The far-left and anarchic organization, Antifa, believes that free speech, the very first right of every American, is a tool of oppression, according to Professor Jonathan Turley, the last honest Democrat.
Turley testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to investigate Antifa on Tuesday. He delivered a troubling account of his experience with the organization that Congressman Jerry Nadler recently called “a myth.”
In the hearing, Turley directly addressed Nadler’s statement:
What I thought was disturbing about these statements that antifa is a myth is that many of us on campus have been dealing with antifa for years.
Crediting Antifa with the current climate of fear on campus, Turley said:
I’ve been teaching for 30 years. I have never seen the level of fear and intimidation on campuses that we see today. Faculty are afraid to speak out about issues. We can’t have a dialogue about the important issues occurring today because there’s a fear that you might be accused of being reactionary or racist.
Turley expressed dismay that the academic community is being bullied by Antifa, saying that free speech is considered a tool of oppression by the radical group, which is identical to the fascist view of speech.
If you go through the antifa handbook and look at their literature, it’s quite express, as stated in the handbook, they reject the premise of what they call a classical liberal view of free speech. Specifically they object to statements like, ‘I may disagree with what you have to say, but I would give my life to defend it.’ They reject that. They believe that free speech itself is a tool of oppression.
Antifa has been working hard to force colleges and universities to promote their intolerant views, and they are winning, according to Turley.
And for people that think that antifa and groups like it can be allies, they don’t know antifa. Those of us who have been teaching on campuses can tell you about these groups. And the alarm that I have is because I’m watching my profession, the teaching profession, die, with free speech. … We’re seeing, many of these speakers are being prevented from speaking on campus under various theories. And the message is clear to faculty; it’s clear to students – there’s a new orthodoxy that you should not confront and you certainly shouldn’t disagree with.
Antifa’s fascistic suppression of ideas is antithetical to the American ideal of free speech, but if Americans continue to cave to them, they will soon tell us all what we can and cannot think.
Unfortunately, according to Turley, “Antifa is winning,” because Democrats are facilitating and encouraging Antifa’s agenda.