Lindsay Shepherd and Mark Steyn discuss free speech

On the off chance you think the generations coming through to replace the generation moving on are in some sense onside with the notion of free speech and an open society, then watch this video. As they discuss, argument from the left is reduced to ad hominem forms of personal attack. Since everything is socially constructed everything must be socially deconstructed.

In the video, Mark Steyn talks to Lindsay Shepherd, the Teaching Assistant at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada who became internet famous at the end of 2017, when three members of the WLU faculty attempted to destroy her life for having shown a short Jordan Peterson public television clip to her students. She had, however, recorded her interview and then released the recording to the media which stopped them in their tracks, and has, in fact, made her famous. Articulate beyond her years, a product of the modern left though she is, she is a bridge between us and the millennial generation. She describes herself as “the most left-wing member of her family”.

Here as well is the original recording of Lindsay’s inquisition by the faculty at Wilfred Laurier, worth every minute of the 43 minutes it takes to listen to it through.

And if you want to see where this is heading, you should look at this and this. More people in “the shut up business”, as Steyn describes it.

The Mark Steyn interview comes via the Mark Steyn Club: Expression, Identity, and the Corruption of the Academy.

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16 Responses to Lindsay Shepherd and Mark Steyn discuss free speech

  1. stackja

    Why don’t leftists follow their own advice and shut up?

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Leftism, socialism, communism and its various incarnations are incompatible with natural justice. These ideologies seek to undermine natural justice through devious political intervention. For the western world this has moved beyond a ballot box issue to a life and death issue.

  3. Roger W

    It is all about control.
    The problem is, of course, that you start by thinking that you know best and you are in control, so what you are insisting on is good for everyone, even if they don’t know it.
    Then someone else is convinced they are even more aware of what is best.
    Naturally, there may be collateral damage but the ends justify the means.
    Then you have the Checka, Gulags, Year Zero.

  4. Up The Workers!

    Just as well they didn’t criminally conspire to discuss “free speech” in a wilful and premeditated manner without seeking prior written permission in triplicate, whilst gathered around the dreaded kitchen table, or they would have to answer to “People’s Commissar Trigg”, and her creature, “Souppossumstains” in the A.L.P.’s Human Wrongs Commission.

  5. mh

    If Fascism Ever Comes To America, It Will Come In The Name Of Liberalism

    Ronald Reagan

  6. max

    “Human Rights” as Property Rights:

    a person does not have a “right to freedom of speech”; what he does have is the right to hire a hall and address the people who enter the premises. He does not have a “right to freedom of the press”; what he does have is the right to write or publish a pamphlet, and to sell that pamphlet to those who are willing to buy it (or to give it away to those who are willing to accept it). Thus, what he has in each of these cases is property rights, including the right of free contract and transfer which form a part of such rights of ownership. There is no extra “right of free speech” or free press beyond the property rights that a person may have in any given case.

    https://mises.org/library/human-rights-property-rights

  7. classical_hero

    The fact that She’s a heroine is a sad indictment on society as a whole. This was something that universities were meant to be doing.

  8. It looks like the internet fame thing has caused her to go out and get a nose job.

  9. J.H.

    No Adam, just makeup. She has a pleasant and symmetrical face.

  10. Jannie

    max
    #2662129, posted on March 16, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    a person does not have a “right to freedom of speech”

    That certainly does seem to be the enforced position of the establishment. What remains in question is whether “a person” still has the right to freedom of thought.

  11. pbw

    …marriage is a social construct…

    She has a long way to go, but hopefully she’s been sufficiently deprogrammed to get there.

  12. None

    “Debate is a white oppressive form of rationality”. Bloody hell these people are insane.

  13. None

    I have never listened to the secretly recorded tape before but my oh my. Who was the guy that spouted all that bullshit about Petersen? Full scale nut job. ut’d be comedy if it weren’t that sinister. Well done for taping that.

  14. Barry 1963

    I noticed The Australian’s editorial today supported laws against free speech. I think the word here is “hypocrisy”.

  15. procrustes

    My daughter is about 1 year younger than Lindsay. To my great distress as a failed parent trying to steward her through the Marxist ideology emitted by those who control secondary and higher education, I fear that she would not have half of the skill set that Lindsay has had to develop in the face of this latter day inquisition. Kudos to Lindsay. Most youngsters are lefties. Hopefully the vicissitudes Lindsay has faced will assist others break through.

  16. Dianeh

    The exclusion of all alternate opinions by the SJWs and the ban in debating is straight out of the totalitarian playbook. It is to ensure the SJWs retain their privileged positions in the new world order.

    They harp on about white male privilege to deflect their own growing privilege.

    They don’t even realise that they have just replaced one type of privilege for another. With themselves the beneficiaries. And the reason they don’t see it as SJW privilege is because of the righteousness of their beliefs. Yet it is privilege, they only associate with like minded, they only employ like minded etc.

    As Lyndsey said, identity politics and all it brings is inately good, at least that is how it feels to the young people.

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