- 1. - You need to get out.
- 2. Help me get this reporter
out of here!
- 3. I need some muscle over here!
- 4. - Keep doing it!
- 5. - You know, this is all
very personal to me
- 6. 'cause I experienced tyranny
at a very young age.
- 7. Israel sent me
into the Soviet Union
- 8. when I was 21 years old
- 9. 'cause I knew Russian
- 10. and I was sent in to smuggle
out the names of Jews
- 11. that I would find
in the Soviet Union
- 12. and to smuggle in
religious items and so on.
- 13. And I really experienced
what most people in the West
- 14. have never, ever experienced:
- 15. life under a totalitarian
- 16. In order to keep myself sane,
I would make myself laugh.
- 17. So, in my Moscow hotel,
which I knew was bugged—
- 18. And how did I know?
It's very simple.
- 19. They didn't allow any
- 20. to stay in the same hotel
as a Westerner.
- 21. So I would sing
from the Psalms.
- 22. It says,
"They have false gods.
- 23. "They have ears that don't
hear, eyes that don't see,
- 24. but people still
bow down to them."
- 25. - I think somewhere a cantor
just killed himself.
- 26. - A few cantors.
I think one is understating it.
- 27. - Everyone says, "Why are you
friends with Dennis Prager?
- 28. You have nothing in common."
- 29. As if, if our moms' first names
- 30. were both Connie,
- 31. we'd be simpatico
on every topic.
- 32. He comes from the East.
I come from the West.
- 33. He comes from religion.
I come from atheist/pagan.
- 34. He comes from college
- 35. I come from tomfoolery
- 36. but yet we both share
a little something
- 37. called common sense and values,
- 38. and the common sense
- 39. I think this may be the chance
for this country.
- 40. Common sense and values
should trump everything.
- 41. It should trump LGBT.
It should trump Chicano.
- 42. It should trump black.
It should trump Trump.
- 43. That's all we should be
- 44. is common sense and values.
- 45. This is the place I'd always
kind of dreamt of
- 46. when I was a kid.
- 47. The houses I grew up in
did not have garages,
- 48. and I always wanted cars and
go-karts and mini bikes and—
- 49. Well, I wanted
a basketball hoop.
- 50. I wanted a dog. I wanted dinner.
I wanted a whole bunch of stuff.
- 51. I found out very early
what could happen to somebody
- 52. if you got a free house,
a couple of food tickets,
- 53. and just a stipend
from the government,
- 54. that it was debilitating.
- 55. My mom was never forced to go
out and take care of business,
- 56. and I said to her once, sort of
from the mouth of babes,
- 57. "Why don't you just get a job?
- 58. "You get a job,
we'll have a car.
- 59. "We could have a nice car
instead of a junker.
- 60. We could get some furniture."
- 61. And she said, "If I get a job,
I'll lose my welfare,"
- 62. meaning, "Use your head, boy."
- 63. And I thought at that point—
I realized, not for me.
- 64. - I'm a little embarrassed,
because here's a guy
- 65. listening to my show
- 66. and he's the most downloaded
podcast in the world,
- 67. and I didn't know who he was?
- 68. - Adam Carolla and his
partner, Julianne Hough.
- 69. - My name's Jimmy,
and his name's Adam.
- 70. - The king is parched
and grows weary.
- 71. Jester, bring forth
a chalice of ale.
- 72. Scamper away.
- 73. I don't want to live in a world
- 74. where Dennis Prager
knows who I am.
- 75. The Dennis I enjoy is,
he's just home.
- 76. He's reading the Torah,
and he's smoking a cigar.
- 77. I don't want a Dennis Prager
- 78. "Hey, Ace Man,
- 79. 'Crank Yankers,' love it."
- 80. - If somebody were able to pick
- 81. the two most
- 82. in the United States
- 83. they would take my upbringing
and his upbringing.
- 84. I remember playing stickball
in Brooklyn, where I grew up.
- 85. So some kid would say something,
you know, unbelievably stupid,
- 86. and we'd all tell him,
"Will you shut up?"
- 87. And he'd go,
"Hey, it's a free country, man.
- 88. It's freedom of speech here."
- 89. And it basically shut us up.
- 90. What's happening now
in the United States,
- 91. you are not to be heard
on a college campus
- 92. or at your place of work.
- 93. This is brand-new.
- 94. This is one of the few things
one could say
- 95. we have no precedent for
in the United States.
- 96. - The real question is how long
- 97. before they come for your job
and for my job—
- 98. I mean, for anyone
who speaks for a living?
- 99. - They want to close us down.
- 100. No, in all seriousness,
they do want to close us down.
- 101. - Don't you have a billion views on PragerU?
- 102. - We do; we had a billion
views last year,
- 103. but the same thing's
gonna happen to you.
- 104. Look, you're the most
- 105. to my knowledge,
in the world, yeah.
- 106. - Yeah, I got a family.
I got employees.
- 107. - We're not an enemy
- 108. We're not an enemy
to good things.
- 109. We're an enemy of the dogmatic.
- 110. - Dennis and I were gonna
- 111. and do an event at CSUN.
- 112. That's Cal State Northridge
- 113. A little backstory—
my mother graduated CSUN
- 114. with a degree
in Chicano studies,
- 115. so that's all you need to know
about my mom and possibly CSUN.
- 116. - Never has a thesis
been so confirmed so rapidly.
- 117. We were going to do an event,
you and I.
- 118. - And we've done events there
- 119. - And we've done before.
- 120. And the subject was,
- 121. what is happening
at our universities
- 122. in terms of intellectual
openness, et cetera, et cetera?
- 123. They had fully approved
you and me being there.
- 124. They then canceled it
because of the topic.
- 125. It doesn't bother me for me.
- 126. It bothers me for this
beloved country of mine.
- 127. It bothers me for the young
people who are being deprived
- 128. of anything
that could open their minds.
- 129. - So I have a vision of us
as people, as human beings
- 130. that is interested not in what
is different among us
- 131. but what is the same, okay?
- 132. So I believe,
even though I'm not like you,
- 133. in the sense
of my superficial appearance,
- 134. that I can sit down and talk
to you and understand—
- 135. understand your predicament,
that I can listen to you.
- 136. If that's not true,
if you deny that,
- 137. then what is the reason
that you ask to be heard?
- 138. Yes, thank you.
- 139. That I disagree with.
- 140. That I disagree with.
- No, no, no.
- 141. - I disagree. I disagree.
- It's not a debate.
- 142. - I am sick looking at you.
- 143. I am disgusted watching Alex
argue with you.
- 144. You are not listening!
You are disgusting.
- 145. And now I want your job
to be taken from you.
- 146. - People who have a great,
sterling reputation at Yale,
- 147. "You know, you're old enough
- 148. what Halloween costume
you should use,"
- 149. and for that, it almost causes
a riot at Yale,
- 150. and that's Yale.
- 151. - And I know last year
- 152. you went as Kevin Hart,
- 153. and that caused—
- 154. You don't know who
Kevin Hart is.
- 155. - Well, I do vaguely,
- 156. but the point is, it's cultural
appropriation no matter what.
- 157. - That is correct.
- 158. - We're on the way
to the airport,
- 159. which is where I do much
of my life, the airport.
- 160. You know, I go to all sorts
- 161. from Berkeley to Columbia
and everything in between.
- 162. So, you know, my hope is,
- 163. It's a pretty
- 164. All will be peaceful
- 165. - It all began when students
invited a special guest
- 166. to speak about socialism.
- 167. - Yeah, that's right, Aaron.
- 168. We were on campus tonight
as hundreds lined up
- 169. to see Dennis Prager speak
about his views,
- 170. but before he even arrived
- 171. other students
who did not agree
- 172. tried to stop his appearance.
- 173. - We're essentially here
because we don't agree
- 174. with Mr. Prager's views
- 175. He has said
many hurtful things
- 176. and hateful rhetoric towards
- 177. of which Wyoming has many
beautiful, diverse communities.
- 178. - In the case of the University
of Wyoming, it was precious.
- 179. "Dennis Prager, noted—"
which was a compliment—
- 180. "Noted bigot,
- 181. racist, homophobe, sexist,
- 182. Islamophobe, and anti-Semite."
- 183. I swear to God.
- 184. So word got out to the person
who clearly knew me well,
- 185. "It's probably worth
- 186. "The guy is a well-known Jew,
- 187. written books on Judaism,
- 188. So they dropped that
without a word of apology,
- 189. needless to say.
- 190. They just dropped it,
but everything else remained.
- 191. - It's ironic that, you know,
"The Los Angeles Times"
- 192. would call you bigoted,
because what you do
- 193. is the opposite of bigoted,
- 194. "I don't care who's listening.
- 195. I will simply speak the truth
as I know it to you,"
- 196. versus a version that is meant
for this color
- 197. and that group
and the LGBT community.
- 198. Dennis is the most decent,
moral person I've ever met,
- 199. and thus, he does not have
this animus in his heart,
- 200. so he's able to be free
to piss everyone off.
- 201. - The only reason
for the attack
- 202. is that I'm known
as a conservative.
- 203. This is a brainwash
that they undergo.
- 204. If you are conservative,
then you are not wrong.
- 205. You are evil.
- 206. They have to think we're evil.
- 207. Otherwise they have
to debate us.
- 208. Racist go home!
Racist go home!
- 209. - The chaos centered around
- 210. Ben Shapiro.
- 211. - Values matter significantly
more than melanin level.
- 212. Racial diversity doesn't mean
- 213. Decency means something.
- 214. Diversity is not a bad thing,
but it isn't a good thing
- 215. unless the people who are
- 216. are also decent.
- 217. - Concerns over safety
- 218. prompted University President
- 219. to cancel
the preapproved speech,
- 220. but Shapiro continued with his
- 221. drawing dozens of protesters
- 222. who were desperate
to stop him.
- 223. - Look at me. I mean, like,
- 224. do I look like
a physical threat to anybody?
- 225. Last time I was in a fight,
I was 14 years old.
- 226. I was two years younger
than everybody else
- 227. in my high-school class,
- 228. and I was getting
my ass kicked.
- 229. - When I went to college,
- 230. suddenly there were some folks
- 231. who didn't think at all
- 232. I've heard some
- 233. where they don't want
to have a guest speaker
- 234. who is too conservative.
- 235. Charles Murray, go away!
- 236. Racist, sexist, anti-gay!
- 237. - That's the free speech
of the left.
- 238. - This is not an argument.
