May 01, 2017

What Prof. Aaron Hanlon gets wrong about campus free speech

Rebel Staff

We all know that many college students are against free speech. But there’s another group of people in colleges that the media overlooks: professors. These upper-middle class people with tenure are some of the most anti-free speech leftists on the planet. 

And, recently, one of these professors, English Professor Aaron Hanlon from Maine’s Colby College, wrote a piece on the New Republic on the no-platforming and rioting occurring at Berkeley in response to Milo Yiannopoulos, Lauren Southern and now Ann Coulter simply being invited to speak at the university.

These sentences summarize his thought process entirely:

“Disinviting right-wing provocateurs isn't a suppression of free speech. It’s a value judgment in keeping with higher education's mission.”

Notice how he shifts the blame not on those who are causing violence like Antifa but, instead, on the people who were invited by campus clubs to make a speech.

Even if I grant you the idea that those speakers are just provocateurs, which they are not, Hanlon is, in a way, victim blaming, because they’re the one’s being threatened with violence.

Also, he states that this is not the colleges targeting speech, but instead, that this is the college targeting speech that has little to no value.

But who creates these value judgments?

He goes on to say that no-platforming people is in keeping with higher education’s mission.

I think that higher education is meant to teach people how to live, and that means surrounding yourself with ideas that evoke a response, and learning how to combat those ideas properly.

Those who are part of the "social justice" school of thought, who act violently when confronted with an idea they don’t like, exist because professor like Aaron Hanlon support their existence instead of standing against them.

As we allow these professors to take over our schools, we’ll see more no-platforming and more censorship of legitimate ideas. Let’s not allow that to happen.


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commented 2017-05-03 17:28:42 -0400
Shout down Professor Hanlon’s lectures and give him a taste of his own medicine.
commented 2017-05-02 16:48:32 -0400
Laura Lacey – I think that the Greatest Canadian contest was rigged. The younger generations didn’t have a clue who he was. I voted for Terry Fox. I’m glad that PET didn’t win.
commented 2017-05-02 15:58:02 -0400
Is any of this surprising when Tommy Douglas, deemed to be the “Greatest Canadian”, was a Marxist, and Eugenicist? Douglas shaped Canada’s education, healthcare, employment, and union regulations and legislation. Douglas was a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF); a Marxist political party which drafted the “Regina Manifesto”.

“Douglas graduated from Brandon College in 1930 and completed his Master’s degree in Sociology from McMaster University in 1933. His thesis, entitled The Problems of the Subnormal Family, endorsed eugenics. Eugenics is a pseudoscience aimed at “improving” the human population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of “desirable” heritable characteristics. In Douglas’ system, the state would require couples seeking to marry to be certified as mentally and morally fit. What constitutes a couple whom are mentally and morally fit are, of course, determined by the discretion of state bureaucrats. Anyone considered “subnormal,” such as those with low intelligence, moral inferiority or STD’s, would be sent to concentration camps or state-owned collectivized farms. While those judged by the central planners to be mentally defective or incurably diseased would be sterilized. Later, as premier of Saskatchewan, two reviews of the province’s mental health system recommended a program similar to Douglas’ system. Fortunately, majority opinion had turned its back on eugenics after the disastrous results of Nazi Germany. Douglas’ government never implemented the system described in his Master’s thesis.” -Caleb McMillan, October 8th, 2012

“Give me four years to teach the children, and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” -Vladimir Lenin

“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands, and at whom it is aimed.” -Joseph Stalin

Canadian children are brainwashed through state sanctioned education to avoid thinking critically so they are dysfunctional in the private sector and become more dependent on the state. If Canadian children were taught to excel within the free marketplace of ideas and Capitalist production, how interested does anyone think they would be in voting for increased government and state control?

Canadian parents who want their children to succeed in a free, profitable, open market society, need to insist on apprenticeship programs in the private sector being a part of their childrens’ curriculum; and focus on demanding a wider range of specialized school choice for them.

The “Regina Manifesto” of the CCF:
commented 2017-05-02 12:16:26 -0400
Jacques Landry – I’m a bit older than you are, and I was educated in the same system, and I thank God for it. We said the Lord’s prayer each morning, and sang God Save the Queen. We learned reading, writing and arithmetic, and were taught about different cultures, and history. We definitely need to take back education, or humanity doesn’t stand a chance. What they are doing is robbing the future generations of the tools necessary to be an individual. I can’t stand watching them destroy young minds, for their evil agenda. We need to push back at every opportunity, and deprogram our children, before they get to the finishing schools for idiots, which are our universities. By then it’s too late for them!
commented 2017-05-02 11:56:37 -0400
The bar on education has been lowered way too far, so as to accommodate individuals who would otherwise never get into college. The result is all these programmed snowflakes, who have no clue on how to deal with adversity, and can only attack what they don’t like, and lack the capacity and education to understand. This is what you get when weak liberal school boards and professors let the students set the curriculum. I like to think that I received a good rounded education ( set by a more conservative school board, who didn’t let children decide what they want to learn ). I had teachers that took no crap, and being sent to the principals office was not for tea and a discussion about my “feelings”. PE was mandatory because the system cared about our health. Don’t want to run,too bad (sorry no safe space). I was taught history and we had discussions in class so that we could learn from it and hear different points of view. I can just imagine my teachers reaction if a student had said that we should’t discuss the American civil war because they found slavery offensive ( sorry, not allowed to be triggered and run for counselling ). I was taught science and it opened my mind to the greatness of human achievement. Again I would have loved to hear some twit in class say they don’t believe in the moon landing because some uneducated moron said so. I was taught math and learned to appreciate how important and crucial it is to our way of thinking and problem solving (no calculators allowed in class for those who can’t grasp 2×2 ). I was taught english (I moved to BC from Quebec at 12 years old, so english is my second language) and learned the power of words and its ability to convey ideals (no auto-spell or auto-correct).So if you spot errors in this post, sorry I’m doing my best and refuse to let machines do my thinking for me. Hell I also had to deal with school bullies ( have I given it away, that I’m what they called a frenchy, geek,nerd,four eyes and more ). I’m not saying bullies are a good thing, but They inadvertently taught me to stand up for myself, stand my ground, and don’t take crap from anyone ( better a dead geek then a live nerd ).
Our education system has utterly failed the young adults of today. They think they are better educated because they grew up with the internet and smart phones. Most can’t think outside the box or deal with adversity. Just ask any of them to add, divide or multiply in their heads even a little bit, and see what you get. Ask them about history they learned in school and you’ll get that blank look that says they have to look it up, since the ability to memorize facts has become obsolete. Most don’t see the value of science, unless it’s to produce the latest iphone. Give them a piece of paper and pen, and see where ( the greatest achievement of our civilization ever ) writing has gone to.
It’s just my opinion but if they are losing the ability to instantly recall facts and figures and weigh them against an opposing argument ( without freaking out ) then they have been deprived of a crucial tool they needed to learn in school, and has retarded their maturity.
I may sound old but the sad fact is I’m only 55, that right all the changes I have talked about are so recent as to scare tell hell out of me.
We desperately need to fix our education system before it’s too late.
commented 2017-05-02 10:36:32 -0400
It must have taken one week at least for this egg heads indoctrination.
commented 2017-05-02 10:02:23 -0400
They have been attacking our children’s minds for decades now. We need to take back education, if we want to change the programming of minds. The unions need to be destroyed, for this is where all the corruption got in. These brain-washers need to charged for what they are teaching as fact, when in reality it is an agenda.
commented 2017-05-02 10:02:06 -0400
Jay…How are you a product of the current post secondary education? Unlike the masses, you have integrity and your observations are based in reality and provoke serious thought. Good job…..
commented 2017-05-02 05:03:01 -0400
Well said Jay. It’s not education they are providing anymore, it’s brainwashing.
commented 2017-05-02 01:34:13 -0400
Jay Fayza presents a very thoughtful argument that would be at home in a campus debate. I wonder if he has thought of submitting something like this in written form to a university newspaper, say, at York or UofT in Toronto. They would probably publish an opinion piece like this and give The Rebel some good exposure.

