George Ciccariello-Maher is a communist. He’s also a big fan of Twitter.
Twitter, however, can be a cruel mistress. Drexel University recently put Ciccariello-Maher on leave due to his inflammatory tweets about Las Vegas. In the past, he has also sparked controversy with tweets wishing for white genocide.
Unsurprisingly, Ciccariello-Maher blames conservative “thought police” for his predicament. He is also active on Twitter, railing against “white supremacists” and re-tweeting supporters’ messages of “solidarity.” Fascinatingly, he used the platform to announce that he will be addressing The University of Michigan Chapter of The Campus Anti-Fascist Network today.
Clearly, Ciccariello-Maher’s recent Twitter woes have not dissuaded him from activism, or publicly tweeting said activism.
“Flunk Fascism” will be a “Public Q&A” – to a degree, that is. The event has not been widely advertised until now. This was a “[deliberate]” choice; the UMich Campus Antifascist Chapter was “relying on word of mouth” for “security purposes.” Admittedly, violent repression of one’s free speech is scary – just ask Ben Shapiro.
Thought policing is for thee, not me!
The Campus Anti-Fascist Network (CAN) is a “multi-campus, international organization of scholar-activists” working to “stem the rise” of fascism, which is often “disguised as ‘free speech.'” Yes – they put “free speech” in air quotes. Let that sink it.
The Network is committed to “stopping fascist intimidation” on college campuses. This may sound noble, at first. Who wouldn’t want to stop roving gangs of fascists? Of course, for the American left, a “fascist” is anyone who disagrees; therein lies the problem. CAN will proudly launch “counter-mobilizations” against this vaguely defined threat. It’s almost as though they’re using a label (“fascist”) to police people’s thoughts.
According to CAN, such drastic measures are necessary, as these fascists “have engaged in violence.” Interestingly, no mention is made of recent leftist violence.