This is a religion.
- 239. - When Professor Stanger was
escorting Murray out,
- 240. she was left with
a concussion and whiplash.
- 241. - Shouldn't we be able to agree
on protecting free speech
- 242. no matter who is speaking?
- 243. - There will be resistance,
and it will not be peaceful.
- 244. Resistance to violent
- 245. is not another act of hate.
- 246. It is an act of love.
- 247. - Whoever told you you only had
to hear what didn't upset you?
- 248. Shut it down! Shut it down!
- 249. Shut it down! Shut it down!
Shut it down!
- 250. Shut it down!
- 251. - A protest has turned violent
- 252. at the University
of California, Berkeley.
- 253. - Campus locked down as more
than 1,000 people rallied
- 254. against the appearance
of a controversial editor
- 255. from Breitbart, Milo Yiannopoulos.
- 256. - All I care about is free
speech and free expression.
- 257. I want people to be able to be,
do, and say anything.
- 258. - It's disgusting.
- 259. It's one thing to protest
- 260. to come here and speak,
- 261. but it's another thing
- 262. this much amount
of destruction and violence
- 263. and hurt and harm
- 264. - We need our voices heard,
and if this is the way
- 265. that we think it must be done,
- 266. then I suppose
that's what we got to do.
- 267. - It sends the message
that under no means
- 268. will we allow any of this to
go on anywhere near Berkeley.
- 269. - Has the birthplace
of free speech
- 270. now become its graveyard?
- 271. - If there's a fundamental
- 272. it's to say what's
on your mind.
- 273. The idea that if
you offend me,
- 274. you should not speak...
- 275. - To create a unsafe space
here for all—
- 276. - I did not—
- Be quiet!
- 277. - Is so bizarre.
- 278. - What a lot of people
- 279. and Americans get to take
- 280. is that free speech is a very
weird thing in human history.
- 281. Mostly, our instincts are,
we don't like dissenters.
- 282. We prefer to behead them,
set them on fire,
- 283. send them out of our village.
- 284. - Free speech is unique
to the United States.
- 285. Lots of countries pretend
to have it,
- 286. but they'll cut your head off
for blasphemy in Saudi Arabia.
- 287. In Thailand they'll throw you
in a prison
- 288. if you make fun of the king.
- 289. In Russia and China,
you go to jail
- 290. if you say anything nice
about gay people.
- 291. In Germany,
you can't praise Nazis.
- 292. Sounds good, right?
But maybe not.
- 293. Doesn't stop people from
promoting Nazism in secret.
- 294. It just means you can't
debate them in public.
- 295. France convicted
Brigitte Bardot five times
- 296. for criticizing the practice
- 297. of animal sacrifice
at a Muslim festival.
- 298. The U.K. convicted a comic
- 299. of a hate crime
for teaching a pug
- 300. to do a Nazi salute.
- 301. Just over the border
- 302. a Christian preacher
was arrested for, wait for it,
- 303. preaching in public.
- 304. Pretty much everywhere else,
cops can come to your house
- 305. and arrest you for a rant
or a complaint
- 306. or even for making a joke.
- 307. The only reason
they can't do it here
- 308. is because we have
the First Amendment.
- 309. - The only reason why you have
a First Amendment
- 310. is to protect
the rights of minorities,
- 311. the rights of the oddball,
the rights of the underdog.
- 312. Free speech battles on campus
in the 1960s,
- 313. starting in Berkeley
- 314. and the Free Speech Movement
- 315. were primarily about
whether or not
- 316. you could have politics
- 317. and that was the start
of the Free Speech Movement.
- 318. From 1964 on, it, you know,
took over campuses
- 319. all over the country,
- 320. and I think it was
- 321. that there was probably
a perfect week in 1977
- 322. when free speech
was protected on campus
- 323. at a level it never had been
before and would be again,
- 324. probably right around the time
"Star Wars" came out.
- 325. The phase that we're in
- 326. is the most distressing one.
- 327. Sometime around 2013, 2014,
- 328. the students themselves
- 329. started demanding
new speech codes
- 330. or that people not be
invited to speak,
- 331. or if they were invited,
that they be disinvited.
- 332. - Both Condoleezza Rice
and Christine Lagarde
- 333. had to withdraw themselves
from giving speeches
- 334. at Rutgers
and Smith Universities.
- 335. - That was when you first
- 336. about trigger warnings,
- 337. things like
- 338. - We're not sure if we even
believe in freedom anymore.
- 339. Most universities today don't
require classes in civics,
- 340. courses to know
- 341. of the Constitution.
- 342. Instead, we have classes
on the things that divide us—
- 343. identity politics.
- 344. If we don't rediscover,
- 345. reclaim an understanding
of the foundations
- 346. of our society, we're in
jeopardy of losing it.
- 347. - Whew, you sure got to be
careful what you say nowadays
- 348. so people don't get offended.
- 349. Wow, I wonder who that
little scrap of paper is.
- 350. - Gee, First Amendment,
you certainly sound important.
- 351. - Call me Firsty.
I like to think I'm important,
- 352. but I'm not so sure anymore.
- 353. - How come people don't know
more about you, Firsty?
- 354. - People tend to take me
- 355. but if it wasn't for me,
- 356. Americans wouldn't be able
to say what they want to say.
- 357. - Oh, no.
- Oh, yeah.
- 358. Sometimes when people
speak their mind,
- 359. other people get offended.
- 360. I hope people remember why
I'm important, or I may die.
- 361. - Die?
- Yeah, die...
- 362. along with the rest
of your freedoms.
- 363. Firsty!
- 364. - Why?
- 365. No!
- 366. - Liberty is a value,
not a natural inclination.
- 367. - Yeah, I love when I listen to
Dennis's show and somebody says,
- 368. "Well, everyone yearns
to be free."
- 369. - No.
- And he says, "No."
- 370. - They yearn to be
taken care of.
- 371. The greater yearning
of the human species
- 372. is to be taken care of,
not to be free.
- 373. The French Revolution
and the American Revolution
- 374. are at war with one another.
- 375. Their motto was "Liberty,
- 376. That was not in our motto.
- 377. We have "Liberty, in God
we trust, e pluribus unum...
- 378. life, liberty,
and the pursuit of happiness."
- 379. They're different values,
- 380. and we have raised
- 381. to believe that being
taken care of
- 382. is more important
- 383. 49% of kids on campuses
in America today,
- 384. according to Pew Research,
- 385. do not believe in free speech
for hate speech.
- 386. You know how moronic that is?
- 387. The issue of free speech
doesn't apply to love speech.
- 388. Nobody ever threatened
- 389. It's precisely the speech
you hate or you find hateful
- 390. that needs to be protected,
but this is unknown.
- 391. This is why we're fighting
for the soul of America.
- 392. So how many of you think people
should be free in America
- 393. or on a university campus
to say whatever they want?
- 394. One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight.
- 395. How many of you think
there should be restrictions
- 396. on what you can say
on a campus?
- 397. One, two, three, four, five,
six, so it's pretty much tied.
- 398. So no country in the world
has had free speech
- 399. as much as this country.
- 400. In Europe, you can be arrested
if you say things
- 401. that the government thinks
- 402. Give me an example—
- 403. those of you who said
that you think
- 404. there should be restrictions,
- 405. give me an example of what
- 406. should not be allowed
to be said.
- 407. - I would say, like, if you
have Nazi beliefs or values
- 408. and you raise those
- 409. because that can
make people uncomfortable.
- 410. - Okay, that's very important.
- 411. So I'm a Jew, and Nazis
killed six million Jews.
- 412. That's one out of every
three Jews on Earth
- 413. was annihilated
in World War II by the Nazis.
- 414. So I have a real hatred
- 415. but I believe they should
- 416. to march freely in America,
- 417. because if we say to the Nazi
today, "You can't speak,"
- 418. then we'll say
to a non-Nazi tomorrow,
- 419. "You can't speak either."
- 420. And we hope that
if everybody speaks,
- 421. the good ideas will win.
- 422. - Free speech is one
of the greatest innovations
- 423. in human history.
- 424. It's how we figured out how
to have peaceful,
- 425. pluralistic societies
- 426. that are endlessly creative
- 427. Free speech done correctly
- 428. is one of the most
- 429. you can have in your life.
- 430. Throw anything out there.
We'll question anything.
- 431. Let's figure stuff out.
It's absolutely thrilling.
- 432. And I also think
that it's incredibly fragile.
- 433. If I thought that free speech
would just be something
- 434. that could defend itself,
- 435. I wouldn't be as worried
- 436. but humans don't really
like freedom of speech.
- 437. They like to say they like it.
- 438. They definitely like their own
freedom of speech.
- 439. They don't necessarily like
- 440. your freedom of speech
- 441. - So we had an attorney
write CSUN a letter.
- 442. You folks, you have a charter
- 443. that there's free speech
on your campus.
- 444. So they had no choice.
- 445. - So we're coming back, and
we're saying whatever we want.
- 446. - Exactly.
- 447. So here is exhibit A
- 448. of a man who was raised
with white privilege.
- 449. - Oh, yes.
- 450. I got into a semi-heated debate
with a black fella
- 451. who was on public radio,
- 452. and he went on to explain
- 453. I didn't know what I was
- 454. because of my white privilege.
- 455. And I said, "Well, let's
examine my white privilege,
- 456. may we?"
- 457. I did not go to college.
I worked cleaning carpets.
- 458. Later on,
I worked on construction sites,
- 459. not as an apprentice or a carpenter, but as a laborer—
- 460. digging ditches, mostly cleaning up garbage.
- 461. Whatever work donkeys were qualified to do,
- 462. that's what I did.
- 463. At a certain point, when I felt
like my white privilege
- 464. wasn't kicking in at all...
- 465. Mom was on food stamps
- 466. Dad was eking out a living
- 467. and had no extra money or time
for anybody else,
- 468. I said, "You know what would be a good job for me?
- 469. Fireman. I'm strong. I'm eager for the fray.
- 470. I have no qualms about my personal safety,
- 471. and I think I would make a good fireman.
- 472. Plus, I love chili.
- 473. I love playing foosball,
and as far as I could tell,
- 474. when they're not putting
- 475. they're eating chili
and playing foosball,"
- 476. So I just walked over there,
and I said,
- 477. "I'm gonna put in an
application to be a fireman,"
- 478. and they said, "Fine."
I filled it out.
- 479. I handed it to the guy,
and the guy said,
- 480. "Don't hold your breath."
