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Ben Shapiro Stormed Congress and Blew the Left’s Argument Against Free Speech to Smithereens


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On Thursday, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro testified about free speech on college campuses before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In less than five minutes, he dissected and destroyed the Left's argument against free speech.

"Free speech is under assault because of a three-step argument made by advocates and justifiers of violence," Shapiro declared in his opening remarks. "The first step is they say that the validity or invalidity of an argument can be judged solely by the ethnic, sexual, racial, or cultural identity of the person making the argument."

This "intersectionality" argument — that society structurally oppresses people of ethnic, sexual, racial, or cultural identities and therefore only those who have been oppressed can speak about certain issues — is the ground of the "microaggression" culture stifling speech on campuses, the Daily Wire editor argued.

"The second step is they claim that those who say otherwise are engaged in what they call verbal violence," Sharipo added. "The final step is that they conclude that physical violence is sometimes justified in order to stop such verbal abuse."

In order to understand how college campuses shut down speech — often but not always conservative speech — Americans must understand the philosophy of "intersectionality." Shapiro argued that this philosophy dominates college campuses and "a large segment of today's Democratic Party."


Mr. Shapiro goes to Washington.

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Ben Shapiro, Adam Carolla slam campus safe-space culture in congressional hearing

Emily Jashinsky

Jul 27, 2017


With school out for the summer, the House subcommittees on Intergovernmental Affairs and Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules held a joint hearing Thursday morning to address the challenges to freedom of speech on college campuses.

Right as the doors opened at 7:30, a crowd of young people anxious to hear from the witnesses gathered outside the room, eventually growing so large that an overflow space had to be opened. Students waiting to be let into the hearing broke into cheers as Ben Shapiro was ushered down the hallway with comedian Adam Carolla, both of whom were slated to testify before the committees, along with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, New York University Law School, and a former provost from Evergreen State College.


Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, presided over the hearing, which he opened by showing a video of recent protests on campuses everywhere from the University of California, Berkeley to DePaul University to Evergreen State, where demonstrations erupted over an event that involved asking white people to leave for a day. "Unfortunately, today on many campuses, students and faculty are forced into self-censorship," Jordan said in his subsequent remarks.










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