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Free Speech and CMU [Feb. 23rd, 2005|12:38 am]
So a CMU student organization recently brought a controversial speaker to campus. He apparently gave an inciteful lecture (incite not insight).

While I don't have a copy of The Tartan in front of me, you can get a good deal of the campus reaction off of the cmu.misc.market bboard.

For example, these threads, among others.

Personally, I fully support the right of organizations to bring whoever they want to speak at a university campus ("I may not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend your right to say it."). However, I also think that if organizations want to bring controversial speakers, they must be willing to accept other (all?) controversial ideas being experssed publicly on the campus as well.

From what I have read of the handling of admission of students and other community members to the event, however, I am less supportive of the organization's decisions (also, they could have booked a larger venue, I suspect).

As it was, I think I got some benefit from reading the speech, even if a substantial portion of that benefit was derived from noticing some good techniques in convincing crowds (mobs?) using fairly unsubtantiated rhetoric.

[User Picture]From: ka3ytl
2005-02-23 12:23 pm (UTC)
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That's the only thing that runs through my head.
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[User Picture]From: deathb
2005-02-25 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not trying to invoke Godwin's law here (that every flamewar eventually degrades to a comparison with Nazis or Hitler), but one of the best examples of this on a similar topic is Mein Kampf by Adolph himself. The book is frightning in that it demonstrates how you can prove things which are completely false if you use only slightly broken logic. Thankfully Shabazz's logic is broken enough that most people blow him off.
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