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Conservatives poke stick at college students


FREE SPEECH: It isn't always pretty as campus coverage from the University of Wisconsin illustrates. - BADGER HERALD

The rise of campus disputes over provocative speakers isn't wholly coincidental, it turns out.

The New York Times reports on how conservative money is fueling a campaign to put controversial speakers on campus. A move to "restore sanity" on campuses? Or an intentional provocation to stir noisy protests? Doesn't matter really.

Let 'em speak. Let 'em be challenged. Don't hit anyone. Seems simple, but, of course, it isn't.

Just don't dispute there's an agenda at work here with the millions being spent ($16 million from one donor) through Young America's Foundation to put the likes of anti-Muslim speakers on campus.

Students can attend training seminars at the group’s Reston, Va., headquarters — conveniently near a Washington Metro stop — as well as off-site conferences, including those held at a center in Santa Barbara, which is also open to the public as a museum.

The foundation teaches essentials such as when it is legal to record a conversation with a college administrator; how to press schools to cover some of the security costs; regulations on sidewalk chalking, fliers and other forms of promotion and whether they can be challenged; and when to call the foundation’s legal staff for help.

“Conservative students have to learn how to negotiate through their school’s bureaucracy, which is often put in place to prevent or control student events,” Mr. Robinson said in an email.

The group also provides kits of what it calls “conservative swag,” such as a giant dorm-room poster of Ronald Reagan on horseback, instructions for staging a funeral for the death of Halloween (buy a lawn decoration coffin or make one yourself) — a swipe at university efforts to discourage offensive costumes — and posters to distribute on Sept. 11 featuring vivid depictions of the World Trade Center attacks and terrorist beheadings.
Joe Hill had the antidote. Organize.

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