- 481. And I said,
"What does that mean?"
- 482. And he said, "We're not gonna
be getting to you
- 483. for some years."
- 484. And when you're 19
and you're destitute
- 485. and your stepmom's
trying to extricate you
- 486. from the garage
you're living in
- 487. and you have no job
or no real income,
- 488. the notion of "We'll call you
in six or seven years"
- 489. is not a buoy you cling to.
- 490. And sure enough,
I moved out of the house.
- 491. I was about 25, 26, five, six years
- 492. into my carpentering career.
- 493. My dad showed up to my apartment one day,
- 494. and he had a letter, and he said,
- 495. "It's from the L.A. Fire Department."
- 496. And sure enough, there was a date to take the written test
- 497. the following weekend.
- 498. And I said, "I don't even
want to be a fireman anymore,
- 499. but because I've waited
six years to be a fireman,
- 500. I'm going down
to Hollywood High
- 501. on 10:00 a.m. On Saturday."
- 502. And I stood in line.
- 503. There was a young lady, very diminutive lady,
- 504. a small, slightly built lady behind me,
- 505. could not tell her nationality.
- 506. Could have been black, Latino, or mixed
- 507. or something like that.
- 508. Everyone around me—
I kept saying,
- 509. "When did you put in
- 510. When did you put it in?"
- 511. I turned around to her,
and I said,
- 512. "When did you put in
- 513. And she said, "Tuesday."
- 514. - A safe space is a place
you can go to
- 515. where it's safe
to do whatever you want.
- 516. You can just be yourself,
and no one's gonna say
- 517. or do anything
that makes you uncomfortable.
- 518. - There's this myth that
when you're in a safe space,
- 519. all you do is sing
"Kumbaya" or something.
- 520. The reality is,
it's when you feel safe
- 521. that you have some of the most
- 522. transformative discussions,
- 523. at least I do
when I'm in my safe spaces.
- 524. - Once you go beyond college,
- 525. you're gonna have
- 526. but to kind of force yourself
- 527. and difficult experiences
is totally unnecessary.
- 528. - See,
I never went to college.
- 529. I was a builder,
- 530. but I always thought college
was this place for ideas.
- 531. And now it's turned
into a place
- 532. for some ideas
but not other ideas,
- 533. and that seems to fly in
the face of ideas in general.
- 534. - For a generation that demands
- 535. that equates ideas they don't
like to actual physical battery
- 536. and requires trigger warnings
for class assignments
- 537. that might be upsetting,
there's a name—snowflakes.
- 538. - We're creating
- 539. where liberals and leftists
and progressives on campuses
- 540. think that they need
to get government authority
- 541. or university authority
to protect their ears
- 542. from stuff that they don't like
- 543. or stuff that's
- 544. or that is racist or that is
sexist or that is horrible,
- 545. and I just think that
that's a very dangerous view.
- 546. - I'm saying this not
- 547. I'm saying this for liberals.
- 548. They have been bubble-wrapped
in academia for 40 years.
- 549. - When you try to create
a safe space
- 550. in which it's difficult
to be unsettled, unnerved,
- 551. you reinforce walls,
- 552. which makes it difficult for you
to cultivate the capacity
- 553. to learn from other people,
- 554. especially people
you disagree with.
- 555. - Can I just say,
it feels really nice
- 556. to live in a bubble
for a little while.
- 557. You feel safe.
You feel protected.
- 558. You feel like everyone agrees
with you and you're right.
- 559. - No university should
- 560. a safe space for an idea.
- 561. If you want to feel good,
get a massage.
- 562. - I want every student on campus to be physically safe.
- 563. I don't want anybody getting beat up.
- 564. I don't want anybody getting sexually assaulted or molested.
- 565. I don't want anybody singled out for, you know, threats,
- 566. but if you mean emotionally
safe or intellectually safe,
- 567. I don't know why you're
- 568. because the whole point is that
you're going to leave soon,
- 569. and I want you to be offended
every single day.
- 570. Bias Response Team, go!
- 571. - We've gotten
to a point where,
- 572. if you say you're tolerant
all the time,
- 573. if you talk about diversity
all the time
- 574. and tolerance all the time,
- 575. people somehow think that means
you are tolerant
- 576. and you care about diversity,
- 577. and in almost every case
almost without fail,
- 578. today that's actually
- 579. So right now it's very in
for everyone on the left
- 580. to talk about tolerance and
diversity and all these things,
- 581. and what is the type
of diversity that they hate?
- 582. Well, the type of diversity
that they hate
- 583. is diversity of thought.
- 584. - Dave Rubin has
- 585. of a bona fide liberal.
- 586. I mean, Dave Rubin is gay.
Dave Rubin is married to a man.
- 587. Dave Rubin is a lifelong
- 588. - When I talk about liberalism,
what is liberalism,
- 589. and how is it different
- 590. Liberalism really is
about the individual,
- 591. and it's about live
and let live.
- 592. It's not just this
amorphous idea of tolerance,
- 593. which is what leftism is.
- 594. That's a collectivist view
of the world,
- 595. where we should be grouping
all of these people
- 596. and we should be taking
from some and giving to others,
- 597. and it is a snake
that will eat its own tail.
- 598. - You are a liberal.
- I am.
- 599. - We obviously have
- 600. but it doesn't matter.
- 601. On freedom of speech
we are completely united.
- 602. Do you feel right now,
- 603. your biggest enemy
are conservatives or the left?
- 604. - Oh, there's no question.
- 605. A, my biggest enemy is
the hard left.
- 606. B, the hard left poses
a far greater danger
- 607. to the American future
than the hard right.
- 608. I'm not worried about a few
dozen people with swastikas...
- 609. - Thank you.
- Who want to replace
- 610. the Jews
'cause they're our past.
- 611. They have no resonance
on university campuses today.
- 612. - Right.
- But the hard, hard left
- 613. anti-Semitism,
- 614. intolerance for speech,
these are our leaders.
- 615. When I used to teach
- 616. in my first year
of criminal law,
- 617. I'd look around, and I'd say,
- 618. "future chief justice,
- 619. "future editorial director
of 'The New York Times,'
- 620. future managing partner
of Goldman Sachs."
- 621. They're our future.
- 622. - What's happened
to this place?
- 623. Ah!
- 624. Ah!
- 625. This was the home of ruthless
- 626. Samuel F. B. Morse.
- 627. Who's his successor,
- 628. - Fellow? That word
is cisgender normative, okay?
- 629. You're worse than Hitler!
- 630. - Too late for flattery.
- 631. I'm not giving this school
- 632. - I've seen,
over the past 30 years,
- 633. how the university has changed
and not for the better.
- 634. Now they don't tolerate
the other side's viewpoint,
- 635. and there are no conservatives
that are speaking out.
- 636. If you're conservative
at this university, good luck.
- 637. First of all,
I don't know how—
- 638. you're not gonna get hired.
- 639. I don't know what department's
gonna hire you
- 640. at what college
it's gonna hire you at.
- 641. You're not gonna get promoted.
- 642. There's no way that
you're gonna be accepted
- 643. by your fellow faculty,
- 644. and I'm telling you right now,
- 645. they're gonna figure out
a way to get rid of you.
- 646. I mean, they will
figure out some means
- 647. by whatever hook and crook.
- 648. They'll never say it's because
of your political orientation,
- 649. but they're gonna
get rid of you.
- 650. This is also something of an
irony, but it's also really—
- 651. I think it's kind of dangerous
- 652. that there's only
one worldview now
- 653. that's allowable
in the university,
- 654. and if you don't have that,
you better be quiet.
- 655. - You must think like we think
and do what we do,
- 656. and if you don't,
- 657. You're unwelcome.
You can't even speak here.
- 658. You can't teach here.
You can't attend here.
- 659. How in the world can we
- 660. that this is academic freedom?
- 661. It is ideological fascism.
- 662. You must be one of us,
or you're unwelcome.
- 663. - Is it hard to be
a conservative at Berkeley?
- 664. Yeah, sometimes.
- 665. - My name's Isabella Chow.
- 666. I'm a third-year student
at UC Berkeley
- 667. studying business and music.
- 668. In spring 2018, I was elected
to student senate at Berkeley.
- 669. There's a bill proposed
to our student senate
- 670. that I felt like
I couldn't fully vote for
- 671. because of my Christian beliefs
- 672. and because I represented
- 673. the Christian community
- 674. And so I abstained from voting
on that bill that night,
- 675. and I gave a short statement
of why I abstained,
- 676. and the backlash was swifter
- 677. than what I would have
- 678. - Senator Chow!
- 679. - Senator Chow!
- 680. - There were hundreds
of students that came in
- 681. and protested the fact
that I was still a senator
- 682. and demanded my resignation.
- 683. - Tonight is not about
- 684. as universally toxic,
- 685. but about validating
the experience of those
- 686. at the hands of bigots who have
cowardly hid behind religion
- 687. to justify their actions.
- 688. - Sitting there was
- 689. It was just difficult
to hear the accusations
- 690. of people calling me a bigot,
calling me a hater.
- 691. I hoped that there would be
- 692. I hoped that there would be
- 693. mutual respect
- 694. - When trans people are
under attack, what do we do?
- 695. Stand up, fight back!
- 696. - At this point,
I've been disaffiliated
- 697. with every organization
- 698. that I had a working
- 699. and voted out of clubs
that I've been in,
- 700. like, even since
- 701. but I wasn't elected to not
listen to my conscience,
- 702. and I wasn't elected
to not represent
- 703. a religious voice on campus,
- 704. even if that voice
is a minority here at Berkeley.
- 705. - I've been assaulted
on my campus.
- 706. - You were assaulted?
- 707. - The night after the election,
- 708. - You were physically assaulted?
- Physically assaulted.
- 709. I was walking back
from a meeting that I had,
- 710. and the assumption was that
someone followed me
- 711. out of a building,
knew where I was
- 712. 'cause I had that meeting
every single week at that time,
- 713. and someone came up to me
and said, you know,
- 714. "F you, racist B-word,
you support a racist party,"
- 715. and just threw me
down the hill.
- 716. - Was anyone prosecuted for it?
- 717. - No.
- 718. - This is what they've tricked
everybody into thinking.
- 719. You know, years ago it was
you were a racist
- 720. and you were a bigot.
- 721. Then it became Nazis.
- 722. Now it's white supremacists,
or sometimes it's Nazis,
- 723. and they'll always ramp
this thing up.
