post">Posted by: Steve Smith at March 9, 2003 02:31 PM

Steve -- I just don't think anyone (or at least Hitchens) is calling for his criminal prosecution. And Tony's got a point -- the papers may be distributed for free, but that's only because it's subsidized by the advertisers, who have agreed to pay X depending on Y thousand of papers being made freely available. ... As a once and future newpspaer-publisher type, I actually *pine for* an act such as this, because then you'd have someone to mock & crucify on your front page every day, and the publicity would be nothing but good. But I've got a lot of bad ideas.....

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 9, 2003 02:48 PM

Steve,

We could name a lot of conduct that "offend[s] the sensibilities of many," has "shock value," and expresses an "oppositional view," but does not merit protection as free speech. One can defend Bates by claiming that his act wasn't theft, but invoking the 1st amendment doesn't seem to be of any help.

Posted by: Greg at March 10, 2003 07:06 AM

I was actually there, as there in 1963 when the "movement" actually started. It began as a huge group of students actually pissed off at the education we were not getting. This was a school that boasted a collection of Nobel Prize winners on the faculty un-matched in the world and students actually went there to be taught by this august and renowned faculty (not me, I went there to drink and screw and have other people take my tests for me). Now this hot shot faculty never taught ONE MINUTE of classes. Not one renowned prof bothered to teach a class. This started as a rebellion AGAINST the snotty and useless TA's who pretended to teach. The University was in termoil long before Savio seized on the moment and made it into something else.

Then it got crazy.

I don't know if these self important professors bother to teach these days or not.

Posted by: Howard Veit at March 11, 2003 12:07 PM
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