Intimidation Is the New Normal on Campus
— April 26, 2017
By Jonathan Haidt
Although the violence on February 1 was clearly instigated by outside agitators — "black bloc" anarchists who show up at events with their faces masked — at least some of the people behind the masks were Berkeley students who thought it was morally permissible to use violence to stop a lecture from taking place. As one student wrote afterward, "Violence helped ensure the safety of students." Another asked, "When the nonviolent tactics [for stopping the talk] have been exhausted — what is left?"
Still, it was easy for the academic community to think of the riot as a special case. After all, Yiannopoulos is a professional troll. He came to campus to provoke, not to instruct. And he had exposed vulnerable individuals to danger before, as when he posted the name and photo of a trans woman on-screen while he mocked her.
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Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership.