Via Instapundit: The attempt to shut down the play was wrong in every way: morally, politically and tactically. It wasn't winning. It was losing.
Putting on a tasteless and ugly version of Shakespeare is not an injustice, not an outrage, not an act of war. It is speech — the very stuff we right wingers are fighting to keep free. This is more than a mere matter of law. The First Amendment, which protects us from anti-speech legislation, is not worth the crinkly brown paper it's written on if the values of free speech are not upheld in our hearts and minds.Link to the whole thing. Here is also the top voted comment at Instapundit...
Clearly, a large swath of the left — with their snowflake riots against conservative speakers on campus, their push for hate speech legislation, their blacklisting and career destruction of anyone who violates their politically correct pieties — has lost those values. They are trying to destroy free speech. We on the right are trying to protect it. You can't protect it by stopping it. You can only become what you're fighting against.
If we become the anti-speech people, what are we protecting? What are we fighting for? What are we trying to win?
This is not a question of cowardice or of being too fine to play smash mouth politics. Five-foot-nine Ben Shapiro has repeatedly faced down Social Justice Snowflakes and Black Lives Matter thugs to speak the conservative truth on campus in no uncertain terms. But he doesn't stop others from making their speeches and delivering their points of view. Because then he could no longer represent his own values. He'd be them, not us.
This is not a question of two-wrongs-don't-make-a-right either. Sometimes, awful as it is, the other side plays so dirty you have to play dirty back. If a peaceful conservative demonstration is attacked by Anti-fa fascists while the police stand by and do nothing, protecting such gatherings with right-wing vigilantes may become a terrible necessity. But if right-wing vigilantes respond by attacking a peaceful left-wing gathering, the battle is lost. Because then, you've destroyed the very principle you were trying to protect.
That's quite a leap you got going on there. Shouting out an objection to a filthy piece of violent theater is hardly becoming what we object to. Get a grip, pal. If someone attacks you tell me if you don't fight back. After all - you don't want to become what you object to. When we fight against evil, are we becoming evil? If we do NOTHING does that make us morally superior? Were we evil to fight in any of our wars? To sin by silence when they should protest makes COWARDS of men - a quote attributed to Lincoln sums up your position quite nicely.