Jay’s presentations on the Rebel alone can only go so far since he is “preaching to the choir,” most of whom appreciate less subtlety.
commented 2017-05-02 01:20:01 -0400
All university staff and administrators have spent their entire lives in schools being indoctrinated and now are doing the indoctrinating. Should we expect anything else?
commented 2017-05-02 01:07:03 -0400
Carol Masse you got that right , these brainwashed idiots will be shellshocked when reality finally hits them.
commented 2017-05-01 23:35:54 -0400
Great piece Jay, though I wonder why it took til now to notice it’s the professors at the root of all this.

Next phase, is to go confront those professors and the administrators that hired them, and ask then what the hell they think they’re doing!! You go bros!!
commented 2017-05-01 21:38:59 -0400
Simply amazing the anti-intellects that can get tenure – how can this narrow-minded mook even begin to justify his duplicitous hypocrisy as progressive?
commented 2017-05-01 20:30:46 -0400
Its not education anymore, its just leftwing social engineering. Hence the term Generation Snowflake. It also explains why our current crop of politicians are so pathetic.
commented 2017-05-01 20:30:01 -0400
Professors like Hanlon will rediscover the truth of history about socialists. Professors in socialist dictatorships, even when they supported the dictatorship at the beginning, do not tend to fare well in the re-education process afterwards. Although they may be given a choice by the socialist dictatorship in their re-education: rope or bullet.
commented 2017-05-01 20:16:35 -0400
Jay mentioned Socialist Professors. That is the whole problem in two words. The whole Educational system is full of Socialists, this is why Kids are so screwed up these days. They are brainwashed from early Grade School days in the joys of Marxism.

Now we have Trudeau’s Death Cult amongst us and these brainwashed kids will join them, by the hundreds, in their quest to kill off Trudeau’s enemy’s. Meaning Us.

Our future looks bleak.
commented 2017-05-01 20:09:01 -0400
Great report Jay!
Truth University fosters critical thinkers and the ability to debate using facts when you encounter someone with a different perspective than yours. Truth University also expects a student to listen first, then speak. Truth University gives students the tools they need to succeed not only in their field, but, as a human being. Truth University doesn’t replace I think, with, I feel. Truth University doesn’t encourage people to hunt for professional victims; speak for them & insist society must shift & accommodate.
I would much rather hire a student who has graduated from Truth University.
commented 2017-05-01 20:05:13 -0400
Jay, Voices like yours have been seeing and saying what you see and say for as long as you have been alive…even longer.

Now the problem is that the man who’s face is displayed in the banner picture will get to choose his successor. and of course his successor will be “collegial” to his views and have the appropriate “people skills”…

The course cure/treatment now has two alternatives…..either match the efforts of “the long march through the institutions”…or….accept that the price for the lazyness and cowardice of not dealing with this sooner is to match and exceed the violence of the pack of political pit bull puppies this man has seen fit to breed…..or to cave in and accept his him and his pack of hounds as having power over you .
commented 2017-05-01 19:36:49 -0400
This younger generation will get what they deserve at one point, and it is not going to be the fault of others but themselves. Huge challenges await them but they are not equipped with dealing with anything. Hey they can’t even listen to contrary views than their own.
commented 2017-05-01 19:35:56 -0400
That was an excellent video, Jay.

If the custodians entrusted to preserve our society’s platform of free speech, the professors at the universities, actively attempt to curtail free speech, then learning as opposed to indoctrination becomes difficult if not impossible.

Couple this with the majority of the socialist main stream media actively suppressing facts to manipulate and propagate a left wing agenda, then our Western democratic society is finished.

Yes, we must fight back in any legal way that we can.
commented 2017-05-01 19:21:38 -0400
Higher education is about hearing all the evidence and weighing it. Imagine a court room that only allowed one side of the case.
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