'Liberal upset with the college'

Print Article

I am ashamed for the Beloit College students who effectively gagged Erik Prince.

I am proudly progressive - a liberal, if you prefer. There is nothing progressive, liberal or democratic about silencing our political opponents.

Right wingers say that colleges and universities squelch conservative speech, that the left is tyrannical, and that only those with the correct views get to speak or teach.

Political thugs at Beloit College have provided more evidence for that argument by giving themselves authority to decide who gets heard.

Colleges, theoretically, exist for students to examine ideas. Students may encounter ideas they hate from speakers they despise. Too bad. Listen or don't listen. Protest in a way that allows the expression of ideas you dislike.

I am proud to have demonstrated against the Vietnam War as a student, and to have participated in other marches and peaceful protests since.

There are ways to protest that don't include silencing everyone you object to. Prince had a right to his say, and others had a right to hear him.

You find Erik Prince reprehensible? Too bad. This is America, and he gets to speak. Stand outside the hall and make your disgust and opposition clear.

These students won't always be in cozy liberal institutions. Their careers may take them to places where their political views are hated. I hope that, wherever they land, they always enjoy the American freedom to express their ideas. I hope that they learn to allow the same freedom to others.

Steven Engelbert


Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

'Ideological vote to kill expansion'

June 10, 2019 at 10:16 am | Headline in BDN: "Legislators kill state Medicaid expansion I would expand this to say: • Republican legislators kill a fiscally sound, common sense proposal other states have done to cap...


Read More

'Other phases not approved'

June 10, 2019 at 10:16 am | The city's decision to permanently close 4th street, and the reason they gave should bring up some questions. The reason given was because the school district planned on changing it to a pedestrian ...


Read More

'God bless our great country'

June 10, 2019 at 10:20 am | On behalf of the Rock-Ford A's Model A Club, I'd like to thank all of those who worked so hard to make this year's Memorial Day Parade such a great success, especially the VFW, and the Beloit and Sou...


Read More

'Rejecting the voters' message'

June 10, 2019 at 10:20 am | Last November Wisconsin voters sent a simple message to those holding office or seeking election to state government. The voters were demanding adequate funding for local schools to end the plethora ...


Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2019 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy