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Demonstrators break a shop window during a protest against the election of Republican Donald Trump as president of the United States in Portland, Ore., Nov. 11, 2016. REUTERS/William Gagan

Liberal Intolerance for Conservative Ideas Is Inspiring Violence

Liberal Intolerance for Conservative Ideas Is Inspiring Violence

Left wing protests aimed at blocking a speech by libertarian sociologist Charles Murray turned violent late last week. Not only did organized protesters shout down his speech, but afterward a mob of protesters attacked both Murray and Middlebury professor Allison Stanger. The latter is actually a political liberal, and a critic of Murray’s, who was scheduled

State Rep. Rick Becker speaks in favor of his legislation to outlaw "safe spaces" on North Dakota college campuses.

Video: Legislation Banning “Safe Spaces” on North Dakota Campuses Passes State House

HB1329, introduced by Rep. Rick Becker of Bismarck, got a “do not pass” recommendation from the House Education Committee. But when the bill came to the floor the full House overturned the committee’s recommendation and passed it on a 65-25 vote. You can read the text of the legislation here. It’s a little complicated, but

The Left Condones Violence Because They Think They’re Fighting Evil

Violence and intimidation have become hallmarks of left wing politics in America. Trump’s election was met with days of violent rioting. His inauguration saw more violence in the streets of Washington DC and elsewhere. Left wing #NoDAPL groups pursued the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s case against the Dakota Access Pipeline with acts of violence. The

A man is arrested by North Dakota Law Enforcement during a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Anti-Mask Law Aimed at #NoDAPL Riots Is Understandable but Still Silly

Over the last year, as riotous extremists descended on North Dakota to sow violence and discord as a means to block the Dakota Access Pipeline, it became not at all unusual to see photos of said extremists wearing masks covering their face. North Dakota lawmakers want to make that act – wearing a mask during

Jack Russell Weinstein, a UND philosophy professor of 16 years, was recently included on ProfessorWatchList.org which seeks to collect "specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls."

Professor Watch Lists Are Dumb, but Don’t Ignore Academia’s Hostility to Right-of-Center Thinking

In an editorial today the Grand Forks Herald rightly denounces ProfessorWatchlist.org, a database which seeks to collect “specific incidents and names of professors that advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” What occasioned the Herald’s reaction was the inclusion of a professor of philosophy from the University of North Dakota on the list. “A huge reason why so

John Tweten of Grafton, N.D. is voting for Donald Trump. (Jaison Empson/CBC News)

For Over 100 Years North Dakotans Didn’t Have the Right to Free Speech on Election Day

The long, dreary national election ends today. How long and dreary has it been? “In the time since the first major-party nominees announced their candidacy in early 2015, our then-5-month-old baby has become a walking, talking toddler and our spirited kindergartner has become an even more spirited second-grader,” my colleague Kris Kerzman writes in a

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event in support of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,U.S., September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Barack Obama Thinks We Have Too Much Free Speech, Proposes Safe Spaces From Scary Ideas

A provocative headline? Sure. But I’m not sure how else to interpret these comments made by President Obama recently at a conference in Pittsburgh: “We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to,” Obama said at an innovation conference in Pittsburgh. “There has to

UND presidential candidate Mark Kennedy answers questions during his interview with the State Board Higher Education on Tuesday morning at UND Gorecki Alumni Center. (Jesse Trelstad/ Grand Forks Herald)

UND President Rejects Student Demands for “Zero Tolerance” Policy Towards Controversial Speech

College campuses are, on the whole these days, not an entirely welcoming place when it comes to controversial speech. From comedians afraid to tell provocative jokes at college gigs to political speakers unwelcome becomes they don’t adhere to certain progressive dogmas, America’s campuses have developed a belligerent sort of opposition to diversity of thought and speech.

Hey Republicans, Leave Facebook Alone

I was as disturbed as anyone at the news that Facebook has been gaming its own influential trending topics list, suppressing conservative news stories and inserting other stories management felt were important. But does Congress really need to get involved? WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee demanded on Tuesday that Facebook explain

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