Once again we see it. In The Coming of the Third Reich, historian Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, Stormtroopers (Brownshirts) “organized campaigns against unwanted professors in the local newspapers [and] staged mass disruptions of their lectures.” To express dissent from Nazi positions became a matter of taking one’s life into one’s hands. The idea of people of opposing viewpoints airing their disagreements in a civil and mutually respectful manner was gone. One was a Nazi, or one was silent (and fearful).
Today’s fascists call themselves “anti-fascists.” Just like the Nazis, they are totalitarian: they are determined not to allow their opponents to murmur the slightest whisper of dissent. Forcibly suppressing the speech of someone with whom one disagrees is a quintessentially fascist act.
You may object that these students are not forcibly suppressing my speech, they’re just protesting it elsewhere. That is true, but whether I am allowed to speak, or shouted down by fascist students as happened last spring at the University at Buffalo, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, note Evans’ statement about how the Brownshirts “organized campaigns against unwanted professors in the local newspapers”: the ongoing campaign of defamation and ad hominem attacks on me in the Stanford Daily and Stanford Review, as well as this protest, are the modern-day embodiment of such campaigns. The intent is the same as that of the Nazi Brownshirts: to make sure I am heard by as few people as possible, and that most people go away with the idea that I am a terrible person, and the ideas I represent are to be shunned by all decent people.
All this without any genuine examination, discussion, or debate of those ideas. These “Stanford Against Islamophobia” students don’t want a free and open discussion. They want to shut down free and open discussion. You can see how their propaganda works in the message below:
“Spencer is a self-proclaimed Islamophobe”
Indeed: my new book is called Confessions of an Islamophobe, and it discusses the very phenomenon we see in this protest, of demonizing and stigmatizing foes of jihad terror. Have you preordered your copy yet, Stanford students? Get it here. In it, as well as in Jihad Watch posts advertising the book (not that Stanford fascist students can be expected to have done any actual research), I’ve explained that “Islamophobia” is an intentional conflation of two distinct phenomena: vigilante attacks upon innocent Muslims, which are never justified, and honest analysis of the motivating ideology of jihad terrorism, which is lumped together with those vigilante attacks in order to discredit such analysis and intimidate people away from attempting it. I am an “Islamophobe” in the sense of opposing jihad terror, discrimination against women, gays, and non-Muslims, and the denial of the freedom of speech. In that sense, everyone should be an “Islamophobe.” But in this propaganda piece, the Stanford fascists are attempting to give you the impression that I approve of vigilante attacks upon innocent Muslims. Note that they never define “Islamophobia,” because doing so would give away their game.
“and co-founder of two known hate groups.”
Hate groups according to whom? According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a hard-Left propaganda and smear group, not a reliable arbiter of what constitutes a “hate group.”
On his own blog, just within the past week, he has targeted Stanford students and our community centers.
Hey, Stanford Leftists, thanks for reading! This one is really rich. I responded point-by-point to the vicious smear campaign being conducted against me in the Stanford student press, and now they say I’m “targeting” Stanford students and community centers. Well, my dear snowflakes, welcome to the real world, where there are no safe spaces. When you attack someone, he may fight back. Crying victimhood when you started the conflict is silly and bad form, and apes Hitler in claiming that when he invaded Poland he was just responding to Polish provocations. But of course, we have already established that y’all are fascists.
When Spencer attacks members of our community, we cannot be idle. Let’s show Spencer that Stanford students refuse his violent rhetoric and presence on our campus.
Good. Don’t be idle. Don’t expect me to be, either. One thing you can do, when you crawl out of your safe spaces after hugging your teddy bears and enjoying some milk and cookies, is substantiate your false claim that I indulge in “violent rhetoric.” Produce one quote from me that advocates for violence. Happy hunting!
“Stanford Against Spencer: A Rally Against Islamophobia,” Stanford Against Islamophobia:
Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST
9–17°Partly Cloudy397 Panama Mall, Stanford, California 94305Share this event with your friends
Dear Stanford Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Join us in uplifting communities attacked by Robert Spencer’s Islamophobia. On Tuesday, November 14th at 8pm, come to a rally on the grass in front of Mitchell Earth Sciences to show solidarity with those affected by Islamophobia. There will be speakers, music, food, and time to share your thoughts and hear from others. Email stanfordagainstislamophobi
email@example.com if you would like to be added to a speakers list.
We are a coalition of concerned students and organizations that formed in response to the Stanford College Republican’s event with Robert Spencer. Spencer is a self-proclaimed Islamophobe and co-founder of two known hate groups. On his own blog, just within the past week, he has targeted Stanford students and our community centers. When Spencer attacks members of our community, we cannot be idle. Let’s show Spencer that Stanford students refuse his violent rhetoric and presence on our campus.
In our open letter (https://
www.stanforddaily.com/2017/ 11/08/ an-open-letter-to-the-colle ge-republicans-regarding-r obert-spencer/), we asked the College Republicans to cancel the event because we, as as a campus, don’t want to take part in endorsing his platform with our name and money. We also reiterate our ask of campus to boycott the event, because attending will only legitimize his platform.
Islamophobia is not just a Muslim issue. It’s a campus issue.
Concerned students of Stanford
For accessibility concerns, please email stanfordagainstislamophobi
firstname.lastname@example.org. There are accessibility ramps to the rally between Durand and Mitchell Earth Sciences.
Location: Mitchell Earth Sciences
Hosted by: Stanford Against Islamophobia