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Antifa Crashes Libertarian Talk

The libertarian society at King’s College London hosted classical liberal YouTuber Carl Benjamin, known as Sargon of Akkad, and Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute to discuss Ayn Rand’s super radical theory of objectivism, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation. Around 300 people signed up to attend the event, but a day after an Antifa-oriented group announced they would protest it, administrators prevented 200 people from attending by making the event student-only. But not even the remaining 100 students got to hear the whole talk.

Antifa reportedly injured a security officer and threw smoke bombs, as well. The speakers ended up having to move their event off-campus for a crowd of only around 30, about a tenth of the planned size.

Now, King’s College London told me it condemns violent protest, that its police are investigating the incident, and that it will decide on “appropriate action to be taken,” which I’m guessing means they haven’t arrested any Antifa members who, covered in all black, aren’t identifiable on video either.

Remember the 18th Century Black Act? The since-repealed British law made lurking around in a mask punishable by death in some cases. Now, I’m not advocating anything so extreme, but why do college administrators think these young adults are wearing masks? To help someone with their homework? The schoolyard cops and robbers game isn’t exactly something 20-year-olds play. If university campuses really want to clamp down on far-left violence, they need to start unmasking the perpetrators.

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