Since the Civil War, American politics has always had a place for the most bigoted and socially unacceptable views. From the Ku Klux Klan to the various neo-Nazi gangs of organised thugs that marched in Charlottesville, the politics of hate have always been part of, and at times shaped, American history.
Your vote for the Liberal Democrats on the 8th of June is not a rejection of the divisive politics of today, but an endorsement of the politics that have created it. Your vote for the Liberal Democrats on the 8th of June is not one that can win an election, but one that will only serve to strengthen the Theresa May against the Labour Party, the only party capable of beating the right.
That is why the Women's Marches, taking place in London and around the world are so important - people, defying their class, race and gender, marching in solidarity against discrimination and hatred in every form.
If the United States of America has just elected a budding Caligula to lead it then we should be very afraid. Caligula was stabbed by a Praetorian Centurion whom he insulted for having a high voice. Living Gods they may be, but the Emperors of our times are not immortal.
Yes, the ideas advocated by Milo do nothing to further human welfare and prosperity, and yes, these ideas should be stamped out. But the way to stamp them out is not through forcefully banning them, but rather through confident and articulate debate, and I am confident that in a Q&A session in which Milo is faced not by young men who think he is a hero, or young women who think he is a monster, but by students who are willing to challenge the essence of his ideas; he would have been unpleasantly surprised.
22/11/2016 13:51 GMT
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