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Learn Your Manners, Leftists

In regard to Jeff Duritz’s letter of April 11 [“Offensive Content”], and the anti-war protests:

I was not at the mentioned lecture, but if Jeff Duritz and his group interrupted a discussion that was in progress, they violated the objectivist club’s right to free speech and assembly. It is a disturbing trend lately that liberal groups on campus feel that they have the right and duty to use whatever means necessary to get their message across, even if this means violating the rights of others.

Another example of this is when the MIT anti-war coalition hijacked the school by displaying a banner that claimed MIT as a whole didn’t support the war. The anti-war coalition didn’t take a poll, or a vote, to find out how the majority of people felt about the war. In addition, they violated the terms of use of Athena, and the MIT community mailing list when they announced their protest by spamming the entire community.

Both of these groups have clearly demonstrated their disdain for the fundamental rights of individuals within their community. Their actions are no better than those of the people they are protesting against. It has become increasingly clear to me that these groups seek merely to change who controls the existing power structure, and not to fix the underlying flaws in the system.

Dave Lahr G