Another conflict is brewing in Berkeley, the latest in a battle that will shape the future of leftwing tyranny and lawlessness on college campuses.
The most recent dispute came Wednesday night, when the University of California, Berkeley announced it was canceling a speech by conservative provocateur Ann Coulter. Coulter had been invited to speak about illegal immigration by campus Republicans.
But U.C. Berkeley administrators are unwilling to provide Coulter with a safe venue. "We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue," said the letter from Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Stephen Sutton. "Given current active security threats, it is not possible to assure that the event could be held successfully."
Coulter mocked the administrators on Wednesday evening and told supporters she still planned to speak in Berkeley on April 27, whether or not she has the university's permission.
The "security threats" referred to by administrators are the Communist protesters known as Antifa, short for anti-fascist. Antifa protesters turned Berkeley into a war zone in February, when they smashed windows and started fires downtown and harassed and beat people trying to attend a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. Antifa returned to harass and beat Trump supporters in events throughout March.
It wasn't until Saturday, when Trump supporters violently pushed Antifa out of downtown, that the Communists' violence and terror were met with any appropriate response.
In refusing to back down, Coulter is fighting not only for her own right to speak but for the reclamation of local universities and police departments, which have become the enforcement arms for Antifa.
In the universities, professors have encouraged violence against Trump supporters and police, and their administrators have turned a blind eye to students who participate in the violence. Worse yet, 4-Chan users claimed Wednesday they had identified a masked protester who bludgeoned Trump supporters with a U-lock as former San Francisco State ethics professor Eric Clanton.
The Berkeley police have done their own share in enabling leftwing violence. At a pro-Trump rally on Saturday, Berkeley police set up a barricade at which protesters were forced to turn in weapons, assured that the police would provide Trump supporters with protection. But after Antifa began its attack, Berkeley police stood down. Video exists of police officers describing their order to stand down, even after witnessing the great violence that once again turned downtown Berkeley into a battlefield.
The treachery of Berkeley police is laid bare when compared to the actions of other police in battling Antifa. On Tuesday, before a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, police at Auburn University forced Antifa members to remove their masks. Stripped of their anonymity, Antifa committed no major violence, and Spencer's speech and the protests surrounding it were mostly peaceful.
Yet Berkeley police have not only enabled Antifa violence but have enabled their fantasies. The Berkeley police department advertises a service called "symbolic arrests," which are real arrests trumped up for propaganda purposes, presumably to make modern protesters feel like their forebears from the 1960s.
Given the complicity of university officials and the police, the "Battle of Berkeley" is about much more than the ability to speak. The failure of Berkeley police to protect conservatives comes at a time when state and local governments refuse to follow or enforce the law. This has turned conservatives to the federal government for protection. Coulter herself made this clear in an interview with Tucker Carlson Wednesday, when she called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take action against the domestic terrorists in Antifa.
Others have hoped Berkeley may be one front on reclaiming corrupt universities. After Antifa violence in February, Trump tweeted that universities that fail to protect conservatives might lose federal funding.
Since then, Trump has shown little interest in protecting his supporters, who are bleeding in the streets for him.
Meanwhile, Coulter prepares for her speech next Thursday. Coulter told supporters to spare no expense in organizing the speech as she plans to earn them back when she sues the university for breach of contract.