America, from her very start, was meant to be a land of diversity, liberty, and opportunity…but this distinction is facing some of its most harrowing threats just 240-odd years into our nation’s existence.
We began this unprecedented experiment under the auspices of equality, where every voice and every opinion is meant to be on level with its opposition. America truly requires this diversity of thought to exist because, without these freedoms of expressions, we will swiftly devolve into the old world habits of totalitarianism and fascism.
In short, no matter how vitriolic our political discussions become, this friction is the fuel that keeps America moving forward.
That’s why this latest trend of political discrimination is such a terrifying development.
An Austin, Texas student group has threatened incoming freshman that it will post their public information if they join a conservative club on campus.
The Autonomous Student Network, which was previously suspended from Twitter for doxxing supporters of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the nomination process, is now threatening similar action to University of Texas-Austin freshman who join groups like the Young Conservatives of Texas or Turning Point USA.
The ASN is acting quite brazenly as well
“Hey #UT23! Do you wanna be famous?” the self-described “antifascist” account tweeted. “If you join YCT or Turning Point USA, you just might be. Your name and more could end up on an article…So be sure to make smart choices at #UTOreientation.”
The previous articles featured photos of conservative student leaders with their photos posted, along with personal information about them including phone numbers and emails, labeling them as “dangerous” and accusing them of “harassing professors, infiltrating student groups, and rigging student elections.”
It added: “If you begin to spot the young racists trying to join YCT or TPUSA, send us a tip so we can keep our reports up to date.”
While we should always allow the beliefs of ASN members to be heard, (as it is fully protected by the First Amendment), the targeting of those who oppose their views is authoritarianism at its most basic.
Furthermore, while the ASN isn’t explicitly telling its members to act on the release of this personal information, there is no other purpose for such exposure. Shaming those with whom you disagree is a step backward for freedoms and flies in the face of the American experiment.
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