Colleges and universities have historically been beacons of innovation and scholarship, shaped by intellectual diversity and a passion for knowledge and debate. Freedom of speech has always been a vibrant part of campus culture.
But that enduring image of universities is now under attack.
A new dogma is pervading campuses across America, with students and academics seeking to silence all opinions that dissent from the progressive orthodoxy. Nothing highlights this dogma better than UnKoch My Campus.
Earlier this month the student-focused organization hosted a national “day of action,” encouraging students to protest what they perceive as the Koch Brothers’ untenable influence over American colleges and universities.
According to their website, the group is concerned by the donations that the Kochs have made to hundreds of colleges and universities, since 2005. They believe there is “mounting evidence” that the money is given with strings attached.
UnKoch My Campus claims that their efforts are about increasing “accountability, transparency, and academic freedom.” But as the group’s name alludes, they only target specific libertarian and conservative donors.
Their true purpose is clear. From UnKoch My Campus’ website: “With the 2016 elections just a year away, we have a chance to clog Koch’s political pipeline,” So let’s call this what it is: a progressive organization vilifying and attacking a voice on campus because it advocates ideas contrary to the progressive orthodoxy. And they’re doing so in the name of academic freedom.
Read the full article at CapX America.
It was a typically chilly Melbourne afternoon when we arrived at the NAB building in Docklands to attend Christopher Pyne’s book launch. Instead of dully walking through the corporate doors to be greeted by glowing faces at the registration desk we were stopped by the much angrier faces of dozens of so-called ‘student’ protesters. The protesters, arms interlocked across the entranceway, stood just in front of a line of police protecting the building.
In our ill-fated attempt to get inside we approached one of their leaders, identified by his holding of a megaphone, to ask him to make a gap. The gentleman, who recognised me from student politics, agreed to help by getting the protesters to make room for us to get inside. However, just seconds later he broke his commitment. Instead of letting us through he announced that ‘Matthew Lesh, a senior Young Liberal’ was in attendance, which resulted in a moment of silence followed by aggressive chants of ‘f–k off Liberal scum’ to my face.
Once again we tried to enter the building, only to be stopped by the human chain and even more aggressive yelling in our faces. After some difficulty getting away we were able to find an alternate entrance upstairs. This was just a few minutes before the alternate entrance was swarmed and the building locked down. We watched on, this time from the inside, as their physical pressure resulted in breaking glass and the injury of five police officers. They even punched security personnel. There was just one arrest. Police time wasted, a book launch delayed, and many forced to turn away from the event due to lack of access to the building.
Read the rest on The Spectator here.
Advocate Yeonmi Park was featured in the New York Times on life in North Korea, her escape, and the fight for freedom.
Park grew up in the brutal and repressive North Korea as a child of privilege until her father was arrested for sending metals to China. He was sent to a labor camp — and Park and her mother set off on a long journey to freedom away from the oppressive regime. Park painted a grim portrait of life as a child in North Korea. “One of my earlier memories was my mom telling me not to even whisper, because the birds and mice can hear my whisper,” she said. “I was so surprised in the West to see parents encourage their children to express their feelings. I had to learn at that young of an age not to.”
You can find the article online here.
If you’d like to speak with Yeonmi, please contact Young Voices.