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    1. OriginalMark says:

      I totally support free speech and hope that the invited individuals are permitted to speak.
      However, it is remarkable that college Republican groups around the country find themselves allying with white nationalists and personalities like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannapolis. Are there no actual intellectuals who represent conservatives? Are these people indicative of the intellectual heft of the Right?

      • Effy says:

        Dinesh D’Souza, Milo Y and Ann C are white nationalists? Where, how? Dinesh – really? Have you heard them speak? Read their work?

        People are watering down these truly ugly but necessary labels because they don’t agree with others or just haven’t done their research.

        • OriginalMark says:

          Effy, if you calmly read my post you will note that I said “white nationalists AND personalities like Ann Coulter…” and not “white nationalists LIKE Ann Coulter…”.
          The choice of words was deliberate and intended to not include them as white nationalists.

      • GG says:

        I don’t know about the intellectual heft but they definitely get the most attention. And that’s the point. That’s all they want. They are basically political shock jocks. And throw in the actual political shock jocks like Rush and Savage and so many of those knuckleheads. Riling up simple minded people is their livelihood.

        Just say outrageous and demonstrably stupid things and get attention from the outrage and controversy. But Hey, it’s the same on the far left. For every Ann Coulter there is a Rev. Al and for every Breitbart there is

        Everything is too polarized on TV and the internet but in real life, like in all these hurricanes and floods, the overwhelming majority of people are there for each other. Regardless of race, religion or political party. Same here in NYC…16 years ago and during Sandy in 2012.

        Oh, and if you want to see an example of a young, bright, educated right winger, you should check out this kid Ben Shapiro. He is a lesser known leader among that ilk but he approaches it like legitimate debater or lawyer would. I don’t agree with 99% of his views but you have to respect the intellect. Anyway, check Youtube if your interested. He’s like Milo, if Milo was a nice Jewish kid who went to law school and read philosophy books in his spare time. Actually, come to think of it, he isn’t very nice at all.:)

        • Celtol says:

          So you are using Al Sharpton (most recent action was to unite ministers from all faiths for a peaceful march) and Brietbart (most recent action was to bring back to their staff one of the most divisive figures in US political history) as the example of the polar opposite views between the right and the left? One side is actually trying to start a dialog, while being demonized. The other side is promoting fake news and white supremacy, while being normalized. If the Republican cannot find rational, non-fear mongering, intellectuals and experts who can properly support the conservative views, the party is doomed. The opposite of a liberal activist is not a neo-nazi, the notion is offensive.

          • GG says:


            Actually I think Al Sharpton is worse. And if you question whether the extreme Left even exists than I don’t know what to tell you. Denial knows no party.

            And as far as you being offended, I would expect nothing less. It’s a cottage industry these days. I wish I could figure out a way to monetize it like the folks we are discussing. Send me a few bucks and we’ll call it even.:)

            And one more question…so, you are offended. OK. Why should anybody care about that? Should we all walk on egg shells to avoid offending your delicate sensibilities?? Ummm, that’s not how it works here in America.

            • Independent says:

              Great post but…

              The fact is that far from being shunned or ostracized by mainstream Democrats, Al Sharpton has been embraced, honored, coddled and grovelled-to by them. Sharpton spoke to standing ovation at the 2004 Democrat National Convention. Both Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio have officially hosted the very right Reverend numerous times, affording him full VIP treatment.

              Sharpton has a show on MSNBC– the same network that ditched Pat Buchanan. (Whatever you may think of PJ Buchanan, he is certainly no worse than A. Sharpton.)

        • Independent says:

          Apparently, the UC Berkeley administration feared even someone as Respectable as Ben Shapiro being too much for their delicate, precious snowflakes:

          Support and counseling services for students, staff and faculty

          We are deeply concerned about the impact some speakers may have on individuals’ sense of safety and belonging. No one should be made to feel threatened or harassed simply because of who they are or for what they believe. For that reason, the following support services are being offered and encouraged:

          Student support services
          Employee (faculty and staff) support services

          VIDEO: 9 arrested at Ben Shapiro protest in Berkeley for carrying banned weapons

      • BobNUWS says:

        You nailed it. Sadly, Wm F Buckley is dead. So they invite mindless bomb throwers instead. At least there’s no risk that anyone will learn anything.

      • Independent says:

        [replaces previous]

        Are these people indicative of the intellectual heft of the Right?

        Professor Paul Gottfried; commentator, novelist and polymath John Derbyshire; and prolific blogger and social-political analyst Steve Sailer, are all indicative of the “intellectual heft” of the best of the Dissident Right. Such men should be invited to speak on college campuses across the country and allowed to do so.

    2. Effy says:

      Dinesh D’Souza, Milo Y and Ann C are white nationalists? Where, how? Have you heard them speak? Read their work?

      People are watering down these truly ugly but necessary labels because they don’t agree with others or just haven’t done their research.

    3. Bruce Bernstein says:

      the Columbia Republicans are obviously trying to provoke violence and protests. it’s a provocation.

    4. Deep Throat says:

      Global Citizen fest is on the 23rd, not this weekend

    5. John says:

      Tommy Robinson and Mike Cernovich coming to NYC is the best thing to happen in the last decade here