Conservative author, columnist, speaker, and provocateur, Ann Coulter, was set to give a speech to college students at UC Berkeley. Then it was cancelled. Following the weekend’s violent clashes between Trump supporters and Antifa, the school feared violent protests may break out if she were to speak there.
The fears may be well founded. Earlier this year, the school was forced to cancel a speech from Milo Yiannopoulos. Before he could begin the event, swarms of violent protesters surrounded the building, burning trash cans, cars, and causing havoc throughout the area. Yiannopoulos was escorted out of the building with security in order to calm the situation.
Coulter, however, is promising to give the speech one way or another. If she doesn’t speak on campus, she’ll speak somewhere else. In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Coulter made her intentions clear.
“What are they going to do? Arrest me? I’m definitely giving the speech.”
Coulter’s speech was scheduled for next Thursday, April 27th, and she insists she’ll still give it. What will happen when she arrives is left up to speculation for now.
During her interview with Carlson, Coulter suggested federal intervention in Berkeley, seeing as the state university does in fact receive federal funding. As such, it is beholden to federal oversight. Coulter called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to get involved in the matter.
Ironically, Berkeley California has a long history of supporting free speech. It was home to many anti-establishment marches and protests throughout the 60s and 70s, becoming synonymous with anti-war culture. This is not the case anymore, as students who invite controversial speakers, are shut down and the speakers turned away. Does antifa believe in free speech or not?
What is a fascist?
Free speech depends on one thing, of course. If you’re a member of antifa, then yes, you can speak. If you’re a fascist, then no, you can’t. But what is a fascist? According to an organizer of some of the Berkeley riots, including the shutdown of Yiannopoulos, Yvette Felarca,
“A fascist is someone who is organizing a mass movement that’s attacking women, immigrants, black people, other minority groups, in a movement of genocide. That’s what a fascist is.”
Problem is – that’s not what a fascist is. Fascism is, according to Merriam-Webster, “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”
Fascism is not synonymous with genocide, even though antifa loves to compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Fascism fuses government with private business, similar to socialism, and uses strict economic controls, such as price controls and tariffs, in order to keep domestic business in.
Contrary to popular belief, fascism is not on the “right” as antifa would have you believe. Fascism utilizes big government to control business, strangle the free market, and work its will in all aspects of life. Fascism is based on BIG government. The “right” is for small government.
Interestingly, the last section of the actual definition of fascism – forcible suppression of opposition – is what antifa is engaged in now. It is predictable. When arguing ideas, philosophy, or facts becomes a losing battle, just yell really loudly and you won’t have to back up your own arguments.
It is for this reason that Ann Coulter feels so confident when speaking. The violence in reaction to her shows that her opposition has lost the argument. The battle of ideas is over. The time for talking is over, and antifa, like the crying babies that they are, are admitting they can’t argue the issues. Time to throw a fit.