Texas Professor Triggers Free Speech Fight After Calling For The Death Of All Police By Strangulation with the “Intestines of the Last Capitalist”

Midwestern State University in Texas Professor Nathan Jun has triggered a free speech fight in Texas after a series of unhinged, hateful statements on social media. Wearing an Antifa teeshirt on social media, Jun has lashed out at police, capitalists, and politicians.  His views are extreme and offensive. They are also, in my view, entirely protected. Much like the banning of Louis Farrakhan discussed yesterday, Jun is the test of our true commitment to free speech. By supporting this right to speak, we support the right of everyone, including the vast majority who view Jun’s comments as deeply unsettling and obnoxious.

I recently testified in the Senate on Antifa and its growing popularity on our campuses with both faculty and students, including my own campus. Antifa is an openly violent and vehemently anti-free speech movement — views that should make it anathema for any intellectual or academic.

Jun however is the very face of Antifa: intolerant, intimidating, and rageful. Even among extremists within Antifa, Jun is a standout. He has called for the abolishing of police and thrilled supporters in calling for the killing of officers. Last month,  KFDX noted comments by Jun, including “I want the entire world to burn until the last cop is strangled with the intestines of the last capitalist, who is strangled in turn with the intestines of the last politician.”

The line was clearly a paraphrasing of the famous statement by Denis Diderot that “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”

Hundreds have supported Jun including a graduate student association that suggested that the opposition to his comments were the result of anti-semitism and attacks on “otherism”:

“[Dr. Jun] is not a terrorist or anything of the kind. He is of Polish Jewish descent, and the grandson of Holocaust survivors. Given Dr. Jun’s background, we cannot help but see the anti-Semitic overtones of an angry conservative mob in a region politically dominated by evangelical Christianity, singling out Dr. Jun as an enemy ‘other.'”

Putting aside his hatred for police and capitalists, what is interesting about this statement is Jun’s desire to have a system without politicians.  He stated “I do long to live in a world in which we no longer have cops, which we no longer have capitalists and which we no longer have politicians. Because those are my political beliefs and I own them and I make no apologies for those beliefs.”

Of course a system without politicians would mean a country without democratic processes. That would seem to be a call for authoritarian rule or  the “withering away” of the State under Marxism. Friedrich Engels stated in Anti-Dühring:

The interference of the state power in social relations becomes superfluous in one sphere after another, and then ceases of itself. The government of persons is replaced by the administration of things and the direction of the processes of production. The state is not “abolished”, it withers away.

Again, such views should be entirely protected. ndeed I view them as welcomed on a campus where the diversity of ideas is the very foundation for learning. Unfortunately, Jun’s apparent embrace of Antifa puts him at odds with such diversity of thought. We have been discussing the comprehensive effort, from classrooms to newsrooms, to enforce a new orthodoxy in public discourse. Antifa furthers this movement by adding a menacing element of violence. It often seeks to trigger violent confrontations, particularly with the police. It is all part of achieving what Antifa calls “no platforming,” or denying people with opposing views the ability to be heard.

Dartmouth Professor Mark Bray, the author of a book entitled “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” is one of the chief enablers of these protesters. Bray speaks positively of the effort to supplant traditional views of free speech: “At the heart of the anti-fascist outlook is a rejection of the classical liberal phrase that says I disapprove of what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” He defines anti-fascists as “illiberal” who reject the notion that far right views deserve to “coexist” with opposing views.

Jun’s unhinged ravings come right out of the “Antifa Handbook.” Yet, while supporting the most prominent anti-free speech movement in the United States, Jun has denounced the university for failing to support his right to free speech while seeking money on GoFundMe:

“Throughout all of this, my employer exhibited an utterly callous disregard for my safety and well-being, making no effort whatsoever to defend me (either privately or publicly) or to protect my rights more generally. Instead, the president of the university administration eventually broke her prolonged radio silence by sending me a terse email alleging that I had ‘violated the university’s academic freedom and responsibility policy’ and implicitly threatening me with reprisal if I continued to speak out publicly on issues of race and racism.”

Jun has objected that people are calling for his own death after he called for the death of every single police officer.

