Letter to the Editor: Spartans should attend Spencer's 'marketplace of ideas'
By Kyle J. Bristow, Esq.
Attorney, Bristow Law, PLLC
Bristow is an MSU alumnus, he was president of Young Americans for Freedom, or YAF, during his time at MSU. Under Bristow’s leadership, MSU YAF was the first college organization placed on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups, according to a State News article from 2008.
On March 5, Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute will speak at MSU about his Alt-Right philosophy despite disgraced former president Lou Anna K. Simon first tyrannically announcing that she would not let the event occur.
A federal lawsuit I filed on behalf of my client, Cameron Padgett, quickly rectified this glaring and elementary transgression against the First Amendment.
MSU students are being afforded an incredible opportunity: to be able to directly hear the unfiltered ideas of Spencer, to consider them, and to directly challenge them by asking questions if they should so choose. Just as the event organizers have a First Amendment right to speak, so too, do the listeners of the speech enjoy a right to hear the speaker’s ideas and to participate with the question-and-answer session.
There is sadly a modern trend in which Antifa communists try to shut down right-of-center political events by using violence.
Left-wing terrorism will not whatsoever be tolerated by me, and the MSU event will occur as planned — I am fully prepared and committed to using any and all resources at my disposal to see the controversy through to a just and equitable conclusion. Leftists who act in a tortious manner at the event will be sued in their personal capacities, and I will thoroughly enjoy garnishing their minimum wage paychecks, tax refunds, and bank accounts for years to come.
The right to think and speak freely — as guaranteed by the First Amendment — are fundamental to the Western legal tradition. From the Ancient Greeks to the Ancient Romans, from the Ancient Germanic tribes to the early American Republic, the right to think and speak freely have been revered.
I challenge Spartans to not act cowardly, but to instead meaningfully participate in the marketplace of ideas. Those who are interested in attending the event in good-faith are encouraged to reach out to my client for tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org