Social Unrest, & The Free Speech Movement vs Cancel Culture In the United States

Fire-bombing of the Federal Courthouse Building in Portland OR., July 2020 and January 2021

1.     Portland OR, video clip

2.     Portland Protesters Set a Police Building on Fire, July 19, 2020 - video

3.     Attack on Portland Federal Courthouse, July 2020 - video

4.     Violent Attacks, arson by Anarchist Groups in Portland, Aug., 2020 – video



What Is The “Cancel Culture” Movement ?  How Is It Different Than The “Free Speech” Movement ?

The Free Speech Movement was the first mass act of civil disobedience on an American college campus in the 1960s. Students insisted that the university administration lift the ban of on-campus political activities and acknowledge the students' right to free speech and academic freedom.

Today, in 2020, the opposite is true. Increasingly, students on campuses are engaged in “shout-downs”, with the goal shutting down communication that does not agree with their views and methods. This is the opposite of the “Free Speech” campus movements of the 1960s.

Background, 1960s free speech movement -

Martin Luther King Jr. – Interview (video clip) on non-violence and non-violent protesting

Speech on Civil Freedoms by Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito – Nov. 2020


What Circumstances Lead To Creating The “Cancel Culture”  and Free-Speech “Shout-Downs” Movements ?

Example #1  Free Speech and Cancel Culture – Background

Prof. Charles Murray, co-author of “The Bell-Curve”, - Middlebury College – Shut-down of Speech and Attack by Students

Q&A on C-Span with Prof. Allison Stanger

Professor Allison Stanger talked about the reaction of Middlebury College students to author Charles Murray appearing on campus in March 2017 on C-Span. Mr. Murray and Professor Stanger were physically attacked following the event. She discusses the susceptibility of students (and others) to not exercise sufficient critical-thinking with unfamiliar issues often resulting in a default move to ideology.   

Professor Allison Stanger on the Charles Murray Event -  Video  - 4 min.

Professor Allison Stanger, C-Span, Video Clip #2 – 60 min.

 Prof. Bret Weinstein on “Cancel Culture” and the “Woke” movement.

Prof. Bret Weinstein – Interview, Cancel Culture, Campus Unrest, Social Unrest


Are These Protests Just Isolated Incidents ? Is there over-lapping of this into the greater society and the corporate environment ?

Example #2 – Videos - Cancel Culture – Campus & Public Spaces Anti-Free Speech

In this Portal podcast clip, Eric Weinstein and Prof. Bret Weinstein discuss Bret's experience at Evergreen State and the beginning of Anti-racism.

What is “cancel culture” and how does it operate  - Video, - Bret Weinstein and author Brendan O”Neill



A look at Antifa, Portland, Seattle – video clip

Journalist Andy Ngo to discusses the Antifa protest violence in downtown Portland, in June, 2019.

Yale University Shout-Down Concerning Halloween Costumes

Seattle Protest Coverage – video 4 min.

Martin Luther King Jr, speech,  Loving Your Enemies – video -  9 min.

The Case of Free Speech in Skokie, Il, 1970s – video – 4 min.

What are Some Examples of Opposing Free Speech, Science-based Data and Public Free Expression ?

Example 3 - The “Red-Pilling” of  J.K. Rowling – Attempts to Make non-scientific terminology legally compulsory / true.

J.K. Rowling “controversial” quote – “Biological sex (gender) is real, and it's not bigoted to say it. In fact, quite the reverse is true”.

1Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying (both PhDs in Biology), discuss the state of the world though an evolutionary lens. A look at the J. K. Rowling controversy and the white supremacist history of biological sex is a “social construct /creation”.

2. The difference between gender and sex – video 9 min.