Putting aside his glaring hypocrisy over free speech, Jun is indeed protected by both free speech and academic freedom. To its credit, the Foundation for Individual Rights for Education (FIRE) has helped him and sent a letter to Midwestern University President Suzanne Shipley to defend his right to speak.

This month in a Facebook post on October 1, Shipley called Nun’s post “abhorrent and disgusting,” as well as “antithetical to our institutional values.” She added:

“That being said, please know this: we have conferred with and are being capably advised by the office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas. We are committed to monitoring this situation with their guidance and will take decisive action if a line is crossed beyond that of speech protected by the First Amendment. Additionally, no students will be required to enroll in or complete Professor Jun’s courses. Alternatives will be provided even now if the student requests them.”

So long as Jun is speaking outside of the school as a private person, I do not see the line being crossed.  I only wish that Jun showed the same tolerance for opposing views. Instead he has openly supported Antifa which has engaged in violence against speakers and fellow academics as part of its “no platforming” agenda. However, we cannot let his hateful and hypocritical statements deter us from protecting the values that Antifa seeks to destroy. Ironically, his case could be important to support free speech against people like himself. He can then continue to spew his intolerant ideas and thrill supporters with his violent ideations. Jun is the price we pay for free speech.

 

171 thoughts on “Texas Professor Triggers Free Speech Fight After Calling For The Death Of All Police By Strangulation with the “Intestines of the Last Capitalist””

    1. Mr Donald Trump must declare life time president of america because Russia,Chin , Korea. already declare their Life time president so now it is American’s turn to take such step to protect number one position in the world and for this Donald trump is perfect choice

  1. JT, my concern is that you won’t draw a line when public speech veers into death threats and calls for violent lawbreaking. How can you justify speech that goes so far as to use threats of personal attack to bully and intimidate? Have you no standards of civility?
    Last time I looked, death threats against a person or hated group were illegal.

    1. The Bulwark? Didn’t you used to hate those guys when they were Bush Republicans. Birds of feather. Queeg willed his ball bearings to Joe Biden.

  2. Trump blamed for coronavirus deaths.

    Coronavirus in N.Y. nursing homes.

    Politifact May 20, 2020

    Orders impact (Cuomo’s order)

    Nursing homes felt pressure to accept coronavirus patients following the March 25 order.
    The AMDA-Soceity for Post Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine issued a statement on
    March 26 opposing the order: we find the New York State Advisory to be over-reaching, not
    consistent with science, unenforceable, and beyond all, not in the least consistent with
    patient safety principles. A joint statement by that organization and others in long-term care
    three days later reinforced their objections.

    Yuo can google it at:
    New York’s nursing homes policy was not fully in line wth CDC

    We should remember that Cuomo didn’t even us the hospital ship that Trump sent.

    The Center for Desease Control issues the guidlines to the states. The states have the responsibility
    To follow the guidlines.

    The blame game doesn’t hold water.

  3. “They’re not gonna stop.”

    – Kamala Harris
    _____________

    President Trump is a private businessman who is literally “serving” America in an attempt to correct the disasters created by liberals, “career politicians” and societal parasites, and to “drain the swamp” over which the Deep Deep State of Global Communism holds dominion.

    Kamala Harris is a barren woman with no relevant life experience or human perspective. What good is a barren woman? The only thing human beings can do which persists is replicate; to have babies. Kamala Harris knows nothing of that most essential of human experiences. Kamala Harris knows politics. She traded sex with the very-married-with-children Willy Brown for political career advancement – she’s a lot like Hillary. She rented a nice white family for this election. Kamala Harris is a fraud who knows she is not even eligible for the office as both her parents were foreign citizens at the time of her birth and she has no possibility of being a “natural born citizen” as required by the Constitution for the office of president – congress and senate require that a candidate be merely a “citizen” (If Kamala Harris is a “natural born citizen,” who is not – who is a citizen?). As Obama and Hillary accomplished nothing but corruption, subterfuge, intrigue and quests-for-power-for-power’s-sake in their lives, Kamala Harris is also vainly seeking the political limelight as a stooge of the Deep Deep State; the “Swamp.”

