Fools All Around

Indecency and illiteracy on campus.

There is no shortage of fools involved in the latest free speech controversy at Columbia University. Mike Cernovich, the alt-right speaker who came to campus Monday night, is a fool. The claim that Hillary Clinton was involved in a pedophile ring run out of a pizza parlor is only the best known of the ludicrous stories he has promoted. That did not prevent him from describing himself as a “great journalist” during his talk on “The Rise of Alternative Media.” I suppose one could describe him as a charlatan instead of a fool. Indeed, why choose?

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Fools All Around

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audio: https://soundcloud.com/commentarymagazine/how_much_moore_can_we_take

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The rights of the survived.

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Lost visibility, increased strength.

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Great disappointments.

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Podcast: Digging out from the tsunami.

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