Brave coed stood up to hate & threats after saying socialism is more dangerous than the virus


Evita Duffy, a conservative Hispanic woman who attends the University of Chicago, signed up for the University’s Institute of Politics (IOP) to participate in a digital initiative, called “I vote because…,”

The examples they gave were left-wing and included Medicare for All and children shouldn’t be kept in cages.

Expecting a lively debate, she wrote, “I vote because the coronavirus won’t destroy America, but socialism will.”

A believer in free speech, she never expected the response she got.

Her fellow students attacked, “my character, my intellect, my family, my appearance, and even threatened me with physical violence, using foul and offensive language. I was called a racist and a xenophobe. Some compared me to animals. Others declared that they would personally stop me from voting, and many defended the personal attacks, saying I deserved to be bullied and that I don’t belong at the University of Chicago on account of my beliefs. I was told by many that I was the most hated person on campus. It was frightening. It was also hurtful since some of the attacks came from people I considered friends.”

“The fact is, as awful as the coronavirus is, killing a total of 12 people nationwide and over 3,000 globally, its number of victims pales in comparison to the tens of millions of people who have died at the hands of socialism and communism,” she writes in an article at ‘The Chicago Maroon.’

One student said she was entitled “to a brick wall,” in other words, execution if she doesn’t believe in a system — socialism — “that eliminates violence on a systemic level or face the consequences.”

She refused to give in.

The administration and the IOP did not come to her defense. She stands alone for free speech and freedom. Her effort to discuss socialism versus capitalism was not allowed. Yet, it is socialism — communism — that killed more than 100 million people.

She called for the University “to live up to its own standards and set an example of civility, diversity, and tolerance during these hyper-partisan times.”

Her piece is brilliant and you can read it here.

This is literally insane. These fascists are accusing Ms. Duffy of exactly what they are doing. Universities are supposed to be safe places for debate, free speech, and intellectual growth, and all across the nation, the students are told the opposite.

How did we get here in our universities and how do we get out of this?

Will no one stand up for Evita Duffy and free speech on campus?

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Francis W. Porretto
2 years ago

Commenter 1 above is correct that the Left’s resort to threats and defamation indicates the weakness of their arguments. (“The fascists cannot argue, so they kill.” — Victor Marguerite) Nevertheless, they have succeeded in suppressing contrary views through those tactics, because they go unmet. They will continue to succeed until we meet them on their own chosen battleground…at which point (of course) they will posture as the icons of tolerance while accusing us of exactly what they’ve been doing all along.

herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
2 years ago

Result of years of regressive teachings against Capitalism and lies about Communism

Mystery Men
Mystery Men
2 years ago

She did this in Chicago? Maybe there is some hope out there. In line with John G’s comment whatever happened to I may disagree with you but I defend your right to disagree.
Many questions about who originated the quote but it is a still a good idea.
Another good one growing up was sticks and stones may hurt me but words never will.
All of that is out the window of the glass dollhouse of delusion.
Ayn Rand has a great quote about the individual being the ultimate minority.

John Guynup Guynup
John Guynup Guynup
2 years ago

In the 60s liberals were vocal but tolerant. I was a conserative that drank with liberals. We were friends even if we had different politics. Today liberals are against free speech and freedom of expression, they have become rabid beasts.

2 years ago

If I were her when someone tried to shut up my opinion I would simply say to them that they must have a really weak argument if the only way that they can win it is to prevent my side from even speaking. Their demands that I submit to their opinions are proof that they are intolerant bigots.