    Kamala Harris has no children; no family; no perspective.

    Kamala Harris is a fraud with a contrived political “career.”

    Kamala Harris is nothing and will have created not one penny of wealth and nothing of any import or lasting value in this life.

    Why is Kamala Harris running for president (Biden will be immediately removed under the 25th Amendment)?

    She has nothing else to do.

  4. Latinos are for Trump because President Trump has been a champion of jobs, opportunity, and the values of Latino Americans across the Country!

    White heavy check mark Record HIGH high school graduation rates
    White heavy check mark Record LOW poverty rates
    White heavy check mark Lowest unemployment rate in HISTORY

    1. hahaha the code “White heavy check mark” showed up! should read:

      Latinos are for Trump because President Trump has been a champion of jobs, opportunity, and the values of Latino Americans across the Country!

      Record HIGH high school graduation rates
      Record LOW poverty rates
      Lowest unemployment rate in HISTORY

    1. Kamala is smug, elitist, condescending, evasive, unlikeable, irritating, smug, smug, smug. Wipe that smirking smug smile off your face Kamala!

      1. “Mr. Vice President I’m speaking” was the usual Kamala modus operandi…completely inauthentic, canned, rehearsed, staged….with t-shirts, mugs, viral ads,and media ‘mansplaining’ talking points ALL loaded up and ready to go. What a phony she is. Not even the Dems liked her in the primaries. She imploded.

          1. Harris lied many times.
            Harris erred many times.
            Harris answered direct questions many times less than Pence.
            The moderator pressed Pence much harder than Harris.

            Since certain things appeal to Democrats:
            Pence was more Presidential.
            Pence was more polite to Harris
            Pence was more polished than Harris.
            Pence’s language was better that Harris.
            Pence’s facial expressions were better than Harris
            Harris appeared nasty.
            Harris appeared unprepared except for democrat talking points.
            Harris appeared untrustworthy.

      2. Not going to whether I Like or Dislike Harris or Pence, I will say this….

        When someone cuts you off in a debate. Wait for their next turn and just brutishly cut them off, and don’t stop talking until you’re done.

        And go, What!? 2 can play that game. With a 😉 face.

        She tried to do it the “nice way.” LOL, screw being nice. This is politics!

      3. Trump is smug, elitist, condescending, evasive, unlikeable, irritating, smug, smug, smug. Wipe that smirking smug smile off your face Trump!

        1. All those characteristics might be true to a degree, more or less. In fact a lot of people don’t like Trump at all but they are voting for him. Why? Because he has been an effective President and has benefited the population as a whole. Biden seems a lot more personable, but unlike Trump his family used Biden’s office to enrich themselves and Joe Biden likely was deeply involved. Is Biden a criminal? I don’t know based on law but for him to let this happen means he doesn’t have the leadership skills to be President.

          Trump has been tremendous with regard to foreign policy and the economy. Unlike Democrats he believes in federalism and more freedom down the line to the individual. I’ll provide one example of a Trump success that Democrats stay clear of because for ~ 50 years Presidents have failed to meet their promises. Trump promised and he performed.

          Peace in the middle east between Israel and its neighbors.

          That eluded many Presidents though Carter was able to get peace between Israel and Egypt. All Americans gave Carter credit, but that was not the case for Trump. The democrat party has become quite anti-American and power hungry. They need to be badly defeated to permit entry of a revised party that has principles and cares about the American people. Right now all they care about are their big donors that send American jobs to China while permitting free access from the south to keep wages down.

  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XxLR2r5oPg

    “They’re not gonna stop.”

    “[Christopher Wray] charged 6 men for plotting with members of a militia group after they were “discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law enforcement components,…”

    – Jordan Lancaster
    _______________

    When will Christopher Wray prosecute Antifa, Black Lives Matter and the co-conspirators in the Obama Coup D’etat in America?

    When will Christopher Wray investigate to find which communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) in America contacted China and requested that their General Secretary and Dear Leader, Xi Jinping, release the “China Flu, 2020” in a presidential election year?