- 724. - I've been called
a white supremacist.
- 725. I've been called a Nazi.
- 726. You know, what's crazy
about calling someone a Nazi—
- 727. that term is so malleable these
- 728. is you can reduce them
to a, you know, inhuman form,
- 729. and you can justify punching
them or attacking them, even.
- 730. - You're not videoing me.
- 731. - All right, well,
we're in public.
- 732. So I'm just gonna video it
for my own safety
- 733. 'cause you seem really erratic.
- 734. - You are
- 735. - No, I'm not.
- 736. - Get your phone out
of my face, mother.
- 737. Get your phone out
of my face.
- 738. you.
- 739. - Oh,
- 740. - "The Dennis Prager Show"
returns in five seconds.
- 741. - I want to ask you something
'cause you're so
- 742. on top of the situation
- 743. Right now if you had to grade
freedom of speech on campuses
- 744. versus two years ago,
- 745. would you say
it's getting worse,
- 746. it's the same, awful, or what?
- 747. - So what's happening is that
there's a student population
- 748. that has been silenced,
- 749. that has been ostracized for
their beliefs and their views.
- 750. Make no mistake, it's not just
the free speech laws
- 751. and the free speech zones,
but it's the culture.
- 752. This is what's so important.
- 753. It's what is culturally allowed
to be said
- 754. and not allowed to be said.
- 755. - I grew up during
the McCarthy period
- 756. when it was the extreme right
at Brooklyn College
- 757. which told me I had no right
to express my views,
- 758. and it was the liberals
that were demanding free speech
- 759. and the conservatives
that were trying to deny it.
- 760. Today it's flipped.
- 761. - My name is Chevy Swanson.
- 762. I'm the president
of the College Republicans
- 763. here at the University
- 764. We wanted to invite
- 765. from Patriot Prayer
- 766. to come do a freedom rally.
- 767. We expected about,
maybe 100 people at most
- 768. in the middle
of out central area on campus,
- 769. Red Square—ironically named.
- 770. Protesters started making
posts on social media,
- 771. saying they were gonna
- 772. and the school ramped up
security on us,
- 773. telling us that because
we invited a speaker
- 774. that made the protesters mad
- 775. that we had to pay every cent
- 776. caused by the protesters.
- 777. At first, that was $17,000,
- 778. and that's a bill we got a week
before the event-
- 779. an impossible bill to pay.
- 780. - We were forced to spend
$10,000 in security.
- 781. - The day after I submitted
- 782. they changed the rule
- 783. to now where if your security
costs more than $1,000,
- 784. you must make up
- 785. - So they interrupt
- 786. and then conservatives
have to foot the bill?
- 787. - The College Republicans
- 788. under investigation right now—
- 789. you know, causing
all these riots
- 790. because of the speakers
we bring in.
- 791. - You're causing the riots?
- Yeah, so...
- 792. - Not the rioters?
- 793. - Ann Coulter's visit
to UC Berkeley
- 794. isn't for another month,
- 795. but student organizers
of the event
- 796. say they are nervous.
- 797. - Do I support what happened
at the Milo Yiannopoulos event?
- 798. Yes, I do, and what
we're saying this time is
- 799. we need to come out again,
- 800. and we need to come out
in bigger numbers.
- 801. - Okay, let me ask you
a question here.
- 802. Let's just say
that Rachel Maddow
- 803. was scheduled to speak at Cal.
- 804. And let's say that people
on the far right
- 805. were really angry about that.
- 806. They did not want her to speak,
and they came out,
- 807. and they protested,
and they were violent,
- 808. and they kept Rachel Maddow
- 809. How would you feel then?
- 810. - I'm trying to picture
that actually happening.
- 811. - Campus police Captain
- 812. says police simply
could not guarantee
- 813. that Coulter's originally
planned speech would be safe.
- 814. - We're hiding in the airport
in a baseball cap.
- 815. That is exactly where we are.
- 816. They are fascists.
- 817. They don't want another point
- 818. I mean, I've been doing
these college speeches
- 819. for more than a decade.
- 820. - On the Berkeley campus,
- 821. College Republicans are
- 822. to give Coulter a platform
- 823. They filed a lawsuit Monday
- 824. trying to force the university
to ease restrictions
- 825. they say are only placed
on conservative speakers.
- 826. - I think it's important
to call that what it is,
- 827. which is essentially just
shredding the Constitution,
- 828. or in a way that we see
happen a lot
- 829. at Young America's Foundation
- 830. when we're working with
students on their campuses,
- 831. is this is the classic argument
that leftists will use
- 832. in order to shut down
- 833. - Security is the new
- 834. because by the time you factor
in all the security costs,
- 835. you could stage "Hello Dolly
Meets Godzilla on Ice"
- 836. for the same cost
as bringing Charles Murray in
- 837. to give a 20-minute speech
to a few students.
- 838. - I don't even—
I'm perplexed, even,
- 839. that people could even say,
- 840. "Oh, it's not an issue."
- 841. It's, like, one of the biggest
issues in America today,
- 842. that the place that is
supposed to be
- 843. a place of ideas,
- 844. is the most closed place
in the United States.
- 845. It's very important for people
- 846. that this is not just
- 847. Liberals are being shut down.
- 848. - I considered myself
- 849. I was a teaching assistant
for Communication Studies 101.
- 850. I wanted my students
- 851. how grammar could actually be
a big issue in our society.
- 852. To demonstrate this point,
I brought in a clip
- 853. from TV Ontario.
- 854. So this is the province's
- 855. And in the particular clip
- 856. it was Professor
of Transgender Studies
- 857. Nicholas Matte,
- 858. and he was talking
to Professor Jordan Peterson
- 859. from the University of Toronto.
- 860. - And your attempts to regulate
my language use and—
- 861. - I don't care about
your language use.
- 862. I care about the safety of
the people who are being harmed.
- 863. - I know. People who make
your kinds of arguments
- 864. are always concerned
with other people's safety.
- 865. - I want to have really
- 866. about all sorts of issues,
- 867. and I don't think anything
should be off-limits.
- 868. And that is today
what makes you an evil person.
- 869. When I showed the clip in my
class, I did not take a stance.
- 870. I was neutral.
- 871. I treated Peterson's argument
- 872. just as valid
as Matte's argument,
- 873. but that was the problem.
- 874. It was a problem
that I was neutral.
- 875. I was just genuinely
- 876. because to me,
the university is a place
- 877. where you can
- 878. - Dr. Jordan Peterson refuses
to be pigeonholed.
- 879. His new self-help book,
"12 Rules for Life,"
- 880. is already a best seller.
- 881. Hundreds of thousands
- 882. to his online lectures.
- 883. His speeches regularly
- 884. - I'm not arguing
about your rights.
- 885. - And his new speaking tour
is selling out.
- 886. - I think he's dangerous
because of the sorts of people
- 887. that he enables.
- 888. - It's quite the place
you've got here.
- 889. So tell me about this one.
- 890. - It's a really nicely
- 891. - Mm-hmm.
- 892. Hardly looks like
it's ever been driven.
- 893. - It's been very well taken
care of, unlike its owner.
- 894. - Oh, yeah?
- Yeah, I've been put away wet.
- 895. So are they gonna pass a law
in Canada outlawing pronouns?
- 896. - Oh, it's already passed.
- 897. If you're an advocate
of free speech,
- 898. which you are if you're
an advocate of freedom,
- 899. then you still might say,
"Okay, well, there are limits.
- 900. Some of them are illegal.
I can't incite violence.
- 901. I can't incite someone
to a crime,"
- 902. you know,
and that's already illegal,
- 903. so there are limits
of that sort.
- 904. This is different.
- 905. This is the law insisting
that you say something.
- 906. "You use my language,"
and my response was,
- 907. "There isn't a hope in hell
- 908. that I will ever use
- 909. - Once you control the language,
you control the outcome.
- 910. - Yeah, well, that's why
I wouldn't say those words.
- 911. It's because
that's exactly right.
- 912. As soon as I allow you
to define the territory
- 913. in which we're going to engage,
then you get to win.
- 914. - There's a reason
that every time
- 915. one of these professors or TAs,
- 916. whether it's Lindsay Shepherd
- 917. or Bret Weinstein
- 918. why are they all lefties
- 919. who then say one thing
that upsets the left,
- 920. and then they're purged?
- 921. It will come for you.
- 922. I mean, if there is someone
that's watching this right now
- 923. that is a hard-core progressive
- 924. "Man, I hate Prager and Rubin,
- 925. and this is all nonsense,"
- 926. If you have any spark
of individualism in you,
- 927. if you have anything about you
that's interesting or different,
- 928. they will come
to destroy that, too.
- 929. - You know, most people
don't get to see
- 930. the thing that they love,
- 931. a system that has the potential
to do great good in the world,
- 932. be destroyed from within.
- 933. - Dean's office.
- It's Stacy Brown.
- 934. Is Steve around?
- 935. - Oh, he just walked
in the door.
- 936. Hang on.
- 937. - Yeah.
- 938. - Stop telling people of color
- 939. You're useless.
Get the —
- 940. Hey, hey! Ho, ho!
- 941. Bret Weinstein has got to go!
- 942. Hey, hey! Ho, ho!
- 943. Bret Weinstein has got to go!
- 944. - I think we did not see,
- 945. a coup in the institution
- 946. and we didn't feel
vulnerable to it
- 947. because we were both
very popular among students
- 948. and we had the equivalent
- 949. - Weinstein, who identifies
as politically left,
- 950. had announced he was
boycotting a decades-old event
- 951. created by students of color
at the school.
- 952. - Day of Absence was a
tradition on Evergreen's campus
- 953. from very nearly the founding
of the college.
- 954. Day of Absence is named after
a play by Douglas Turner Ward,
- 955. a black playwright,
- 956. and the premise of the play
- 957. is that in a fictional
- 958. the black population
decides not to show up one day
- 959. in order to make the point
to the white population
- 960. about the important role
that they are playing.
- 961. Last year the committee that
organizes the Day of Absence
- 962. announced in a faculty
- 963. a faculty meeting in which
there was no opportunity
- 964. to ask any questions—
- 965. they announced that
white people were being asked
- 966. to leave the campus
for the day.
- 967. And it was so strange
to hear that announced,
- 968. that I assumed
I had misunderstood
- 969. what had been said,
- 970. and then the administration
of the college made it clear
- 971. that they were strongly
encouraging white people
- 972. not to come to school
on that day
- 973. in an effort to
"Center people of color."
