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Washington University Against Freedom of Speech/Expression

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posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 08:10 AM
University Shuts Down Anti-Communism Display

The gulag was too offensive.

The students of Young Americans for Liberty hosted a rally to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at noon today on the lawn outside the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building at Washington University.

The students set up a gulag complete with prisoners, guards and barb wire on the Wash U campus.

Students constructed a memorial to the victims of socialism as a stark reminder of the horrors of socialism, and of its victims.

“We’re hoping to elevate the thinking of students about the connection between socialism, tyranny, and murder. Too often, we tend to think about state control in the abstract. This event is an opportunity to show the student body what socialism really is,” said junior Dirk Doebler, student leader of Young Americans for Liberty and lead organizer of the event. “We’re just twenty years away from the collapse of the Soviet Union’s despotic enslavement of hundreds of millions of people, yet everyone seems to forget that socialism killed over 150,000,000 people in the 20th century. All that gets lost in the convenient narrative our professors would have us believe. With this event, we’re striking down false notions. We’re speaking truth to power.”

YAL leader John Burns reported on the event today.
The university shut it down… It was too offensive.

Young Americans for Liberty is a growing student group at Washington University in St. Louis. YAL agrees with Nobel Laureate in economics Frederick Hayek, that socialism leads to totalitarianism. Socialism is a faulty idea that kills. This event aims at showing the horrors of the implementation of that idea.

** There is more video to come of the university shutting down the gulag. #comments

I find this absolutely hypocritical(but not surprised) being that there's not a day that goes by that we read about universities across the nation putting on highly offensive left leaning displays under the guise of "freedom of expression" or freedom of speech". Which is fine but it's a two way street(well actually it's not).

What a fine example on showing just exactly where the universities stand and what is being teached and what is allowed to be teached(Socialist Agendas). It certainly isn't truth.

[edit on 10-11-2009 by Tyr Sog]

posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 08:41 AM
This doesn't surprise me at all. Virtually every campus in America is a bastion of freedom of speech, as long as it fits in with leftist/liberal viewpoints. If it upsets even 1 person on campus, it is not allowed, however if it embraces progressive ideas you get the benefit of the doubt. I am now glad I got most of my classes online, and on the few days I was forced to go to campus it was just to turn something in or take an exam. I am not quite sure why these campuses are so afraid of opposing ideologies.

[edit on 10-11-2009 by djvexd]

posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 08:54 AM
They shut it down cause everyone is now associating Lord Obama with Socialism.
This has nothing to do with what socialism is, it is exactly what the OP stated in the headline, the lack of freedom of expression.
It is a University, they should behind this100 percent, but we all know why they arent(see line 1).

I say good for the students who put this on, people need to visually see how badit really is or can be. Reading about it sometimes is not good enough if you have no comprehension of what it really means. The grass is always greener on the other side until you live it yourself.

posted on Nov, 10 2009 @ 09:04 AM
They are probably scared that it will be another controversy like the October 2007 satirizing the "Islamofascism Awareness Week". Seven students advocating against alleged racism inherent in Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week emailed their statement of responsibility regarding the posters, the university's judicial services found the students in violation of only GW's postering policy and the students were put on disciplinary probation and fined $25 for the satirical fliers.

Posturing to muslims and socialism. hmmmmmm.

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