Berkeley was renowned as the home of the free speech movement, but those leftists who believed that free speech was an effective tactic for their cause have long since been upstaged by those who believe that dissent must be silenced by any means.

The latter always existed, but their views have become dominant and mainstream. There is little opposition among liberals to their rhetoric and even their tactics. And there is a great deal of support.

Once rhetoric is translated into reality, that means forcibly silencing people you disagree with. That is what we once again saw at Berkeley. As with BLM riots, the media describes violence as just “breaking out” as if it were a force of nature. It is hesitant to assign blame, which all but tells you who the perpetrators were. Hidden among the passive phrasing is the stench of complicity.

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