University of Oregon President Says Silencing Speech Is Close to ‘Fascism’

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University of Oregon President Michael Schill argued that the leftist practice of shutting down campus speaking events is “awfully close” to “fascism” this week.

In an op-ed for the New York Times this week, University of Oregon President Michael Schill argued that the repeated attempts across the country by leftist students to shut down political speech is “awfully close to the language and practices of those the students say they vehemently oppose.” Schill’s column comes just a few weeks after students shut down his scheduled speech at the university in which he had planned to announce an anonymous $50 million donation.

“Fundamentally, fascism is about the smothering of dissent,” he wrote. “Every university in the country has history classes that dig into fascist political movements and examine them along very clear-eyed lines. Fascist regimes rose to power by attacking free speech, threatening violence against those who opposed them, and using fear and the threat of retaliation to intimidate dissenters.”

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