October 13, 2017

Princeton Oped States That Conservatives No Longer Have Right To Free Speech

Rebel Staff

An oped was printed in Princeton University's newspaper this week attacking conservatives' right to free speech, and it's already going viral. 


In his oped, Princeton student Ryan Born wrote:

Conservatives would have you believe that their insistence on free speech is related to a desire for intellectual diversity and openness of discussion. When conservatives appeal to “free speech,” it is actually a calculated political move, designed to open up avenues of political discourse while shaming others from moving in active political opposition. I argue that when conservatives resort to this move, they can be safely ignored, as they are appealing to a right that does not exist. In my belief, when conservative ideas are opposed, there is no right that is being infringed.


Because “free speech” is a cornerstone of our rights under the Constitution, it can appear that conservatives’ socially free speech has this constitutional tradition as its backbone. However, this speech is something much different. As seen with many conservative groups, such as the Princeton Open Campus Coalition, conservatives are interested in being able to propose their ideas without any political opposition to their right to speech. I am not arguing that conservatives do not expect intellectual opposition to their content; instead, I am arguing against their right to be heard and accepted. I should clarify that I use “conservative” broadly to mean both those politically opposed to progressive aims, but also in particular to refer to those who invoke “free speech” to defend their access to political debate and to forestall political opposition to their viewpoints.

This oped perfectly exemplifies the attitude of liberal college students in this country today. Liberal students have rejected the idea of having thought-provoking political debates and have instead resorted to completely silencing conservative voices. They have turned their schools into "safe spaces" where they aren't "triggered" by those who oppose their liberal views. 

Liberals spend much of their time advocating for equality and freedom for all, but they don't believe conservatives deserve these same rights. While they advocate for minorities to raise their voices, they also fight for conservatives to be silenced. This has been proven time and time again this year, most notably at University of California, Berkeley, where liberal students launch violent protests each time a conservative is scheduled to speak on campus. Berkeley students have been so successful in these protests that their school has been forced to cancel numerous conservative speakers due to security concerns. 

Opeds like Born's are why an increasing number of conservative college students say that they are afraid to "come out" as Republicans to their peers. They don't feel free to express their conservative views due to fears of social repercussions, so they often remain silent and allow their liberal peers to continue living in their "safe spaces" unchallenged.

What are your thoughts on this oped? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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commented 2017-10-15 10:58:48 -0400
Andy only citizen that care about our country feel ad you do . Their are a lot of people that are disconnected to politics and maybe and I stress maybe vote if at all . Many baby boomers and millennials have never fought for freedom . And we should never forget the ones that have sacrificed for our freedom . Anyone pushing to silence free speech is a traitor to our country . No matter what you call it (M-103) Not talking about issues that effect our country is a insult to democracy and only leads to oppression . Wake up people the snowflakes are becoming a real threat to think we should be silent .
Progressive view is a fancy name only when they push it .
commented 2017-10-15 09:23:49 -0400
DAVID SMALL commented 11 hours ago
having just finished reading D’Souzas The Big Lie l can’t stress enough its reading ASAP!

You got that right!
I couldn’t put it down.
commented 2017-10-15 03:44:15 -0400
While I can appreciate Tammie’s concerns about Dan Mancuso’s “raw” portrayal of what has to be done to save this nation, it does reflect the state of conflict amongst Canadians… I’m old enough to remember voting for Pere Trudeau because Diefenbaker was such a klutz… (Something I’ve regretted ever since..) Then over the years we’ve had more of P.E.T. to regret, Mulroney to lament, Clark to ridicule, Campbell to disparage, Chretien to eventually hate, and Martin to swear at… But I cannot remember a time in our nation’s history when so many citizens, at the sight of our present prime minister’s smarmy face, wish they had a hickory baseball bat in their hands… And that’s the sad reality, October 2017…
commented 2017-10-14 22:47:12 -0400
having just finished reading D’Souzas The Big Lie l can’t stress enough its reading ASAP!
commented 2017-10-14 15:26:20 -0400
Dan Mancuso, thanks for taking the time to respond to my post.
commented 2017-10-14 14:18:28 -0400
Yes it is extreme sounding, and I thought long and hard about hitting the Post Your Comment button.
The attacks against the people by the state are extreme and escalating in Canada – as they were in America under Obama and still surging even under Trump, and as they are in the EU and Britain. We are already at war, in that war has been declared upon us – and not in so many words, but in the actions of ‘the state’, the fascist state, because that is what the left is, fascism.
Words are not working. Our democratic rights and protections are either being stolen, or used against us by these scoundrels and devils.
This is a juggernaut rolling over us all without opposition, or at least noticeable opposition.
It may be too late to do anything…but we must DO something – other than flapping our jaws!
I know my words may make me sound like a terrorist to some – and I have only ever used violence in self defence, in my life – but we are being backed into that proverbial corner…and I have no intention of living on my knees.
Unless you have a better solution…we need to defend ourselves…because it has gotten that bad.
commented 2017-10-14 12:07:23 -0400
Dan Mancuso, did you post before your morning coffee? Your post is pretty extreme. I can certainly understand your anger, there is much to be angry about. I have a very hard time understanding the sentiment of tracking people down and killing them as you suggest.
commented 2017-10-14 09:46:09 -0400
I think that ‘people’ like this Ryan Born and other creepy retards – darn, I can’t use that word in that context anymore – creepy little toads like that Jay Kelly POS troll, ought to be tracked down and killed. Yeah, killed – as in dead!
Fighting these vermin with words is not working. Killing the scum will not only rid the planet of these individual vermin, but by doing it publicly, it will also send a message to the rest of the filthy scum, and hopefully shut them and their evil BS down as they go scurrying back under their rocks and other low places – it will also preempt the left’s vicious assaults against the right – ya know, kill or be killed. Contrary to what the delusional pussy freaks on the left think, we do have an unalienable right to defend ourselves.
Not acting will certainly have all of us on the right dead or in a Justin gulag soon enough!

