This may shock you, but I support Richard Spencer’s right to free speech and free assembly the way I support the rights of any other American. I believe in the marketplace of ideas. If someone wants to make an idiot of themselves, I’d like them to do it as often as possible and in front of as many people as possible. The people who prevented him from speaking lost an opportunity to make him look like an idiot. Richard Spencer a vile, repulsive racist asshole, and the more he talks, the more people will find this out.
Here’s the thing though. People like Ben Shapiro and Dennis Prager (two people who I disagree with on nearly everything, but aren’t beyond the pale) were prevented from speaking at Public Universities by shrieking mobs of millennial fuckwits. People at home see this and are not impressed. Come election time they will have a choice to make; 1)Vote for an lying imbecile like Trump, or 2) Vote with the morons vandalizing their school because there was a person invited on campus who says things they don’t like. I don’t want to put those people in a position where they’re even contemplating doing the former.
You don’t change people’s minds by preventing them from speaking. You change people’s minds by engaging them and by making persuasive and intelligent arguments. That’s what the Left needs to start doing again. More arguments, less tantrums.