Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer a court decision that upholds Wisconsin’s right to work law and rejects the argument of organized labor that it has a right to part of workers’ paychecks. They also shudder as a new study shows students of all political stripes evenly divided on whether “hate speech” should be protected speech, whether it’s OK to shout down speakers they don’t like, or even whether uncomfortable views should be allowed on campus. And they have fun with a political ad that is a horrible parody of a famous scene from “Top Gun.”

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  1. dicentra Member
    dicentra Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Progressives were super-enthused about free speech back when the goal of public education was to make the child as different from the father as possible. To that end, the mind-expanding possibilities of higher education were touted, and provocation was considered a virtue in itself.

    Now that the long march through the institutions has reached its apex, there’s no longer a reason to tout diversity of opinion or confrontation or any of that, because students are now so thoroughly indoctrinated that they are willing to rise up against the bourgeoisie without hesitation.

    The Glorious Revolution is at hand, comrade.

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    • September 20, 2017, at 1:35 PM PDT
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  2. LibertyDefender Member

    I’ve not yet listened to today’s Three Martini Lunch podcast, but I have read the Morning Jolt:

    But the words “they, them, and their” already have particular meanings in the English language, and they are used when referring to a group, more than one. This teacher is one person, and thus “they,” “them,” and “their” are not the appropriate pronouns.

    Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/morning-jolt/451572/Canopy-Oaks-Teacher-Grammar-War-Preferred-Pronouns?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=170921_Jolt&utm_term=Jolt

    @Jim Geraghty, PLEASE practice what you preach regarding the use of the pronouns they, them, their, and theirs. I realize that I’ve long been fighting an uphill battle to enforce the basic rule of grammar that

    SUBJECT AND OBJECT PRONOUN MUST AGREE IN GENDER *AND* NUMBER

    but I cringe every time I hear Jim Geraghty say something along the lines of “if a student wants their homework to be …” or “you should always permit a person to say whatever they want to say …”

    Ouch. If you want to use the feminine gender as the neuter gender equivalent, fine. But number disagreement is just plain wrong.

    This isn’t a small issue. She who controls the language controls the debate. I think that much of what we see today with encroachments on individual liberties based on arguments about “LGBT rights” is a result of the misuse of the word “gay” to mean “homosexual.” Think about it: the word “gay” used to mean “happy.” Yet whenever the word “gay” is used to describe homosexuals, there is nothing happy. If you refer to a homosexual or a lesbian as homosexual, even though you are empirically, clinically, provably correct, you are immediately branded a bigot.

    Every time a person uses the incorrect pronoun, the LGBT movement gains a little more acceptance, and individual liberties are threatened.

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    • September 21, 2017, at 10:25 AM PDT
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  3. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    Does belief in free speech create the desire to shave? Or does shaving lead one to free speech?

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    • September 25, 2017, at 11:42 AM PDT
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  4. Arahant Member

    FredGoodhue (View Comment):
    Does belief in free speech create the desire to shave? Or does shaving lead one to free speech?

    I have a beard and am fine with free speech. Fine with free piano playing, too.

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    • September 25, 2017, at 3:57 PM PDT
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  5. Arahant Member

    “It’s a social mor…” When I heard that, I thought it interesting.

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    • September 25, 2017, at 4:05 PM PDT
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