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Do you think this map is accurate at dividing Europe into different regions according to geography and culture?

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Here is an excerpt from local TV station KOB4's coverage of the events.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren was scheduled to speak at the University of New Mexico Thursday night.

Lahren was invited as a guest speaker by the Turning Point USA student chapter at UNM.

However, a large crowd of protesters were upset Lahren was on campus during the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, according to Maddie Pukite, UNM student and managing editor at the Daily Lobo. Lahren has stirred up controversy with past statements about the Black Lives Matter movement and immigration.

Inside the Student Union Building on campus, cell phone video shows protesters outside the doors to the ballroom where Lahren was speaking.

UNM said a hole in the wall was made by protestors. University officials said they are “investigating these incidents and will hold anyone who violated the law or University policies accountable.”

Lahren and students inside the ballroom were escorted out. UNM officials said there were no injuries reported.

I'm no fan of Tomi Lahren or TPUSA (and have no real doubt they wouldn't use the same tactics were the social dynamics in their favor) but this seems explicitly the thing conservatives mean when they say left* wing "cancel culture," which I'll tentatively define as "coordinated social pressure intended to induce a third party into disassociating from a target based on alleged moral transgressions."

* I think it's wrong to conflate it with "the left" in general; it's not everyone on the left, but a small, determined minority.

In this case, the protestors even used physical and verbal intimidation to the point where UNM officials felt the need to escort Lahren and the students out. This was also a state university, with which the sponsoring group and speaker had both received approval for the event.

This is not how liberal democracies behave. There's an old saying that solution to bad speech is more speech. If the speech is so bad that it's about to incite lawless action, then the proper authorities can make that call and shut it down. There are civil remedies for tortious speech. To have crowds of protestors make these decisions, or force the authorities to make them in the name of public safety, is not a liberal society but vigilantism.

On the one hand this is simply counterproductive. Rather than change anyone's mind who came to hear her speak, the protestors have likely validated her claims in the eyes of her audience there and elsewhere. Yet it also acts to justify (in their eyes, not morally or legally) right wing groups who want to shut down speech or activism through acts of intimidation.

I can CMV if someone presents a compelling argument why normalizing this as an acceptable tactic is a good thing regardless of the fact right wingers will use it, too, or some consistent principle that can help us differentiate "good" uses of this tactic from "bad" ones.

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