Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro is a fighter.
He spends countless hours traveling across the country and defending the values, beliefs, and philosophies of the conservative movement in America. His favorite places to visit are college campuses because this is where the real philosophical and cultural battles are taking place today.
The only problem is that Shapiro has been facing more and more opposition of late.
Not opposition to his idea, not challengers in debates… but physical opposition. There is an ever growing number of colleges that refuse to allow Shapiro (and other conservatives) the ability to speak on their campuses.
The problem has gained national attention, thanks in large part to the violence of leftist fascists like Antifa and the Black Bloc, and now Congress is investigating the matter.
Earlier today, Shapiro and other First Amendment defenders testified before the House Oversight Committee in an effort to help Congress understand just how insidious the anti-free speech movement on college campuses has become.
Shapiro told the committee that:
Free speech is under assault because of a three step argument made by the advocates and justifiers of violence.
The first step is, they say, the validity or invalidity of an argument can be judged solely by the ethnic, sexual, racial, or cultural identity of the person making the argument.
The second step is, they say, those who think otherwise engage in what they call verbal violence, and the final step is, they conclude, that physical violence is sometimes justified to stop such verbal violence.
All of this destroys free speech, but just as importantly, it turns students into snowflakes… looking for an excuse to be offended so they can earn points in the intersectionality olympics, and then use those points as a club with which to beat opponents.
Later, Shapiro did his best to explain to Rep. Stacey Plaskett (from the U.S. Virgin Islands) that there is a difference between combatting real, specific episodes of racism and the leftist cudgel of “white privilege.”
Shapiro promised Rep. Plaskett that if the left would simply point out instances of racism, conservatives would stand against that racism with them.
Sadly, as he explains, that hardly ever occurs. Usually, the left simply makes demands of the right without ever pointing to evidence.
Comedian, and radio and TV star Adam Carolla (who hosts one of the most popular podcasts on the web) also spoke to the shift against free speech on college campuses that he has noted over the last 10-15 years.
Carolla noted that more than a decade ago he used to travel the nation speaking on college campuses with his MTV cohost Dr. Drew Pinsky, and the two men would routinely debate very controversial issues.
These debates would generally happen without fanfare or protest. Sadly, when Carolla travels campuses today he is usually met with protest and sometimes the colleges refuse to allow him the opportunity to speak.
This behavior isn’t just something that happens to conservatives like Shapiro, or libertarians like Carolla. Liberals Bill Maher, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and even Richard Dawkins have all been banned from some campuses for speaking unpopular opinions.
Today’s American campuses are fighting tooth and nail to kill the First Amendment, and it is up to us to stand up to defend free speech.
If we don’t, our grandchildren may never even know what the First Amendment was.