Bias Response Teams? Are you fucking kidding me?

by w3woody

How ‘Joke’ Doc Revealed Best, And Worst, In College Kids

HiT: You experienced some blowback while screening the film. Can you briefly detail what that looked like?

Balaker: We’ve had cases of people tearing down promotional posters on campus. At UC Irvine someone pulled a fire alarm before a screening and Q&A I was scheduled to participate in. The alarm basically cancelled the whole event. And of course recently there was the fallout at Lawrence University where protesters interrupted a screening, followed soon after by the student organization that hosted the screening being denied recognition.

There were plenty of angry letters, so-called “bias reports” (if your readers want to get really depressed they should read about the emergence of “Bias Response Teams“), and a public message from a dean in which she addresses the fallout.

“Bias Response Teams?”

The Fire: First National Survey of ‘Bias Response Teams’ Reveals Growing Threat to Campus Free Speech

Today, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released the first-ever nationwide survey of college “Bias Response Teams” (BRTs)—and the growing threat they pose to free speech on campus.

BRTs encourage students to formally report on one another and on faculty members whenever they subjectively perceive that someone’s speech is “biased.” FIRE’s 2017 Bias Response Team Report identified 232 public and private American colleges and universities that publicly maintained bias response programs during the course of 2016, affecting an estimated 2.8 million students. 182 of these institutions are also featured in FIRE’s Spotlight database of campus speech codes.

“BRTs encourage students to formally report on one another and on faculty members whenever they subjectively perceive that someone’s speech is ‘biased.'”

What. The. Fucking. Hell?

If you read this and you are not immediately reminded of the Soviet Union’s political commissars, officers whose duty was to supervise the political education and ideology of those in the field, and to guard against (and punish) anti-Revolutionary (i.e., anti-communist) thought, then you are a mother-fucking moron who needs to be put in the care of a registered nurse in a mental ward to make sure you don’t poke your eye out the next time you use a fork.

What we in the West tend to forget is that the most extreme soul-crushing (and life-crushing) ideologies of the past century often started with students rebelling against the established order. The Communist Revolution in the Soviet Union (which eventually led to purges where millions were murdered) was started with the active participation of college students. The Chinese communist revolution started similarly. The NSDAP in Germany had the active cooperation of college student groups and the SA recruited from colleges, making college-age students amongst the first NAZIs as Hitler rose to power.

Hugo Chávez had huge support amongst college-age students as he seized power in Venezuela and turned that country into a basket case. Che Guevara shirts are still popular amongst college-age hipsters.


To what end we are seeing the rise of “Bias Response Teams” (i.e., Political Commissars) in various colleges, I don’t know. But the pattern is extremely troubling.

And given their coordination with groups such as the various local “Black Lives Matters” groups who have sometimes resorted to violence against the police (and who often tend to support murdering police, even if they do not actively participate themselves), and we are seeing a very dark side of the progressive-liberal movement.


Many liberals reading this may think the rise of Trump is a very worrying development.

And I respect that idea.

But if you actually take the time to talk to Trump supporters (rather than engaging in name calling and beating them senseless), you find they supported Trump for two reasons: because they believe government has gotten too powerful, and because they believe Trump can counteract the Left.

And counteract decades of pressure. Of decades of liberal bias in the media. Of decades of destructive and violent protests. Of decades of obscenities and racism.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Even in politics, even though it may take a couple of decades. For years the lesson the right has learned is that to succeed, you have to be willing to engage in violent protests, promulgate lies and take over the cultural institutions which define how we perceive the world.

And now that conservatives have seen beloved classical institutions fall into chaos, it’s hard not to pick up the tools of the Left and use them against the Left.


To some degree, there has always been a strong tendency for opposition politics to descend into violence in the United States. But for a few decades after World War I there was a belief, to some degree, that those who opposed your political beliefs were part of a loyal opposition: while they may disgree with you, they were loyal to the country and were doing what they believed was best for the United States.

That’s over now.

It may have taken a few decades for the Right to catch on, but they have.

This means that with each riot shutting down a conservative voice, with each “bais report” filed against a student for thoughtcrime, for each “news reporter” who deliberately picks and chooses their facts to fit their confirmation bias, a score card is being kept.

And it will be played.


I honestly think the Left will miss the civility of the past when they’ve succeeded in destroying it.

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