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A Feeble Defense of Disruption


In today’s Inside Higher Ed, we find an essay by a sociology student who defends the tactics of disrupting speakers that campus protesters (especially of the OWS sort) don’t like. Doing so is justified, the writer argues, because “the 1 percent” get too much speech and “the 99 percent” get too little. The implicit assumption is that any speaker who is arbitrarily classified as someone in “the 1 percent” can’t possibly have anything enlightening to say. How do you know unless you listen? And Americans don’t come with caste distinctions that put them in either of these silly classes. So how do you know which speakers should be permitted to express themselves and which ones to drown out?


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