Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hampshire College Permits "Smash the State, Crush the Cage" Terrorist Sympathizers to Hold Planning Session on Campus

Disgraceful!Hampshire College in Amherst, MA is permitting animal rights terrorists to hold a planning session on campus. Included on the program will be Jerry Vlasak, who has advocated the murder of animal researchers.

Also note the connection between anarchy (smash the state) and animal liberation (crush the cage), in this press release:

Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

Description: SMASH THE STATE, CRUSH THE CAGE, a strategic conference for the fortification of the Northeastern animal liberation movement, will be held at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts from Friday, November 9th until Sunday, November 11th.

The conference will feature talks by PETER YOUNG and Dr. JERRY VLASAK. Please visit our website, http://halaconference.50megs.com/, for information on other speakers.

Conference organizers Hampshire Animal Liberation Advocacy (HALA!) are still soliciting facilitators for workshops, talks and skill shares. The goal of this conference is to invigorate the struggle against state, corporate and cultural oppression of nonhuman animals. Anyone with skills or information to bring is encouraged to do.

Housing and as much food as we can scrounge will be provided for all attendees. All are welcome save representatives of the military, police and/or federal agencies. A talk on conference security standards will be our opening event.
Hampshire College would never permit a KKK convention on campus. This is no different.



At October 30, 2007 , Blogger T E Fine said...

Everybody's welcome except military, police and federal employees. So basically it's a like-minded cult kinda thing where no dissenting voice is allowed to be heard, and no voice of reason will be tolerated.

Dude, d'you know how much trouble Hampshire College is courting? You get a group of rampaging people all hyped-up without any kind of voice of restraint (and we're talking about eco-terrorism here!) all in one area, where they can and *will* ignite emotions at top speed, and you're looking at a mob-to-be, possibly with terrible consequences to the campus itself. Afterward, there *will* be civil disorder, violence, and danger in some doses - anybody who doesn't believe me look at Mardi Gras, which is a *fun* time, and see how often the police have to bring out the mounted patrol to keep people in line before they start tearing the city up!

I hope Hampshire has insurance. This is gonna suck like a stab wound to the chest.

At October 30, 2007 , Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

It's obvious that the government should send undercover agents. If the federal government won't do it, the state government should do it. Make recordings, testify, and get them indicted, tried, convicted, and jailed.

At October 30, 2007 , Blogger T E Fine said...

"Make recordings, testify, and get them indicted, tried, convicted, and jailed."

IF necessary. Some of the poor schmucks in the mix will be innocent victims caught up in the riff, so they need to be sorted out quickly and separated from the hooligans. The rest, jail 'em. These are people thinking murder...

At November 10, 2007 , Blogger aae_phoenix said...

Don't blame Hampshire. The administration of the college actually compared Jerry Vlasak to the leader of the KKK. They demanded that he be uninvited, that the organization distance themselves from the ALF, and that they pay more money than usual for security. Ralph Hexter, president of Hampshire College, wrote:

"Hampshire has a proud tradition as a place where speech out of the mainstream, even extremely unpopular speech, can get an airing, and we have no intention of backing away from that stance now. Destruction of property and violence against persons, however, is neither free speech nor civil disobedience. The question before us as we review the new proposal is whether conference organizers will take the minimally necessary steps to make it credible that no conference session includes incitement to violence, vandalism, and other illegal activities that inflict real damage."

At November 12, 2007 , Blogger The Red Son said...

Well I was there. There was no planning of terrorist activities as far as I was able to discern. As for violence, everybody seemed to be getting along, no violence against the college, or violence in general. So TE Fine's prediction of "civil disorder, violence, and danger in some doses" was completely off. And Mrs. McGrew, undercover agents were there, don't worry, but everybody could spot them right away, so they weren't really undercover. And because nothing illegal was done or discussed, I imagine that they were quite disappointed. As for your suggestion to "Make recordings, testify, and get them indicted, tried, convicted, and jailed," it is often send people to jail when no crimes have been committed (unless you are an enemy detainee). Sorry to disappoint you all, but the "eco-terrorists" took a holiday for the weekend, maybe for Veteran's Day.

At November 12, 2007 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

Red Son: Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear it. But given the public nature of the event, it would be unlikely that plots would be laid at the conference itself.

Be that as it may, now if you and your cohort could convince the ALF, SHAC, and other terrorists to cease and desist their violence and intimidating tactics, all would be well and the animal rights/liberationists could pursue their agendas through peaceful and democratic means.

At November 12, 2007 , Blogger The Red Son said...

Mr. Smith,
I find it interesting that you have somewhat changed your position on the matter. In your post you condemn Hampshire for allowing a terrorist planning secession on their campus. Now you are seem to be saying the opposite, having been presented with facts to the contrary. I know many of the organizers, they are not terrorists and to my knowledge are merely students and non-violent animal rights activists. Although the group uses "animal liberation" in their name, they are really just animal rights activists.
I however am not a animal rights activist or animal liberationist, merely a sympathizer. I eat meat, milk eggs, etc. and wear leather and wool. My blog The Revolution Script contains more information in my personal position. I have no contacts within or contact with ALF or SHAC. That said, even if I did I would not. I do not advocate the murder of innocents but in my experience, no political cause has ever won, no one has ever been liberated through purely "democratic and peaceful means."

At November 12, 2007 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

No inconsistency at all: Note that after I wrote the post, Vlasak was not allowed to appear on campus because he has justified murdering medical researchers. That changed the complexion of the conference and made it less explicitly terroristic.

My main point remains: Many animal rights activists are closely affiliated with anarchists. Often (but not always, certainly), animal rights is nihilistic and misanthropic, about tearing down rather than building up--as illustrated by the name of the conference, "Smash the State, Crush the Cage."

Thanks for coming by.

At November 12, 2007 , Blogger aae_phoenix said...

I wish to point out that Vlasak did speak off-campus as an unofficial part of the event, professing his idea that nonviolence is ineffective and that the solution must be of a violent nature.

HALA is not a bunch of peace-loving vegans. They are militantly sympathetic to the ALF and devoted to the cause of animal liberation, which is very different from animal rights. And I say this as a friend of some of them.

As for your point about anarchy, Mr. Smith, yes, many of these activists are self-described anarchists. However, that really doesn't mean much. Think of all the Christians in the world and how their beliefs and methods vary. Now take anarchism, which doesn't even have a central creed. I describe myself as an anarchist, but my political philosophy differs sharply with that of the members of HALA.

Your original point was that Hampshire is tolerating this with no objections. That is what I took issue with in my other post (see above).

At November 12, 2007 , Blogger The Red Son said...

Yes the good doctor did speak, less than 15 minutes from all of the other events of the conference. With or without his presence, the event was never a "terrorist planning secession." Again there are contradictions in your rhetoric. After my last comment, again you changed your argument from "it is public=no planning at the conference" to "no vlasak=less explicitly terroristic." I suppose it is a minor point. I also don't see how anarchist affiliation have anything to do with it. It seems to me that you are only mentioning it to discredit the cause and organization involved by making them appear irrational and driven by a "dangerous" ideology. How much do you actually know about anarchism? Why is this point relevant? If your main point is that they are "anarchists, then you have a rather weak argument. Thanks for having me and engaging in this dialog. As always I suspect the truth lies somewhere left of the middle.


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