  6. Biden speaking in Nevada apparently thought he was in Arizona.
    Biden pulled his mask down to cough.
    Biden called for a 15 million dollar minimum wage.
    Biden said the people have no right to know his plans on court packing.

    And he is probably less dangerous than Kamala.

    1. If Republicans want to talk about court packing, they should be ready to talk about the flip side: Republicans like Grassley, Hatch, Sessions, Graham, Cornyn, Lee, Cruz, Collins, Blunt, Rubio, Portman, Alexander, Flake, Cotton and others all sponsoring legislation in 2013 to reduce the size of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals from 11 to 8 in order to prevent Obama from filling 3 vacancies.

      Trump says he won’t share his health care plan until after the election. He’s been promising a plan for years. He hasn’t delivered. Biden is less dangerous than Trump, that’s for certain.

      1. Biden is less dangerous than Trump, that’s for certain.

        ***
        You wouldn’t think so if Biden pulled his mask down to cough in your direction.

          1. Anonymous writes to Young, “Dude, read the news.”

            It’s strange but quite obvious to anyone on the blog that not only does Young read the news, but he can comprehend it something that you fail at continuously.

              1. Anonymous, your photograph looks better than anyone would have expected. It was a nice idea to change the pacifier into a wind instrument demonstrating what you do best. Pass wind.

                1. Allan, Yes, your photograph looks better than anyone would have expected. It was a nice idea to change the pacifier into a wind instrument demonstrating what you do best. Pass wind.

      2. “Biden is less dangerous than Trump, that’s for certain.”

        We all know Kamala Harris is the real candidate. She still hasn’t answered hard questions.

        1. Neither party would want to pack the courts if the courts hadn’t gone extrajudicial and injected themselves so deeply into legislative and executive matters.

          They went political only to become a political football. Of course they are going to be kicked around by both sides.

        2. It seems that you are saying that it was wrong for Repulicans to pack the court in Arizona. I completely agree. So if it was wrong to pack the court in Arizona for political purposes shouldn’t it be wrong to pack the Supreme Court for political purposes? Should the Democrats stoop to the bad actions of the Republicans or should they remain more righteous.

          1. Do YOU think what Republicans have done is wrong? If so, why aren’t you condemning them?

            Republicans were threatening to let Scalia’s seat remain empty for 4 years if Clinton had won in 2016. Republican Senators kept federal court seats empty for years rather than let Obama fill them.

            Should Republicans reap what they’ve sown?

      3. The Senate Democrats did everything they could to block Justice Kavanaugh. If the Democrats would have had control of the Senate they would have blocked Kavanaugh. I would not have liked it but it goes both ways depending on which party has control of the Senate. When the Republicans had the Presidency and the Senate they made no attempt to pack the court.

        Joe Biden quotes:

        July 5, 2019: “No, I am not prepared to go on and try to pack the court, because we’ll live to rue that day”.

        October 15, 2019: ” I would not get into court packing. We add three justices. Next time around, we lose control, they add three justices. We begin to lose any creditability the court has at all”.

        I know you are in support of everything Joe says. Right?

        All he has to say is, “I will not pack the court”. He said it then but he won’t say it now because Nancy Pelosi is the real leader of the party and she told him, “Now Joey, if you do what aunt nancy says, you can have a nice peace of chocolate cake after supper.

  7. Antifa is an idea, not an organization,”Biden said.
    Hillary Clinton question to Biden : “What difference does it make ?”

      1. Youze better get it through youze thick skulls that weez got ours head cracken, builden burnnen troopus comin for youz town soon. All I can tells ya, is youze betta srainten up and fly right if youz knows whats good for well beeun.

  8. “I just think COVID is God’s gift to the left,…”

    – Jane Fonda
    ___________

    The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) will do anything for power.

    The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) released the “China Flu, 2020” in an election year to stop the Trump juggernaut which was on its way to a massive landslide victory in November.

    The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) will replace American freedom with slavery to the dictatorship; “the dictatorship of the proletariat.”
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    “The end justifies the means.”

    – Leon Trotsky, Communist Revolutionary

  9. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the canidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy–to be followed by a dictatorship.”

    – Alexander Fraser Tytler

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