- 974. I found this offensive.
- 975. This was not, as
it was being portrayed,
- 976. a simple flip of the script
- 977. where instead of people
- 978. it was white people this time.
- 979. This was people organizing
- 980. telling others not to show up
to a public college
- 981. on a particular day
- 982. because of the color
of their skin,
- 983. which is anathema
to me as a liberal,
- 984. so I said so.
- 985. There was a backlash
- 986. My email went to the staff
and faculty email list.
- 987. There were students who worked
- 988. who were on that list,
which I was aware of,
- 989. and I just simply said,
- 990. "This is unacceptable,
and you can expect me
- 991. to be on campus on that day."
- 992. Tuesday, May 23rd of 2017,
- 993. I went to work.
- 994. I biked in as I always did.
- 995. I began teaching
my morning class,
- 996. and a student who I knew
pretty well from a past program
- 997. called me over a bit concerned
- 998. "Do you know that there
are people outside the door
- 999. chanting for you to be fired?"
- 1000. And I said,
"No, that's pretty odd."
- 1001. What shocked me was that
- 1002. they were not at all
interested in that discussion.
- 1003. If somebody who was the object
of a protest
- 1004. that we were participating in
- 1005. wanted to talk to us about
the nature of that protest,
- 1006. I would have been right there.
- 1007. So how is it that
I was being protested
- 1008. by people who
- 1009. in even engaging me
on the question
- 1010. and showing me
that I might be wrong?
- 1011. It would be weeks before I
would understand why that was.
- 1012. These racist teachers
got to go!
- 1013. Hey, hey! Ho, ho!
- 1014. These racist teachers
got to go!
- 1015. Hey, hey! Ho, ho!
- 1016. These racist teachers
got to go!
- 1017. Hey, hey! Ho, ho!
- 1018. These racist teachers
got to go!
- 1019. - Protesters then engaged
the president of the college
- 1020. and got him to agree
to a meeting.
- 1021. I decided that I should be
at that meeting.
- 1022. If they were calling
for my firing,
- 1023. I wanted to be there
to answer the charges.
- 1024. I found a seat and sat down.
- 1025. Within a couple of minutes,
- 1026. there was an announcement
- 1027. who were clearly in complete
charge of this meeting,
- 1028. saying that the food and water
that was available,
- 1029. publicly supplied,
were for people of color,
- 1030. and that white people should not
- 1031. of those things.
- 1032. That was the tenor
of the meeting.
- 1033. - So I was here,
- 1034. and I get this text from Bret,
two of them, actually.
- 1035. The first one says,
- 1036. "They say I may not be
allowed to leave."
- 1037. The second one,
"I'm not sure what to do."
- 1038. And then silence.
- 1039. I heard from one dean
- 1040. before I knew anything
about what had happened,
- 1041. and that dean's concern
- 1042. was that Bret not talk
to the press.
- 1043. That was the concern
from the college,
- 1044. that if any of the press
- 1045. he should send them
to college PR.
- 1046. - At the end of the meeting,
I was allowed to leave,
- 1047. and I left the building
with a number of my students,
- 1048. and I was flanked
by a number of other people
- 1049. who wanted to talk to me
for various reasons,
- 1050. including one young woman
- 1051. who I think in some ways
- 1052. had not gotten the message that
talking to me was not allowed.
- 1053. The next day the protesters
made a point
- 1054. of bringing her to a rally
- 1055. that they had organized
- 1056. and having her read
- 1057. that they had
- 1058. and it's heart-wrenching
- 1059. She read this statement,
and she butchered it.
- 1060. Reading out loud maybe
in front of a group
- 1061. was not in her skill set.
- 1062. - Based on false,
racially charged alleged—
- 1063. allegations.
- 1064. - They effectively
- 1065. in order to demonstrate that
- 1066. they had recaptured her
in some way.
- 1067. - Whereas the college
- 1068. Sorry.
- 1069. - There are a lot of moments
- 1070. particularly telling
from the protest,
- 1071. but I must say, that is among
the most chilling to me.
- 1072. - It's our students
that are stopping people.
- 1073. - Oh, our students
that are stopping people.
- 1074. Why aren't we stopping them
from stopping people?
- 1075. - Because the president
has told Stacy to stand down.
- 1076. - I biked this direction,
- 1077. which to this point is
my normal commute.
- 1078. I saw people that I recognized
- 1079. from the protest
the day before.
- 1080. They saw me,
- 1081. and they appeared to start
- 1082. doing something
with their phones,
- 1083. and I kept biking,
- 1084. and then I realized,
"That just doesn't feel right,"
- 1085. and I took the next entrance
- 1086. and I went to the police
station, and I said,
- 1087. "Here's what I think
- 1088. but I must be imagining it."
- 1089. And she said, "I don't think
you're imagining it.
- 1090. "I think they're looking
for you, and what's more...
- 1091. "I can't protect you.
- 1092. "You're not safe on campus,
- 1093. and you're not safe anywhere
in town on your bicycle."
- 1094. I think it's pretty clear
what happened at Evergreen
- 1095. is an extreme case,
- 1096. and I've heard people
dismiss it on that basis,
- 1097. that it was just a very
- 1098. that went farther off
the deep end than any other,
- 1099. and I think that's really
- 1100. In some ways, Evergreen
is a preview of what's coming.
- 1101. The fact that this
- 1102. across so many campuses
- 1103. means that it is going
- 1104. into every quadrant
- 1105. and things are going
to get worse elsewhere.
- 1106. So Evergreen is describing
- 1107. that is rapidly approaching.
- 1108. - These ideas have sort of
contaminated the campuses,
- 1109. but how are they getting
off the campus
- 1110. and into the mainstream?
- 1111. - Well, they're partly
- 1112. because the mainstream
will be run
- 1113. by the people who are
- 1114. but there's a more
- 1115. to it than that.
- 1116. It's like, it's very important
- 1117. that the most politically
- 1118. are producing activists.
- 1119. That's their goal,
- 1120. and so they have a stated goal
of infiltrating organizations
- 1121. and altering them in the
politically correct direction.
- 1122. - Once we've created
- 1123. that it's a nice thing
to do to censor people
- 1124. in an enlightened way,
there's no reason to believe
- 1125. that they're not gonna
construct a world
- 1126. that looks like that,
- 1127. and that is not a good world
- 1128. That's not a good world
- 1129. It certainly isn't
a good world for comedians.
- 1130. - Bill Belichick,
the most confident coach
- 1131. of all time, right?
- 1132. Most coaches are like,
"I want raw athletes,
- 1133. raw talent, sheer athleticism."
- 1134. And Belichick's like, "Yeah,
that's cool. You got any Jews?"
- 1135. Yeah, Jews, like,
five, six Jews.
- 1136. No, we got, like, 6'4"
black dudes. No, no, too easy.
- 1137. A Mexican,
you got a Mexican?"
- 1138. Give me a place
with no free speech,
- 1139. and I'll tell you,
- 1140. Russian comedy is—there's
a doll, and then you open it,
- 1141. and then there's a little doll,
- 1142. and then, wait for it,
you open that little doll,
- 1143. and there's an even
- 1144. This is highbrow
- 1145. is little doll, little doll,
- 1146. little doll,
little doll, right?
- 1147. And it's funny to them
every single time it opens.
- 1148. There's another little doll,
- 1149. and they can't get enough,
oh, my God.
- 1150. That's no-free-speech comedy.
- 1151. - I know what
- 1152. It's the latest liberal attack
at free speech
- 1153. and a lot of fun
if you do them right.
- 1154. - The university has
a list of stuff
- 1155. they don't allow speakers
- 1156. you know,
to protect the students.
- 1157. - From what, ideas?
- 1158. - Allen is responding
to the show's
- 1159. unexpected cancellation.
- 1160. Some say the show was axed
- 1161. because of its portrayal of
conservative Christian values.
- 1162. - If it was a bomb,
you could understand,
- 1163. but the sitcom was ABC's
- 1164. second-highest-rated comedy
- 1165. - Isn't it spooky that
we're having this discussion?
- 1166. - Yes.
- 1167. - But we have to have it.
- 1168. - I understand,
but it's just kind of spooky
- 1169. that it's even a thing that
you're even thinking about,
- 1170. that we have to be modulated,
- 1171. and I'm a little worried
- 1172. a little alarmed
about things I cannot say.
- 1173. I do it anyway because
the thing I've always loved
- 1174. about this is it's people,
money, and me.
- 1175. There's no middleman in this.
- 1176. Essentially, I'm running
the show at that moment.
- 1177. But it is weird
that I'm thinking a little bit.
- 1178. - We as comedians,
the whole point
- 1179. of what we're doing
on stage with our words
- 1180. is to make a point
about the absurdities of life.
- 1181. - Right.
- Like, I have a joke about,
- 1182. you know, being comfortable
with my size, you know,
- 1183. and I say, "It depends on where
- 1184. "and if I'm in New York,
I'm pleasantly plump.
- 1185. If I'm in L.A.,
I'm a beached whale."
- 1186. I say if I'm in the Midwest,
I'm anorexic, and it's awesome.
- 1187. - Right.
- And then I've had someone
- 1188. come up to me after a show
and be like,
- 1189. "You know, I was bulimic
in high school, and—"
- 1190. - Right.
- I'm like, "Okay, calm down.
- 1191. "That wasn't about you,
first of all.
- 1192. It was a joke, and that's
what I'm up here to do."
- 1193. - How accountable can we be
- 1194. when you are, in real time,
trying to create humor?
- 1195. And as I explain to people
all the time...
- 1196. the sort of foundation of humor
- 1197. So, if you said,
- 1198. "What do you think
of your mother-in-law, Adam?"
- 1199. And I was on stage and I went,
"She's a delight.
- 1200. Megan's a delight."
- 1201. We're not hearing any laugh.
- 1202. We're hearing laughs now
because we know how absurd.
- 1203. You are free-forming it,
- 1204. and you are responsible
to the 300 people
- 1205. who put down 30 bucks
to come see you
- 1206. and want to have a laugh.
- 1207. - It's way easier to be
- 1208. but defining what you're for—
- 1209. - Defining what you're for.
What do you want?
- 1210. What's the point of this?
- 1211. And I say that because I—
back to comedy—
- 1212. - To feel good.
- I can't do college campuses
- 1213. because the first
- 1214. they're going, "Ooh."
