By Pie Guevara
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I have debated at some length about whether to launch this as a regular feature. Not because it is not worthy of blogging about but that the task is so daunting. I could blog 5 times a day on this subject for a year and barely scratch the surface. There are so many other things to do. So many other things to write about.
Nevertheless, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so here we go with Episode 1. Let me call this an “irregular” feature as this sort of lets me off the hook on blogging about it on a schedule.
Please note that in the title “Liberal” is in quotes. That is because “Liberal” Dominated Academia is hardly liberal. It is stone cold (often fascistic) progressive leftism which rejects traditional and classical liberal values and is an intellectually closed tribal system.
The Venue: Boston University
The Protagonist: Professor Spencer Piston, political science
Supporting role: Professor Michael Zank, religion, Jewish studies
Supporting role in absentia: Ben Shapiro, political commentator, public speaker, author, lawyer, humorist
Cast Extra: An anonymous student
Playing The Fool: Tripartite role, see The Protagonist, Supporting role and Cast Extra above
On Monday (2019-12-9) Professor Spencer Piston, offered a “refutation” of Ben Shapiro’s Boston University November lecture “America Was Not Built On Slavery, It Was Built On Freedom.”
Professor Michael Zank (as warm up stooge) introduced Professor Spencer Piston saying that the title of Shapiro’s speech was nonsense and intended to provoke.
When Professor Piston began to deliver his remarks he revealed that he didn’t actually attend the talk by Shapiro that he was going to refute. He was just going to respond to the “premise” of Shapiro’s argument.
A description of the event stated — The featured speaker, Professor Spencer Piston (Political Science), will offer a factual refutation of Shapiro’s assertion that slavery has no continuing impact on American inequality and that people end up in poverty because of “poor choices.”
In other words part of Piston’s “refute” as claimed by the promotion of his event was that Shapiro in his talk asserted slavery has no continuing impact on American society.
Just the facts, ma’am…
The problem with Piston’s own premise and the lecture description is that neither is a factual. How could Piston give a “factual refutation” not knowing the facts since he did not attend Shapiro’s talk? In fact, Shapiro in his lecture did not assert what Piston and the promotion description claims. He, in fact, stated the “truth to the idea that economic history impacts economic present.”
Shapiro’s talk at Boston University appears in its entirety in an embedded video below. Judge for yourselves.
So, here we have a highly paid university professor “refuting” a guest lecturer without even having attended the lecture and “refuting” something that was not actually asserted.
Must be nice work if you can get it.
Now here is something even more interesting than Professor Piston’s absurd lecture premise. During the Q&A a student asked “One of the big issues that the group that invited Ben Shapiro here said is that they want students to engage in ideas that differ with their own, which I think is very valid. But why does that mean we have to bring someone like him to campus, who we know spews hate speech, and it takes money away from other groups so that we can pay for their security… How do we engage with the ideas that are prevalent, that are important to engage, without actually inviting these figures to campus. How do we work with the administration to do that?”
Professor Piston replied, “I think that’s a great point and I do think that’s the first step.”
Yep, the first step is to marginalize guest speakers with accusations and ridiculous slurs of hate speech and try to keep “them” off campus to begin with via excuses over the cost of security. Perhaps security would not cost so much if students were not such a threat to certain speakers, eh?
Oh yeah, this is a crucial first step. Ideologically regulate what is, ostensibly, a market place for the free association of ideas. Screw the free association and keep “them” off campus by any means necessary.
The good news: Unfortunately for any of the anti-free speech snowflakes at Boston University attending Professor Piston’s lecture their previous efforts to shut down Shapiro the month before failed badly. Perhaps this is why they are so upset. The Young Americas Foundation/Young Americans for Freedom organization’s resounding success in presenting Shapiro indicates that “liberal” dominated academia is starting to show a few cracks.
The Young Americans for Freedom organization is a project of the Young Americas Foundation (YAF). The Young Americans For Freedom is the high school and college student focus organization of YAF.
Young Americas Foundation
Young Americans For Freedom
I know where some of my gift giving dollars will go this holiday season.
2 minutes 14 seconds —
Interesting interviews outside the lecture, nearly 30 minutes —
Shapiro’s talk 1 hour 11 minutes presented by Young Amreica’s Foundatuion, the crowd in attendance was largely enthusiastic. It is funny, it is stimulating, it is incisive, encouraging and thought provoking. A must see and required viewing. There will be a quiz on Monday —