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War On Free Speech: The UCL Student Union Bans Fascists And Talking About Fascists

by | 8th, June 2014

THE  UCL Student Union  has banned the college’s N ietzsche Club. The Union write beneath the headline “Motion to the Union Council: Fight Fascism”:

This Union notes

That a group positioning itself as a “student club about traditionalist art and philosophy” and as “Tradition UCL”, has started operating at UCL.
That this group has been putting up posters with their contact details around UCL campus.
That their posters’ heading reads “Too much political correctness?”, and they advertise a study of the philosophers Nietzsche, de Benoist, Heidegger and Evola[1].
That a second poster appeared around four weeks after the previous one had first been put up, bearing the title “Equality is a false god” and, once again, advertising the philosophers de Benoist, Heidegger and Evola for study.
That on this second poster the group has repositioned itself as a “Nietzsche Club” and altered its contact details to include a new email address.
That the aforementioned philosophers and thinkers are on the extreme-right, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, homophobic, anti-Marxist, anti-worker and have had connections, direct or indirect, with Italian fascism and German Nazism.

You might not agree with the Nietzsche Club. But when did students at universities become censorious?

This Union believes

Believes. Not knows. Because it’s not as if knowledge matters at at university.

That this group is aimed at promoting a far-right, fascist ideology at UCL.
That there is no meaningful distinction to be made between a far-right and a fascist ideology.
That this group may have connections to the wider fascist movement and other organised groups, specifically those groups using the name “Radical Traditionalism” to describe their ideology, such as the “Traditionalist Youth Network”[2], and the “Traditional Britain Group”[3].
That fascism is directly threatening to the safety of the UCL student body and UCLU members.
That fascism is used by the ruling class to divide workers and students along ethnic, national, religious, and gender lines, as a measure to split them and thus weaken their effectiveness as a force and undermine their resistance to policies of austerity, attacks on living standards and public services, and other consequences of the crisis of the capitalist system.
That fascism has no place at UCL or UCLU, and that any attempts by fascists or the far-right to organise on campus must be met with unconditional resistance.

This Union resolves

To ban and otherwise prevent the installation of any further publicity of this group around UCLU buildings, and to urge UCL to adopt the same policy in the university buildings.
To prevent any attempts by this group to hold meetings and organise events on campus.
To reject any attempts by this group to seek affiliation and official recognition from UCLU as an official club or society.
To commit to a struggle against fascism and the far-right, in a united front of students, workers, trade unions and the wider labour movement, with the perspective of fighting the root cause of fascism capitalism. Thus, the struggle is to be united under the programme of a socialist transformation of society.

BANNED!

The Union that seeks to clarify how they came to be intolerant of ideas, afraid of debate and enemies of free speech. They also think other students are so doltish as to attend a meeting and become an unquestioning Nazi.

We viewed the appearance of the “Tradition UCL” group on our campus in the wider context of fascist groups establishing themselves at universities around the UK under the guise of labels such as “traditionalism” and “radical traditionalism”. Nevertheless, at a previous meeting in February, UCLU Council had voted to refer the motion back to the proposer precisely because concerns were raised that the group should be investigated more thoroughly. The second vote in March in favour of the motion occurred after a student investigated the group and its organisers. Naturally, people investigating potentially fascist organisations may wish to remain anonymous due to how anti-fascist campaigners are often targeted for violence.

The irony is that the college offers a course :

The course is concerned with

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