This one is going to get crazy.
Ann Coulter, a "disappointed" Trump supporter, plans to give a speech Thursday afternoon at a public plaza, Sproul Plaza, on the campus of UC-Berkeley.
Notes The Washington Post:
Sproul Plaza, site of the iconic Free Speech Movement protests in the 1960s, is both symbolic and logistically challenging for the university. On an open campus, anyone can flock to the plaza.
“If somebody brings weapons, there’s no way to block off the site – or to screen them,” Nicholas Dirks, UC-Berkeley’s chancellor, said Tuesday. For an event inside, the university would have metal detectors and other ways to search for weapons. Officials know that some of the demonstrators, such as those known as Black Bloc, know how to penetrate the crowd and use it as a shield, Dirks said. “In an open space you have almost no control over that,” he said. “The challenges are immense.”...
Pranav Jandhyala, who leads one of the two student groups that invited Coulter, said Tuesday that Coulter told him and other students that she plans to speak Thursday afternoon at Sproul Plaza.On Monday Coulter retweeted a weather forecast with this comment: “Nice day for an outdoor speech at Berkeley.”
Jandhyala said his student group has been trying frantically to find an off-campus venue for Thursday, and he said he shares the concerns of university officials that Coulter’s appearance at Sproul — and the protests and counter-protests it will likely spark — could grow violent. But he said that Coulter made clear in communication with him and other student organizers on Tuesday morning, that she intends to go through with her plan to appear at Sproul.
“We’re worried about it turning into a huge battle between her security and conservative militia and anti-fascists and others,” Jandhyala said. “To have that right in middle of Sproul doesn’t bode well for the image of our school or the city. We’re worried about violence and student safety and our own safety as well. It’s a huge safety concern.”
It should be noted that in libertarian theory, free speech is intertwined with private property. The owner of a property determines what can and can not be said on his property, But no speech approved by the owner can be shut down, according to libertarian theory as expounded by Murray Rothbard.
Public property is a kind of no man's land where government allegedly rules. But since government is an agent of theft and coercion, anyone who can grab land from government to speak is not breaking any libertarian law.
UC-Berkeley is a "public" university and by extension, its land is public land, which means no libertarian should object to Coulter speaking on the land, though what she says will surely be a mixed bag that will no doubt include hate for all immigrants, or even if they are hired by private businessmen and pay rent to private property owners.
She is apparently for free speech but not in favor of allowing all individuals who mind their own business by working hard and living a peaceful life.
College Republicans’ Lawyer Suggests Deploying National Guard Berkeley Cannot Maintain Order VIDEO OF PRESS CONF: https://t.co/MwvqUyuaHp— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 25, 2017
CORRECTION: I haven't spoken to any Berkeley students about when and where I will speak because I'm still waiting for Berkeley to tell me. https://t.co/xdqhzWtuGL— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 26, 2017
WAPO emailed, but I can't be on email all day. Sounds like a telephone game of misinformation. Still expect Berkeley to provide a room. https://t.co/xdqhzWtuGL— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) April 26, 2017