- 1215. Already I've got this image
of me, that I said,
- 1216. "Listen, I've been doing comedy
for 32 years,
- 1217. mostly about men and women."
- 1218. That's essentially what
I've been doing,
- 1219. and I still have to explain,
- 1220. "This is a man's perspective."
- 1221. - I do this joke about...
- 1222. the way people need to justify
their cell phone.
- 1223. I need to have it with me
because people are so important.
- 1224. - Right.
- You know, I said, "Well,
- 1225. they don't seem very important,
the way you scroll through them
- 1226. like a gay French king,
you know, just—"
- 1227. Well...
- 1228. - That's very offensive
to the gay French kings.
- 1229. - Well, yeah.
- 1230. I did this line recently
- 1231. in front of an audience,
and you could—
- 1232. comedy's where you can kind
of feel, like, an opinion,
- 1233. and they thought,
- 1234. "What do you mean, gay?
What are you talking about, gay?
- 1235. "What are you saying, gay?
What are you doing?
- 1236. What do you mean?"
- 1237. And I thought,
"Are you kidding me?
- 1238. I mean, we can't even—"
- 1239. - I can imagine a time—
and this is a serious thing.
- 1240. I can imagine a time
where people say,
- 1241. "Well, that's offensive
- 1242. "that a gay person moves their
hands in a flourishing motion,
- 1243. and you now need to apologi—"
- 1244. I mean, there's a creepy
PC thing out there
- 1245. that really bothers me.
- 1246. - Kevin Hart has stepped down
- 1247. from hosting
this year's Oscars.
- 1248. - I swear, man, our world
is becoming beyond crazy.
- 1249. My team calls me,
"Oh, my God, Kevin,
- 1250. the world is upset about tweets
you did years ago."
- 1251. - You have the right
to remain silent.
- 1252. Anything you say
will be used against you.
- 1253. Your posts on Facebook,
Twitter, and social media
- 1254. will be saved to shame you.
- 1255. You can't be funny.
You cannot think differently.
- 1256. You can't challenge us.
- 1257. We reserve the right
to be offended by everything.
- 1258. You have the right
to remain silent.
- 1259. - It cannot help
but be true that
- 1260. if this is allowed to continue,
- 1261. that it is going to work
- 1262. into the entire apparatus
- 1263. journalism,
maybe most seriously,
- 1264. into the tech sector,
- 1265. which has become
the governance apparatus
- 1266. for the new public square.
- 1267. YouTube and Google,
Facebook and Twitter
- 1268. dictate whose voices
can be heard,
- 1269. and if those entities
- 1270. to engineer the conversation
- 1271. to adhere to the rules laid out
- 1272. with these phony
Trojan horse terms,
- 1273. disaster will be the result.
- 1274. - Facebook is a place
- 1275. where more than
a billion people worldwide
- 1276. come to share
their thoughts and feelings.
- 1277. Sometimes they post content
- 1278. that's upsetting
- 1279. and some of those things
can make people feel unsafe,
- 1280. like bullying, hate speech,
- 1281. That's why we have
global community standards
- 1282. to decide what
and who should be removed.
- 1283. - Can you define hate speech?
- 1284. - Senator, I think that this is
a really hard question,
- 1285. and I think it's one
of the reasons
- 1286. why we struggle with it.
- 1287. - I'm worried about
the psychological categories
- 1288. around speech.
- 1289. You used language of safety
and protection earlier.
- 1290. We see this happening
on college campuses
- 1291. all across the country.
- 1292. It's dangerous.
- 1293. 40% of Americans
under age 35 tell pollsters
- 1294. they think the First Amendment
- 1295. because you might
use your freedom
- 1296. to say something that hurts
somebody else's feelings.
- 1297. - We have a problem,
in that our public dialogue
- 1298. is passing
through private servers
- 1299. where no protections exist.
- 1300. In other words, if you are not
able to access the Internet
- 1301. in the same way
as someone else
- 1302. because the content
of what you are saying
- 1303. has been deemed unacceptable,
- 1304. then that shapes
- 1305. that we are having
with each other.
- 1306. - PragerU had a billion views
- 1307. This impact has
- 1308. some of the folks at YouTube,
- 1309. which is owned by Google.
- 1310. Believe it or not, over 100
Prager University videos
- 1311. are on the restricted list,
- 1312. meaning that, in effect,
- 1313. they are lumped with violence
- 1314. as unwatchable by children,
libraries, and schools.
- 1315. So, for example, Churchill,
- 1316. the man who saved
the free world—
- 1317. Oh, my God,
- 1318. why that'll be
on the restricted list.
- 1319. The Iran nuclear deal.
Are you kidding?
- 1320. That's the modern
"Debbie Does Dallas."
- 1321. It shows you how convoluted
their moral compass is
- 1322. that this would disturb them.
- 1323. - Among those that are
censored include a video
- 1324. on the Ten Commandments.
- 1325. The restrictions
- 1326. for blocking things like
- 1327. but apparently,
in YouTube's world,
- 1328. talking about
the Ten Commandments
- 1329. is comparable
and should be blocked.
- 1330. - I believe
the Ten Commandments video,
- 1331. for instance,
contains references to murder
- 1332. and, I believe, potentially,
Nazism or World War II,
- 1333. something along those lines,
but they're not censored.
- 1334. They're available to everybody
who's using normal YouTube.
- 1335. They are not available
to the small subset
- 1336. who have chosen
to activate restricted mode.
- 1337. - So I was thinking I have
a solution that will,
- 1338. I think, appeal to Google.
- 1339. I will re-release it
as the nine commandments.
- 1340. That should solve the problem
of including murder
- 1341. in my discussion
of the Ten Commandments.
- 1342. - I always say when you see
someone attacking a subject
- 1343. by attacking a personality
rather than debating the idea,
- 1344. that's often a sign
of a smear campaign.
- 1345. - I'm very much
into classical music.
- 1346. I periodically conduct,
and I've been—
- 1347. it's been a passion of mine
since I was a teenager.
- 1348. If I sell out
the Disney Concert Hall,
- 1349. it'll be the first time
- 1350. that a regional orchestra
- 1351. has ever sold out
the Disney Concert Hall.
- 1352. Every penny is going
to the orchestra.
- 1353. I am not getting a nickel
for doing this.
- 1354. There are players in
the orchestra who won't come,
- 1355. who urge their other players
not to go.
- 1356. "We're not gonna play
for a conservative."
- 1357. Welcome to
"The Dennis Prager Show."
- 1358. My guest is
Professor Andrew Apter,
- 1359. professor of history
and anthropology at UCLA,
- 1360. also a violinist and a member
- 1361. of the Santa Monica
- 1362. which I am conducting
next Wednesday night
- 1363. at Walt Disney Hall
in Los Angeles.
- 1364. He and a couple of other
members of the orchestra
- 1365. have asked people
not to attend
- 1366. and fellow members
not to play for me
- 1367. 'cause I'm a hateful bigot.
- 1368. When you write in your first
open letter I have here,
- 1369. "Please urge your friends
not to attend the concert,"
- 1370. and then you're telling
- 1371. that you in no way have worked
to stop the concert.
- 1372. Protesting outside
doesn't stop the concert.
- 1373. Telling people not to go to
the concert stops the concert.
- 1374. - No, you could still play
- 1375. with an empty hall
if you want to.
- 1376. - Okay, well, all right.
- 1377. - And we know there's plenty
of people who are gonna go,
- 1378. so that's really
not the issue.
- 1379. - It is the issue.
- 1380. It's really mind-blowing.
- 1381. They're not going to attend the
concert of their own orchestra
- 1382. to raise funds
for their orchestra.
- 1383. It could be a beautiful story,
- 1384. music transcends political
and social differences,
- 1385. but they call us haters.
- 1386. That's the irony.
That's really the irony.
- 1387. - No, we're not.
When I was growing up,
- 1388. and I lived in a tiny
little room with my sisters
- 1389. and the exterminator would come
and take care of the roaches,
- 1390. when I was growing up, I didn't
get handed a packet that said,
- 1391. "Here's your excuse in life.
You don't have to do anything.
- 1392. It's 'cause you're a victim,"
- 1393. I learned that I had
to work hard.
- 1394. I had to stay in school,
and I had to study.
- 1395. I don't need to learn
about white privilege.
- 1396. White privilege is not
- 1397. This whole idea of the fact—
- 1398. teaching little kids
that their skin color
- 1399. makes them less fortunate
- 1400. is not helping black kids
- 1401. There seems to be
an ideological war happening,
- 1402. and the left has
built their brand
- 1403. off of the idea
that I am a victim.
- 1404. - The same people
who are covering everything
- 1405. with bubble wrap
- 1406. are also telling these people,
- 1407. "You have a target on your back
because you're female.
- 1408. "You have a target on your back
because you're black or Hispanic
- 1409. or whatever you are,"
- 1410. and thus, making all the people
- 1411. they're trying to protect
- 1412. because of the target
they falsely placed
- 1413. on everyone's back.
- 1414. - If you're a victim surrounded
- 1415. by evil predators, man,
- 1416. I mean, if you think
of an animal
- 1417. in a situation like that,
- 1418. the animal's frozen in terror.
- 1419. One idea is that, well,
- 1420. you protect people
by protecting them.
- 1421. The other is you embolden them
by encouraging them,
- 1422. and that's a whole
- 1423. and it's the right thing,
- 1424. Because you can't
- 1425. Life's a fatal disease, right?
That's the old joke.
- 1426. It's a sexually transmissible
disease that's 100% fatal.
- 1427. You're not gonna protect people
- 1428. and so the best you can do
is to make them strong.
- 1429. - Evel Knievel
is not hesitating.
- 1430. Here we go.
- 1431. - I rode a bike everywhere,
never with a helmet.
- 1432. The thing I found interesting about not wearing a helmet
- 1433. and crashing all the time—
- 1434. Because I rode BMX bikes.
- 1435. I was jumping and doing wheelies.
- 1436. I never hit my head once,
- 1437. but because I didn't have protection,
- 1438. it was all elbows and knees and rolling,
- 1439. and I actually learned how to fall.
- 1440. - The goal is not to put
yourself in danger,
- 1441. but the goal is to get more
of a sense both of who you are
- 1442. and of what the world
can look like.
- 1443. - I say never deny the pain.
- 1444. Just don't let the pain
have the last word.
