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April 09, 2004

How Dare It Take Root Where It's Not Wanted!

Backlash from the Left. Last week's Independent has two stories on liberal reaction to l'Affaire de Crystall at UNC, Academia under siege and Mainstream manipulation. One bemoans the spinelessness of academia in the face of well-funded "ultra-conservatives."* The other bemoans the easily manipulated and conservative dominated media. Both express the sense of stunned outrage a suburban homeowner might experience upon awakening one day to find kudzu growing his heretofore immaculately groomed backyard.

*The Silflay Hraka Handy Guide To Media Demonization, Tip 1: Always remember to apply the term "ultra-" when discussing the political leanings of those on the opposite side of the political fence. It allows an author to denigrate opposing arguments without actually have to debate them and insinuates that the target is just to the other side of either Hitler or Stalin in a way that "liberal" and "conservative" never could. Plus, since you're probably preaching to the choir to begin with, no one will think to challenge your condemnation.

Posted by Bigwig at April 9, 2004 10:56 AM | TrackBack
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Yeah, I remember my days in Chapel Hill... those brownshirted ultra-rightists practically dominated the campus. Why, you could hardly march with the rising freshman of the class of '98 (all of them except a kid from Hickory anyhow) to the bell tower in your hemp sandals swigging your bong water on the way to the GLBT peace rally for freeing Tibetan anti-Pinochet activists in a globally sensitive manner, without noticing the oppressive and violent presence of the campus conservative on his way into Davis library, probably to study or do something reactionary like that.

Why, it was a hate crime, I tell you. And the administration's inability to stand up to that guy, is an epic example of gutlessness that will stand up for the ages. I presume it's even worse now, that the new campus conservative felt free to speak. That dirty rotten sonovabitch... why, it's time we crack down on non-comforming speech.

Posted by: Blackavar at April 9, 2004 11:24 PM

Remember, freedom of speech means freedom to say and hear what we want and brutally repress that speech that we don't. Jackbooted Speech Police/Thugs, forward march!

Posted by: El-ahrairah at April 10, 2004 01:04 AM
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