“It’s a hell of a thing killing a man…”
commented 2017-10-14 09:21:50 -0400
Jay Kelly, wake up!
Rebel Media has correspondents in Britain, US, Australia and Canada. There are reports from around the world. Why you haven’t noticed this is beyond me!
commented 2017-10-14 01:29:19 -0400
Ouch! The article uses the term “in this country today”. If I understand the context the article is talking about the United States of America.

Is The Rebel a Canadian news outlet? That is how it presented itself. If it is an outlet of U.S. news and opinion that is fine, but it should be up front to say what it is doing.
commented 2017-10-13 22:53:37 -0400
Of course, this person would want to take something “in their belief” and make everyone else believe it.

This is the level of dementia that the Progressivist-Sodomites are force imposing upon everyone, and they will not stop.

They are unreasonable, they are animals, vermin, and worthy of destruction.

War is coming.

Be ready.
commented 2017-10-13 22:35:39 -0400
When liberals appeal to deny free speech is a cold calculated political tactical maneuver otherwise known as communism.
commented 2017-10-13 21:08:13 -0400
One of the newsletters I subscribe to is Accuracy in Academia (available at www,academia.org)

It is like Victor Lazlo’s daily top ten.

You can read ten op eds like this every day. I have been doing so for ten years now. Mostly to come to the support of the beleagured conservative and sane classic liberal professors who speak out against it.

Whichever part of theREBEL staff does this news beat should subscribe to it and treat it like a Reuters newswire….you will never be lacking matterial believe me.
commented 2017-10-13 20:43:26 -0400
We notice that “Ryan Born” does not make his statement/hypothesis in an open forum under the rules of open debate – and so it goes with these commie larvae – if non commie voices are denied free speech to argue a point or have equal access to the market place of ideas, physical force is the only alternative to gain equality. Debate was invented to prevent this – obviously degenerate communists think they are immortal as well as ubermenchen.
commented 2017-10-13 19:04:28 -0400
A sucide cannabal for sure
commented 2017-10-13 18:41:34 -0400
Please tell me that that kid isn’t an engineering or medical student.
commented 2017-10-13 18:32:46 -0400
In the near future, insinuating that our Prime Minister is a Gormless Idiot will earn you five years in Jail, this because Trudeau is making up the rules as he feels fit.

Trudeau You are a Wanker in love with Ms Fist.

I was going to Post a video here but Justins friends at Google have pulled it. Titled ‘Father and Cuck’. Oh well.
commented 2017-10-13 18:29:19 -0400
Well said Andrew Mirlach!
commented 2017-10-13 17:45:27 -0400
Idiot Stick Ryan Born’s rant is a perfect example of Pure Projection. “When conservatives appeal to “free speech,” it is actually a calculated political move, designed to open up avenues of political discourse while shaming others from moving in active political opposition.” All the left ever does is try to silence points of view for which they have no valid counter arguments. Usually by crying Racist at the top of their lungs. When their cultural Marxism fails to silence dissenting voices, they turn to violence. The left has not had an original idea for over a century. Truelly tiresome. He can be safely ignored. Even if he manages to get that job at CNN, he will still be ignored by the vast majority of the population. Who the hell watches CNN or MSNBC? lol…
commented 2017-10-13 17:32:57 -0400
There is none so blind as those who will not see. When their heads are on the chopping block, then maybe they will glimpse the truth. But by then it will be too late.
commented 2017-10-13 17:02:45 -0400
Upon graduation, Ryan Born sounds like a prime candidate for getting a job at CNN or MSNBC, eh?
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