letter to the editor

‘Free Speech Week’ devolved into circus

We are pleased to announce a new event for campus. It will be called “Free Circus Week.” Many people have been mourning the closure, some months ago, of the Ringling Bros. Circus. Because of the importance of exposing all UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty to the circus arts, our
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Legally protected speech does not always merit respect

Americans often marvel at strict laws in countries such as Singapore, where chewing gum, littering, jaywalking – and even failing to flush the toilet – are punishable with fines, prison time and in some instances, caning. We cherish our greater freedoms, resist laws and regulations and disparage any legislation that
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Campus must be defended against hostile private interests

Although the threatened right-wing invasion devolved into the “most expensive photo-op in the university’s history,” this is unlikely to be the last attempt to disrupt our campus. There are lessons to be learned. Freedom of speech is one foundational principle of the public university. Academic freedom is another. Since 1964,
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