- 1445. - I would rather my kids
have spina bifida
- 1446. than think of themselves
- 1447. I can't think of anything
- 1448. than thinking yourself
- 1449. - I do an hour on happiness
every week on my radio show,
- 1450. and I learned something from
listeners that startled me,
- 1451. and that is I am convinced
- 1452. that a certain percentage
of unhappy people
- 1453. are addicted to being unhappy.
- 1454. - Absolutely.
- I never knew that.
- 1455. I thought everyone
wants to be happy.
- 1456. - Well, think about how
empowering it is
- 1457. to say your problems
- 1458. are not because of you,
you know what I mean?
- 1459. You can't get a date, but it
has nothing to do with you.
- 1460. The system's against you.
- 1461. - The system is stacked
- 1462. and there isn't a bloody thing
you can do about it,
- 1463. so why bother trying?
- 1464. Of all the things to tell
anyone ever about anything,
- 1465. that's got to be bottom
of the list
- 1466. unless you really
don't like them.
- 1467. - Here's what our job is
as parents, as educators,
- 1468. as politicians,
as cops and lifeguards.
- 1469. Our job is to convince
- 1470. they're not victims.
- 1471. Our job is to say to a kid who
is confined to a wheelchair,
- 1472. "Don't worry.
- 1473. You're just gonna outwork
- 1474. You're gonna out-hustle
- 1475. and you will see that this thing
is not gonna hold you back
- 1476. because you have the heart
of a tiger."
- 1477. What we're doing now is
we're taking able-bodied kids
- 1478. and convincing them they need
to use the handicap ramp.
- 1479. - I went to
Clark Atlanta University,
- 1480. which is a black college
- 1481. and I really wanted to have
just open and free dialogue
- 1482. with as many of the students
- 1483. I got a great motto
on my radio show—
- 1484. "I prefer clarity
- 1485. We may not agree,
but at least it's important
- 1486. that we be clear
where we differ.
- 1487. The general belief
in American history
- 1488. has been free speech
includes all speech,
- 1489. including hate speech.
- 1490. Do you think that
should be changed?
- 1491. - That's hard. That's hard
to say because you're really
- 1492. telling a person that they
can't say what they think.
- 1493. - Right.
- 1494. - It's hard to say,
but words are powerful,
- 1495. so people know what
- 1496. will invoke some type
- 1497. some type of feeling.
- 1498. - Right. Should they be
allowed to say it?
- 1499. That's all I'm asking.
- 1500. I'm talking a legal question,
not a moral question.
- 1501. - I can't legally say
that a person
- 1502. shouldn't be allowed
to speak their mind.
- 1503. - According to polls,
50% of Americans your age
- 1504. thinks that there shouldn't be
free speech for hate speech.
- 1505. You don't agree with that?
- I do not agree with that.
- 1506. I think if you take away
hate speech, you're hiding it.
- 1507. - Right. That's worse.
- So it become worse.
- 1508. - Mm-hmm.
That's an interesting point.
- 1509. Let me ask you this,
'cause it's generally said...
- 1510. that a lot of
- 1511. that this country is
- 1512. Do you agree with—
do you think this country's
- 1513. essentially racist?
- 1514. - I wouldn't say the average
white is naturally a racist.
- 1515. I say it's been embedded
- 1516. which this nation
has been built on.
- 1517. So, if you think
of generation to generation,
- 1518. think of your ancestors
and my ancestors,
- 1519. the different, you know,
grounds which we come from,
- 1520. you know, ever since
- 1521. were brought here to America,
they were slaves.
- 1522. Your ancestors were
- 1523. So fast-forward generations,
- 1524. then that privilege,
the white privilege
- 1525. and that oppression
that has been,
- 1526. you know, given within
my families, it's still there.
- 1527. So I wouldn't say
it's intentional racism,
- 1528. but it's more so
- 1529. a racism that has been
developed through generations.
- 1530. - Okay, just to correct
- 1531. a vast number of whites
- 1532. their ancestors
were not slave owners.
- 1533. A, they were either Northerners
or they came here later.
- 1534. I mean, you know, my ancestors
in 1863 were in Poland,
- 1535. and they were not doing
- 1536. They were Jewish, so...
- Got ya, got ya.
- 1537. - But anyway,
just for the record.
- 1538. Your interactions
- 1539. are they largely positive or
negative on a day-to-day basis?
- 1540. - The interactions
you will have day-to-day,
- 1541. they won't be racist,
but, you know,
- 1542. when there's opportunities,
- 1543. you may not be
the first thought.
- 1544. You may not be the first one
to be called.
- 1545. There's a lot of things
that go into why...
- 1546. things, you know,
are the way they are.
- 1547. - At some point down the road—
I don't know when—
- 1548. but at some point, we as blacks
are going to realize
- 1549. the degree to which we identify
- 1550. our aspiration
- 1551. the degree to which
we rely on it...
- 1552. not just as an excuse
but as a self-definition.
- 1553. "Well, I don't know
what I want to do with my life,
- 1554. but I think there's
some racism out there."
- 1555. Well, there very likely
is some racism out there.
- 1556. So what?
- 1557. Until black America
gets to the "so what" place,
- 1558. we're gonna fall farther
and farther behind.
- 1559. You don't sit still in life,
- 1560. You go up, or you go down.
- 1561. - But the thing is,
it's another thing
- 1562. to actually be in the shoes
- 1563. of those who are
- 1564. - I don't think anyone
in America's oppressed.
- 1565. You do, obviously,
and that's a very big divide.
- 1566. - After hundreds of years
- 1567. - After hundreds of years
- 1568. - You don't think we've
- 1569. - No, no, no, you didn't say
- 1570. You said "are."
- 1571. - You think blacks
were once oppressed?
- 1572. - Oh, of course.
It's a given.
- 1573. - So how do you not think
that it's generational?
- 1574. How do you not think that we're
still trying to consciously,
- 1575. socially still recover
- 1576. - It takes a long time.
- 1577. - After telling us
that we're not humans—
- 1578. - Okay, so the oppression
is not happening from outside.
- 1579. It's a residue of the inside.
- 1580. - Of course, of course,
because of what's happened
- 1581. on the outside.
- 1582. But the thing is, it's still
being placed outside.
- 1583. - So no matter how whites act,
- 1584. no matter how kind they
might be, it's irrelevant
- 1585. because you're still oppressed
- 1586. because of slavery
from the 19th century.
- 1587. - You just answered
your own question.
- 1588. - You may not be physically
getting beat, but mentally—
- 1589. - You answered
your own question.
- 1590. - All right. So, right, well—
- 1591. - You answered your own
- 1592. - How many generations
would it take
- 1593. for that to end?
- 1594. - That's a trick question.
- 1595. - No, no, it's not a trick.
Maybe there's no answer.
- 1596. Maybe we don't know the answer.
- Exactly. Exactly.
- 1597. - Okay, fine. It certainly
- 1598. as a trick question.
- 1599. I can't argue with what any
given individual feels inside.
- 1600. - Naturally, 'cause you
don't walk in our shoes.
- 1601. - Right, but you're not
walking in white shoes,
- 1602. but you're ascribing
- 1603. - Exactly,
'cause we're the oppressed.
- 1604. So I don't have to walk
in your shoes to tell myself
- 1605. that I've been oppressed
- 1606. - In America,
you were brutalized.
- 1607. From birth on,
you were whipped, lashed.
- 1608. Your children was taken
from you and sold away.
- 1609. Your wives were used
at the will of the overseer.
- 1610. I mean,
it just was dehumanizing
- 1611. in every conceivable way,
- 1612. and for centuries.
- 1613. So you got a beef.
- 1614. How long are you gonna
ride that beef?
- 1615. How long do you think
it's gonna take?
- 1616. 'Cause the only person
who can break that bond is you.
- 1617. Inside yourself, say, "Well,
just because white people
- 1618. were once racist does not mean
I'm gonna sell out my life...
- 1619. I'm gonna ask less of myself
- 1620. and claim that I'm being held
back by victimization."
- 1621. And that's what is so
startling to me—
- 1622. the way that you see now
- 1623. reinventing, as I say,
the oppression in your mind,
- 1624. the same oppression that is
fading out of the world.
- 1625. As it fades, you cling
and reinvent it, rebuild it,
- 1626. and so you now become the
racist overseer of yourself.
- 1627. - Whether it's victimization,
- 1628. cultural appropriation, social justice,
- 1629. or even trigger warnings and safe spaces,
- 1630. it's all about identity politics,
- 1631. which is the exact opposite of common sense.
- 1632. - This country was founded on
- 1633. we don't give a hoot
where you're from.
- 1634. I know that there were
racists in the past.
- 1635. I'm not talking about Americans
as flawed individuals.
- 1636. I'm talking about the values
of the society
- 1637. were e pluribus unum,
from many, one,
- 1638. and now the other identities
are all that matter.
- 1639. It's astonishing how dividing
of people this is,
- 1640. and that's called wonderful.
- 1641. That's called progressive.
- 1642. - Not belonging to a group,
to me, is my privilege.
- 1643. Not having to walk in lockstep
with this group
- 1644. or that group
or conform to whatever
- 1645. whoever the leaders
of that group are espousing,
- 1646. that is my real privilege,
to just be an individual.
- 1647. - The idea of the divine
individual, that is the West.
- 1648. If we subsume that
under group identity,
- 1649. then we will perish painfully,
- 1650. and God only knows what'll go
along with us,
- 1651. maybe everything.
- 1652. I mean, look what happened
in the 20th century
- 1653. when people put
group identity first.
- 1654. I mean, how much
bloody evidence do you need?
- 1655. The Communists did it
for good reasons,
- 1656. and the Nazis did it
for bad reasons.
- 1657. Tens of millions of people
died horribly as a consequence.
- 1658. - Is the individual sacrosanct,
or is the group?
- 1659. Do we have freedom to speak
what we want to say?
- 1660. - 58% of Americans
- 1661. that they don't feel
comfortable sharing publicly.
- 1662. - Oh.
- 1663. - Man, oh, man. So I don't
believe that this new tyranny,
- 1664. this new politically
- 1665. is changing anybody's behavior.
- 1666. - No.
- And it sure as hell isn't
- 1667. bringing anybody together,
- 1668. but it's creating an atmosphere
of fear and repression,
- 1669. and you know what happens
when that happens.
- 1670. It's gonna bust.
- 1671. - The University of California
- 1672. is said to be bracing—
that's the quote—
- 1673. bracing for
- 1674. Ben Shapiro's
- 1675. at their campus.
