Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The UC Berkely College Republicans recently invited a controversial speaker on campus and this sparked protest. Students responded by rioting. Fires were set, windows were broken and molotov cocktails were thrown, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The irony is that UC Berkely is the birth of the free speech movement where students in the 1960's defied rules that prevented them from setting up political material the administration didn't agree with. Berkeley College Republicans,responded  “The Free Speech Movement is dead,” the group said in a statement posted on its website. “Last night, the Berkeley College Republicans’ constitutional right to free speech was silenced by criminals and thugs seeking to cancel Milo Yiannopoulos’ tour. Their success is a defeat for civilized society and the free exchange of ideas on college campuses across America.”