Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Her Masters' Voices

I thought it was just general contrariness that make Megan McArdle voice her support for accused campus rapists. Maybe not.

After 15 years of writing policy papers and serving as experts in the media, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a small branch of the vast-spanning Koch billionaire-funded network, has emerged from the shadows to mount an aggressive lawsuit campaign targeting campus policies and forcing universities to pay for what they deem "First Amendment" offenses. 
The result of the onslaught of lawsuits brought by FIRE will likely be sweeping changes in the way speech is carried out in day to day campus life - based on policies penned from "libertarian" interpretations of speech, often written by the right-wing group themselves.

The group itself is not limiting itself to speech policies, however, as we previously reported. FIRE has been working with students accused of sex crimes on campus and plans to litigate on their behalf. 
The implications and the fast-moving nature of the flurry of lawsuits is a bit terrifying. The funding behind them seems to have come out of nowhere. But rest assured, it's a well-orchestrated onslaught. There's been very little coverage so far of what's happening. Vulnerable universities and colleges are folding to pressure – settling these cases out of court and permanently rewriting their school's policies – for better or worse.


 This summer, FIRE enjoyed its largest Campus Freedom Network Conference (CFN) yet! In addition to great keynote speeches by journalists Juan Williams and Megan McArdle, FIRE held a student panel so attendees could hear first-hand accounts of how fellow students fought back against censorship on their campuses.

It's amazing that a journalist can have unstated ties to an organization or activities that she reports on and nobody cares about conflicts of interest, but there you go.


Anonymous said...

Shame is completely alien concept to these morons. From the FIRE website on University of Northern Iowa (spotlighted 'RED')
The following are a sample, but not exhaustive list of behaviors with respect to the electronic environment which are expressly prohibited.

Sending anonymous, deceptive, fraudulent, or unwelcome electronic communications, such as chain letters.

FIRE hates this. But here is the language from the Koch Industries website terms of use

you will only submit content that complies with applicable law, you will not submit content that attempts to impersonate another individual, and you will not submit content that is illegal, abusive, defamatory, obscene, infringing, threatening, repetitive, false, misleading or otherwise inappropriate


Susan of Texas said...

Lying is for professionals only.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

FREEDOM to pollute.

FREEDOM to not pay taxes.

FREEDOM to form uncompetitive business combinations.

FREEDOM to not bother with minimum wages and benefits.

Of course, FREEDOM to rape is just another freedom the Kochs support.