- 1676. - Many are comparing
to hurricane preparations.
- 1677. - The barriers are up.
Officers are out in force.
- 1678. - Taking extraordinary
- 1679. costing around $600,000.
- 1680. A large swathe of the campus
will be closed off,
- 1681. including the plaza where
the Free Speech Movement began
- 1682. in the 1960s.
- 1683. - If Ben Shapiro is not
allowed to speak,
- 1684. the First Amendment will have
lost a tremendous battle today,
- 1685. a very important event
in the history of our rights.
- 1686. - The Constitution
is absolutely clear that,
- 1687. particularly
as a public institution,
- 1688. we cannot and will not
discriminate against speakers
- 1689. because of their perspectives
- 1690. or because of the beliefs
of those who wish to host it.
- 1691. - There's no free speech
- 1692. Their words are violent,
- 1693. and for every action, there is
an equal and opposite reaction.
- 1694. - Administration rolls out
the red carpet for fascists
- 1695. to come and spout their
white supremacy and xenophobia.
- 1696. - And to the dismay of the
People's Republic of Berkeley,
- 1697. you get to see him live.
- 1698. Ladies and gentlemen,
Mr. Ben Shapiro!
- 1699. - He came. He gave his talk,
- 1700. I thought it was a great talk.
- 1701. I didn't agree with a single
thing he said, but who cares?
- 1702. It was a great,
- 1703. - The reason that I am here
is because fascism
- 1704. does not own this university
- 1705. because there are students who
do want to hear differing views,
- 1706. who don't want to be told that
they can only hear one view,
- 1707. who don't believe that
the First Amendment should die
- 1708. under the jackboots
- 1709. of a bunch of anarchist,
communist pieces of garbage.
- 1710. - He gives his talk, and he
says afterwards when he's done,
- 1711. "Everybody who has questions,
- 1712. line up at the microphones on
either side of the auditorium."
- 1713. - Well, we're gonna do a Q&A
- 1714. and I love taking questions,
my favorite thing,
- 1715. and I have a rule, which is
if you disagree with me,
- 1716. you raise your hand, and you
go to the front of the line
- 1717. because discussion
makes the country better.
- 1718. - Half the hands go. "Good,
come to the front of the line."
- 1719. I'm like, "Ah, my man."
- 1720. Guy gets it.
- 1721. That's what university's
supposed to be all about.
- 1722. - And finally,
America is the greatest country
- 1723. in human history.
- 1724. You are not a victim.
- 1725. If you are a victim
- 1726. you need to show me
what you are a victim of,
- 1727. and I will stand beside you,
- 1728. but do not blame the freest,
most civil society
- 1729. in the history of Planet Earth
- 1730. for your failures...
- 1731. because that's on you.
- 1732. Now, was that so rough?
- 1733. I mean, did we need $600,000 of
security to hear all of that?
- 1734. - I think we underestimate
- 1735. of our own cause as Americans.
- 1736. We are trying to do something
- 1737. that nobody told us is
- 1738. If you look at human history,
- 1739. we've got every kind
of human being
- 1740. ever born in one country,
- 1741. and we mostly get along.
- 1742. Nobody points that out.
- 1743. Where it gets hard...
- 1744. takes real work.
- 1745. - I still don't understand
what's going on.
- 1746. Hopefully you can explain it.
- 1747. Are you testifying
in front of Congress?
- 1748. - I am.
- Why are you testifying?
- 1749. What have you done?
- 1750. - Thank you.
It's an honor to be asked
- 1751. to speak in front of you all.
- 1752. First, just a quick piece
- 1753. Do we get to keep these pads?
- 1754. We're talking a lot
about the kids,
- 1755. and I think they're
just that, kids.
- 1756. They grew up dipped in Purell,
- 1757. playing soccer games
where they never kept score,
- 1758. and watching
"Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!"
- 1759. Studies have shown
that if you take people
- 1760. and you put them
in a zero-gravity environment,
- 1761. like astronauts,
they lose muscle mass.
- 1762. They lose bone density.
- 1763. We're taking these kids—
- 1764. in the name of protection,
we're putting them
- 1765. in a zero-gravity environment,
- 1766. and they're losing muscle mass
and bone density.
- 1767. They need to live in a world
that has gravity.
- 1768. - From helicopter parenting
- 1769. through safe spaces
- 1770. if that's what
you've been exposed to
- 1771. and therefore you haven't
experienced any physical risk,
- 1772. any emotional risk,
any intellectual risk,
- 1773. of course you are fragile.
- 1774. How could you be anything but?
- 1775. - Children are the future,
- 1776. but we are the present,
- 1777. and we're the adults.
- 1778. Could we just
bring back order,
- 1779. and could the faculty
- 1780. on these campuses
- 1781. act like adults who are
in charge of these kids
- 1782. who need some gravity
in their life?
- 1783. Thank you.
- 1784. - Thank you all for your
- 1785. We appreciate that,
- 1786. I think Congress broke
some new ground today,
- 1787. first reference ever
to "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!"
- 1788. in a congressional hearing.
- 1789. So there was talk earlier
about a speech code.
- 1790. Seems to me the speech code's
- 1791. the one that's right behind me,
- 1792. Isn't that the speech code
- 1793. the First Amendment itself?
- 1794. Speech code and common sense,
as Mr. Carolla's talked about.
- 1795. - This is about individualism
- 1796. and fighting
for your own capacity
- 1797. to think and create a society
that you want to live in,
- 1798. not one that's just thrust
- 1799. The best thing you can do
is sometimes realize
- 1800. that you have to pick
a moment to fight.
- 1801. - According to the settlement,
the $123,000 will go to pay
- 1802. the legal fees for
the U-Dub College Republicans.
- 1803. - We have reached
a settlement deal with them.
- 1804. We've gotten everything
- 1805. plus our lawyer's fees
- 1806. and the school can't charge us
security fees anymore.
- 1807. This is a massive victory
for free speech on campus,
- 1808. and I think it's going
to prove to be that way
- 1809. for not just this campus
but other campuses.
- 1810. - The University
of California Berkeley
- 1811. paid conservative groups
- 1812. to settle
a free-speech lawsuit.
- 1813. - This is important not just
for conservative students
- 1814. but for all students,
- 1815. and one of the things
that our clients try to do
- 1816. is bring important speakers
- 1817. that they don't usually get
to hear from on campus,
- 1818. and even liberal students
benefit from that.
- 1819. - I prefer clarity
- 1820. These are fellow students
- 1821. if you're a student here
- 1822. and they are a left of center.
- 1823. I am right of center,
- 1824. and my hope is that we can
clarify where we differ.
- 1825. So, Dave and John,
please come out.
- 1826. - This journey that we've
- 1827. What has struck home with me
- 1828. is the fact that there's so many
people that are on our side,
- 1829. that you should be able to share
ideas with other human beings
- 1830. without fear of being fired
from your job
- 1831. or kicked off a campus
or shouted down.
- 1832. - Anybody who comes to speak
to you and you disagree with,
- 1833. you should have an argument
- 1834. but you shouldn't silence them
- 1835. "You can't come because,
- 1836. I'm too sensitive
to hear what you have to say."
- 1837. - I'm wondering,
how do you propose
- 1838. that we as the future
- 1839. can begin to actually fight
against these challenges?
- 1840. - How do we turn the tide,
- 1841. - So the way out...
- 1842. is start saying
what you believe.
- 1843. I know that sounds so simple.
- 1844. - There are many,
many people out there
- 1845. who are similarly
- 1846. Find courage and speak.
- 1847. - I really don't regret
anything that I said
- 1848. or anything that I did,
- 1849. because I know that the names
that I've been called
- 1850. around campus really
- 1851. and that they really don't
- 1852. and that I can be
and I should be who I am.
- 1853. And I know that
I did the right thing
- 1854. in love and respect
and in truth.
- 1855. - If you truly are not racist,
if you're not a bigot,
- 1856. if you're not a homophobe
- 1857. or any of these other
- 1858. if you're none of those things,
- 1859. you'll realize the water
isn't so cold
- 1860. when you jump into the pool.
- 1861. - All the good intentions
in the world
- 1862. amount to nothing
without one thing.
- 1863. It is the single
most important thing
- 1864. in doing good on Planet Earth—
- 1865. You cannot do good if you
are afraid of being attacked,
- 1866. but the first thing is to
decide, "I will be courageous."
- 1867. - Tonight's concert
featuring Dennis Prager
- 1868. kicked off a couple
of hours ago,
- 1869. but it looks like
a planned boycott
- 1870. of the event has backfired.
- 1871. I'm told that inside
the concert hall
- 1872. there's not one empty seat.
- 1873. It's a total sellout.
- 1874. - It's hard to deal
with all that love.
- 1875. It is, actually.
- 1876. Thank you all for coming.
- 1877. I've seen the world;
I've been abroad
- 1878. every single year
since I was 20.
- 1879. This uniqueness of America,
the "so what"...
- 1880. So you're a Turk
and you're a Jew,
- 1881. and you're a this and you're
a that, it doesn't matter.
- 1882. Why?
- 1883. Because we celebrate the human,
not the group.
- 1884. - America was built on ideas,
- 1885. and I built a living for
myself talking about ideas.
- 1886. The only way we separate the
good ideas from the bad ideas
- 1887. is to be free to say
whatever we want about them.
- 1888. We're not all going to agree,
- 1889. but that's what makes us
- 1890. and we can't lose that,
- 1891. because this car is
too much fun to drive.
- 1892. - America's not perfect.
- 1893. Liberty's not easy.
- 1894. It's not always comfortable,
- 1895. but liberty is the flame
- 1896. that lights the path
of human progress,
- 1897. and we find our way
by raising our voices
- 1898. in debate and dissent.
- 1899. For ideas, for disagreement,
- 1900. for being who you want to be,
- 1901. America is the true
- 1902. - I feel the same way
about this as I feel about...
- 1903. terrorism, which is...
- 1904. Huh, something just—
- 1905. Oh, there's a bee up there,
- 1906. just pooped on me,
or whatever that thing—
- 1907. - You have bee poop on you?
- I swear to God, I just did.
- 1908. - I've never been pooped on
by a bee.
- 1909. - Yeah, well,
maybe it pollinated me.
- 1910. - Oh, my goodness.
- 1911. - You're good.
- You got the bee?
- 1912. - That was great.
- That's nice.
- 1913. - But you realize
you cannot say,
- 1914. "No animal was killed
in the making of this film."