Under Pressure

As noted in the earlier post “Party Time,” Brandeis has been recieving a fair beat of heat for graphic design. The logo for a conference on right-wing radicalism featured a swastika, which some conservative media figures interpreted as demonizing the Tea Party.

Despite the fact that the pressure was coming from a very small (if vocal) segment of the population and has only been in the public eye for a few days, Brandeis has already caved. The press release notes that the logo has been removed from the conference’s event page, and assures us that “Brandeis regrets the unintended association and pain this caused.”

Keep this in mind as the campaign against Michael Oren as a commencement speaker grows: when confronted with a minimal amount of outside pressure, the university jumps to rectify the problem. What will be their response when our own community expresses much greater concerns about a campus ceremony?


4 thoughts on “Under Pressure”

  1. BCR, to call the Tea Party a branch of the libertarian party is to perhaps rob them of some of the undeniably reactionary-ism they display.

  2. Thank you for bringing this to everyone’s attention.

    We believe that the university needs to grow a pair and stand up for what they believe. It is nauseating when a group of loud activists push to stagnate free speech just because they believe in something different.

    That being said, Aside from the actual neo-nazi party, there is no one in modern politics that embodies 1940s facism. Not Obama, and certainly not the Tea Party.

    The use of the swastika though permissible under the protection of free speech is being wrongfully used to describe the Tea Party. The Tea Party is essentially a branch of the libertarian party

    Their core values consist of…

    Fiscal Responsibility: Fiscal Responsibility by government honors and respects the freedom of the individual to spend the money that is the fruit of their own labor. A constitutionally limited government, designed to protect the blessings of liberty, must be fiscally responsible or it must subject its citizenry to high levels of taxation that unjustly restrict the liberty our Constitution was designed to protect. Such runaway deficit spending as we now see in Washington D.C. compels us to take action as the increasing national debt is a grave threat to our national sovereignty and the personal and economic liberty of future generations.

    Constitutionally Limited Government: We, the members of The Tea Party Patriots, are inspired by our founding documents and regard the Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land. We believe that it is possible to know the original intent of the government our founders set forth, and stand in support of that intent. Like the founders, we support states’ rights for those powers not expressly stated in the Constitution. As the government is of the people, by the people and for the people, in all other matters we support the personal liberty of the individual, within the rule of law.

    Free Markets: A free market is the economic consequence of personal liberty. The founders believed that personal and economic freedom were indivisible, as do we. Our current government’s interference distorts the free market and inhibits the pursuit of individual and economic liberty. Therefore, we support a return to the free market principles on which this nation was founded and oppose government intervention into the operations of private business.


    The Tea Party is not a right wing radical group.

    Best Regards

  3. Great post, Jon. I totally didn’t know about this. What a great connection to make – Brandeis caves to right-wing professional agitators, but not actual concerned students.


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