificate on American history for the past 250 years they cannot seem to fit together the evidence of the last 100 years. 

The brainwashing of American youth has been effective; if this IS the case, the right-wing has won! To paraphrase Shakespeare's poetry. The fault is "not in our stars but in ourselves." Oh god, goddess, and common sense!!!